Friends


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About

Friends is a sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. The series revolves around a group of friends in Manhattan. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman

Starring:

  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Courteney Cox
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Matt LeBlanc
  • Matthew Perry
  • David Schwimmer

Opening theme "I'll Be There for You" by The Rembrandts

No. of seasons 10

No. of episodes 236 

Production

  • Executive producers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Kevin S. Bright
  • Michael Borkow (season 4)
  • Michael Curtis (season 5)
  • Adam Chase (season 5–6)
  • Greg Malins (season 5–7)
  • Wil Calhoun (season 7)
  • Scott Silveri (season 8–10)
  • Shana Goldberg-Meehan (season 8–10)
  • Andrew Reich (season 8–10)
  • Ted Cohen (season 8–10)

Location(s) Warner Bros. Studios

Burbank, California

Camera setup Film; multi-camera

Running time 20–22 minutes (per episode)

22–65 minutes (extended DVD episodes)

Production company(s) Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions

Warner Bros. Television

Distributor NBC

Warner Bros. Television (worldwide)

Broadcast

Original channel NBC

Original run September 22, 1994 – May 6, 2004

Highlights
Lisa Kudrow on how she would describe "Phoebe" on Friends; on her strengths and weaknesses
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on how James Burrows set the tone for Friends in the pilot and what he brought to the show
Lisa Kudrow on how Friends was first described to her; on the casts' first table read
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the Friends opening title sequence
Lisa Kudrow on "Smelly Cat" and other popular Friends songs her character sang
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the "Ross/Rachel" story arc on Friends
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the success of Friends over 10 years
Lisa Kudrow on the Friends episode where "Phoebe" seduces "Chandler"; on whether there could be a reunion
Lisa Kudrow on how the production worked around shooting her "twin" on Friends
Lisa Kudrow on shooting the final episode of Friends and the one item she has from the set, given to her by Matthew Perry - a cookie jar
02:48
Lisa Kudrow on the legacy of Friends and the message of the show
00:49
Who talked about this show

Hank Azaria

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Hank Azaria on guest-starring on Friends
02:35

Peter Bonerz

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Peter Bonerz on the experience of directing Friends— on the writing, the ensemble
03:10
Peter Bonerz on the Friends ensemble and their characters
02:43
Peter Bonerz on the Ross/Rachel kiss from the Friends season two episode "The One Where Ross Finds Out"
01:17

Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on he, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane selling Friends to NBC
07:04
Kevin Bright on the casting of Friends
06:54
Kevin Bright on how Friends responded to 9/11
02:37
Kevin Bright on how somewhat dramatic storylines were included on Friends
01:31
Kevin Bright on James Burrows directing the pilot of Friends
01:49
Kevin Bright on the opening credits of Friends (which almost didn't come to be) and how the theme song was written
08:52
Kevin Bright on the role of music on Friends, and the fact that they used the "real" version of popular songs, not covers
02:38
Kevin Bright on the opening credits of Friends, which featured the cast playing in a fountain
05:52
Kevin Bright on network input on Friends
01:58
Kevin Bright on Friends becoming a hit in its first season
01:17
Kevin Bright on how the instant success of Friends affected the cast and creators
04:06
Kevin Bright on his role on Friends during a typical week on the show
01:48
Kevin Bright on directing episodes of Dream On and Friends
02:22
Kevin Bright on his favorite Friends episodes he directed
05:01
Kevin Bright on his father appearing on two episodes of Friends
01:28
Kevin Bright on Friends' Emmy wins, and the fact that it didn't win any until the show's eighth season
02:27
Kevin Bright on the decision to have a tenth and final season of Friends
03:16
Kevin Bright on the finale of Friends, which he directed
06:51
Kevin Bright on why Friends was so successful
01:24
Kevin Bright on the legacy of Friends
00:53
Kevin Bright on Friends streaming on Netflix and its popularity with young people
01:25
Kevin Bright on the Friends spin-off, Joey
02:43

James Burrows

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James Burrows on directing Friends  and knowing it would be a hit; on the cast
10:53

David Crane

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David Crane and Marta Kauffman on how James Burrows set the tone for Friends in the pilot and what he brought to the show
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the Friends opening title sequence
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the "Ross/Rachel" story arc on Friends
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the success of Friends over 10 years
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the comedic characters they had created on Friends and why each actor was right for their roles
01:48
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the theme song for Friends; Kauffman's husband wrote the music and they did the lyrics "I'll be there for you"; the Rembrandts recorded it
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on the cast of Friends; 
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on Friends' moving to the NBC "must-see TV" Thursday primetime lineup
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on how 9/11 affected production on Friends
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on "Monica"'s fat suit on Friends
David Crane and Marta Kauffman on their proudest achievement, Friends - "it was perfect"

Danny DeVito

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Danny DeVito on his Friends appearance as "Uncle Herb"

Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue on her appearance on Friends
02:49

Pamela Fryman

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Pamela Fryman on directing Friends
01:10

Michael Fuchs

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Michael Fuchs on developing HBO's Dream On
02:14

Lisa Kudrow

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Lisa Kudrow on how she would describe "Phoebe" on Friends; on her strengths and weaknesses
Lisa Kudrow on how Friends was first described to her; on the casts' first table read
Lisa Kudrow on "Smelly Cat" and other popular Friends songs her character sang
Lisa Kudrow on the Friends episode where "Phoebe" seduces "Chandler"; on whether there could be a reunion
Lisa Kudrow on how the production worked around shooting her "twin" on Friends
Lisa Kudrow on shooting the final episode of Friends and the one item she has from the set, given to her by Matthew Perry - a cookie jar
02:48
Lisa Kudrow on the legacy of Friends and the message of the show
00:49
Lisa Kudrow on being initially cast as "Roz" on Frasier, then being subsequently let go after the pilot was shot
Lisa Kudrow on hearing about the Friends script and auditioning for the role of "Phoebe"
Lisa Kudrow on her audition for "Phoebe" on Friends; on meeting James Burrows a second time
Lisa Kudrow on how her Mad About You guest-role contributed to creating "Phoebe's" twin sister "Ursula" on Friends; on the difference between the roles
Lisa Kudrow on getting a TV Guide "Cheers" for her "Ursula" character on Friends  
Lisa Kudrow on creating "Phoebe" as a character on Friends
Lisa Kudrow on casting Friends; on Matthew Perry being the last actor cast
Lisa Kudrow on the evolution of her Friends' character "Phoebe"; on how her own pregnancy was handled on the show
05:45
Lisa Kudrow on working with Teri Garr on Friends as her mother on the show
Lisa Kudrow on shooting the Halloween episode of Friends right after 9/11
Lisa Kudrow on Phoebe's wedding on Friends; on working with Paul Rudd
Lisa Kudrow on the finale of Friends
Lisa Kudrow on her favorite episodes of Friends; on the flashback episodes
Lisa Kudrow on whether there could be a Friends reunion; on where "Phoebe" would be today

Warren Littlefield

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Warren Littlefield on the development of Friends
05:39

Leslie Moonves

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Leslie Moonves on the casting of Friends
03:50
Leslie Moonves on the development of Friends
07:52

Laraine Newman

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Laraine Newman on guest-starring on Friends
01:40

Don Ohlmeyer

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Don Ohlmeyer on Friends
03:36
Executive Don Ohlmeyer on the costly negotiations to keep ER at NBC
02:28

Thomas Schlamme

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Thomas Schlamme on directing Friends
02:24
Thomas Schlamme on directing the "The One with the Lesbian Wedding" episode of Friends
01:39

Lew Schneider

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Lew Schneider on how the writers of Everybody Loves Raymond reacted to the harassment lawsuit against Friends
01:57

John Shaffner

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John Shaffner on his day-to-day duties as set designer for Friends 
02:33
John Shaffner on designing the set for Friends
18:25
John Shaffner on his process of set designing week-to-week
06:09
John Shaffner on creating iconic set designs
04:17
John Shaffner on working with the cast of Friends and other performers in set designs
06:29
John Shaffner on creating "swing sets" for Friends
03:15
John Shaffner on the legacy of Friends from a design standpoint
00:52
John Shaffner on the set designer community in television 
05:07

Sam Simon

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Sam Simon on directing an episode of Friends and his directing in general
02:47

Marlo Thomas

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Marlo Thomas on guest starring on Friends;  on positing that "Rachel" is a modern "That Girl" 
03:26

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on his idea to "supersize" Friends episodes in order to compete with Survivor
03:48
Jeff Zucker on telling the cast of Friends about his idea to "supersize" the show's episodes
00:42
Jeff Zucker on his pride in having been able to keep Friends on the air longer than had been expected and the difficulty for the network in finding another show that would be as big of a hit
02:04
Jeff Zucker on his work to keep Friends on the air longer than was expected and the difficulty in finding an equally successful show once it ended
03:13
Jeff Zucker on the Friends  spin-off, Joey, and its ultimate failure
00:52

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