“Friends” may be “old enough to drink” given they premiered in 1994, but they are still one of the most popular and watched TV shows on the planet. Their wardrobe styles may have dated, but “Friends” are finding their way into the hearts of a whole new generation.
“Friends” are one of the most successful sitcoms ever produced, and although they have been off the air for over 10 years now, they still have a legion of fans who identify with their cheeky ways of making it as adults in New York City.
The show is still aired more than 20 times a day on various TV channels, DVD sales are high and Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc have proven many times over they are definitely worth $1 million per episode each.
At the peak of their popularity, “Friends” were studied at various universities, including University of East Anglia and University of Toronto, mainly regarding how they affected their viewers and how their influence far transcended the realm of television.
It will certainly take years until the next TV show comes along that reaches worldwide fame among viewers aged 7 to 77, regardless of their backgrounds and interests, a show that is so liked that it affects the vernacular and even lifestyle choices of its audience, which knows most of the lines by heart.