On May 6, 2004 “Friends” went off the air after 10 seasons. The sitcom, which focused on a group of six friends living in Manhattan, often hanging out in a coffee shop called Central Perk, starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, as Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross, respectively. Throughout its 10 season run, “Friends” was an instant success, winning numerous awards, and averaging 20-plus million viewers each season during its run. Its series finale garnered 52.5 million viewers, making it the fourth highest series finale of all time.
“Friends” has become a stable in pop culture history, from Jennifer Aniston’s hairstyle dubbed “The Rachel,” to Joey’s pick up line, “How you doin’?” becoming part of the lexicon of today’s culture. Since its debut and finale, “Friends” has often been regarded as one of the greatest shows of all time in television. It was ranked 24 on the Writers Guild of America’s “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” as well as listed as number 21 on TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Shows of all Time.”