Air Dates: September 22, 1994-May 6, 2004
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matthey Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow
During the '90s, "Must See TV" really meant "most of white America watches it." NBC had no idea what they were working with when Friends premiered in the fall of 1994, as the show enjoyed ten seasons of dominance in that storied Thursday night position. Friends was about a group of friends living in Manhattan, which seems like the skeleton for every '90s sitcom. That's because Friends was arguably the '90s sitcom, so perfectly manufactured that there was almost no way it could fail. Despite being given all of the tools to succeed (like Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox in the '90s), nothing can be taken away from Friends. Many sitcoms deal with families, and the gang from Friends represented a family of sorts. Sometimes, you need a support system outside of your blood relations, and that's what Friends was all about. It was more than an attempt to tap into the Generation X audience, because it had something for everyone. Well, almost everyone.
Even with all of its accolades and position as one of the better sitcoms to be green-lit, it was so damn white. Giving Aisha Tyler a recurring role couldn't even save Friends from its whiteness, which was amplified by its the theme song, courtesy of The Rembrandts. Thanks to the show, the song (which we refuse to name because you know it, dammit) has become a jock bar staple. Regardless, with moneymakers like 30 Rock and The Office coming to an end, NBC wishes they had something like Friends to air on Thursday nights now. Because more white faces are exactly what prime-time television needs.