Aired: September 22, 1994 – May 6, 2004 (NBC)
Theme Song: The Rembrandts “I’ll Be There for You”
If a theme song is going to be featured in 236 episodes of television, it must toe the fine line between being catchy and fun and downright annoying. So when it came time to pen a theme song for Friends, executive producer Kevin S. Bright asked pop-rock duo The Rembrandts for something with a melody similar to REM’s 1987 hit “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” What they came up with had a similar peppy beat and ridiculously catchy tune, but so much more: tight harmonies, an irresistible guitar intro, and, of course, those iconic claps. Over a decade after the show’s end, any true ’90s kid can recite “I’ll Be There for You” from memory.