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How would the characters from ‘Friends’ fare in the age of ...


How would the characters from ‘Friends’ fare in the age of influencers?

Twenty-five years after the show ended, we look at how they would fit into today’s world

Jason Stewart

Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from September 22 1994 to May 6 2004, lasting 10 seasons. With an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, the show revolved around six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City.

It was a huge hit and, to mark the 25th anniversary of the sitcom’s premiere, numerous activities have been planned worldwide. Yes, the show wasn’t just popular in the US – it gained a huge following worldwide. In China, many used the show to teach American-style English.

The show influenced a generation, represented a cultural moment in time (when friends were becoming more important than family) and was seen then as being progressive, dealing with issues other shows didn’t want to touch. But watching the series 15 years after the last episode aired provided a clear indicator of how society has since shifted...

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