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|Quotable Friends in "Central Perks"|
Lisa Kudrow to host "Saturday Night Live" with music guest Sheryl Crow on October 5.
Perry and David
Schwimmer star in this sophisticated comedy that looks into the hearts,
minds and apartments of six friends living in New York City.
As the leadoff series on NBC's enormously popular "Must See TV" Thursday night lineup, "Friends" -- now in its third season -- has garnered critical acclaim and ratings success. In its sophomore season, the comedy became the third highest-rated series on television among households (18.7 rating/30 share) and among all key demographic groups.
Since its debut season (1994-95), "Friends" has received 12 Emmy nominations, including two for Outstanding Comedy Series. Additionally, the cast won a Screen Actors Guild award in 1996 for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series.
|The series focuses on a close-knit group of pals,
who frequently gather at each other's apartments and share sofa space at
Greenwich Village's Central Perk coffee house. Monica Geller (Cox) is a
would-be chef with an obsession for neatness and order in her life. Her
roommate, Rachel Green (Aniston), is Monica's pampered best friend from
high school who now finds herself working as a waitress at Central Perk.
Monica's older brother, Ross (Schwimmer), has had a crush on Rachel since
school days and only recently acted upon his passion for her. Thrust into
bachelorhood when his wife (recurring star Jane Sibbett) announced she
was a lesbian and left him, Ross has become more accepting of the situation
now that his ex-wife and her companion (recurring star Jessica Hecht) are
raising his newborn son, Ben.
Living across the hall from Monica and Rachel are roommates Chandler Bing (Perry) and Joey Tribbiani (LeBlanc). Chandler, a wry observer of everyone's life, is a lovable wiseguy who works as a corporate numbers cruncher. Joey, a struggling actor, is more passionate about life. He loves women, sports, New York and most of all, himself. Rounding out the circle of friends is Monica's former college roommate, Phoebe (Kudrow), an offbeat, eternally optimistic folk singer and massage therapist.
|According to executive producers Kevin Bright,
Marta Kauffman and David Crane: "'Friends' is a show about love, sex,
careers and a time in life when everything is possible. It's about searching
for commitment and security -- and a fear of commitment and security. And,
most of all, it's a show about friendship -- because when a person is young
and single in the city, friends and family are synonymous."
The series was created by the writing team of Marta Kauffman & David Crane. Emmy- and CableACE-winning producer Kevin Bright serves as an executive producer along with Kauffman and Crane. "Friends" is a Bright/Kauffman/Crane Production in association with Warner Bros. Television.
|Day & time: Thursdays (8-8:30 p.m. ET)
Premiere date:September 22, 1994
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer
Recurring stars: Elliot Gould (Mr. Geller); Jessica Hecht (Susan); Christina Pickles (Mrs. Geller); Jane Sibbett (Carol); Marlo Thomas (Mrs. Green)
Executive producers/writers: Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane
Created by: Marta Kauffman and David Crane
Co-executive producer: Michael Borkow
Creative consultant: Richard Rosenstock
Producer: Todd Stevens
Producers: Alexa Junge, Adam Chase, Ira Ungerleider, Michael Curtis and Greg Malins
Director: Michael Lembeck
Executive story editors: Wil Calhoun and Seth Kurland
Story editors: Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Scott Silveri
Coordinating producer:Wendy Knoller
Art director: John Shaffner
Costume designer: Debra McGuire
Director of photography: Mikel Neiers
Origination: Burbank, Calif.
Produced by: Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
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