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  Quotable Friends in "Central Perks"
  Peacock Buzz:
Lisa Kudrow to host "Saturday Night Live" with music guest Sheryl Crow on October 5.
  Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew 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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  Day & time: Thursdays (8-8:30 p.m. ET) on NBC

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.


© 1996 National Broadcasting Company