Friends is an American situation comedy created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which premiered on the National Broadcasting Channel (NBC) on September 22, 1994. The series revolves around a group of friends in the area of Manhattan, New York City, who live together and share living expenses. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television
. The original executive producers were Crane, Kauffman and Kevin Bright, with Adam Chase, Michael Curtis, Greg Malins, Scott Silveri, Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen being promoted in later seasons.
Crane and Kauffman began developing Friends under the title Insomnia Cafe in November 1993. They presented the idea to Bright, with whom they had previously worked, and together they pitched a seven-page treatment of the series to NBC. After several script rewrites and changes, the series was finally named Friends and premiered on NBC's coveted Thursday 8:30 pm timeslot. Filming for the series took place at Warner Bros. Studios in front of a live audience. After ten seasons on the network, the series finale was heavily promoted by NBC, and viewing parties were organized around the U.S. by local NBC affiliates. The finale, which was first aired on May 6, 2004, was watched by an average of 52.5 million American viewers, making it the fourth most watched series finale in TV history.
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