One of the most telling anecdotes about Friends comes from a rather unlikely source: Barack Obama. Marta Kauffman once discussed a conversation she'd had with him, revealing that the President told her his daughters were only allowed to watch four hours of television a week; they frequently plump for Friends, and the Obama clan sit and watch it together, as a family. For the co-creator, it was the perfect tribute.
It was December 1993 when Kauffman and fellow writer and TV producer David Crane first pitched their idea for a new sitcom about that scary/exciting period of young adult life when your friends are your family. They could never have imagined that over twenty years later their show would still be talked about, written about and watched the world over.
Few shows have been enjoyed across such a wide demographic for such a long period of time, and Friends continues to find new fans to this day. Friends aired its first episode in September 1994, and has since earned over a billion dollars in syndication revenue as hundreds of millions of people found themselves engaged in the exploits of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe over a ten-year period.
Sporadic calls for a reunion have come to nothing, and in all likelihood thats for the best; the sitcom went out on a high few shows can boast, with 52.5 million U.S. viewers tuning in to watch The Final One. Since then there have been countless retrospectives, features and interviews across global media that unearthed plenty of recollections and little-known facts. Read on to find out more about The One Everyone Watched.