Friends then and now - how sitcom originally named Insomnia Cafe became world's biggest TV show

Friends then and now - how sitcom originally named Insomnia Cafe became world's biggest TV show

Need some company when the rain starts to fall? You know where to turn. 17 years after its finale aired in the UK, Friends is still the go-to TV show for many of us after a busy day - so it’s hard to believe it once was just another TV show pilot with narrow chances of making it off the cutting room floor. “NBC’s pilot season of 1994 is legendary in the business,” reflects former NBC network president Warren Littlefield, speaking to Vanity Fair. “In a world where failure is commonplace, we midwifed the birth of both Friends and ER.” But ER now looks like small fry by comparison to the longevity and success of Friends. So what went so right for our coffee-inhaling, serial dating, barely working gang of six? In 1994 when the show was commissioned, it responded to president Littlefield’s desire to commission a really great show about the young urbanites who flocked to major US cities for work and play. “I imagined young adults starting out in New York, L.A., Dallas, Philly, San Francisco, St. Louis, …
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