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Jakarta Post

Urban chat: Dear Hollywood, Please pass on ‘Friends’ reunion

  • Lynda Ibrahim

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 16 2019   /  02:28 am

Twenty-five years ago David Crane and Marta Kauffman created Friends, a 30-minute sitcom featuring six people in their mid- to late-20s, juggling life and love in the merry madness that was 1990s New York City.Aired originally by NBC between Mad About You and Seinfeld, two quintessentially TV shows about New York life, Friends initially received mixed reviews before winning praises and ratings, even outlasting Seinfeld’s famed nine-year run by another year.When it aired its hour-long finale after a decade, Friends had won awards and made its cast ensemble millionaires thanks to collective pay negotiations starting in season 3.The 2004 finale lured 52.5 million viewers, the fourth most watched series finale in American television history. Fifteen years on, syndication is so strong that when earlier this year Netflix lost to HBO Max the rights to air Friends, its most popular show, analy...