The F.R.I.E.N.D.S bid goodbye on this day, 17 years ago

Arts & Culture

F.R.I.E.N.D.S, one of the most popular sitcoms, aired its last episode on May 6, 2004.

Cuttack: Friends’ debut on NBC on September 22, 1994, changed the face of sitcoms. The series did more than just make people laugh, it made them talk about some less discussed topics like surrogacy, single motherhood and adoption. The six clueless friends finding their way through life, career and relationships became familiar to everyone. The series has acted as a stress buster for many people. Vaishnavi, an ardent fan of the series said, “I believe that any random episode of the series can lift my mood.” 

The series was not just about laughter and friendship, Rajat Rana believes it conveyed some important message about motherhood. He said, “Three women, three different kinds of motherhood and it all seemed normal when they did it. They showed that a woman can be a mother in different ways.” 

Seventeen years after the last episode aired, it is still watched by millions on different digital platforms. Ariya Das said, “It’s one of the greatest series of all-time with the best re-watchability factor.”

The purple door might have closed on May 6, 2004, but “I’ll be there for you” won’t ever get old.