The very famous American Television Sitcom, “F.R.I.E.N.D.S”, was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The show first aired on NBC for 10 seasons that started on 22 September 1994 to 6 May 2004. It comprised of an ensemble cast that starred Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. The show swirls around six friends living in Manhattan, New York City, who are in their 20s and 30s. The popular series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions along with Warner Bros. Television. The actual executive producers were Kevin S. Bright, Crane, and Kauffman.
The show aired for 10 years in the English language and its country of origin was the United States. Kauffman and Crane initially started developing the show, “FRIENDS” with the title “Insomnia Café” between November and December of 1993. Then, they both presented the idea to Bright that resulted in them being together as they showed the seven-page treatment of the sitcom show to NBC. Before the FRIENDS name was finalized, there were several script rewrites and changes. The changes also included title changes to “Friends Like Us” and “Six Of One”, but in the end, the show was named FRIENDS.
The filming of the show took place in the Warner Studios located in Burbank, California. All the 10 seasons of FRIENDS were ranked within the top 10 of the final television season ratings. During the airing of the eighth season of the show, it finally claims the number one spot. The finale series was aired on 6 May 2004 and also was watched by 52.5 million viewers of America. The finale series was also the fifth most-watched finale series in the history of television and also it became the most-watched television episode of the 2000s era.
About the Main Cast of FRIENDS
Jennifer Aniston played the role of Rachel Green in the sitcom and became worldwide famous for her role. She is an American actress, businesswoman as well as a producer. She is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses and she is 51 years old. Courteney Bass Cox played the role of Monica Geller in the show and gained recognition through it. She is an American actress director and producer and she is 56 years old.
Lisa Valerie Kudrow is an American actress, producer, writer, singer, and also a comedian. She portrayed Phoebe Buffay in the show which led her to earn Primetime Emmy and Screen Actors Guild awards. Matthew Steven LeBlanc aka Matt LeBlanc is an American actor and comedian who played the role of Joey Tribbiani, which made him worldwide famous. For his role, received 3 Emmy nominations and he is 53 year old.
Matthew Langford Perry, shortly called Matthew Perry portrayed the role of Chandler Bing on the comedy sitcom, FRIENDS. Matthew is an American-Canadian actor, comedian, executive producer screenwriter, and playwright. David Lawrence Schwimmer is an American director, actor, and producer and he portrayed Ross Geller in FRIENDS.
How Much Each Member Makes
Warner Bros makes a total of $1 billion every year from the show’s syndication revenue.
All the six main cast members, Jennifer, Courteney, David, Mathew, Lisa, and Matt receive the 2% of the syndication income. The syndication income is about $20 million for each person per year. Just from the re-run of the show, all the six major stars do receive $20 million every year. In the early days of the show, each of the main cast members was paid equally. Each main cast member was paid around $22,500 per episode which was later increased to $40,000 per episode when the show became a hit.