Season 1 Episode 1

The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (a.k.a. Pilot)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 1994 on NBC

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  • Rachel leaves both Barry (and a upper middle class life-style at the alter). Monica really needs a new roommate and Ross is dealing with the divorce of his wife, who has come out as being gay

    It is 1994 and a group of young, hip New York City dwellers meet and learn to deal with the ups and downs of their complicated lives with compassion, comedy and a sense of style. 'Friends' quickly became a global sensation, with well deserved fame and fortune for the cast and crew. Many television shows tried to copy the show's success (trendy coffee shops became all the rage) and some shows even took jabs at it (Murder, She Wrote) but their was nothing on television quite like Friends. True, the series was not beyond certain complaints and contradictions. The series that presented a positive portrayal of a same-sex couple, was the same series that struggled to portray the cities diversity in other areas (i.e. race, ethnicity or disability) and presented, at times, a totally laughable ideal of social class.

    All the major characters have nice, spacious apartments, designer clothing and furniture and could spend quite a bit of time hanging out in a trendy coffee shop talking about just about anything under the sun.

    Yet, the character's jobs, when they were employed, would probably not be able to support such a upper middle life-style, absent of some serious loans and credit card debt. Looking back at the series, which I personally felt came close to jumping the shark near the end, it is still funny, still creative, still showcases some real talents and a sincere desire to address some serious social issues.
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