Max - The entire iconic Friends series available in France today

By Mulder, 01 july 2024

Mon. 01/07/2024 11:09

Today marks a special day for fans of the cult series Friends. As of this July 1, 2024, all ten seasons of the iconic sitcom are now available on Max. Friends follows the hilarious and touching adventures of six inseparable friends living in Manhattan: Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross. The series, which began in 1994 and ended in 2004, has left its mark on generations thanks to unforgettable moments and cult lines like Pivot, Unagi and the Smelly Cat song. The Rembrandts' I'll Be There for You has become a musical icon associated with the series.

Produced by Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, Friends explores universal themes such as love, careers and the challenges of commitment. However, at the heart of the series lies friendship, a precious bond that becomes the chosen family for these young adults. With a talented cast including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, Friends has captured the hearts of audiences and critics alike, becoming an essential reference in the sitcom genre.

In addition to the original series, subscribers can also relive the moving and funny moments of Friends: The Reunion. This special, also available from today, offers a heartfelt celebration of the series and its enduring legacy. The reunion of the six friends promises an evening rich in nostalgia, laughter and tears, reminding us why Friends occupies such a special place in popular culture.

Since its inception, Friends has been hailed for its sharp writing, the chemistry between its cast and its profound cultural impact. The series has consistently ranked among the best of all time, garnering prestigious nominations and awards, including an Emmy for Best Comedy Series in 2002. Its finale, broadcast on May 6, 2004, attracted an estimated 52.5 million viewers in the U.S., making it one of the most-watched episodes in television history. Friends has also influenced popular culture, with famous lines like Joey's How You Doin'? and iconic characters.
Friends has not only entertained, but also influenced many aspects of everyday life and culture. For example, Rachel's hairstyle, nicknamed The Rachel, has been widely imitated around the world. The series has also played a role in English language learning for many non-English speakers, with some citing Friends as a valuable tool for improving their command of the language. The series' popularity has led to the creation of Central Perk cafés around the world, offering fans an immersive experience in the Friends universe.

The series also marked a turning point in the portrayal of young adults on television, introducing a new form of family based on friendship and mutual support. Viewers identified with the characters and situations, finding in Friends a source of comfort and joy.

Today, whether for a first discovery or for yet another viewing, Friends is ready to offer its moments of laughter and complicity once again. With its episodes now available on Max, a new generation of viewers can discover why this series remains so beloved and an integral part of our culture. Celebrating friendship and the unbreakable bonds formed during the years of youth, Friends reminds everyone of the importance of friends who become a true family.

Rachel Green, a sheltered but sympathetic woman, runs away from her wedding day and her rich but unfulfilling life and reunites with her childhood friend Monica Geller, an uptight but caring chef. Rachel becomes a waitress at the Central Perk café in the West Village, after moving into Monica's apartment above the Central Perk, and joins Monica's group of single, twenty-something friends: She joins Monica's group of single, twenty-something friends: Phoebe Buffay, an eccentric masseuse and musician; her neighbor Joey Tribbiani, a struggling actor and narrow-minded but loyal womanizer; Joey's roommate Chandler Bing, a sarcastic, self-deprecating computer scientist; and Ross Geller, Monica's older brother and Chandler's college roommate, a mild-mannered but insecure paleontologist.

Created by David Crane, Marta Kauffman
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.
Theme music composer: Michael Skloff, Allee Willis
Opening theme I'll Be There for You by The Rembrandts
Number of seasons 10 (236 episodes)
Executive producers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman, Kevin S. Bright, Michael Borkow (season 4), Michael Curtis (season 5), Adam Chase (seasons 5-6), Greg Malins (seasons 5-7), Wil Calhoun (season 7), Scott Silveri (seasons 8-10), Shana Goldberg-Meehan (seasons 8-10), Andrew Reich (seasons 8-10), Ted Cohen (seasons 8-10)
Production companies: Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, Warner Bros. Television
Distributor: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original Network: NBC (USA)
Original Air Date: September 22, 1994 - May 6, 2004
Running time: 20-22 minutes (per episode)

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