Friends is an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman which follows the lives of six friends living in New York: lovable but clueless Joey Tribbiani, spoilt rich kid Rachel Green, neurotic Monica Geller, nerdy Ross Geller, offbeat Phoebe Buffay and wise-cracking Chandler Bing.
The series aired in the USA on NBC from 22 September, 1994 to 6 May, 2004. There are 236 half-hour episodes in 10 seasons.
Friends originally aired in South Africa on M-Net, ending its run on Wednesday 6 October, 2004. It later aired on e.tv (from 1 October, 1998 to 15 August, 2008), beginning on the first night the channel began broadcasting. It also aired on DStv's M-Net Holiday and Sony Entertainment Television (SONY) channels.
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 10 originally aired on M-Net from 16 June to 6 October, 2004, on Wednesdays at 19h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 10 later aired on e.tv from 18 April to 15 August, 2008, on Fridays at 19h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 10 premiered on SONY on Monday 29 April 2013, at 18h35. New episodes broadcast in a double bill on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the same time. There are 18 episodes in the tenth and final season.
Joey and Rachel do not date for long as they do not feel comfortable taking their relationship further. Ross and Charlie break up.
Mike and Phoebe get married in a street on a cold, snowy day. Chandler and Monica apply to adopt the baby of a pregnant young woman named Erica and decide to move out of their apartment to a house in the suburbs of New York.
Erica gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl, who are named Jack and Erica. Rachel accepts a job in Paris from Mark (who caused Ross and Rachel problems while they dated previously). The group holds a going-away party for her and she says goodbye to each of them in turn, except Ross.
He is upset about this until Rachel tells him it was too hard to say goodbye to him. They then sleep together. Ross believes that this means they are back together, but then Rachel says it was "the perfect way to say goodbye" and Ross is heartbroken.
In the finale, Ross realizes he still loves Rachel and, after she leaves for Paris, goes after her, driven by Phoebe on a ride with many obstacles before he can get to Rachel.
Ross catches Rachel at the airport and tells her he is in love with her, begging her not to go; however, she is overwhelmed by this new information on top of everything else and leaves. Ross was sure she would stay, and is crushed.
When he gets back to his apartment, he finds a message from Rachel on his answering machine, telling him she does still love him and is trying to get off the plane, but is not allowed to leave.
Ross listens intently as Rachel tries to explain to the flight attendant that she needs to get off the plane but the message ends before he can tell whether or not she got off.
Ross frantically runs to the answering machine, pressing buttons and screaming "Did she get off the plane?" Suddenly a voice from behind Ross says "I got off the plane," and he turns to see Rachel at the door of his apartment.
They kiss, and assure each other that this is finally the real thing and they want to be together.
The series ends with Chandler and Monica moving out of their apartment with their new twins, Mike and Phoebe deciding to have kids, and Ross and Rachel becoming a family with Emma.
As they look around their apartment one last time, Chandler and Monica realize they need to leave their key on the desk.
One by one, each friend follows with his or her own key to the apartment. Rachel then suggests that they all go for one last cup of coffee before Monica and Chandler move and Chandler responds with the last words of the show: "Sure, where?".
Note: seasonal broadcast dates and times for M-Net and e.tv are incomplete.
Season 1 (24 episodes)
Channel: e.tv | Premiere: 1 Oct 1998 | Finale: 11 Mar 1999 | Thursdays, 19h00
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 2 Nov 2011 | Finale: 26 Dec 2011 | Mon/Wed/Fri, 19h35
Season 2 (24 episodes)
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 24 Feb 2012 | Finale: 18 Apr 2012 | Mon/Wed/Fri, 19h30
Season 3 (25 episodes)
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 20 Apr 2012 | Finale: 15 Jun 2012 | Mon/Wed/Fri, 19h35
Season 4 (24 episodes)
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 18 Jun 2012 | Finale: 10 Aug 2012 | Mon/Wed/Fri, 19h35
Season 5 (24 episodes)
Channel: e.tv | Premiere: 23 Dec 2005 | Finale: 2 Jun 2006 | Fridays, 19h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 12 Oct 2012 | Finale: 5 Dec 2012 | Mon/Wed/Fri, 18h45
Season 6 (25 episodes)
Channel: e.tv | Premiere: 9 Jun 2006 | Finale: 24 Nov 2006 | Fridays, 19h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 7 Dec 2012 | Finale: 1 Feb 2013 | Mon/Wed/Fri, 18h40
Season 7 (24 episodes)
Channel: e.tv | Premiere: 1 Dec 2006 | Finale: 11 May 2007 | Fridays, 19h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 4 Feb 2013 | Finale: 1 Mar 2013 | Mon/Wed/Fri, 18h40
Season 8 (24 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 10 Jul 2002 | Finale: 18 Dec 2002 | Wednesdays, 19h30
Channel: e.tv | Premiere: 18 May 2007 | Finale: 26 Oct 2007 | Fridays, 19h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 4 Mar 2013 | Finale: 29 Mar 2013 | Mon/Wed/Fri, 18h35
Season 9 (24 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 4 Jun 2003 | Finale: 5 Nov 2003 | Wednesdays, 19h30
Channel: e.tv | Premiere: 2 Nov 2007 | Finale: 11 Apr 2008 | Fridays, 19h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 1 Apr 2013 | Finale: 26 Apr 2013 | Mon/Wed/Fri, 18h35
Season 10 (18 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 16 Jun 2004 | Finale: 6 Oct 2004 | Wednesdays, 19h30
Channel: e.tv | Premiere: 18 Apr 2008 | Finale: 15 Aug 2008 | Fridays, 19h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 29 Apr 2013 | Finale: 17 May 2013 | Mon/Wed/Fri, 18h35