Friends: Salary Standoff & Lasting Legacy

In 2000, as the “Friends” cast insisted on a $1,050,000 per episode salary, Garth Ancier from NBC created promotional material teasing the end of the series with the tagline, “After seven years of laughter, join us for the Friends series finale this Thursday.” This tactic led the cast to compromise on their wages.

“Friends” became a cultural phenomenon during its 10-year run from 1994 to 2004. The show’s iconic catchphrases, like Joey’s “How you doin’?” and Janice’s “Oh. My. God,” became widely recognized. Furthermore, Jennifer Aniston’s hairstyle as Rachel Green, dubbed “The Rachel,” gained immense popularity in the 1990s. The Central Perk coffeehouse, a popular setting on the show, inspired real-life coffee shops around the world, demonstrating the lasting impact of this beloved sitcom.

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