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'Friends' of an era

Popular, yes. Classic, no. But maybe the last sitcom of its kind.

By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / May 2, 2004

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Before "Friends" joined NBC's "must-see" lineup on Sept. 22, 1994, the show's creators toyed with alternate titles. "Six of One" was pointlessly cute, "Across the Hall" had a British chill to it, and "Insomnia Cafe" suggested the cult of slacker anomie, not to mention a convenient slight for unimpressed TV critics, of whom there were many. "Friends": It was the ... (Full Article: 1124 Words)

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