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On Sept. 22, 1994, “Friends” premiered on NBC. Our critic called it “the best comedy series of the new season.”  https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1994-09-22-ca-41409-story.html 

When it ended a decade later, @LATimesTVLloyd wrote that, “It was always a smart show, with smart players, and it stayed smart.”  https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-may-08-et-lloyd8-story.html 

In between the pilot and finale, “Friends” became a phenom.  https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2004-apr-25-ca-chocano25-story.html 

Now, the show has become one of the hottest properties in television once again.  https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2019-08-12/seinfeld-is-the-next-big-prize-in-streaming-wars-as-legacy-media-companies-battle-netflix-for-classic-shows 

And WarnerMedia is banking on its avid viewers to help launch the company’s new streaming service.  https://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-hbo-max-streaming-service-20190709-story.html 

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