Friends was first aired on NBC in September, 1994. This was the same year that saw The Lion King and Forest Gump smash box office records. It was also the year that Kurt Cobain tragically took his own life.
Friends was an American sitcom that revolved around the lives of six close friends who lived in Manhattan, New York City.
Chandler was best-known for his sarcastic sense of humor. In the show's early beginnings, he had an on-and-off relationship with Janice Hosenstein, who was extremely loud and annoying. Later on in the series, he hooked up with Monica Geller at Ross's wedding. Eventually, he ended up marrying Monica and they adopted two twins.
Rachel started off as a spoiled daddy's girl who worked in a coffee house in Central Park. As the show went on, her personality evolved and she became less self-absorbed, especially after she gave birth to her daughter Emma. Rachel's onscreen relationship with Ross Geller has been hailed as one of the best TV romances of all time.
Ross started off as a paleontologist working at the Museum of Natural History. He was good-natured, but clumsy and socially awkward. At many points in the series, he comes across as irritating and stubborn. Throughout the show, Ross has three failed marriages and was involved in an on-and-off relationship with Rachel Green. In the very last episode, he and Rachel professed their love for one another.
Monica was Ross's younger sister. Seen as the mother hen of the group, Monica came across as bossy, compulsive and competitive. When Friends had just started, she had a relationship with Richard Burke, who was 21 years her senior. Later on in the series, she had a long-lasting relationship with Chandler Bing, before marrying him and adopting two twins.
Joey is a struggling actor with an eye for the ladies. Throughout the show, he comes across as simple-minded and innocent. While Joey wasn't exactly sharp, he did care deeply for those around him, especially his best friend Chandler. At the beginning of the series, Joey and Chandler shared an apartment together.
Phoebe was an eccentric character who worked as a masseuse. Throughout the show, she came across as child-like. She often sang songs and played her guitar in the coffee house in Central Park. Her most memorable song was a quirky song called "Smelly Cat". Now that I think of it, I'm not sure if she actually sang anything else.