Friends became one of the most successful sitcoms of all time. The show made stars of its cast members including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and David Schwimmer. It entered its second season in 1996 so it was still growing in popularity. Many Americans favored Seinfeld over Friends but the latter had a wider global audience.
Meanwhile, it remains as much of a cultural phenomenon in 2023 as it did in the ’90s. Fans mourned the tragic passing of Matthew Perry in 2023. The show represents a purer time before social media and when we valued our relationships. The Cowboys wish that they had its staying power (via Bustle).