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Fans Say Farewell to 'Friends'

Fans Say Farewell to 'Friends'

Posted - May 6, 2004 at 9:33 p.m.



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Kim Johnson ReportingUnless you live under a rock, chances are you know that tonight was the big "Friends" finale.

Across the nation millions watched as Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey said goodbye.

Fans or not, many friends found the “Friends” finale a perfect excuse to throw a party. Some say they grew up watching the smash hit sitcom.

Traci Monson: “I started watching it when it first started, and it was in college, and it was just a fun time of my life, and that was part of our week."

Millions tuned in every Thursday night for a decade to see what was up with Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Ross Joey and Chandler.

Candice Madsen: "I think everyone would want friendships like they had. I mean to be that close, and that tight with the same small group for so long. It's something that if you have it you can relate to it. And if you don't you want it.”

Americans not only wanted friends like friends, they wanted to look like them too.

Johanna Merkley: "Home interior was definitely influenced by ‘Friends’. People starting painting their houses blue, started hanging empty frames. ‘Friends’ really influenced colors, hairstyles, clothing, just everything.”

The final episode's surprises? Twins for Monica and Chandler, a dream job for Joey, Rachel and Ross finally get back together. And so, the most successful prime time television sitcom signed off for good.

David Caine: "I think if the world were to end it would be tonight for many people. But I think we'll all go to sleep tonight, and wake up tomorrow, and life will go on."

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