NBC thought no one would watch 'Friends'
Friends was one of the most beloved sitcoms during its 10 season run.The world watched as its six main characters struggled together to get through their 20s in Manhattan — mainly in one coffee shop. But its creator says NBC wasn't a fan of the cast in the beginning.
She told the Huffington Post, "We were told by the network, 'No one's going to watch a show about people in their 20s,' [They said], 'You have to have an older person.'"
The network proposed bringing in a character called "Pat the Cop" who would show up at Central Perk and offer the twenty-something friends advice. Fortunately, the show aired mostly as it had first been written — without good ol' Pat.Can we also point out that the seven-page pitch for the show was originally called "Insomnia Cafe" — we're happy that didn't make it to the screen either.
Of course, NBC knows just how good the pitch was without messing with the cast.
The series was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards. It's ranked no. 21 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time and, thanks to Rachel, it's responsible for one of the most iconic hairdos.
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