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As the Fall Season Begins, Will 4 Remain TV's Magic Number?

As the official 2014-2015 TV season kicks off on Monday, Sept. 22, we're about to find out whether TV's unofficial "Rule of 4" will strike again.

What's the "Rule of 4"? Quite simply, in the past few decades, years that ended in "4" have turned out to be game-changing seasons in network TV. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered and immediately revived a moribund NBC, as well as the entire sitcom genre.

By 1994, NBC was struggling once again — until Friends and ER came along and made the Peacock Network an unstoppable force for the rest of the decade. By 2004, it was ABC on the ropes, until Lost and Desperate Housewives debuted and turned that network around.

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Season 10, Episode 18
The worldwide comedy hit comes to a bittersweet, but comic close with its tenth and final season. Pushing the show to the limit, the final season includes "the ones with:" Monica's goes from "big hair" to beaded cornrows, Phoebe's marriage to Mike (Paul Rudd) in a blizzard, and Ross's spray-on tanning trip gone horribly wrong.

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Season 8, Episode 23
In the eighth exceptional season that won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Friends continues to play at the top of its game with these 24 "outstanding" episodes.

Paid | Amazon Instant Video Aired: 5/17/2001

Season 7, Episode 24
"Must-See TV" comes to iTunes with lucky season seven of the smash sitcom sensation. Beginning moments after Chandler proposes to Monica, the hip and hilarious antics of TV's favorite friends follow as Chandler (unsuccessfully) tries to bond with his future father-in-law; Rachel gets a hunky assistant and Ross introduces his son to the miracle of Chanukah by way of the "Holiday Armadillo.

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Season 2, Episode 24
This hilarious, award-winning comedy from Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions follows the lives, loves and careers of six young adults finding their way in the big city.

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As the Fall Season Begins, Will 4 Remain TV's Magic Number?

As the official 2014-2015 TV season kicks off on Monday, Sept. 22, we're about to find out whether TV's unofficial "Rule of 4" will strike again.

What's the "Rule of 4"? Quite simply, in the past few decades, years that ended in "4" have turned out to be game-changing seasons in network TV. In 1984, The Cosby Show premiered and immediately revived a moribund NBC, as well as the entire sitcom genre.

By 1994, NBC was struggling once again — until Friends and ER came along and made the Peacock Network an unstoppable force for the rest of the decade. By 2004, it was ABC on the ropes, until Lost and Desperate Housewives debuted and turned that network around.

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Pilot Inspector: Befriending Friends Again, 20 Years Later

On Sept. 22, 1994, Friends premiered on NBC, and haircuts, coffeehouses, lobsters, trivia games, pivoting, Thanksgiving, pickup lines and break(-up) lines were never the same again. The sitcom phenom's cultural impact endures and its popularity remains unrivaled, but could we have foreseen all that by the time Chandler (Matthew Perry) shared his Liza Minnelli dream?

In honor of the series' 20th anniversary, Joyce Eng and Sadie Gennis decided to break out the pilot and look back at the one where it all began.

The hardest Friends quiz you'll ever take


"The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate": Having left her fiancé Barry at the altar ...
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VIDEO: Friends Turns 20! The One Where Gunther Looks Back and Plays Trivia

Central Perk may not be Gunther's last name, but the two unquestionably go hand-in-hand.

So naturally, that's where we found James Michael Tyler, who played the surly, deadpan, Rachel-obsessed barista with "hair brighter than the sun" on Friends for all of its 10-year run. In honor of the series' 20th anniversary on Monday, Central Perk is real and — not to mix our must Must-See TV sitcoms — spectacular. Located at 199 Lafayette Street in New York City and open through Oct. 18, the pop-up coffeehouse is a must-stop shop for all Friends fanatics. The iconic orange couch is there for photo ops, there are tons of memorabilia, props (including Pat the Dog), souvenirs and free cups of coffee (courtesy of Eight O'Clock Coffee). Gunther himself will make surprise visits.

The hardest Friends quiz you'll ever take

"I had no expectation and I don't think ...
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Exclusive Video: Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry Reunite in Web Therapy Season 4 Promo

Friends has been back in the news this month — see: Exhibit A and Exhibit B — as the iconic hit nears its 20th anniversary. So it's perfect timing that the new teaser for Season 4 of Web Therapy kicks off with a reunion between former co-stars... read more

Jimmy Kimmel's Friends Reunion Was Everything We Hoped It Could Be

Jimmy Kimmel staged a (partial) Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, debuting some of the fan fiction he wrote about the show in a set that's an exact replica of Monica's kitchen on the show.

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Premiered: September 22, 1994, on NBC
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Premise: A classic sitcom that reflected the lives of six twentysomething friends: three men and three women, living in New York. Sometimes touching and often hilarious, it addressed universal themes like falling in---or out of---love, finding a job and dealing with (as well as becoming) parents, and inspired numerous friends-themed knockoffs, none of which conveyed the warmth and humor of the original. A spin-off, `Joey,' featuring Matt LeBlanc's character, was slated to debut in the fall of 2004.

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