Friends has always been one of those absolutely staple TV programmes. Whenever I feel down, it's the first show I put on to try and make myself laugh.

Whether it's seeing the gang try and work out what Ugly Naked Guy is up too, or what hilarious thing will come out of Phoebe's mouth next, there's a testament to how long the show has been around, and how easy it is to still watch after all these years. I don't know about you, but I think I may have watched some of those episodes over 100x by now, and still laugh just as much now as I did the first time I saw it.

There was something in the dynamic between those six characters that really felt special. You wanted to believe they were real, even if their ridiculously plush apartments in New York (let's be real, there is NO way they could have afforded those spaces on their salaries), told you otherwise.

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

The series ran for a decade, from 1994 to 2004, with its stars earning an estimated $1 million per episode for a good portion of that. And a decade-plus after the last episode aired, and (almost) everyone was happy because Ross and Rachel did get together in the end after all, it seems Friends still has a place in everyone's hearts.

At least, it does in the hearts of the users of Ranker, who have voted in their thousands to crown it the best sitcom of all time.

It's not the first time the show has worn that accolade, either. In fact, it sits atop IMDB's 2013 list of the top 30 greatest sitcoms of all-time, too, with Modern Family, Two And A Half Men, Full House and Roseanne making up the rest of the top five.

On the Ranker list, Seinfeld ­- which is placed at number six on the IMDB list - sits at number two, followed by The Simpsons, Cheers and The Big Bang Theory.

Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

That the runners-up are so different on each list but the number one remains the same is testament to the enduring power of Friends to this day. Everything that was associated with that show turned into gold. (We just won't mention Joey. Never mention Joey.)

Whether anything will push Friends from it's glory of the top spot anytime soon we'll have to wait and see, but given that it's been 14 years since it left our screens - or at least since they stopped filming new episodes - we highly doubt it. And quite right, TBF.

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Katey Roberts

Katey is the Junior Social Editor of PRETTY52. She recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, with a degree in Film and Media and her expertise is in entertainment news and celebrity culture. Contact her -

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