TV Fact #196 – May 8th, 2015:

After an amazing ten years, the series’ creators of “Friends” (1994-2004) completed the first draft of the hour-long finale in January 2004, four months before its original airing, which would ultimately be titled, appropriately, “The Last One”.

Creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman along with Executive Producer Kevin S. Bright watched the finales of other sitcoms to prepare the episode’s outline, paying attention to what worked and what did not. They liked the ones that stayed true to the series. They cited the finale of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970-1977) as the gold standard. However, Crane, Kauffman, and Bright had difficulty writing the finale, and spent several days thinking about the final scene without being able to write a word. They didn’t want to do “something high concept, or take the show out of the show” with the most critical parts of the finale shot without an audience, and with a minimum number of crew members.

I could type an essay on the finale alone of “Friends”, but understand this cast and crew were close. Working together for ten years showed this relationship. In the end, they were writing the finale for their own closure as a family as much as the audience that watched them every day for a decade.

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