What's the true worth of the "Friends" effect?

03/22/2004 | Variety (subscription required)

When the dust from the series finale settles, media pundits will claim "Friends" was one of the greatest shows of all time, and they won't be wrong, a report says, as the program breathed new life into the sitcom genre. Blinded by the success of "Friends," the networks got caught in a morass of creating clones of the show, neglecting to innovate, and driving viewers to dramas.

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