: When Friends premiered, I gave it a bad review in TV Guide. I said it was a rip-off of Cheers and an exercise in demographic pandering. But it grew on me and I wrote another column about a year later reconsidering teh show and saying that I was wrong and Friends was pretty damned good. One of the producers sent me a letter thanking me for admitting my mistake. So, you see, if it had been up to me, I would have abandoned Friends and we wouldn’t have all this hoopla tonight.
by Jeff Jarvis