"'Friends' did not have an obvious precedent when it made its debut in 1994; neither did 'Roseanne.'" — The New York Times' Alessandra Stanley dissing today's TV sitcoms, which "can be neatly summed up as hybrids of past hits," while "past breakthrough comedies do not fit any such mold."
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"Friends" on NBC, is one of this season's trendy young-urban-single comedies that are trying to duplicate the success of "Seinfeld," and "Ellen." —Chicago Sun-Times, September 2, 1994
Two years ago, comedies were imitating "Seinfeld." This season they are imitating "Ellen" (formerly "These Friends of Mine"), which itself is an imitation of "Seinfeld." This is an illustration of the carbon copy school of programing, in which each imitation gets weaker, until the next new idea comes along to steal. --Newsday, September 5, 1994
Like ABC's "Ellen," it's a "Seinfeld" wanna-be, but without a Jerry Seinfeld - or Ellen Degeneres, for that matter -- Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), September 11, 1994
Don't we have enough friends on television in shows like "Seinfeld," "Ellen" and "Mad About You"? — Buffalo News (New York), September 11, 1994
The new ''Seinfeld'' wannabe — The Houston Chronicle, September 22, 1994,
Look what Seinfeld hath wrought: Yet another ensemble comedy built around young people trying to find their way in the world. —Calgary Herald (Alberta, Canada), September 22, 1994,
Oh, no, you might well moan, not another group of pals sitting around whining and nursing their anxieties, getting up once in a while to test the passing Zeitgeist — The New York Times, September 29, 1994
Yeah, yeah, yeah. But what about Roseanne? She's right about Roseanne, isn't she? Um...
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