Michael runs an ad agency with his friend Elliot, whose marriage to Nancy is beginning to show the cracks of age, as is the friendship between Hope and her best friend Ellyn.
Michael's best friend, Gary, on the other hand, is trying to get on with his womanising life, and get over the mutually-destructive affair he had with Michael's cousin, Melissa.
You’ll have a multitude of choices – whether you’re driving over for a daytime jaunt, or leaving the car at the hotel when you head out into the night.
Everybody had marriage troubles, some of them had money troubles, they had affairs, they sat around a lot analysing their lives. , sharp suits, cocaine, big proto-mobile phones and a dark undercurrent, but more that the characters were in a position where they were striving for money and material things, yet felt odd disquiet about just how it had all come to this.
There was a sense that they’d been idealistic and perhaps even counter-cultural in their youths, in the Seventies, but then had hung up their ideals in pursuit of domestic bliss and money. Perhaps I thought this, in some distant, uncategorisable way, was going to be my future.
Fun could still be had, in and among the angst and the fretting. Ross, Monica, Joey, Chandler and Rachel were the fun-loving twentysomethings living in a whitewashed urban paradise in New York, the ultimate aspirational TV show of Gap-wearing Generation Xers.
But really, by the end of ’s producer Mike Bullen has fully admitted that he wanted his own ensemble show featuring James Nesbitt, John Thompson, Fay Ripley, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris and Helen Baxendale to be more like American output such as came to an end in 1991, I’m sure I had lost interest in it.