Friends is an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman
Marta Kauffman
Marta Kauffman is an American writer and TV producer, best known as the co-creator of the popular sitcom Friends, alongside David Crane. Both Crane and Kauffman were also executive producer of the show, along with Kevin Bright. Crane and Kauffman have also produced Veronica's Closet, starring...

, which aired on NBC
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 from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004. The series revolves around a group of friends in Manhattan
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. The series was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions
Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions
Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions is a production company created by Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane. The company is most notable for their production work on the American sitcom Friends, which aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004. Other series by Bright/Kauffman/Crane are Veronica's Closet...

, in association with Warner Bros. Television
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. The original executive producers were Crane, Kauffman and Kevin Bright
Kevin Bright
Kevin S. Bright is an American television executive producer and director whose credits include Dream On, Friends, and Joey....

, with numerous others being promoted in later seasons.

Kauffman and Crane began developing Friends under the title Insomnia Cafe in November/December 1993.