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Friends is unbeatable… but that hasn't stopped people trying. You can understand why TV bosses wanted to repeat the success of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe — universal adoration, critical acclaim, awards wins and monster ratings add up to a formula people really want to milk. The thing about Friends was that it was really funny, really heartwarming, and full of chemistry among the cast.

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That didn't stop these shows from trying to mimic the format, though, some more successfully than others…. One of the more successful attempts to mimic FriendsHow I Met Your Mother was almost embarrassingly similar: sure, the group of buddies met at a bar instead of a coffee house, but please. Friends had nailed the "pals hang out" format so successfully that its successors had to raise their game — and so it was with HIMYM 's long-running storyline about Ted meeting the mother.

On the one hand, this led to nine seasons and a solid fan base. On the other, everyone bloody hated the ending. New Girl — which has always been a bit of a mixed bag, to be honest — kicked off with a similar premise to Friends : an out-of-her-depth young woman bunking up with new flatmates after the end of a relationship.

It's never managed to be as consistently funny or moving as Friendsbut one thing New Girl has nailed is the house-sharing dynamic. It's got in-jokes the douche jar! Oh, and another thing New Girl got right? Jess and Nick's first kiss. It was almost as good as Ross and Rachel's Central Perk smooch.

Happy Endings might be the show that has come closest to Friends in being consistently funny, entertaining and heartwarming. Cancelled long before its time and not given the support it deserved, on the surface it was just another Friends copycat: an aborted marriage to kick things off; relationships in the friendship group; a wacky one; a dumb one; a favourite bar again. But Happy Endings became more than just another copycat with its offbeat humour and bizarre moments that made it stand out from the crowd.

Can you Big girl wanted for Chandler we still miss it dreadfully? The One With… The Geeks. Oh look, another group of young adults spending all their time together! While Chandler was a bit of a dork and Ross was a palaeontology nerd, they were nothing on Sheldon, Leonard and the like. Of course, there was also Penny the Joey figure, in some ways; the Rachel who turns up in the first episode in others. This was a successful enough formula for The Big Bang Theory, but it really took off when the likes of Amy and Bernadette showed up and became main cast members.

In other words, when it swerved further away from being a Friends -alike. It's just Big girl wanted for Chandler well it did, because the comparisons between 'Smelly Cat' and 'Soft Kitty' were getting too much. Also known as: "the British Friends ".

Coupling always invited direct comparisons to its Stateside big brother, and it's not surprising — it focused on a group of six friends, dealing with relationship dramas and general growing-up issues. The thing about Couplingthough, was that it had a uniquely British sense of humour — darker, naughtier — that set it apart from Friends. Mind you, the less said about the US remake, which was commissioned by NBC just as Friends was coming to an end, the better.

It was swiftly cancelled. Of all the shows that tried to be FriendsRules of Engagement is probably one of the most blatant. Sure, it pretended to be different, but this only went so far as having a married couple, a newly engaged couple and their single mates hanging out. The characters were similar — a womaniser with a silly catchphrase! A guy with a job in finance and a penchant for sarcasm!

Even some of the storylines were almost completely identical… and it didn't take fans long to realise.

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Heck, this publicity photo is even basically a copy of a Friends one. The strategy worked, though; Rules of Engagement lasted for seven seasons. Unsurprisingly, it's another show about young people living in New York and their lives and loves, but Off Centre, from the makers of American Pieset itself apart by being absolutely filthy and getting told off for talking about naughtiness all the time.

What Friends winked at, Off Centre made the whole point. The One With… The Drama. Are we all supposed to have only five friends each? Anyway, Cold Feet came during the peak of Friends' success, but to its credit it changed things up a bit. The characters were a bit older and more settled, and it was far more of a drama — admittedly with lots of funny bits. Mind you, when it began Helen Baxendale had literally just been in Friends. We're not saying we'd have Cold Feet any other way, but that's not exactly casting to put the comparison to bed, is it?

Oh dear. We had high hopes for Joey … they didn't last long. The thing that made Friends work so well was the chemistry between the characters; it turns out one on their own was just a bit sad. Also, we were just really annoyed that Monica and Chandler had arranged the Joey Room in their fancy new house and then he buggered off to Los Angeles without so much as a by your leave.

Sorry, Joey — you could never have matched up. Type keyword s to search. That didn't stop these shows from trying to mimic the format, though, some more successfully than others… 1. Getty Images Fox. Rex Features ITV. This content is created Big girl wanted for Chandler maintained by a third party, and imported onto this to help users provide their addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.

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