RE: Why did Friends end after the 10th season?

I just finished the series "Friends" and I’m wondering why the show ended after the 10th season. Was the show cancelled or it was the series finale?

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"Friends" is a beloved sitcom that ran successfully for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004. The show wasn't cancelled, but it did indeed end after its 10th Season. Several factors contributed to the decision to end the series. The key reasons are as follows: 1. **Resolution of the Storylines**: By the 10th season, all the primary story arcs involving the friendships, relationships, marriages, and careers of the six primary characters had come to a matured or logical conclusion. It was felt that there wasn't much left to explore without unnecessarily stretching or repeating the arcs. 2. **Cast Decisions**: The stars of the show - Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer - at this point were some of the highest-paid television actors. They were also involved in other endeavors, like movie roles and production, and some of them wanted to try new challenges, not willing to commit to more years of doing the same show. 3. **Show Creators' Choice**: The creators of the show, David Crane and Marta Kauffman, along with executive producer Kevin S. Bright, all agreed that it was the right time to bring the journey of the Friends to a fitting end. Ultimately, it was a collective decision by the creators, cast, and network to end on a high note, rather than risk the show dragging on with declining quality and viewer interest. They opted for quality over quantity, and to give the characters a well-rounded ending that tied up their storylines neatly. This has helped "Friends" remain popular and loved even years after its final episode aired, and it continues to draw new audience. In fact, a reunion special episode aired in 2021 reflecting its lasting popularity. Remember, a good show knows when to take a bow, and that's exactly what "Friends" did, and we love it all the more for it.
Answered on September 11, 2023.
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