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30+ Shows You Should Definitely Watch If You Love ‘Friends’

The cast of “Friends” kept audiences glued to the screen for a decade.IMDb/Warner Bros.

  • The iconic sitcom “Friends” aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004.
  • With 236 episodes of Central Perk shenanigans, iconic outfits, and quotable moments, fans continue to fall hard for re-runs of “Friends.”
  • With the help of INSIDER’s Data team, we figured out what other shows “Friends” lovers would also enjoy.

“Friends” was a defining sitcom of the ’90s and early 2000s. The show ended in 2004, but thanks to re-runs and streaming services, fans can relive its quotable moments and the relatable characters who navigate relationships, work, and self-discovery in New York City.

Though we’d all probably be content watching “Friends” every day for the rest of our lives, it’s not the only TV series out there. In order to make selecting the next series a little easier, the INSIDER Data team collected data from Rotten Tomatoes and found what TV shows fans and reviewers of “Friends” were also watching and loving.

If you’re ready to branch out of your Central Perk bubble – but will shamelessly always love Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Joey, and Chandler – these are the shows you should add to your watch list ASAP.

“How I Met Your Mother” is often compared to “Friends.”

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“How I Met Your Mother” is a highly quotable and lovable TV series that intertwines family charm, friendships, drama, and love. The show’s storyline is centered on Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), who tells his kids the story of how he met their mom.

Though many fans were outraged at the ending, “How I Met Your Mother” is a defining sitcom of the 2000s; it premiered in 2005 and ran for nine seasons on CBS.

You can watch “How I Met Your Mother” on Hulu.

“The Big Bang Theory” could be thought of as the quirkier sibling of “Friends.”

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“The Big Bang Theory” is a comedy about the friendships, love lives, and antics of physicists Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) who are roommates in Pasadena, California.

The self-proclaimed nerdy roommates, along with their colleagues, apartment building friends, and romantic partners, share relatable predicaments and wildly hilarious adventures that fans of “Friends” will love. The Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning show ran for 12 seasons, according to IMDb.

The series is available for purchase on Amazon.

“True Detective” is a drama that 14% of “Friends” reviewers also loved.

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According to INSIDER Data, people who watched “Friends” also gave positive reviews to “True Detective,” a fictional mystery and crime series perfect for fans of anything and everything related to true crime.

You can stream the first three seasons of “True Detective” on HBO Go.

“The Office” is another comedy classic that fans of “Friends” have enjoyed.

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According to INSIDER Data, 12% of “Friends” reviewers also loved “The Office,” the mockumentary that will be entertaining and addictive to just about any viewer who can relate to awkward, laughable office culture.

The NBC series premiered in 2005 and ran until 2013. The nine seasons are available on Netflix.

“Friends” reviewers gave “Orange Is The New Black” high ratings.

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The Netflix original series “Orange Is The New Black” is also loved by viewers of “Friends,” according to INSIDER Data.

“Orange Is The New Black” tells the story of a normally law-abiding woman, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), who is sentenced to a year and a half in prison for transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, according to the IMDb synopsis. The series has been nominated for six Golden Globe awards and is available on Netflix.

“Parks and Recreation” is beloved by “Friends” fans, too.

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If you watched “Friends,” you might also love the hilarious public official co-workers of “Parks and Recreation.” In the comedy series, Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope, a local government official who tries to beautify her town and boost her own career – alongside a hilariously lousy boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), and other loony office-mates.

The show had seven seasons, which are available on Amazon Prime.

“Modern Family” is another popular choice among viewers of “Friends.”

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Hence the title of the series, “Modern Family” offers a current perspective of American family dynamics through the stories of interconnected relatives. Fans of “Friends” will love that “Modern Family” is both hilarious and heartwarming.

The show won one Golden Globe Award for “Best Television Series: Comedy or Musical” in 2012, and it’s also been nominated for countless Primetime Emmy Awards, according to IMDb. The ABC show can be found on Hulu.

“Friends” viewers also enjoyed the comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

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“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” comes from the same masterminds behind “Parks and Recreation.” If you loved the friendships and group dynamics in “Friends,” the hilarious co-workers of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” are likely to be your cup of tea.

You can stream all six seasons on Hulu.

If you’re a loyal “Friends” viewer, consider adding “Gilmore Girls” to your watch list.

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Reviewers of “Friends” have also been found to have positive reactions to “Gilmore Girls,” according to INSIDER Data. “Gilmore Girls” premiered in 2000 and ran until 2007, according to IMDb. Fans of “Friends” will love following the lives of Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), the single mom to teenager Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) in this series that combines drama and comedy.

“Gilmore Girls” is available for streaming on Netflix.

“Scrubs” is a comedy and drama that “Friends” reviewers have also enjoyed.

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According to INSIDER Data, fans of “Friends” may also find TV compatibility with the comedy and drama series “Scrubs,” which follows medical intern John “J.D.” Dorian as he navigates friendship, love, and life within the walls of Sacred Heart Hospital.

The show had nine seasons and ran from 2001 to 2010, and all the episodes can be found on Hulu.

“Supernatural” may not share the familiar sitcom qualities of “Friends,” but many Central Perk enthusiasts also loved this sci-fi series.

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If you loved “Friends” but may also be interested in a show with a “Stranger Things”-esque, science fiction vibe, “Supernatural” may be a show to add to your watch list.

“Supernatural” is a series by the CW that has been going strong since 2005. It’s had 15 seasons and counting, according to IMDb, which is ideal for a major binge session with a fellow viewer who loves all things fantasy and mystery.

Fourteen seasons of “Supernatural” can be found on Netflix.

“New Girl” gives a modern take to the rom-com sitcom through the eyes of a female protagonist who moves into a loft with three guys.

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In “New Girl,” Zooey Deschanel plays Jess Day, a spunky teacher who has to find new roommates after a bad breakup. She moves into an apartment with three single men, each with a quirky, distinct persona, which makes for differences as well as unlikely friendships.

The FOX show ran from 2011 through 2018 and had seven seasons, according to IMDb.

You can watch all the episodes on Netflix.