LOS ANGELES — “Friends” marks its 25th anniversary this week, and the quintessential 1990s sitcom has attracted a new fanbase barely half that age.
Tween and teen girls in particular have embraced the show with huge enthusiasm, taking a series that belonged to Generation X and making it their own.
They binge all 10 seasons on Netflix through their laptops and phones, and push it on their classmates and social media followers.
Ten-year-old Lucia Mozingo says she spreads “Friends” ”like a disease” among her own friends.
Many girls say they like it because it depicts a life they aspire to.
Twelve-year-old Imogen Schwartz says when she watches it she wishes she lived across the hall from her best friends and had a Rachel, a Chandler and a Phoebe in her life.
“Friends” premiered on Sept. 22, 1994 on NBC.
Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press