On September 22, Friends will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The show premiered in 1994 with a rather unimpressive pilot and an uneven first season that received mixed reviews and was repeatedly unfavorably compared to Seinfeld, another NBC staple in the ’90s. The show continued for nine seasons, sometimes getting better but mostly staying stuck in a repetitive rut of Ross/Rachel nonsense, the “struggles” of living in fancy apartments in a disgustingly expensive city, and the perils of drinking coffee. While I can sort of wrap my head around the mass appeal, it’s still worth mentioning that Friends was, to put it bluntly, not a very good show. So why is everyone still so nostalgic for it?