Emmy Flashback '02: 'Friends' Finally Wins Comedy
By ROBERT PACE
September 12, 2012
Friends was, and continues to be, a fan-favorite. The popular sitcom was also loved by the critics, which was evident by the slew of Emmy nominations that it received, but it never took home much hardware, which made 2002 a huge year for the show.
Although the show had received a few awards including Outstanding Supporting Actress for Lisa Kudrow, it didn't receive much love from the Emmys over the years, especially for the Outstanding Comedy Series award, for which it had previously been nominated five times.
The looming potential end to Friends, which eventually went on for two more seasons, may have played a role in the show's 2002 Emmys success, but either way, they would relish the two awards that they received, which included their first, and eventually only, Outstanding Comedy award.
"[It's] surreal. I'm not good with words obviously; talk to these people," Jennifer Aniston says in the video flashback as she points to her cast mates.
Aniston had plenty to be speechless for, as she received Friends' other award on the night for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, which was the first occasion that she was nominated for the award.
"I just never even imagined that that would happen," she says. "They say your name and it's like, 'What?'"
Those Emmys were as surreal as can be, as the show would be nominated again but not receive another award (unless you count Christina Applegate's Outstanding Guest Actress award in 2003, that is).