One of the most popular sitcoms, Friends, began airing in the early 1990s. However, before Friends, another show that left the audience amused with its friendly banter and New York living was Jerry Seinfeld's show Seinfeld which ran for nine seasons before wrapping up in 1998. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Friends' Lisa Kudrow spoke about the connection between the two shows.
Kudrow who played Phoebe Buffay in Friends revealed the details of an interaction she had with Jerry Seinfeld during the early days of their sitcom. She said, "I remember going to some party and Jerry Seinfeld was there, and I said, ‘Hi,’ and he said, ‘You’re welcome.'" Adding on Kudrow said, "'Why, thank you … what?'"
Kudrow revealed what he said to her and what those words actually meant and added, "You’re on after us in the summer, and you’re welcome."The actress was taken aback by how the comedian was taking partial credit for the success of Friends in its early days.
Kudrow further added though how the relationship between Seinfeld and Friends went in terms of audience viewership and said that while initially, Friends followed Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser’s sitcom Mad About You, the sitcom didn't really "explode" until the next summer when it was placed after reruns of Seinfeld.
The actress admitted that the ratings for the first season of the show were "just fine." Although she also stated that she wouldn't take anything away from the show writers and the cast who were all doing an amazing job.