Why was the TV series "Friends" so popular before it ended? I tried watching some re-runs on TBS, but I seriously cannot get into it nor comprehend why it's so funny. I think Seinfeld is a MUCH more clever show, and some of the other older TV shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens were much better. Friends just seems to be full of people who are supposed to be relatively smart that, that act dumber than they really are, and only care about sex and whatnot. I just don't get it. Is it the attractive cast that made it so popular or what?