BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - The creators of "Friends" relied on some of television's best finales to guide them in crafting the final episode of television's most popular sitcom.
In the midst of rehearsing for the last episode of the NBC comedy, the producers and series stars paused Tuesday to talk about what the show has meant to them and how it will end after 10 years.
Marta Kauffman, the series' creator, told reporters that she watched episodes of "The Larry Sanders Show," "Newhart" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" - the latter of which she called "the gold standard" - before joining with fellow executive producers David Crane and Kevin Bright to write the last episode.
They declined to reveal details of the one-hour finale, which is likely to air in May, and said they were taking precautions to keep it secret. The air date has not yet been announced.