By many accounts, 1994 was a notable year in the world of media. It was, after all, when Nancy Kerrigan
was attacked, the terrorists in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing convicted, Oj Simpson arrested in the murder of his wife and her friend and a Major League baseball strike. But after all of these things came the launches of two series that would go on to change the way small-screen storytelling was developed and discussed for decades to come. The cinematic medical drama “ER
” premiered with a two-hour pilot on Sept. 19, 1994, and just days later, the multicamera, half-hour comedy “Friends
” followed on Sept. 22, 1994.
Although at first glance, the shows’ genres and formats may seem to set them wildly apart, both boasted ensemble casts of soon-to-be stars, and both had unique, authentic and specific storytelling points of views that stemmed from their creators. Perhaps most importantly to those on the business side of things,