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Marta Kauffman        

Writer and TV Producer; Best Known as the Co-Creator of "Friends" & "Grace and Frankie"

Rare is the television show that strikes the perfect blend of precise casting, savvy producing, and witty writing: "Friends" is undeniably one of those select few. Marta Kauffman, one of the creators and executive producers of that epochal sitcom, has made an indelible impact on television with her theater-influenced writing and uncanny perspicacity when it comes to character relationships. Kauffman started out as an actor and is known in Hollywood even today for her empathy and easy rapport with performers. She and longtime creative partner David Crane initially developed a penchant for musical theater, and wound up writing, directing, and/or producing several “tuners.” However, it was in television that they truly found their niche, beginning with "Dream On," the racy HBO comedy best known for its innovative use of old film clips to illustrate the main character’s thoughts and emotions. But "Dream On’s" success was minor compared with the phenomenon of "Friends," a sophisticated comedy about six twenty-something friends trying to get their lives on track in New York. An Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, the NBC series—created with Kevin Bright—ran for 238 episodes over 10 seasons. Most recently, Kauffman has served as the co-creator ad writer of the Netflix original series, "Grace and Frankie."


Netflix Renews ‘Grace and Frankie’ for Second Season

Netflix continues its streak of awarding second seasons for every single one of its original series. The latest is “Grace and Frankie,” which comes from “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris.

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