30 Suspiciously Similar TV Shows Accused Of Ripping Off Another Series
Living Single was about a group of six Black single friends who lived in the same New York apartment complex. They aired their first season in 1993, but only a year later, Friends made its debut… and the similarities were pretty striking. Six white friends also lived in the same apartment complex, and the characters were basically carbon copies of the original cast of Living Single. Joey was dimwitted like Overton, Rachel had tons of relationship issues and worked in fashion like Regine, Phoebe was quirky and naive like Sinclair, and the list goes on. In fact, even the cast of Living Single confirmed that the concept was stolen.
In an interview with James Corden on The Late Late Show, Queen Latifah said: “When Living Single came out, shortly thereafter, Warren Littlefied, who was president of NBC, they asked him if he could have any show on television, which one would it be. And he said Living Single. It was in the newspaper, and next thing you know, here comes Friends.”