Friends, 8 p.m.

Oh, how I'm going to miss Ugly Naked Guy and Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) "Smelly Cat." Many tears will be shed on Thursdays next year.

It's all coming to an end. Phoebe's getting married, Monica (Courtney Cox Arquette) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) are moving out, Ross (David Schwimmer) is coming out -- well, he would be if I were writing the show, but I'm not. So he and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) are probably going to make it together.

And Joey (Matt LeBlanc)? He should make it with a pizza. That's definitely the only match that makes sense.

Various shows and repeats, 8:30 p.m.

Remember when Seinfeld was on the air and NBC could never find a good show to sandwich between it and ER?

Well, things remain the same, only now it's the 8:30 p.m. slot between Friends and Will and Grace. Each year, NBC airs a new show in the slot (this year it was Coupling), and by January the network realizes it will do better airing old episodes of Friends instead.

Will and Grace, 9 p.m.

Yes, this show does spit out a couple of new episodes throughout the season.

After a one-month hiatus, Grace (Debra Messing) is still the same whiny, self-involved person who can't get through life without Will (Eric McCormack). It's no wonder her marriage is on the rocks. And yet, it's still Must See TV's funniest show.

Karen's (Megan Mullally) love affair with John Cleese does need to stop, though. I'd rather see her make-out with Grace's sis (played by Geena Davis) than have to see Minnie Driver guest star one more time.

Scrubs, 9:30 p.m.

In an intelligent TV world, this is the show that would be topping the Nielsen ratings. Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley) owns NBC's great, underrated sitcom, and the show is the perfect, light set-up to ER, its dramatic older brother.

One thing that ER could learn from Scrubs, however, is to feature a bitter janitor. Every television show needs a little bit of janitor.


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