I have to say that Friends is one of the best TV
shows ever. It will be watched (by whom, I cannot say) in a hundred years or more. I got into Friends about halfway through it's life, liked it for a few series then kind of tuned out, it was just humming along in the background so there were whole chunks that just slid by without me seeing a single episode, ie series 8, 9, most of the last one. May I also say that The Final Episode was a hideous disappointment, American telly has some great Final Epsodes, such as the last MASH when the helicopter takes off from the beach and written in the sand is GOODBYE. Johnny Carson and Jerry Seinfeld went out in style as well. And it's a rare chance that a TV
series gets that far in the US. In Europe, something will run for the length it's commissioned for ie six episodes, twelve episodes then not picke up. In the US, when they give you the chop, someone walks onto the set in mid shoot and tells everyone to stop what they're doing and go home. Now. No, right now
. Put that down
, which really happens, that's what happened to Ali McBeal. Now there's
a big-in-the-day show that vanished in disgrace (Dame Edna!) from our screen and popular consciousness forever. So anyway, back to Friends, the Final Episode was crap. But nonetheless, I was absolutely stunned
that the show had actually stopped
. How could this be? The final link to the 90s, Clinton in the White House, Manhattan skyline unmolested, etc, had been severed, and quite unexpectedly. Friends is gone! Wow! I was in a state of shock for about three days. For the last few weeks (months?), cable channel E4
has been running two episodes a night, and doing them every three hours (6pm, 8pm etc) plus the timeshift +1 channel (7pm, 9pm etc) and I have almost been making a point of watching it every night, either the early show before going out, or the later one if I get home in the middle of the evening. It is already slightly naive and out of date but the quality of the writing is so strong that the bum notes are really few and far between. Ever seen the movie of the Odd Couple with Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau? Same thing, but with Friends there's days
worth of it, rather than 90 minutes, and like I said, the quality almost never wavers.
|Quoting Aloges (Reply 12):|
I learnt written Portuguese and spoken English watching subtitled episodes of it, so I'm a bit partial to the series
(Aloges is from Deutchland btw). I'm about to learn French the exact same way.
|Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 20):|
but as so often happens they milked it long after it had ceased to be funny or original ...
I disagree, I think it gets better as it goes along. The early episodes are the painful ones, the show hadn't settled into what it ended up as. Like early Simpsons, where Homer's voice is lower etc.
Oh god. I've only seen a few episodes and I'd have to be incredibly bored to watch another one, even as a major Friends fan (see above). Like 14.5 hours into a Toronto-Hong Kong flight on Cathay with ODTV
and I've done five films and three documentaries and a concert film and half a dozen episodes of the The Office (astonishingly underrated US version pref) and a couple of hours on the nose camera, then maybe
I would fire up an episode of Joey, but by then I would be so ga-ga that I wouldn't notice how freakishly unfunny the show actually is. Awful. I read a book by the drummer from the band Semisonic and they're on Letterman which is a real step up for them and they want lots of people to see the song. Unfortunately Matt Le Blanc is on before them and is the dullest guest in the history of the show and the ratings, by the time the band play their song at the end of the show, no-one's watching. He tells it in a nice enough way but there's no hiding the truth of what happened, the the hapless Friends is not exactly Mr Personality. Even by the dismal standard of the other Friends' acting careers (didn't like it when fucking Ross turned up on Curb Your Enthusiam series five btw), Le Blanc hasn't done much of anything. None of them can act, they're like a band who only function together, ie Duran Duran. I don't think anyone in the musical fraternity is gagging to work with Simon Le Bon are they? (Aha, never noticed the similarity in the names before, maybe they're the same person; ever been seen in the same room? thought not) But Le Bon - if he's with the other four (3x Taylor + Nick Rhodes) and the ticket says Duran Duran - can fill 15,000 seat arenas on two or three nights in London and elsewhere, so there's obviously something going on (fyi unlike Friends, I've never been into Duran, not my bag; but it clearly works). But on his own? It's just terrible in ways I can't explain.
Anyway. Friends rocks. Zzzzzzz.
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