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Watching Friends Re-runs

Has it really been almost 10 years since Friends went off the air?  19 years since it first came on the air??? There are kids going into high school who were barely out of toddlerhood when the Friends decided they were tired of making a million dollars an episode and wanted to do other stuff.  If you were born the year friends came on the air, you’re legally old enough to drink.

I gotta say, watching Friends reruns a year after the fact, I forgot how awesome the show was. A lot of the criticisms I had for some of the later season have melted away, replaced by nostalgia and a lamentation of the current state of TV sitcoms.

One thing I started wondering about while watching is why no show since then has attempted to replicate the formula. Was Friends just lightening in a bottle? Is it possible to make another version of friends, with 6 equally compelling and likeable characters?

What are some of your favorite friends episodes? Mine include:

  • The one where everybody finds out – Chandler and Monica hide their relationship for 2/3rds of a season.  Hilarity ensues when they find out.
  • Any thanksgiving episodes – most of them have a lot of laughs and a lot of heart.  I really liked the one with Brad Pitt.
  • The one where it could have been – two part episode where Ross still married to Carol the lesbian, Joey never got fired off days of our lives, Rachel married Barry and never hooked up with the gang, Monica is still fat, Chandler is an aspiring writer, and Phoebe is a type a stockbroker with a penchant for chain smoking.
  • The one with the prom video – maybe I just like any episode with fat Monica
  • When they go to Vegas and Ross and Rachel get hammered and get married.

I’m sure there are dozens of amazing episodes I’m forgetting, but that’s about all I have right now.  Oh, and Matt Leblanc is awesome in Episodes. Check it out.

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