Friends: 1994 – 2004
Created by: David Crane and Martha Kauffman
Cast: Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow
It’s back! Not Friends, that’s never coming back. I meant the 100 TV Shows. Yes you may have noticed the lack of these posts, but now I’ve rejigged the list I’ve returned. Anywho, we may as well kick things back off with Friends.
Everyone under the sun has seen Friends so I’m not too sure what I can write. Actually I take that back, some people haven’t seen friends surprisingly. But that’s the point of this article, introducing you to shows you may have not seen. Or if you have seen it then I can revitalise your memory.
Friends is probably considered the greatest American sitcom of all time. I don’t personally consider it that, I give that title to Scrubs.
Anyways, Friends follows a group of six friends. That’s the main cast. That’s all you need to know. Literally there’s nothing more to the show than that. They get into various situations throughout the ten, yes, ten, seasons. That is something I’ve never understood about American television. You all have about twenty episodes per season and then eight or more seasons. It’s such a large amount compared to the two season, six episode format of Britain.
But this isn’t the time to talk about British vs. American comedy, that’s for a different article. With six characters there is a lot to be done. Luckily the shows creators and writers know exactly what they’re doing. Each individual character has a different type of comedy, so there’s something for everyone. For example, Chandler (Matthew Perry) is extremely sarcastic, while Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is more of a ditsy idiot ladies man.
Of course, as I always say, the cast is only as good as the script. Luckily Friends is one of the most well written comedies I’ve ever seen. It’s quick witted, charming and I loved every character introduced in the series. Although I do take off a couple points for a laugh track, which I’ve never liked, but I suppose it is necessary in a show of this nature.
Give it a watch if you can find the bloody thing, it’s not on Netflix or Sky. Mind you they show literally nothing but Friends on Comedy Central and the box set is pretty cheap for the amount of comedy you’ll receive.