Friends, one of the most popular sitcoms in the history of TV, came out on Netflix on January 1st, and I have been watching it since it started streaming. I have seen episodes here and there on Nick @ Nite but never sequentially. I’m on season five right now out of the total ten so I decided to write a midway review on the show which is considered a pillar in TV comedy.
Friends stars, as you probably know, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel, Courtney Cox as Monica, Matt Le Blanc as Joey, Matthew Perry as Chandler, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe, and David Schwimmer as Ross. The cast is fantastic and their chemistry is great. The writing is spectacular and the storylines are, while they are old now, great because this show was the first to do many of the stories now seen in almost all sitcoms now.
The story centers around the six friends as they traverse all the obstacles and nuances that follow being in your late 20s: dealing with relationships, marriages, jobs, and all the other random events that someone can encounter while living in the biggest city in the US.
Season one starts with Ross getting divorced from his wife, Carol, who is a lesbian, Joey and Chandler living with in the apartment across from Monica and Phoebe, and while the gang is at their favorite coffee house, named Central Perk (get it, because it’s in New York and is a play on Central Park), Rachel comes in wearing her wedding dress from the ceremony she just ran away from.
From there, the group of Friends goes through some pretty hilarious and some really depressing story arcs. The writing, both in the comedic and serious situations, is great and they never really let the show get too serious which is good because many sitcoms will have a few of those episodes which throws everything off.
The one thing I noticed from my viewing so far is how many storylines get copied from Friends. It seems like all the sitcoms now, including the good ones like How I Met Your Mother, borrow the framework of storylines from Friends, as Friends was really the first one to do some of them. This is a telltale sign that something is great when other works start to borrow from you.
So far, Friends is really good. The only things I really haven’t liked so far are relatively minor like some of Rachel’s existence and Phoebe’s hippiness. Rachel and Ross were, in fact, on a break and if she was not so self-involved, she probably could have avoided that whole situation and Ross was just a fall man because Rachel knew she screwed up. Ross is still a little to blame because of his jealousy, but in summation, they were on a break.
But I digress. Although it is no Seinfeld, Friends is a quality show which you should check out if you are looking for something to binge watch. It has 10 seasons so it will keep you busy and the show is worth it.