Newest Review: ... the show im a huge fan, I have the complete boxset and I cannot count the times iv watched the episodes. Friends is a show where you can w... more
FRIENDS i am obsessed with it
Member Name: claire1842
Advantages: celebrity guest stars, very funny, easy to follow, brilliantly acted
Disadvantages: The americanised nature of the show can be unpopular with some
When trying to write my first review for this site I decided to start with what I knew best which is the tv programme Friends (quite sad I know). Anyway there probably isnt anyone in the entire country who has never heard of this tv show but I I thought I would let you know what I think of it.
The show is set in New york and centres around six friends Rachel Green( Jennifer Anniston), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt Le Blanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and brother and sister Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica Geller (Courtney Cox Arquette). This is now the complicated bit,
-Monica and Rachel live together and were friends in high school
-Chandler and Joey live together across the hall from them
-Chandler and Ross were friends from college
-Phoebe used to live with Monica before she tired of her obsessive cleaning
-Ross and Rachel have a long standing on/ off relationship throughout the 10 series of the show
-Monica is a chef
-Rachel to begin with is a waitress and then works in fashion
-Joey is a failed and then successfull actor
-Ross worked is a paleantologist (probably spelt wrong but means hes a 'dinosaur guy')
-Phoebe is a massage therapist
-Chandler worked in data inputting and statistical factoring (I tHINK) then switched to advertising.
That is about enough to get you started with this show anyway.
The thing about this show that might appeal to someone who had never seen it before isnt so much the comedy but the relationships between the main characters. Saying that however I dare you not to sit through an episode of friends without bursting out in laughter at least once. Particularly funny episodes to look out for are the one with Ross and his leather pants/ talc debacle, the one where Joey tries to speak french, the episodes set in the bahamas and the one with dick clarks rock and eve show and THE ROUTINE is hilarious as it shows Ross and Monica perform a dance routine that they did when they were younger. Also any episodes when they do flashbacks are funny showing the outfits, hairstyles, and Monica a rather large teenager.
Another reason to watch Friends are the guest appearances by celebrities e.g
Bruce Willis, Isabella Rossilini, Helen Hunt,Julia Roberts, Jon Claude Van Damme,Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Sean Penn, Noah Wyle, Danny Devito, Brooke Shields, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Richard Branson, Sarah Fergason, Jennifer Saunders, Tom Conti, June Whitfield, Helen Baxendale, Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Elliot Gould, Christina Pickles, Alec Baldwin...toname a few.
Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt are real shocks in the show as they steal scences from the regular actors sue to their brilliant comedic performances (in particular seeing Brad and Jen act opposite each other).
Any of the episodes from the 10 episodes of friends are worth watching. I personally own all of them on dvd and watch them all the time as they are so funny (now i sound even more sad). I do reccomend them highly and they still appear on tv today on channel four and daily on e4.
Post friends each of the actors has gone on to new things none as far as i am aware as good as the original show. 'Joey' is a friends spin off with Joey tribbiani character still playing an actor living in LA. It was never really as funny without the original cast. Courtney Cox is currently doing a show called Dirt where she plays a magazine editor. Matthew perry is doing a show called studio 60 on the sunset strip playing a broadley similar character to Chandler. David Schwimmer directs and will soon be in a film with Simon Pegg and Jennifer Anniston is in Films (The Break up, Rumour has it etc)
Summary: Friends may have finished a few years ago but is still the best show on tv!!