Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friends (the TV serial!)

Finally finished watching all 10 seasons of Friends. I remember how this relationship started. Then later awed at the realization of the amount of work that must have gone in to creating one episode of goods-train like laughs!

Some things to really like:

1) In Hollywood land - to keep these six people together for 10 long years is nothing short of a miracle! A similar TV show called ER ran for 15 years - and except one artist every one else was written out of the show.

2) Chandler and Monica - it was pretty great that they allowed their relationship to develop without introducing any stupid "twists" like divorces or breaking the relationship half way. It is one of the high points of the show.

3) The non stop laughs - that is why the show flourished in the first place.

But sadly, the last 2-3 seasons, the jokes and the situations were really crass at times. The Joey-Rachel episode was the low point. I know the producers were feeling the waters and dropped it off after audience feedback. But did they have to draw out Ross-Rachel for 10 long years? It was so utterly needless. Anyway, glad it all ended well there!

My favorite characters were Ross and Monica. I also like Chandler's goofiness. Phoebe was developed way too erratically and is shown vacillating on values way to often. Rachel is too - hmmm, slutty? Ditto with Joey - they carried on with his sleeping-around tendency way too far. Eventually he is the only guy who hasn't settled down.

Ironically, if Rachel didn't have to travel to Paris and all folks were at NY still, the episodes could have technically continued. But it is a logical conclusion of 10 long years - nice!

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