The One Where It's Been A Long Time


Friends turned twenty the other day (which, by the way, I feel old), and to signify that moment, Comedy Central UK has produced a pretty smooth and succinct summery of the series, giving one second for every episode of the series, giving us a three and a half minute long reminder of the running gags and catch phrases of the six characters that did a damned good job defining the nineties.

I admit to being a fan of the show when it was on, something that practically everyone else alive during the show's ten year run must admit to. Between it's eventual dominance over NBC's schedule and creative direction, to the relentless syndication of the series, it was hard to avoid. This best of reel showcases why it lasted so long, and why it was so popular: it sold hard on the repetitive and the easily consumable, like all American sitcoms in the nineties, and most to this day. It is also telling that a great many of the 236 seconds of this video are devoted to clips from The One Where No One Is Ready and The One With The Embryos, probably the two best episodes the show produced, and two that skewed heavily from the standard formula of the series (and No One Is Ready is easily one of the best bottle episodes any show has ever produced).

Anyway, it's been a long time since I've seen an episode whole, Friends having been replaced in the syndication rotation by Two and Half Men and Modern Family. This was a nice, brief bit of nostalgia. And a reminder that I have no desire to sit through these 236 episodes ever again.

Via Uproxx.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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