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Nearly a decade ago, the laugh track was much more common, with popular shows like Friends and Seinfeld cueing audience members on when to laugh. Friends, in particular, is built on jokes layered on other jokes, but what would the show be without its signature humor? The answer is explored in the video, and it’s pretty strange.
File this one under "ohmygodthissounsdamazing!": Friends creator, writer, and executive producer Marta Kauffman has done it again, crafting a comedy we're fairly excited about for Netflix called Grace and Frankie. Oh, and in case you weren’t sure whether or not to be excited about it, the show will star two of its executive producers — you might've heard of them before? — the incomparable Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
There are certain comedies that are known for how they acknowledge a specific holiday. For example, The Office usually delivered a pretty fantastic Christmas episode, while Roseanne had some great Halloween episodes. And then there’s Friends, which had some pretty memorable Thanksgiving episodes. So what better way to spend Thanksgiving Day than watching TBS’s Friends marathon?
Sherlock will be returning to the schedule on January 19, but in the meantime you can enjoy this most excellent mash-up of the Friends theme song and clips from the first couple of seasons of Sherlock.
The TV Blend crew put our heads together and realized for a show to return, conditions must be perfect. Not only would the show need to be fondly remembered by audiences, but it would need to present the sort of topical and situational humor or story that could be adapted for a new age, and hopefully for new audiences, along with the old. In most cases, 24 notwithstanding, comedies also seemed more relevant to bring back than dramas. Without further ado, here are the top five comedies we’d like to see return to the schedule.
What would Battlestar Galactica look like if it were Friends instead? We'll never know, and it's nearly impossible to picture. The sci-fi drama was anything but a 90s sitcom. And yet, one clever fan managed to give us a glimpse of such a scenario by setting BSG clips to the Friends classic theme song "I'll Be There For You," by the Rembrandts.
Sorry, Friends fans, the reunion is just not going to happen. In spite of persistent rumors that the cast of the classic 90s sitcom will sit together on that famous orange couch one more time, the official word is that the rumors are just that. Both the stars and the studio have confirmed that there is no plan to stage a reunion of any kind.
You can’t actually live in the homes or apartments of your favorite TV characters, but now you can get your hands on the floor plans. Meticulously drawn floor plan art featuring famous homes from shows like Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld, and even classics like I Love Lucy are a TV fan must-have.
Television, like life, is sometimes just about showing up. However, when obsession is involved, a love for a television show can take on a new meaning. Many of us may re-watch our favorite episodes or even buy our favorite seasons on Blu-ray or DVD, but if we are serious fans who truly obsess, there are a multitude of ways we may show that “fancession.” So, what does it take to be a true obsessive of a TV series?
If there’s one thing most of us can agree on when it comes to love, it’s that it’s a complex, confusing and often strange thing that can lead us down paths we never expected. The nature of a TV series allows us to watch characters pass through the many stages of a relationship over time – from falling in love to the sometimes bitter, sometimes beautiful end. From the big mistakes to the power of fate, here are a few things we’ve learned about love from the small screen.
Humor is subjective. And so is television, really. If viewership determined what shows were the "best," those of us who watched Community instead of The Big Bang Theory when the two shows were up against one another were clearly mistaken. Of course, many of us would likely argue that Community is the better show, regardless of whether or not it's more popular.
Friends: The Complete Series Blu-ray is for anyone who wants to look at one of the last great comedies to ever instill loyalty in an audience that hit all the way across the boards, coming from different cultural backgrounds and even age groups. If it’s not worth the price point, so be it, but if you give the set a real chance, I doubt it will disappoint.
On November 13, the Friends: The Complete Series set is coming to Blu-ray for the first time, in a set that comes with a holographic cover, all 236 episodes of the series, over 20 hours of bonus features (including some retrospective footage), a hardcover book holder, and even a picture-filled episode guide. To celebrate, Warner Bros. has put together a nice app and video player for fans, and they are working with TV Blend to give away a copy of the Friends: The Complete Series Blu-ray to one lucky winner.
Oh. My. Gawd. Those of us who've seen enough episodes of Friends may associate those words and the name name Janice - at least somewhat - with a certain nasally laugh. This may or may not include the mental image of Chandler Bing shuddering uncomfortably. Maggie Wheeler has played other roles before and since she was Chandler's occasional girlfriend in the beloved NBC comedy series, but it's probably fair to say she's most associated as Janice.
The previously released teaser for the upcoming second season of Episodes focuses heavily on series star Matt LeBlanc. Understandably so, given his Friends-earned fame and recent Golden Globe win for playing the role of Matt LeBlanc in the Showtime comedy. The latest TV spot released for the series also focuses on LeBlanc and some of the ridiculous things he says and does, but also showcases the relationship between LeBlanc and Stephen Mangan's character Sean.