How do you tell your significant other that 'Friends' didn't age well?
It will be a shock.
Leave my Chandler Bing-A-Ling alone.
Don't put it like that. Tell him it always sucked.
Maybe you should keep your big mouth shut? Perhaps take a moment to ponder the crap you make him watch, the "stuff" you think is so wonderful that is a piece of shit. Maybe you'll be shocked!
Jesus, R3 - adjust your meds.
Is there really a need for this revelation? Unless he's the programmer for Nick at Nite, can't he just go on believing?
I was carrying those six no-talent yahoos, and everybody knew it.
Why, it ages beautifully...
I agree with R7. Except for a few episodes from season 1, I think the series still holds up.
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After 15/20 years nothing ages totally well. Good writing is good writing and that stands up. Technology, clothes, references etc, age easily though. And it can't help but show. Something like Moonlighting or Mary Tyler Moore still have good dialogue and jokes but looks of its era. He will understand that I'm sure?
It obviously aged better than Mad About You, which hasn't been in syndication for years.
R10: Whether or not a show is rerun in syndication perpetually is no indication of quality, one way or the other. These days, "The Brady Bunch" gets more exposure in reruns than "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" even though the latter has superior writing and acting. Most local stations don't want to show anything beyond the most popular reruns, and nothing prior to 1990.
There's a first season episode where they're all eating Chinese with these fork/spoon/chopstick combo utensils. It reeked of a desperate attempt to start a trend.
And having Ross be a Seinfeld clone the first season sucked ass.
I prefer The Nanny.
Ross has BDF. Or is he just Jewish?
R13: I prefer every other sitcom ever made to "Friends."
The Brady Bunch hasn't been in syndication in my area for about 25 years, R11.
The gay panic stuff on the show feels like its from another era.
True R17 but I did like the scene where Joey thought all tailors have to grab your balls when measuring your inseam. And he had been going to the same guy for years.
Same thing you did last time Eva Braun, leave out brochures for the fat farm on her dresser.
Family Ties was a huge hit in the 80s and I was excited to see it pop up on Netflix. I could not get through an episode, it was awful. I have no idea why it was so popular, but I never missed an episode in the 80s. I am surprised the idea (hippie parents, conservative kids) has not been redone.
[quote]It obviously aged better than Mad About You
Mad About You was fucking DOA.
Helen Cunt and Paul Reiser got the same $1M per episode as the Friends cast. Plus Reiservwas the producer, so he really cashed in.
I rather liked Jamie's sister who actually looked and behaved like a real life crazy sister.
She was on the LWord as well. Now that was a terrible show, much worse than Friends & Mad About You combined.
I didn't like this shitty show when it aired, let alone the reruns.
Just say..."you look like a pathetic old queen"
You don't. Turn the TV off and get a life. Problem solved.
Friends has aged quite well and is still pretty funny. That's because it was well written. I'm also very surprised that The Nanny is watchable to me. I never watched it when it first ran. As much as Dreschler always annoyed me, that too was a well written show.
The Nanny was well-written and the characters were great. Fran and Miles (or is it Niles?) alone are worth the show.
R28 It's funny how "The Nanny" and "Mad About You" were such huge shows in the 90's (I personally didn't like either of them), yet today they are both largely forgotten. Yet "Friends" (another shitty show) is still considered great.
Agree about Family Ties, that shit is unwatchable today. What a Reagan-era relic.
Most of those 80s sitcoms are just putrid now, especially all the family ones, i.e. Different Strokes, Webster, Growing Pains, even the Cosby Show.
Cheers and Golden Girls are the only 80s sitcoms that have held up and are still very funny.
R30 The problem with 80's sitcoms is that the majority of people could not relate to the goody-goody unrealistic shit by that point. That crap may have worked in the 50's, 60's, and early 70's, but by the 80's people were ready for a more realistic portrayal of life (Roseanne). And in so many of those 80's sitcoms, the families oh-so conveniently lived in huge upscale houses (Growing Pains, Who's The Boss, Family Ties, ALF, etc) and most people couldn't relate to that kind of life.
I think it's moderately funny, but even at the time I thought it was shady because it basically consisted of three jokes:
1) Monica used to be fat
2) Gay panic, as someone mentioned above
3) Lesbian titillation through implication of affairs between any combination of Rachel, Monica or Phoebe, or lesbians-as-"normal"-freaks aka Ross's ex-wife and her partner (so, basically, lesbian panic)
4) Joey is dumb (looking back on this I think LeBlanc was the finest comic actor of the bunch - and most of them were pretty good)
I meant four jokes...
It was the dawn of a permanent trend in men's hair styles.