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How do you tell your significant other that 'Friends' didn't age well?

It will be a shock.

by Anonymousreply 4008/28/2013

Leave my Chandler Bing-A-Ling alone.

by Anonymousreply 108/22/2013

Don't put it like that. Tell him it always sucked.

by Anonymousreply 208/22/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 308/22/2013

Jesus, R3 - adjust your meds.

by Anonymousreply 408/23/2013

Is there really a need for this revelation? Unless he's the programmer for Nick at Nite, can't he just go on believing?

by Anonymousreply 508/23/2013

Why, it ages beautifully...

by Anonymousreply 608/23/2013

I agree with R7. Except for a few episodes from season 1, I think the series still holds up.

by Anonymousreply 708/23/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 808/23/2013

It obviously aged better than Mad About You, which hasn't been in syndication for years.

by Anonymousreply 908/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1008/23/2013

I prefer The Nanny.

by Anonymousreply 1108/23/2013

Ross has BDF. Or is he just Jewish?

by Anonymousreply 1208/23/2013

The Brady Bunch hasn't been in syndication in my area for about 25 years, R11.

by Anonymousreply 1308/23/2013

The gay panic stuff on the show feels like its from another era.

by Anonymousreply 1408/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1508/23/2013

Same thing you did last time Eva Braun, leave out brochures for the fat farm on her dresser.

by Anonymousreply 1608/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1708/23/2013

[quote]It obviously aged better than Mad About You

Mad About You was fucking DOA.

by Anonymousreply 1808/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1908/23/2013

She was on the LWord as well. Now that was a terrible show, much worse than Friends & Mad About You combined.

by Anonymousreply 2008/23/2013

I didn't like this shitty show when it aired, let alone the reruns.

by Anonymousreply 2108/23/2013

Just say..."you look like a pathetic old queen"

by Anonymousreply 2208/23/2013

You don't. Turn the TV off and get a life. Problem solved.

by Anonymousreply 2308/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2408/23/2013

The Nanny was well-written and the characters were great. Fran and Miles (or is it Niles?) alone are worth the show.

by Anonymousreply 2508/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2608/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2708/23/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2808/23/2013

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)

by Anonymousreply 2908/23/2013

I meant four jokes...

by Anonymousreply 3008/23/2013

It was the dawn of a permanent trend in men's hair styles.

by Anonymousreply 3108/23/2013

It had its moments. I loved the Brooke Shields episode for instance.

by Anonymousreply 3208/23/2013

It will never stand up as well as All in the Family.

by Anonymousreply 3308/26/2013

I still like Family Ties, mostly for the performances of Michael J. Fox and Michael Gross. Best episode was the one where the parents were out of town and Alex turned the house into a hotel.

by Anonymousreply 3408/26/2013

R37 - That was funny. There's one where Alex is on a quiz show team. They recruit and train Mallory because there's a slot missing. Once the cameras go on, Alex freezes. Mallory saves the day.

by Anonymousreply 3508/26/2013

Why don't his friends age well? Are they addicted to tanning?

by Anonymousreply 3608/26/2013

A show that has not aged is, surprisingly, Get Smart.

Go watch.

I don't know why, I cannot explain it, but it has not 'dated.'

50 years on, and this show still works.

by Anonymousreply 3708/28/2013
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