So here in the UK, it was announced last week that as of next year, Channel 4, the channel that shows "Friends", is going to end its contract with Warner Brothers for the rights to broadcast the show. Which means that my daily feast of two episodes of "Friends" played several times a day on E4 is going to come to an end as of 2011.
I know there has been mixed opinions on this - some think it wasn't that funny anyway, others think it has went on for long enough considering it ended six years ago, others are gutted.
I can see all sides but my tent is on the edge of the "gutted" camp. Because I STILL love "Friends".
I have watched pretty much every episode AT LEAST 100 times and still find it funny - even now that I know the punchlines before they come.
I basically grew up with the characters, albeit ten years behind them (It was weird that as I turned 25/26, the age they has been at the start of the show, they were mid-thirties and about to end the show).
I can pretty much remember the last time I found an episode I had somehow never saw before (it was mid 2007, and it was the episode where Ross and Emily first met. I'd been puzzled about that for years because as far as I was concerned, she'd just appeared in the show one day as Ross's girlfriend and I didn't understand where she'd came from!)
I have mentioned before that I think you can apply a "Friends" reference, storyline or one-liner to nearly everything that happens in day-to-day life. Well, I can anyway . . .
I can have endless discussions about my favourite character (Monica, although towards the end of the show Ross became utterly PRICELESS!), or my favourite episodes.
The thing is though that I DO own about eight out of ten of the seasons on DVD, so really it shouldn't be such a big deal to me if "Friends" stops broadcasting on TV. But me and one of my friends, who is just as big of a fan as me, were discussing this the other night. She also owns most of the show on dvd - but sometimes WE JUST DON'T FEEL LIKE PUTTING THE DVDS ON! In my case, if I have to watch a dvd, I have to get up and switch my SCART button so it flips from Freeview to DVD. If I am just watching TV and fancy a "Friends" fix right now, all I have to do is flip to one of the E4 channels and I can get a hit either right then, or in an hours time. Okay, so I'm lazy . . . but I can't help it. "Friends" is the show I can ALWAYS turn to when I'm bored, or just need a cheer-up.
I can console myself with the fact I'm unlikely to ever get stuck in a date's bathroom with a pair of leather trousers stuck halfway up my legs and a paste made of lotion and talcum powder adhered to the upper half of my legs.
I'm probably NOT going to kiss someone who has just interviewed me for a job (I'll wait until after I GET the job, obviously . . .)
I'm DEFINITELY NOT ever going to get stuck with my head between my new cleaner's legs.
And I don't think I'll ever go for a spray tan after witnessing Ross's attempt at it.
As for my favourite episodes - ooh, it's a close one. I have three.
"The One Where The Stripper Cries" - Season Ten
Not only is Danny DeVito in it as an unlikely stripper, Joey's hilarious appearance on "Pyramid" AND Chandler and Ross going to their old school reunion make it even funnier. I also love the shows where they have flashbacks (and NOT flashbacks from previous episodes) so the flashback to their college parties never fails to crack me up.
"The One With The Routine" - Season Six
Pretty much PURELY for the hilarious dance routine Ross and Monica do. Although it's also funny to watch Phoebe, Rachel and Chandler searching for their Christmas presents so they know what to buy Monica in return.
"The One With The Rumor" - Season Eight (Every part of the spelling/grammatical nazi in me is longing to add a "u" into the world "Rumour" but I'm seriously resisting since it IS an American show and should therefore be allowed the American spelling...)
Brad Pitt is in it (when he was still HOT. And still married to Jen). And Rachel finds out that in high school everyone thought she was half man, half woman.
Oh and Ross kissed an old woman. Hahaha.
ANYHOO, I will miss "Friends" even if everyone else won't, and I'm going to make the most of the rest of the year I have left of it. Then I'll go buy the rest of the DVDs I need to make up my collection and just turn to that I guess.
So I'm keen to know:
How do YOU feel about "Friends"? Favourite characters, episodes, quotes?
Share with me, people!