Friends, an NBC sitcom, premiered in 1994 to mixed ratings and reviews, and many dismissed it as just another long string of half-hour comedies that would be canceled within a few years. It was hard to believe that we had just witnessed the premiere of not only one of the most successful, but also one of the most enduring sitcoms in history.
Friends, like another NBC sitcom initially underrated, Seinfeld, would become a staple of 1990s pop culture and remain a mainstay into the twenty-first century, well past its end date, due to strong DVD sales and huge syndication success.
Friends recently made its digital debut in Netflix’s streaming library, where it met a whole new audience. Although the famous series will leave Netflix in late 2019 to become exclusive on WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max.
But as the fall TV season approaches, when networks will be releasing a slew of new sitcoms that only hope to match with Friends’ level of success and staying power, now seems like a good time to look back at the legacy season. from the NBC sitcom. per season
Season 10 Review:
Friends’ final season was shorter than the others (due to the cast’s agreement to return), and while it may be a little crazier than the later seasons, it has its own unique charms. In episodes like ‘The One with Ross’s Tan’, where the whole idea is that Ross gets a spray tan, David Schwimmer stars.
He sells it brilliantly, and the way he portrays Ross’s response to the whole Rachel / Joey debacle helps soften the blow of that particular story option. The season also features a fair amount of Paul Rudd as Phoebe’s future husband Mike Hannigan, and more Paul Rudd is never a bad thing. The chemistry between Rudd and Kudrow is amazing, and an episode like “The One with Princess Consuela” is a good representation of their humorous aesthetic.
And of course there is the grand finale. Kauffman and Crane nail it with a two-part series finale that doesn’t sacrifice the show’s signature humor in favor of non-stop emotions – although there are plenty too. It’s hard not to be thrilled when Rachel returns to Ross’s apartment, despite the ups and downs and skepticism of their relationship. Even though we all knew she got off that plane.
While season 10 may not have been the best of all, it handled the main characters’ storylines well – with the exception of Joey, who got his own spin-off series. Friends would have lost public confidence and consistency had it been renewed after Season 10, but knowing when to end it could save its legacy as one of the greatest series of all time.