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I'm surprised by how interested I am in this, I'm anticipating a huge nostalgia overload when I watch it.

 

Never really considered myself much of a Friends fan, but it was there and around in the background of the majority of my formative years, there are so many touchpoints to it, and I probably am more aware than I'd like to admit of the majority of major plot points and big events.

 

I've also just remembered that we even covered the theme song with the band I was in at the time. Maaan.

 

I had a couple of friends that were a couple of years older than me, starting jobs and moving out of home, who absolutely lived Friends, getting themselves into flatshares and living their own Friends dreams in shabby apartments in the North West.

 

Being part of an ensemble cast in something like this that captured, created and rode the zeitgeist for so long is likely to have been the best period in each of their lives, so it must feel very melancholic for them all looking back at it, after very mixed fortunes and personal issues over the last 20 years.

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I'm looking forward for sure. Love Friends, one of my favorite shows that i can just watch and still enjoy it. 

 

I think it was more down to the fact the entire cast had great chemistry and there wasn't a "lead" even though originally i think Rachel/Ross were being set up that way.

 

However, i watched the SMTV live reunion earlier this year and got really sad how they had all aged.. i have a feeling i will feel the same way about this too.

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1 hour ago, christaylor said:

Being part of an ensemble cast in something like this that captured, created and rode the zeitgeist for so long is likely to have been the best period in each of their lives, so it must feel very melancholic for them all looking back at it, after very mixed fortunes and personal issues over the last 20 years.

I always wonder how that must be to deal with in general, where an actor is so associated with a particular role that is the pinnacle of their career early on that nothing else ever compares. I think that's true of all of this cast except Aniston, who at least broke into films, but whilst the others have had 'stuff', none of it has been anywhere near the same level of success (and arguably even Aniston is barely remembered for many of her film roles, I can't think of any where she's been the real big draw). And then you have people like Gunther who has done practically nothing else and probably lives and dies anything Friends-related.

 

There's a bit in the People interview (linked earlier in the thread) with the boys talking about staying in touch - they say the girls see each other quite often in person but that the reunion is only the second time they'd all been together since the show wrapped; I don't know why, but I found that kind of sad (I mean they were essentially just work colleagues, there's no reason they would all become best buds). LeBlanc does try to make it sound okay, by saying when they are together it feels natural, but yeah, hearing the real-world stuff was a bit melancholic (and they all look a bit sad too).

 

1 hour ago, Darhkwing said:

I think it was more down to the fact the entire cast had great chemistry and there wasn't a "lead" even though originally i think Rachel/Ross were being set up that way.

If I recall, the writers have spoken before that the Ross/Rachel relationship was always the central one of the show, hence why they kept finding ways to keep them apart/get them together (spoilers! ;)). Indeed, the part of Ross was written specifically for Schwimmer, so he was always going to be quite key I guess.

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As suspected, the BBC have a short article about it (and perhaps unsurprisingly Perry has the least screen time, it says): https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57120599

 

It sounds like the actual gang just talking is great, but the star cameos and stuff ruins the flow (that's probably about what I would've expected). Still undecided as to whether I'll watch it, but I guess I could just skip through cameo bits (as I'm sure I'd find them cringeworthy).

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1 hour ago, Gabe said:

I always wonder how that must be to deal with in general, where an actor is so associated with a particular role that is the pinnacle of their career early on that nothing else ever compares. I think that's true of all of this cast except Aniston, who at least broke into films, but whilst the others have had 'stuff', none of it has been anywhere near the same level of success (and arguably even Aniston is barely remembered for many of her film roles, I can't think of any where she's been the real big draw). And then you have people like Gunther who has done practically nothing else and probably lives and dies anything Friends-related.

 

 

The Gunther guy wasn't even an actor, I don't think. Aniston, to me, doesn't really work in films, she seems to be fundamentally televisual at some deep genetic level.

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8 minutes ago, Gabe said:

As suspected, the BBC have a short article about it (and perhaps unsurprisingly Perry has the least screen time, it says): https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57120599

 

It sounds like the actual gang just talking is great, but the star cameos and stuff ruins the flow (that's probably about what I would've expected). Still undecided as to whether I'll watch it, but I guess I could just skip through cameo bits (as I'm sure I'd find them cringeworthy).

 

Not to mention the howling baboon on the left, pictured mid ear-splitting, attention-seeking scream.

 

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25 minutes ago, Festoon said:

 

The Gunther guy wasn't even an actor, I don't think. 


According to IMDB he was the only extra who could operate the coffee machine which is why he was kept on. He also made an appearance in an episode of Episodes as himself.

 

As for the cast how do you follow such a phenomenon as Friends? They all had some film roles and tv series of various lengths but nothing is ever going to come close and with streaming it’s never going to go away. It’s something the Big Bang Theory cast is about to experience although with Young Sheldon Jim Parsons is going to be making money off of forever.

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Anyone who has nostalgia for Friends but hasn’t watched Episodes really owes it to themselves, I always found Matt LeBlanc charismatic but the level of self-deprication he commits to is phenomenal. The first series is a bit ‘BBC goes to Hollywood’ but after that they get a budget boost and the rest is shot on location. Ran for four series and if anything they kept getting better, and it ends on a high. Think it’s all on Netflix, or at least it used to be. 
 

Bonus if you’re a Friedkin fan; see if you can spot which one of the main characters is from To Live and Die in LA.

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I recently watched Episodes and it's brilliant. It has been on my list for ages but never got around to. 

 

But yeah, Le Blanc is brilliant. It feels so British yet set in America. All the cast are excellent. 

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3 hours ago, Festoon said:

 

The Gunther guy wasn't even an actor, I don't think. Aniston, to me, doesn't really work in films, she seems to be fundamentally televisual at some deep genetic level.

 

I like that film she did, Along Came Polly. The ferret in it was canny.

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4 hours ago, Gabe said:

As suspected, the BBC have a short article about it (and perhaps unsurprisingly Perry has the least screen time, it says): https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57120599

 

It sounds like the actual gang just talking is great, but the star cameos and stuff ruins the flow (that's probably about what I would've expected). Still undecided as to whether I'll watch it, but I guess I could just skip through cameo bits (as I'm sure I'd find them cringeworthy).


Which focus group said anyone wanted cameos? NO ONE WANTED THIS SHIT. The reunion will literally be less successful because of them.

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27 minutes ago, Eighthours said:


Which focus group said anyone wanted cameos? NO ONE WANTED THIS SHIT. The reunion will literally be less successful because of them.

 

YOU didn't want it. The horrible 'celebrities' did, along with fat tongue himself.

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2 hours ago, nakamura said:

I recently watched Episodes and it's brilliant. It has been on my list for ages but never got around to. 

 

But yeah, Le Blanc is brilliant. It feels so British yet set in America. All the cast are excellent. 

What’s it available on? I don’t think I ever saw season 4

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I think I saw the start of series 3 of Episodes but then drifted away from it. I wanted to like it, but in the main I didn't find it all that funny - it had its moments, for sure, but few and far between. I might try it again.

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1 hour ago, RFT said:

What’s it available on? I don’t think I ever saw season 4

 

It's not available to stream on anything in the UK.

 

You can't even buy all episodes of Episodes. Series 4 & 5 are on Sky Store and 5 is on Amazon.

 

Netflix USA has it though if you've got a VPN that will play with it. 

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Watched the reunion show tonight on Sky. It was alright in the main - some of the guest appearances seemed scripted and were a bit shit, one in particular. The stuff with just the cast was good, and the Corden interview section was fine too. As an aside, Matt Perry, despite looking a bit broken, thankfully seemed pretty much fine in those segments, and was quite sharp

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Life lesson:

 

If you're a plastic surgeon and Courtney Cox or Jenifer Aniston comes on asking for work to be done, you tell them "no! You're Jenifer Aniston / Courtney Cox (delete as applicable).  You're one of the most beautiful women in the world and you asking for surgery encapsulates everything that's wrong with the world". 

 

You don't, you know, actually do it.  

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On 23/05/2021 at 18:26, schmojo said:

This thread feels like a particularly mean-spirited issue of Grazia.

 

Its one of the strangest threads I've seen on here. Half the posts are judging them on their looks, then the other half are going "why did they have plastic surgery?".

 

 

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For me it's a deeper issue than just how they look. I'm not hating on the cast Or taking the piss. It's just, we live in a world of celebs taking random selfies but photoshopping the hell out of them before posting on Instagram.  "Here I am, at the shops!", Except it's not you, it's an idealised version. Kids are bombarded with with this stuff. They grow up with issues.  They compare themselves to the perfect bodies they see, despite the fact that even the person in the photo doesn't look like that in real life.

 

To think that we live in a world where even Jenifer Aniston and Courtney Cox think they need plastic surgery is just insane.  There are sequences in this show where someone tells a story and they almost look like they are wearing a mask.  You can see their eyes moving, their mouths moving, but the face itself is like one solid piece with no movement or emotion. They look like bad Waxwork versions of the real actors.  

 

Also, the show itself is a really simple "we all loved everything". It's not a real Retrospective or behind the scenes. It's just everyone sat around laughing, saying how everything was wonderful.

 

I don't know. For me, it made me feel sad.  Im not making fun of the actors, I just wish we lived in a world where they didn't feel they needed to have surgery and stay forever young. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, dumpster said:

Life lesson:

 

If you're a plastic surgeon and Courtney Cox or Jenifer Aniston comes on asking for work to be done, you tell them "no! You're Jenifer Aniston / Courtney Cox (delete as applicable).  You're one of the most beautiful women in the world and you asking for surgery encapsulates everything that's wrong with the world". 

 

You don't, you know, actually do it.  


what about if they put forward a compelling argument about how their looks are intrinsically linked to their earning power in an industry that only has “older woman” roles for either meryl Streep or Helen mirren and discards the rest, when they reach 40?

 

and large sums of money, obviously

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7 minutes ago, SeanR said:


what about if they put forward a compelling argument about how their looks are intrinsically linked to their earning power in an industry that only has “older woman” roles for either meryl Streep or Helen mirren and discards the rest, when they reach 40?

 

and large sums of money, obviously

Well, I agree with you, but I feel it's wrong that earning potential as an actor is linked to good looks.  These are actors, not models or porn stars.  You're saying a woman can only get a job if she looks good? I agree that's probably the case in Hollywood but that shouldn't make it ok.

 

What's wrong with older women, or older men, playing older roles anyway? Why does a woman feel they have to have surgery in order to still work? I agree with you, that's the situation, but it's wrong. 

 

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Just now, dumpster said:

Well, do you think that's a good thing, a woman can only get a job if she looks good?


wait, that doesn’t read like a criticism to you?  Was it the flippant “money” thing at the end?
 

no, I do not think it’s a good thing. It’s kind of why I highlighted it? As a possible cause for the plastic surgery.

 

its why you hear about actors going for jobs where the film makerslooking for an X-type actor and they’re ACTUALLY the X in question, but they get turned down anyway.

 

or kenny Rogers coming third in a kenny Rogers lookalike competition.

 

it’s about ideals not actuals.

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16 hours ago, Festoon said:

 

The Gunther guy wasn't even an actor, I don't think. Aniston, to me, doesn't really work in films, she seems to be fundamentally televisual at some deep genetic level.

She was great in The Good Girl. Love that film.

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