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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 1994
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
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  • Summary: "With a Little Help From My Friends" is a song written by the Beatles (and expertly covered by Joe Cocker) and it could easily be the subtitle for the thirty minute comedy, "Friends". In 1994, the idea was created for "Friends": a show about six friends in New York as they navigate their way"With a Little Help From My Friends" is a song written by the Beatles (and expertly covered by Joe Cocker) and it could easily be the subtitle for the thirty minute comedy, "Friends". In 1994, the idea was created for "Friends": a show about six friends in New York as they navigate their way through life and learn to grow up as they approach the third decade of their life. All, with the help from each other to get them through the obstacles that life naturally has for us. Monica is the excessively neat and organized "older sister" of the group, who works as a chef while yearning to find her ideal love. Ross, Monica's older brother, is a paleontologist with a lifelong crush on Rachel. He is a laid-back man with low self esteem and a recent divorcee. Rachel is the pretty, bubbly girl who spent most of her life as a spoiled rich princess. Now she must learn to face the real world. Chandler is Ross' college buddy and the guy who will crack jokes at a moment's notice. Phoebe is a lovable eccentric masseuse who easily could have fit in with Haight Ashbury in the 1960s. And Joey, the friend who has an inverse relationship between his good looks and his intelligence. He dreams of becoming an actor. These six individuals make up the cast of Friends. In May 2004, Friends officially ended it's phenomenal 10 year run. The show's time slot was taken over by a spin-off called Joey. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 11, 2013
    91
    At its best, Friends operates like a first-rate Broadway farce, complete with slamming doors, twisty plots, and intricately strung together jokes. And even when it's not at its best, the crack acting and piquant punchlines give Friends a momentum and charm that win you over even if you're not laughing.
  2. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    Feb 27, 2013
    90
    The best new sitcom of the fall...It's a very strong cast. [22 Sept 1994, p.1D]
  3. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Ken Parish Perkins
    Feb 27, 2013
    80
    What helps Friends is that the show's creators have come up with a highly likable group of actors who are talented and charming, if not rip-roaringly funny. [21 Sept 1994, p.C2]
  4. Reviewed by: Tony Scott
    Feb 27, 2013
    60
    Concept is OK, but the humor's less sophisticated than expected from the exec producers of HBO's comedy series "Dream On," and the dialogue is not exactly snappy. Ross: "I honestly don't know if I'm hungry or horny!" Chandler: "Stay out of my freezer."
  5. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Feb 27, 2013
    50
    Tonight's new NBC sitcom from the producers of HBO's "Dream On" hands us still one more batch of self-consciously quirky, single, more-or-less charming twentysomething characters and lets them hang for a half-hour reading faux Woody Allen lines. [22 Sept 1994, p.36]
  6. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 27, 2013
    50
    Wildly uneven. [22 Sept 1994]
  7. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Feb 27, 2013
    0
    Friends comes across like a 30-minute commercial for Dockers or Ikea or light beer, except it's smuttier. One character says he dreamed he had a telephone for a penis and when it rang, "it turns out it's my mother." And this is in the first five minutes...Another ghastly creation from professional panderers Marta Kauffman and David Crane, the witless duo who do "Dream On" for HBO, Friends is more a scripted talk show than a sitcom. You keep waiting for Sally Jessy or some other cluck to interrupt the jabbering. The show is so bad that Sally Jessy would actually come as a relief. [22 Sept 1994, p.D1]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 73
  2. Negative: 4 out of 73
  1. Feb 26, 2018
    10
    Best show of all time. It helped pave the way for modern sitcoms. The characters and jokes are all rememorable and is well worth watching
  2. Feb 7, 2011
    10
    This show is my all time favourite of ... well all time.

    Priceless and genius. Is one of the few shows where I don't care what episode or
    This show is my all time favourite of ... well all time.

    Priceless and genius. Is one of the few shows where I don't care what episode or season I watch. I can just close my eye's and pick a disk from my collection and watch it. The show is painfully funny and each character has a joke "style" that matches their personality perfectly.
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  3. Oct 21, 2014
    10
    Let's keep this nice, short, and to the point. "Friends" is a masterpiece as far as sitcoms go. The acting is superb. The writing does justiceLet's keep this nice, short, and to the point. "Friends" is a masterpiece as far as sitcoms go. The acting is superb. The writing does justice the exceptional acting. Every episode is hilarious, and with likeable character as well. Expand
  4. Mar 29, 2014
    10
    Propably the most re-watchable tv series ever made. Talking about value for money :P lol. Fun at all times and emotional at others. A veryPropably the most re-watchable tv series ever made. Talking about value for money :P lol. Fun at all times and emotional at others. A very feel-good watch. Just brilliant! Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2011
    10
    I can genuinely say that this is my favorite TV show ever, thank you to the creators for doing such an amazing show, and the cast, all of themI can genuinely say that this is my favorite TV show ever, thank you to the creators for doing such an amazing show, and the cast, all of them should be recognize for their fantastic work in F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Jennifer, Lisa, Matt, David, Courteney and Matthew gave amazing performances all over the 238 episodes. I consider this show the funniest show ever hands down. Expand
  6. Dec 10, 2011
    9
    Everyone has heard of friends and there's a good reason for that. It is mind blowing and every episode will have you in stitches. TheEveryone has heard of friends and there's a good reason for that. It is mind blowing and every episode will have you in stitches. The storyline is very good too. American comedy at its absolute best. Expand
  7. Apr 12, 2018
    0
    It sucks all the life out of you. After just 5 minutes you feel so tired and want to commit suicide. It's so terrible that I can't even findIt sucks all the life out of you. After just 5 minutes you feel so tired and want to commit suicide. It's so terrible that I can't even find words to describe how terrible it is. The acting is horrible, the jokes are horrendous and the characters are atrocious. I think this show is truely what you experience in hell.

    0/10 would not watch it even if my life depended on it.
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