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Friends: The Complete Series (2006)

Jennifer Aniston , Courteney Cox  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (974 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry
  • Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Korean, English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 40
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 22 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (974 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H6SXMY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Friends: The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 236 episodes on 40 discs
  • New to this set: 60-page commemorative book with original pilot pitch and behind-the-scenes photos with cast and crew
  • Commentaries
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • Gag reels, video guest books, trivia quizzes, and more

Editorial Reviews

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A sitcom behemoth of the last 10 years, Friends shot out of the gate in 1994 with snappy writing and an attractive cast. The exploits of sensitive paleontologist Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), his obsessive-compulsive sister Monica Geller (Courteney Cox); Monica's roommate Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), a spoiled rich girl trying to live on her own; earthy aromatherapist/masseuse Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow); and Monica's neighbors across the hall-- sarcastic Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and his dim-bulb roommate Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) became a nationwide obsession, a pop-culture icon (remember "The Rachel" haircut?) and a top Nielsen hit for its entire run.


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The first two seasons were mostly centered on the on-off saga of Ross and Rachel, and while their relationship remained a strong presence through romantic rivals and even a baby, the other characters eventually moved from sideshow players into a shared comedic lead. But Friends was not without its heart. Most of the cast had dysfunctional relationships with their parents and went through loss, divorce, marriage, parenthood, and love triangles. The emotional pregnancies of Rachel (by Ross) and Phoebe (surrogate to her half-brother's triplets) won the actresses Emmy Awards, and Joey's tender feelings for Rachel in Season 8 won LeBlanc, the most improved actor in the series, a nomination.

Most sitcoms run out of ideas by the fifth season, but Friends gave itself a refreshing jolt the minute Monica and Chandler wound up in bed together. Their budding romance was not only the one of the funniest arcs of the series, but one of the most sentimental, as they planned a wedding, struggled to have a child and eventually turned to adoption. By seasons seven and on, the characters had each "grown up" from young singletons to thirtysomethings finding permanence in their careers and love lives but never losing the laughs.


Just friends? See our guide to who kissed whom on Friends.
Friends featured a parade of celebrity guests, but unlike Will & Grace, it actually utilized most of the stars as more than cameos: The sextet's parents were all brilliantly cast, particularly Kathleen Turner as Chandler's drag-queen father and Teri Garr as Phoebe's dizzy mom. Everyone from George Clooney to Sean Penn to Julia Roberts to Bruce Willis has appeared on the sitcom, and Tom Selleck certainly enjoyed a career resuscitation after his recurring role as Monica's older man.

But no star power ever penetrated the bond between the six stars, and their unmatchable chemistry worked for 10 seasons. Even if the show is on reruns daily, this boxed set of Friends remains watchable over and over again--even if that theme song grates on your nerves.

Standout episodes include The One With All The Poker (Season 1), The One With The Birth (1), The One With the Prom Video (2), The One With the Flashback (3), The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends (3), The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break (3), The One With the Embryos (4), The One With All the Wedding Dresses (4), The One With the Thanksgiving Flashbacks (5), The One Where Everybody Finds Out (5), The One Where Ross Got High (6), The One With the Videotape (8), The One With the Rumor (8), The One With the Male Nanny (9), The One With Rachel's Other Sister (9), The One With Ross' Tan (10), and The One Where the Stripper Cries (10). --Ellen A. Kim

Product Description

All the laughs, all the loves, all the lattes--all yours! Settle in with the hilarious and acclaimed series about a family based on friendship. Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross were always there for each other. Now they're here for you in the complete 10-season set of Friends.

Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund your purchase.

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515 of 530 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile way to collect all ten seasons at once December 10, 2006
Format:DVD
Since I notice all the questions seem to concern the logistics of the set, that is the main thing I will address in this review, since you would have to be a resident of another planet to not know the story behind the series "Friends". Suffice it to say it is a classic comic treatment of what I have always called the "post-college adolescent phase" of life, which is roughly the ten years immediately following college graduation as you strike out on your own and try to find your place in life. It is the time in life when you are likely to have the best health, the most freedom, the most disposable income if not necessarily the most total income, and the most fun if you are fortunate enough to have people to share it all with. This phase ends when you "settle down" both career-wise and family-wise, and I always found Friends to track this time in life quite accurately and with both drama and great humor.

As for logistics, this collection fits in a sturdy red box that's less than a foot long. There are 40 DVDs containing 236 episodes that can be found inside. The Friends set just has two pieces of the box that comes together. Flipping the top up exposes the guts of the set consisting of 6 books, with one for each Friend. Thus there are only 6 books to hold the 10 seasons. Each book has a picture of the Friend, a number (1-6), and the episodes you can find in each case. The books flip open from the top, and each disc has its own pouch in the double-sided pages. Every disc has a different photo of the Friend, and they're all inserted into the pouches so that the photo is visible as you flip through the book. The disc number and episode numbers are also visible. The contents of the discs are the same as the previous sets, but they have new artwork.
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529 of 563 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hey Warner Home Video, we want the EXTENDED episodes!!! September 14, 2012
By Greg
Format:Blu-ray
I'm a huge fan of "Friends," in fact it's probably my favorite TV show of all time. Interestingly, I didn't start watching the show until it was in its 9th season. I dismissed it as a "chick show," but when I finally started catching re-runs when I was in college, it had me rolling! It was right at this point that they began releasing the full seasons on DVD. So every time a new season was released on DVD I went right out and bought it. The first time that I saw many of these episodes (probably 80% of the series) was on DVD. For those of you that don't know this, the DVDs actually contained longer episodes than what had been originally broadcast on NBC. Each 20-minute episode contained another 2 or 3 minutes of dialogue/story. And it wasn't excessive stuff that needed to be cut, many of my favorite lines in the show were in these extended scenes. In fact, when I go back and watch re-runs of the show now I can't believe how much of it is missing. I still love my DVDs though, special features and all! But when I watch them now on my 47" TV I notice that they look pretty rough. There's lots of pixelation and fuzziness, and the episodes aren't formatted for widescreen. Certain channels have been showing the episodes in HD and they look gorgeous! I thought to myself, "I would actually buy the whole series over again on Blu-Ray if it had all the extended episodes and bonus features from the standard DVD set."

When I learned that "Friends" was coming to Blu-Ray I was so excited, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Then I learned that this Blu-Ray boxed set would not contain the previously released extended episodes, but would instead have them as they appeared in the original NBC broadcast.
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304 of 334 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Order the Individual Seasons separately December 12, 2007
Format:DVD
I love this show but I am returning this box set and decided to order the individual seasons separately for the following reasons:

1) Many of the DVDs are faulty and skip even when they are not physically scratched. I tested this with multiple DVD players which have never given me problems before. If you check other reviews this quality control issue is pretty common with the DVDs from this box set. From what I can tell the quality control on the original season sets is much better.

2) Disc 28 was missing and I got two copies of Disc 29 instead.

3) The corner of the collector's box was broken/damaged when i received it.

4) The discs are spread out through 6 scratch-prone cardboard-like sleeves for each character instead of by Season. Cute, but i don't want to have to open up a damn episode guide and look up the episode number to figure out which season i'm about to watch, while worrying about scratching my DVDs when taking them in and out of the sleeves.
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259 of 289 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
For fans of FRIENDS you will know what episode is below. For everyone else, the below lines from the script are from episode 809, season 8: The Rumor (The one with Brad Pitt at Thanksgiving). Everything with a star next to it will NOT be in the FRIENDS Blu-ray Broadcast version.

Phoebe: Turkey's are beautiful, intelligent animals!
Joey: No they're not! They're ugly and stupid and delicious! *Plus, eating them is like a tradition. It goes back to the very first Thanksgiving when the Indians sat down with the cowboys
*Rachel: Oh right... That's when they had that big rodeo at Plymouth Rock.

Ross: Uh actually, there was also that exchange student from Thailand but I don't think he knew what it was.
*Chandler: (sarcastically) You guys were cool.
Rachel: So Ross, we went out for two years, and you never told me you were in an I Hate Rachel club.
Will: You went out with her?! We had a pact!
Ross: That was in high school! It's not like it was binding forever.
Will: Then why did it have the word eternity in it?
*Joey: I'm thinking of joining an "I Hate Turkey Club"... although I do love a turkey club.

Rachel: Joey stop staring! There's nothing there! It's not true!
Joey: I'm afraid I'm gonna need proof. *C'mon, whip it out.

*Monica: (To Chandler and Phoebe) Alright, guys, could you help me with the dishes? There's a lot of pots and pans.
*Chandler: Oh honey I'd love to but the second game's about to start so... (starts to get up)
*Phoebe: (getting up with him) Oh yeah, the second game. More football for the Phoebster
*Monica: Who's playing?
*Chandler: Los Angeles
*Monica: Wow, last time I checked, Los Angeles didn't have a football team.
*Chandler: Did I say Los Angeles?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
Yes it met my expectations. It was a birthday gift for my wife, and she loved it. Can't get enough.
Published 2 days ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great packaging, good picture
This set is well put together and all the DVDs were shrink-wrapped and in great shape. There are (4) DVDs to a case. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Chosen One
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll be scratched for you
I bought this as a gift because my wife loves the series, but the packaging of the disks leaves a lot to be desired. Read more
Published 6 days ago by DrB
5.0 out of 5 stars Just my Friends
I'm a big fan of the series, the disc brings its chapters in the format that was issued to the television, if the series saw the DVD version; this time was bringing more chapter. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Franklin Parraga Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Friends series
Love the series and would highly recommend it to all my friends. I have watched it on TV and decided to order the series because I never get tired of it.
Published 11 days ago by Audrey Turner
1.0 out of 5 stars friends cds don't work well
My daughter loves the series friends, but her CD's dont' run well in her computer. I am not sure what I can do about it.
Published 12 days ago by Wendy J. Boden
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This box set is great it's not as big as I thought it was. It comes with all the discs, and all the seasons, all the discs work. Great buy and a great value.
Published 12 days ago by ahay
5.0 out of 5 stars Could this show be any better?
Ordered it for my girlfriends birthday and she absolutely loves it. One of my favorite shows. Enjoy the extras as well. Good buy.
Published 14 days ago by Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Set
I like this box set, the video resolution is great. But I still wanted to see the Extended Cut in blu-ray.
Published 14 days ago by Yen Tsung, Li
2.0 out of 5 stars poor video quality
Wow... the video quality is so poor. I'm glad I have permanent access to the series by owning the videos - but I would honestly prefer to watch the re-runs on the telly (if given... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Professor ata
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Bluray version?
I'd pre order that bad boy if it was true, but Friends on blu ray has been a rumor for YEARS...

Recent syndications on TBSHD and elsewhere do show that the show was shot on film and can be properly formatted at 1080p. However, I have not read anything concrete that blu-ray discs will ever be... Read more
Jul 8, 2011 by Joe MacDonald |  See all 7 posts
Uncut Version ?
Yes, this set contains the extended/uncut versions of all episodes.
Apr 22, 2009 by Enrique N. Rico |  See all 3 posts
If they the disks are not split into seasons how are they sorted out?
Well it's still the same 40 discs as in the original 10 seasons, but they're just broken up a bit differently to fit into 6 boxes, instead of 10. So instead of 4 discs per box it's 6-7 discs in a box. But still the same things on each disc. In box one, the first four discs are season one, and... Read more
Aug 11, 2007 by Matt |  See all 2 posts
missing the book
If the book was missing, congratulations! You have recieved a Chinese bootleg!

They can press DVDs pretty good over there, but apparently they can't print a book worth a darn.

The box for the bootleg set is slightly smaller than a real one, so the absence of the book won't seem obvious (there's... Read more
Sep 1, 2008 by Archibald NME |  See all 24 posts
ordering of the seasons?
The episodes and the seasons are in order.
Apr 22, 2009 by Enrique N. Rico |  See all 2 posts
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