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Friends: The Complete Series
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|Format||Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC|
|Contributor||Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc|
|Number Of Discs||40|
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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.
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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.
See the 10 or more seasons club . 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
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 5.81 Pounds
- Item model number : 83268
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC
- Release date : November 14, 2006
- Actors : Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry
- Subtitles: : Korean, English, Spanish, French
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B000H6SXMY
- Number of discs : 40
- Best Sellers Rank: #88,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #10,832 in Comedy (Movies & TV)
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I read the reviews prior to purchasing the set, and knew that the sleeves that the discs came in ended up scratching them up so that they would skip around. Therefore, as soon as I got mine, I transferred all the discs to separate sleeves and put the Collector's Box up on a shelf somewhere. I've never had a problem with skipping discs, nor would I say I had any problems whatsoever playing the episodes at all. It does suck that this has to be done, but it was relatively inexpensive and not too difficult.
Now that I have the extended versions of the episodes, the commentaries, and all the gag reels, I can't go back to normal FRIENDS on TV! It's too obvious to me which scenes were cut out and what's missing.
I took off one star because finding an episode you want to watch is a rather tedious process: Each disc is numbered 1-40, which has nothing to do with which season or episodes are on each one. To find an episode I want to watch, I have to leaf through the booklet that came with the discs, flip to the episode I want, then flip around a few more pages to find out which disc it's on. The book is great, but an awkward size, and not meant to see so much use. Mine is already falling apart at the binding, even though I flip carefully because I'm trying to keep it in good shape.
Overall, the product is great, and gets the job done for those who want to watch all the FRIENDS seasons. If they wanted to improve their product, they should change the packaging so the discs don't skip as well as offer a simple leaflet that outlines the seasons/episodes on each disc. The booklet just isn't practical.
would i know any o' these people in real life? probably not (although i may have bumped into Phoebe at a Carcass show...), but what makes this series more than repeatable viewing is the high quality o' writing. period. ok, that and all the actor's commitment to ensuring that the writing was actually improved upon - no mean feat. as komedies go there is not a bad episode to be found in the last 7 seasons - actually no real bad shows during the 1st few either; but it's clear that shortly into S3 some o' the characters stopped being parodies o' themselves and relaxed into actual human beings...at which point it became truly must-see. not even the mighty 'seinfeld' can consistently match the riotous heights achieved here
there's no telling how much longer this juggernaut could've kept going, but one thing is obvious, the show went out at the TOP o' its game - another rarity in this age o' milking dead horses. do you enjoy laughing? then invest in this series...for the money it is without a doubt the best health plan EVER offered by an amerikan corporation
...joey's guest spot on 'the pyramid' (season 10) is one o' the funniest comedy sketches written in the english language; in fact, 'the one where the stripper cries' is a high point in the history o' comedy, period
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