I’m not sure if I could ever explain how much I love Friends.
Anyone who’s spent more than 5 minutes around me will know that I physically cannot help quoting it at any opportunity. I have two (possibly even three?) DVD sets, plus the original VHS collection. Comedy Central is my best friend because it fuels my need to watch it constantly. I’ve made some of my best friends through a mutual adoration for the show. I have a somewhat creepy memory of the entire show and could probably recite any given scene from memory.
Twenty years today it aired for the first time, and it simultaneously blows my mind and doesn’t surprise me at all that it’s still so popular and my favourite show ever, ten years after it ended.
Friends premiered on Thursday, September 22, 1994, at 8:30, to generally good reviews and solid but not initially spectacular ratings.
DAVID CRANE: We had absolutely no idea what this show was going to be. For us, it was just another pilot. We’d just had a series canceled. We were thinking we’d never work again, so we were scrambling. You pitch a bunch of stuff. We were doing this thing at Fox and at NBC. Friends was feeling good, but it was just another pilot. Or it was just another pilot until Jimmy Burrows wants to direct it. Excuse me, James Burrows. We thought, That’s crazy.
And he really embraced what we wanted to do. In the pilot, the structure is really loose. We started out doing a much more traditional story. It still had to do with Rachel leaving a guy at the altar, but we had an original version where her parents came, and the act break [before going to a commercial] was her parents’ showing up. It wasn’t good. We approached it again and made it much looser. The structure is loose and unconventional. There’s no event at the act break. Ross [whose wife, a lesbian, has left him] and Rachel are each looking out at the rain. In a pilot, that seems crazy. You couldn’t do it today, and I’m surprised we did that then.
The first episode of friends aired 20 years ago today on September 22th, 1994
It’s like all of my life everybody has always told me “You’re a shoe! You’re a shoe, you’re a shoe, you’re a shoe!” And then today I just stopped and I said “What if I don’t wanna be a shoe? What if I wanna be a purse? You know? Or a hat?”
September 22nd 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere of FRIENDS.HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY, FRIENDS!
Me: can i see your homework
Someone: No do your own
dude i don’t even believe this i know i just reblogged it like ten minutes ago but oh my god this baby eats shit from like 4ft in the air and nobody cares this is literally the funniest thing i’ve ever seen in my life