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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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I actually enjoyed this Reunion special.

It almost felt like getting to see some old friends again (no pun intended) as I kinda went into adulthood when the show started and they always seemed to have such great chemistry on screen.

Most of my actual friends back in the mid 90s were more into Beverly Hills 90210 but Friends had a lot bigger impact on me. Even if it was in the slapstick territory the general gist of the show hit a lot closer to home than the soapy fluff like Beverly Hills/Melrose Place/Dawsons Creek. 

While I've never considered Friends to be a quality show that fits into any "Personal Top 10" list of mine I can't deny that it was a cultural phenomenon that I enjoyed watching from time to time and while I can't identify myself with a single character of the main cast I've certainly seen myself in a lot of the situations they end up in which I think is the main reason I found it fun to watch. 

The Reunion episode would probably have been a lot better without the talkshow format, the opening bit was really well done I think. All the parts where they move around the set, walking down the memory lane was beautiful to watch and when the Jennifer, Courtney, David and Lisa realized that LeBlanc and Perry were sitting in their chairs in their old flat almost brought me to tears, it was such a great moment. 

It was also great to learn that Jennifer and David used to have a crush on eachother in the early seasons, but never got to do anything about it. This is most likely why there was this believable tension between their characters as the feelings were actually there. 

 

Overall, I really enjoyed those 105 minutes and I could easily have watched a lot more of the main cast just sitting around talking about the good old days but it's probably for the better that the episode left me wanting more rather than overstaying its welcome. 

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15 hours ago, CarloOos said:

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.

 

I did a rewatch of Episodes during one of the lockdowns.  It is great all round and LeBlanc is fantastic.

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42 minutes ago, Ork1927 said:

 

I did a rewatch of Episodes during one of the lockdowns.  It is great all round and LeBlanc is fantastic.

 

I guess there's a reason why Joey was the only one who got his own spin-off show. He was always the most comedy of all the characters.

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