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Mike McNamara / May 6, 2004 11:37 AM

I'm handling the viewing of the final episode of Friends like I handled graduation festivities from high school or the going-away shindig thrown for me at a job I didn't like.

I'm over it all and I've already moved on to another time in my life, but we had some good times, so what the hell -- I'll party with you one last time. But let's just end this sucker. And don't expect to see me at the five year reunion.

miss ellen / May 6, 2004 11:56 AM

Fuck Friends. Ever since Survivor came to battle on Thursday nights, I've been a Survivor-slut ever since.

Plus, I swore way back when, if Ross ended up being the father of that baby, I'm gone....and here we are years later & they all say Ross & Rachel will end up together ----> is this a soap opera or a sitcom? Puh-leeeeeeze.

I'm voting them all off my island! ;p

Shasta MacNasty / May 6, 2004 12:06 PM

I tried to care about the last episode of the show. I even tried to care while the show was still running. Ok, ok. I'll try again.

: I

Ugh. Nope. I tried, but I just can't give a flying f*** about this show. Sorry. : /

Jen / May 6, 2004 12:12 PM

If I had to remain in a room with any of those characters for more than thirty seconds I would rip off my own ears and eat them.

Nah, probably won't be watching the finale.

Ian / May 6, 2004 12:38 PM


Naz / May 6, 2004 12:42 PM

Friends? I admit, I was into Friends long ago. Now I'm not bothered.

Really, it's all about Coupling.

donna / May 6, 2004 12:53 PM

i just don't understand what all of you are talking about.

jennifer / May 6, 2004 12:57 PM

Friends is going off the air? I had no idea.

Really, though, I'll probably watch the second hour after Chicago Tonight is over.

robin.. / May 6, 2004 12:57 PM

you know, my interest in people who live lives that are not at all attainable (i know chefs--they work 6 days a week when it's slow and their hours preclude social lives between 2 pm and 2 am, unlike monica, who seems to have plenty of coffeehaus kickback time...) and have bodies that most people cannot have (except the gradually and acceptibly beefening chandler, maybe...) and live in apartments for which their where-are-their jobs could not possibly pay (when was the last time you knew an actor who had a new york apartment that had the toilet not in the kitchen?) has waned, to say the very least. sitcoms contribute to the unrealistic expectations, skewed values, and wack spending habits of the middle class, and lead them/us to believe that these lives are attainable when in actuality, they are not; the dream is just a dream, after all, and no amount of upwardly mobile, vaguely pomo-boho white people are going to change that for a burgeoning yet slipping middle class audience.

that said, ROSS AND RACHEL ARE TOTALLY GOING TO GET BACK TOGETHER and i might cry like a big "i used to watch this show in high school" sap when they do. seriously. how could they not?

Michael / May 6, 2004 1:15 PM

No way. In this day and age, the OC is the only show worth having a watching party for.

Shasta MacNasty / May 6, 2004 2:00 PM

What does "pomo-boho" mean?

Jen / May 6, 2004 2:07 PM

I've heard "boho" but not "pomo". "Po' Mofo?" :D

pat / May 6, 2004 5:31 PM

Is this the show with the monkey? It's still on? Gollee.

pomo-boho = postmodern bohemian? just a thought.

"I'm being postmodern before it was fashionable"
- Tony Wilson; 24 hour party people

paul / May 6, 2004 7:28 PM

Seriously, that show isn't over yet?

I might just watch it, just for the hope that they might kill off all the characters.

Kris / May 6, 2004 9:28 PM

People, it's a damn sitcom. Don't go looking for kitchen-sink realism. It's been a really funny show--not consistently, but often. It's been on since I was a senior in high school. The second season, when I was a college freshman, everyone in my dorm got together in the common room on Thursday nights to watch the big screen and will Ross and Rachel together. I don't watch it all the time anymore, but I have history with this show. Yeah, it's part soap opera, but so what? That's part of the appeal too.

Having a conversation about the end the other day, I realized that this show influenced the way I talk. I don't mean catch phrases--Friends popularized a style of dialogue, a kind of joke, a whole syntax that hadn't really been there before.

Whatever, y'all can keep fighting the battle of who could care less. I'll just be over here in the mainstream for this fight, feeling like an idiot 'cause the damn sitcom totally made me cry. (I'm suffering from Postmodern Stress Syndrome.)

Eliza / May 6, 2004 11:00 PM

We went to buy groceries instead; the only show I watch with any regularity anymore is SVU.

amyc / May 7, 2004 6:05 AM

"I realized that this show influenced the way I talk."

That is so not true for me! Oh, wait.

I'm with Kris. The show has been kind of sucky for the last couple seasons, but they had a 4- or 5-year run there in the middle with excellent writing and character development. Scoff all you want, hipsters, but Friends at its prime was damn good TV.

Shylo / May 7, 2004 8:44 AM

You know you watch/watched Friends! Just like you watched and loved fucking Reality Bites and Singles.

It's been on my entire adult life. And even though I haven't watched it in a long time, I'll sort of miss it.

robin.. / May 7, 2004 10:15 AM

yes, i do know i watched friends. and i do also know i liked "singles" and "reality bites." friends at its prime was indeed good--and scripted, to boot--television.

i'm just sayin' it's important to question these kinds of portrayals. i mean, i'm a "law and order" junkie and i think scrubs is really funny and recently i've found myself getting into CSI in a pretty big way, but i also recognize that the world of teevee is not always the world i inhabit. i mean really, especially apropos of CSI, no lab of any discipline is that poorly/seductively lit or staffed with that many fine looking, fit, urban and hip people.

Naz / May 7, 2004 10:21 AM

I'm not dissing Friends people, I loved it back in the day - unfortunately when I didn't keep up with it, I lost track of who was sleeping with who anymore, who had dated who, etc. I caught the encore showing of the finale, and was glad to see the Rachel-Ross ending.

On the other hand, I love Singles and Reality Bites. Moreso Singles though.

"So a song like 'Touch Me I'm Dick is about...?"

'That Ian' / May 7, 2004 10:22 AM

This is a lame-ass thread. Everyone listen to Naz and go watch Coupling on PBS at 10:30PM Sunday nights.

robin.. / May 7, 2004 1:15 PM

coupling is grrrreat.

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