Judge Ryan Keefer wonders what the Rembrandts are doing nowadays.
Our reviews of Friends: The Complete First Season (published June 11th, 2002), Friends: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) (published May 7th, 2013), Friends: The Complete Second Season (published September 16th, 2002), Friends: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray) (published May 7th, 2013), Friends: The Complete Third Season (published June 18th, 2003), Friends: The Complete Fourth Season (published August 8th, 2003), Friends: The Complete Eighth Season (published February 2nd, 2005), Friends: The Complete Ninth Season (published May 18th, 2005), Friends: The Complete Tenth Season (published November 28th, 2005), Friends: The Complete Series (Blu-ray) (published November 26th, 2012), Friends: The Complete Series Collection (published January 24th, 2007), Friends: The One With All The Babies (published April 26th, 2006), and Friends: The One With All The Birthdays (published May 31st, 2006) are also available.
"Oh man, I wouldn't have had breakfast if I knew there was going to be corsages!"
Like Friends without having to sort through most of the other standard yuks on all 238 episodes? Do you like themed episodes of Friends, where they all do something to make sure that Monica gets her cooking done or that Joey can get his big movie part? Well now you're in luck, because Warner Brothers has started releasing themed compilation discs of Friends (witness The One With All the Babies, for instance). So stop getting your hair cut like Rachel (because it's 2006, for God's sake), and check out if this is worth it.
Facts of the Case
Putting aside the fact that Friends had an audience for so long that it stayed at or near the top of the Nielsen ratings hill throughout its run, let's take a look at what the show was. You had six cute people in Monica (Courtney Cox, Scream), her friend Rachel (Jennifer Aniston, Derailed), Monica's brother Ross (David Schwimmer, Madagascar), Ross's friends Joey (Matt LeBlanc, Charlie's Angels), and Chandler (Matthew Perry, The Whole Nine Yards), and the group's mutual friend in Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow, Happy Endings). And as far as I can tell, they sometimes had jobs and hooked up with each other from time to time?
Yeah, that's pretty much all I can muster when it comes to Friends. I was (and still am, to some degree) a grumpy little cynic when it comes to this show. I can appreciate some of the special episodes and performances (and yeah, I watched when Ross and Rachel first got together), but by and large, it wasn't my cup of tea, so there.
I don't think there were any other wedding episodes (or at least, none with any of the show's main characters), so this disc pulls together the four for the show, all of which occurred starting from Season Four onwards. The self-explanatory titles are:
• "The One With Ross's Wedding"
• "The One in Vegas"
• "The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding"
• "The One with Phoebe's Wedding"
Aside from a commentary track on the third episode on this disc by Kevin S. Bright, David Crane, and Marta Kauffman, nothing of note is really included on the disc. The commentary has some nuggets of information, but nothing too compelling. And the first disc includes some DVD exclusive additional footage and some bloopers at the end, but other than that, things are pretty straightforward.
The Rebuttal Witnesses
Some of these episodes really aren't stand-alone things, some of what goes on is part of storylines that occur both before and afterwards. I do find it ironic that Rachel, whose first appearance in the show was as a runaway bride, did not really have a significant part in any of the weddings, aside from being Ross's subconscious slip in his wedding to Emily. Other than that, watching these episodes on their own is bound to leave the novice moderately confused.
If the goal of this compilation is to inspire people to run out and buy the seasons (or series boxed set), then I guess The One With All the Weddings does what it's supposed to do. Now that the show's been off the air for a little while, time will tell how the curse of the hit show affects the main players.
Not guilty, bring in the next case, muy rápido, before the theme song stays in my head.
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Studio: Warner Bros.
• Selected Episode Commentary by Executive Producers Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane
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