Watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Some members on the blog (Aditya, Asha Tampa) have so raved about the American TV sitcom Friends that we felt compelled to add it to our Netflix queue.

Our first DVD (Season One – Disc 1) from Netflix is actually scheduled to arrive tomorrow.

Since we’re living in the age of instant gratification, we got impatient and trooped over to our local library to see if they stocked any of the Friends DVDs. 

Lo and behold, there were two DVDs of Friends waiting for us on the library shelf: Season Six – Disc 3 and 4. We borrowed both and quickly returned home.

By the way, Disc 3 starts with The One with Rachel’s Sister and has six episodes in all while Disc 4 starts The One with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E and contains five episodes.

Ask us tomorrow if we’re gonna make friends with F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

22 Responses to "Watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S"

  1. halfMonkHalfHitman   February 19, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    You should watch Friends from season 1. otherwise, you will miss the background to the actions of the charecters.Its better when you see it with continuity.

    On a different note, what happened to the Sandalwood movies you promised to review (You promised it would be in January)? Responds:

    1. Just watched our first Friends episode – The One with Rachel’s Sister. Not bad.

    Baby, where’s the vaporub?

    2. You write above: what happened to the Sandalwood movies you promised to review

    No, we haven’t forgotten. Unfortunately, Netflix has only a handful of Sandalwood movies. Very old stuff like Nagarahavu (Haavina Dwesha) …It’s not that easy to get hold of Kannada movies in the U.S. compared to Hindi or Tamil.

    Nevertheless, we’ll do something in the not too distant future. Meanwhile, enjoy an old hit – Snehada kadalalli. BTW, is Srinath still alive?

  2. the gora   February 19, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Friends is a waste of time. Full of “hip” and “cool” humor that isn’t really that humorous.

    A better option would be The Sopranos. The Sopranos basically laid the foundation for all of HBO’s future television series success and helped move the trend on network television to develop more and more dramas and hour long time slot shows (vs. 30 minute sit com time slots) instead of just one or two per week.

    Six Feet Under, Rome, Deadwood, The Wire, Carnivale, and Big Love all owe their tremendous success to the doors that were opened by The Sopranos.

    Awesome awesome awesome writing, directing, acting. Each episode of the show is like its own movie. The Sopranos SI! Responds:

    Added Sopranos to our Netflix queue.

  3. Amy G. Dala   February 19, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Assuming that you aren’t very conversant with the 90s pop culture,
    quiz for ya..
    Who is the actress who is staged at around 3:24 of that song.. (you cannot look into the comments 🙂 ) Responds:

    Can we ask a friend?

    Aditya, Gora, Asha, HalfMonk….where are you when we need you?

    The girl’s got grace in her steps. Look at the dances in our Bollywood and Kollywood movies. Yeeks! Ugh!

  4. Amy G. Dala   February 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    That girl plays Monica on Friends. Courtney Cocks.. err.. Cox

    Sopranos needs to be watched in proper order…(you cannot start from season 6).. it may be good idea to urge your “employers” to buy it for your reviewing purposes.. it will be a worthy investment. Responds:

    Our employer is a typical desikanjoos (miserly).

    We plan to watch Sopranos in serial order. Netflix has ’em all. With Friends, we got a little impatient.

  5. neo   February 19, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I really like FRIENDS. Its the best sitcom ever. I liked chandler and joey. Responds:

    You write above: i liked chandler and joey

    The next episode in our DVD is The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry

  6. neo   February 19, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Sopranos and Friends are diffrent types of serials.

    I personally liked friends. Moreever every character in friends was as important as the next character.

  7. the gora   February 20, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Yes neo, Sopranos and Friends are different types of shows. One is quite simply one of the most groundbreaking, influential dramas and redefined the mob genre for tv and movies.

    The other is a semi-funny sit-com about six single people in NYC who don’t have any discernible jobs (except off the top of my head one is a sort of actor) who hang out in a coffee shop half the time but somehow are able to afford really awesome apartments in the most expensive real estate territory in the world.

    Are you saying that every character in The Sopranos was not as important as the next character, because you would be sorely mistaken. Whereas Friends had six main actors, only which of which arguably became a big star in Jennifer Aniston. The Sopranos featured dozens of actors at varying times over the course of the 7 year run that became stars. The Sopranos also consistently cleaned up just about every award at the Primetime Emmys. Fans could expect the status quo from the six actors in Friends week in and week out. But every episode of The Sopranos was a can’t miss event, because no matter how important each character was, it was established from the very first season that nobody was too big to be whacked, especially when you least expected it, and they would be gone from the show for good (except for the odd flashback).

    Friends had a wider audience and more fans in general because it was on NBC/network television vs. HBO/cable television for The Sopranos (add in the fact that HBO is a premium pay channel not on basic cable and so the weekly potential audience pool was even less), but there is no doubt about the fact that The Sopranos was and is a far superior show.

  8. the gora   February 20, 2009 at 3:03 am

    By the way, Amy G. Dala’s girl in the Bruce link looks a hell of a lot like the modern day Ellen DeGeneres rather than a young Courtney Cox-Arquette. The only difference is that Cox in the video is a brunette and Ellen is a blonde, but the face, hair length and dancing skills are about the same. 🙂 Responds:


  9. halfMonkHalfHitman   February 20, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Yep. He is still alive. Never liked him that much though.

    Try to catch UPENDRA (the movie) if you can get hold of it. Weird movie, first of its kind. 🙂 Responds:

    Will try to get it.

  10. Amy G. Dala   February 20, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Gora, NYC is only the 6th most expensive according to

    Slumumbai is in the top 10.. Yay! Responds:

    Mumbai – Average price $9,163 /sq m for a 120 sq m apartment (according to your link)

    No wonder we have, what 5-7 million (or is it more?) Slumdogs in Mumbai.

  11. gtapradeep   February 20, 2009 at 6:10 am

    FRIENDS my alltime fav…i lyk season 2,3,4
    LOST is good with all the time travel and stuff
    HEROES – TV show at its worst
    PRISON BREAK season 1 too good….rest are ok Responds:

    We have a cable channel here – MSNBC – which shovels out only prison stuff over the weekends.

  12. Amy G. Dala   February 20, 2009 at 6:17 am

    More useless facts.. Responds:

    Number 10

    $25,000 per sq/m

    Altamount Road, Mumbai

  13. sumeshy   February 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Everybody Loves Raymond is also great to watch.

  14. Asha Tampa   February 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Nice to know you are finally watching the series! I think you might like it, silliness, faults et al.

    I know there are faults in the series; like, they are able to afford big expensive apartments, etc… but Monica’s head chef in a successful restaurant, Rachel is in the fashion industry with a famous brand, Chandler’s a techie, he’s the richest of the lot; and Phoebe’s a masseuse. Joey’s the broke one, a struggling actor, but he comes into his own by, I think, Season 7. Up till then its also shown that Chandler has been supporting him all along. Ross is a professor, a Phd, Dr. Ross Geller, as he likes to call himself.

    If you ask me, they are all really well settled; and even if its a little too surreal, I’m willing to ignore the faults; The sitcom has been with me through some hard times, cheering me up when I needed it. Loved it, loved it. I’ve already started watching it again from Season 01 🙂

    Eager to know your feedback 🙂 Responds:

    Feedback after we’ve watched at least 20+ episodes (hope to ‘accomplish’ that soon).

    Andhralo janam padukora…eppudu jagarana chestara..prati roju shivratri-na? (English: don’t people sleep in your state.)

  15. Asha Tampa   February 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Heh, when I visit your site, I make sure that I have enough charging left in me to skim your entire site, go through your posts, the comments, and the like. I dont like goin to sleep till I see your response to the comments I make. Let’s jus say your site has cheered me up many times, too (Not that I get upset every other day, I’m also including everyday stress here) 😉 Responds:


    We’ve borrowed the recently deceased John Updike’s short stories from the library. Just read one of the stories: His Oeuvre…not bad.

  16. Asha Tampa   February 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Hey, did you by any chance read tht short story by Oscar Wilde, “The Selfish Giant”? It’s my all time favorite, jus about a few pages, but a really heart touching story… I half expect you to say you have, but in case you didnt, you can just google it, and read the story online… should take jus a few min Responds:

    Reading The Selfish Giant now.

  17. Asha Tampa   February 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    So? How was it? A bit of a fairy tale, I know… but its one of my absolute favorites. Responds:


    But among the 19th century short-story writers, we like O.Henry for the twists at the end.

  18. Asha Tampa   February 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Ohh yeah, there was this one, I think it was titled After twenty years… the one about 2 friends meeting after 20 yrs, with a twist at the end. It was nice. I’ve read others as well, but I dont remember now Responds:

    After 20 Years is one of our favorite O.Henry stories along with Gift of the Magi and Last Leaf.

  19. Asha Tampa   February 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Yep, I liked Gift of the Magi too, but I havent read Last Leaf. Will read it tomorrow. My charging is near empty now, its 4AM here.. I’m sure that I’ll wake up after noon.

    Btw, you speak Telugu like a pro, why havent you ever reviewed Telugu movies? We’ve got so many classics here… Please do start! Your Telugu Fan Club’s first member is already ready! Responds:

    You write above: Btw, you speak Telugu like a pro,

    Chalk it up to all those mirapakay bajji, punugulu, gutti vankaya koora, chintakaya pachadi and gongura pulusu in our system.

  20. Asha Tampa   February 21, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Jeeez! Unfair! Not one word about Telugu movie reviews! Responds:

    Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam are on our to-watch and to-do list.

  21. Amy G. Dala   February 21, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    hi Asha, can you please give permission to SI’s pit bull to regurgitate your comment ( it had eaten it before I could read it.

  22. Asha Tampa   February 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Hey, Amy, even if it did, it would be unreadable. It’s been in that pitbull’s tummy for more than a day now.

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