Family sitcoms have been a source of entertainment since the early days of radio. On TV we had Father Knows Best, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett, The Brady Bunch and Family Ties. Then, in 1994, we got our first look at a different kind of family sitcom – a family that is made up of close friends.
Fans instantly took a liking to the series because they could relate to the characters. We’ve all known a Joey or a Monica and somewhere in those six characters, we see ourselves. Friends worked because it was familiar. It was about dating, and work, and about trying to be the person everyone wants you to be, even though you’d rather be somebody else. And when life gets too stressful, Phoebe and Joey were always there to help us appreciate the simple things.
Friends has made almost every television “best of” list ever written and the series finale was the most watched episode of any TV show in all of the 90’s. But that’s not why you should buy the brand new Friends: The Complete Series on Blu-ray set. You should buy it because Friends is laugh-out-loud funny.
There aren’t that many sitcoms on TV today, so investing in this box set is like investing in vitamins. They’re both good for your health and as an added bonus, laughing is good for your soul.
The set comes in this hefty box with a magnetic flap. Inside, is a 32-page, full color episode guide and a hard-cover book containing 21 color-coded discs.
This is the first time Friends has ever been out on Blu-ray and the quality of the print is incredible. You wouldn’t think the Blu-ray treatment would make a difference but wow, this show is colorful. Blues, oranges, pinks and bright greens just pop off the screen.
Friends: The Complete Series comes with 20 hours of bonus content which includes 3 hours of brand new content. You get “True Friends: Documentaries,” a retrospective with new interviews with the cast and crew. Also included are the original script and producer’s cut for “The One Where Rachel Tells Ross,” the cast on Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres, previously unseen gag reel footage and more.
In addition to all of that, and the 236 episodes, you also get all the features from previous DVD releases including “Friends Around the World,” “On Location in London,” and so much more.
Confession time: after all these years, I just now got the concept behind the episode title structure for this show. “The One With. . . ” is a nod to the way we all refer to old TV show episodes, you know, “the one where Marcia gets hit in the nose with the football,” “the one where Lucy and Ethel work in the candy factory.”
Okay, I’m slow on the uptake sometimes, but I get it now.
And you should get it Friends: The Complete Series on Blu-ray. It hit stores on November 13, so put one on your holiday wish list or buy one to share with your friends. It’s like giving the gift of laughter.