History YMMV / Friends

26th Apr '16 6:51:03 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** Ross being SurroundedByIdiots could have lead to his {{Flanderization}} and him having TookALevelInDumbass.
25th Apr '16 3:27:25 PM MisterCPC
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** Joanna, Rachel's boss in the third and fourth seasons, who was nothing more than a smug bully. Nobody complained when she was hit by a car.


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** Rachel discovering that Joanna was hit by a car midway through the fourth season.
17th Apr '16 1:40:55 AM ChrisDen
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* ActorShipping: Matthew Perry/Courteney Cox have a pretty big fanbase due to their chemistry and close friendship. The shipping wasn't as prevalent during the actual show as Courteney was HappilyMarried to David Arquette, but after the couple split up 'Matteney' fans grew exponentially and were regularly fuelled by Cox guest starring on Perry's show, their habit of crashing each others interviews (in Courtney's case to kiss Matthew on stage) and Matthew throwing around comments like "I just wanted to make her laugh all the time" and "she's a very beautiful woman" and making sexual jokes about their relationship: "would Courtney be the bike?" and even a skit on Ellen joking that they're a couple. Not to mention Courteney posting on Twitter that, on a scale from 1 - 10, she loves Matthew '13.6'. When Courtney's guest starred on Matthew's show there were photos of them practically snuggling during breaks. Tumblr exploded.

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* ActorShipping: Matthew Perry/Courteney Cox have a pretty big fanbase due to their chemistry and close friendship. The shipping wasn't as prevalent during the actual show as Courteney was HappilyMarried to David Arquette, but after the couple split up 'Matteney' fans grew exponentially and were regularly fuelled fueled by Cox guest starring on Perry's show, their habit of crashing each others interviews (in Courtney's case to kiss Matthew on stage) and Matthew throwing around comments like "I just wanted to make her laugh all the time" and "she's a very beautiful woman" and making sexual jokes about their relationship: "would Courtney be the bike?" and even a skit on Ellen joking that they're a couple. Not to mention Courteney posting on Twitter that, on a scale from 1 - 10, she loves Matthew '13.6'. When Courtney's guest starred on Matthew's show there were photos of them practically snuggling during breaks. Tumblr exploded.



*** Then in the following episode, Ross is already in hot water after his affair with the copy girl and initially decided to just come clean to Rachel, only for the two to convince him to tryto cover it up, which just made things even worse for him when she did find out.

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*** Then in the following episode, Ross is already in hot water after his affair with the copy girl and initially decided to just come clean to Rachel, only for the two to convince him to tryto try to cover it up, which just made things even worse for him when she did find out.



** Another popular theory is that Monica and Chandler who adopted twins at the end of the show later managed to have a child naturally. (It was 'unlikely' not impossible'). Although their adoption storyline was popular fans found it hard to see the one committed couple who had worked so hard for a family struggle with infertility so this is a reassuring comfort. It also matches Monica's mother who was thought to be barren before having her and Ross. Bonus points if the kids called Daniel which was what Monica originally wanted to call her first son.

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** Another popular theory is that Monica and Chandler who adopted twins at the end of the show later managed to have a child naturally. (It was 'unlikely' not impossible'). Although their adoption storyline was popular fans found it hard to see the one committed couple who had worked so hard for a family struggle with infertility so this is a reassuring comfort. It also matches Monica's mother who was thought to be barren before having her and Ross. Bonus points if the kids kid's called Daniel Daniel, which was what Monica originally wanted to call her first son.



** In 'The One Where Heckles Dies' Chandler freaks out that his committment phobia will prevent him from finding the one, and he'll be left alone when the others settle down. Flash forward to later seasons, and he has found the one, (she was living across the hall the whole time), and he and Monica are the ''first'' to get married (and ''stay'' married) and start a family.

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** In 'The One Where Heckles Dies' Chandler freaks out that his committment commitment phobia will prevent him from finding the one, and he'll be left alone when the others settle down. Flash forward to later seasons, and he has found the one, (she was living across the hall the whole time), and he and Monica are the ''first'' to get married (and ''stay'' married) and start a family.



** In Richard's first appearance, Pheobe simply says "James Bond!" because he was wearing a tuxedo. Tom Selleck later appeared as a retired spymaster in ''Film/{{Killers}}'', alongside Asthon Kutcher.

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** In Richard's first appearance, Pheobe Phoebe simply says "James Bond!" because he was wearing a tuxedo. Tom Selleck later appeared as a retired spymaster in ''Film/{{Killers}}'', alongside Asthon Ashton Kutcher.



** Especially in the episode where Ross, Chandler, and Monica were telling each other embarrassing stories from their childhood. One of the first was Chandler drunkenly making out with a man dressed like a woman at a party. As the episode progresses, the stories get more and more humiliating (Chandler winning a Vanilla Ice look-a-like contest, Ross coming in fourth and crying '''and''' sleeping with the college maid, Monica being unable to tell time until she was 13 and ''eating'' the macaroni from a homemade jewelry box after being sent to bed without dinner.) However, none of these simply compare to "Whatever, dude, you kissed a guy." That alone undercut everything else. This was even weirder because it was established in an earlier episode that Joey had made out with a "girl" who had the biggest adam's apple he'd ever seen... the audience and the gang knew exactly what that meant, but Joey didn't. Joey wasn't teased about that event, but Chandler was about his.

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** Especially in the episode where Ross, Chandler, and Monica were telling each other embarrassing stories from their childhood. One of the first was Chandler drunkenly making out with a man dressed like a woman at a party. As the episode progresses, the stories get more and more humiliating (Chandler winning a Vanilla Ice look-a-like contest, Ross coming in fourth and crying '''and''' sleeping with the college maid, Monica being unable to tell time until she was 13 and ''eating'' the macaroni from a homemade jewelry box after being sent to bed without dinner.) However, none of these simply compare to "Whatever, dude, you kissed a guy." That alone undercut everything else. This was even weirder because it was established in an earlier episode that Joey had made out with a "girl" who had the biggest adam's Adam's apple he'd ever seen... the audience and the gang knew exactly what that meant, but Joey didn't. Joey wasn't teased about that event, but Chandler was about his.
2nd Apr '16 5:06:59 PM Tidal_Wave_17
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* UnfortunateImplications: There's a [[http://www.dazeddigital.com/satellitevoices/rome/art-design/1370/homophobic-friends-by-tijana-mamula fifty minute]] montage of all the gay jokes, and the person who made it explains in the interview below how alienating it can be.

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* UnfortunateImplications: There's a [[http://www.dazeddigital.com/satellitevoices/rome/art-design/1370/homophobic-friends-by-tijana-mamula [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsQ5za-J6I8 fifty minute]] montage of all the gay jokes, and the person who made it explains in the interview below how alienating it can be.jokes.
4th Mar '16 1:16:12 PM MisterCPC
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** Phoebe's song about sexuality in "The One After the Super Bowl", which includes the bit, "then there are bisexuals, but some just say they're kidding themselves," becomes downright amusing when Phoebe herself started explicitly being shown to be ''at least'' AmbiguouslyBi as the series went on.

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** Phoebe's song about sexuality in "The One After the Super Bowl", which includes the bit, "then there are bisexuals, but some just say they're kidding themselves," becomes downright amusing when Phoebe herself started explicitly showing signs of being shown to be ''at least'' AmbiguouslyBi bi as the series went on.
4th Mar '16 1:10:52 PM MisterCPC
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** Phoebe's song about sexuality in "The One After the Super Bowl", which includes the bit, "then there are bisexuals, but some just say they're kidding themselves," becomes downright amusing when Phoebe herself started explicitly being shown to be ''at least'' AmbiguouslyBi as the series went on.
2nd Mar '16 10:43:17 PM haloinsider
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** In "The One With the Tiny T-Shirt", there's a scene where [[http://www.vulture.com/2016/03/david-schwimmer-says-friends.html Ross becomes obsessed with having some juice]], to the point that he repeats "juice" several times for emphasis. Many years later, David Schwimmer would be cast as Robert Kardashian on ''Series/AmericanCrimeStory'', and referred to OJ Simpson as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=726Ujz_KOHE "Juice"]] so many times within the first few episodes that it quickly became [[MemeticMutation memetic]].
1st Mar '16 9:41:35 PM Eagal
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* UnfortunateImplications:
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%%**The MonochromeCasting itself to the point where the show was mocked in a ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' sketch.
%%** Unfortunately, the issue stretched to how actors of other ethnicities were treated on-set, especially Asians; guest actor Steve Park was incensed when one crew member called to "bring the Oriental guy" over, and after hearing similar stories from other actors who had been on the show, he wrote a mission statement for the industry calling for better treatment in Hollywood for Asian-American actors, citing a complete lack of "humanity and courtesy".
** There's a [[http://www.dazeddigital.com/satellitevoices/rome/art-design/1370/homophobic-friends-by-tijana-mamula fifty minute]] montage of all the gay jokes, and the person who made it explains in the interview below how alienating it can be.

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* UnfortunateImplications:
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%%**The MonochromeCasting itself to the point where the show was mocked in a ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' sketch.
%%** Unfortunately, the issue stretched to how actors of other ethnicities were treated on-set, especially Asians; guest actor Steve Park was incensed when one crew member called to "bring the Oriental guy" over, and after hearing similar stories from other actors who had been on the show, he wrote a mission statement for the industry calling for better treatment in Hollywood for Asian-American actors, citing a complete lack of "humanity and courtesy".
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UnfortunateImplications: There's a [[http://www.dazeddigital.com/satellitevoices/rome/art-design/1370/homophobic-friends-by-tijana-mamula fifty minute]] montage of all the gay jokes, and the person who made it explains in the interview below how alienating it can be.



** When Rachel takes Ross out to dinner with her father, Dr. Green pays for the entire meal but only puts out a %4 tip. He's portrayed as a jerk for both this, and for getting mad at Ross for leaving extra money on the table to pad out the tip. In the US, where waitstaff are often paid lower than minimum wage with customary tipping supposed to make up for it, Ross's outrage at the small tip makes sense. In other countries where restaurant wages are better regulated and tipping is just a courtesy (such as the UK), this is not common knowledge, and so Ross ends up looking more unreasonable for expecting a man who just paid for a very expensive meal to pay even more for the tip.

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** When Rachel takes Ross out to dinner with her father, Dr. Green pays for the entire meal but only puts out a %4 tip. He's portrayed as a jerk for both this, and for getting mad at Ross for leaving extra money on the table to pad out the tip. In the US, where waitstaff are often paid lower than minimum wage with customary tipping supposed to make up for it, wage, Ross's outrage at the small tip makes might make sense. In other countries where restaurant wages are better regulated and tipping is just a courtesy (such as the UK), regulated, this is not common knowledge, and so Ross ends up looking more unreasonable for expecting a man who just paid for a very expensive meal to pay even more for the tip.



** Monica has been TheUnfavorite to her parents simply for being second-born and was also obese when she was young. She then becomes a Woobie again at one point during work, when the job she's dreamed of doing for years is ruined because the staff all hate and bully her. (Though this improves and she also becomes Head Chef at a different, very prestigious restaraunt). She desperately longs to get married and have a happy home with children but her relationships keep failing and later finds out [[spoiler: she's infertile]].

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** Monica has been TheUnfavorite to her parents simply for being second-born and was also obese when she was young. She then becomes a Woobie again at one point during work, when the job she's dreamed of doing for years is ruined because the staff all hate and bully her. (Though this improves and she also becomes Head Chef at a different, very prestigious restaraunt).restaurant). She desperately longs to get married and have a happy home with children but her relationships keep failing and later finds out [[spoiler: she's infertile]].
1st Mar '16 9:33:17 PM Eagal
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* TheyCopiedItSoItSucks: One of the most common criticisms directed at the show, particularly early in its run, was that it was a Series/{{Seinfeld}} knockoff. Even though the two shows had very little in common except that they both took place in [[BigApplesauce New York City]]. Actually, the show ''Friends'' most closely resembled was probably ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' (arguably even more so than its [[Series/{{Frasier}} spin-off]]).


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* TheyCopiedItSoItSucks: One of the most common criticisms directed at the show, particularly early in its run, was that it was a Series/{{Seinfeld}} knockoff. Even though the two shows had very little in common except that they both took place in [[BigApplesauce New York City]]. Actually, the show ''Friends'' most closely resembled was probably ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' (arguably even more so than its [[Series/{{Frasier}} spin-off]]).
1st Mar '16 9:32:34 PM Eagal
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** HughLaurie's appearance in "TOW Ross's Wedding" where he sits next to Rachel on the plane to London and [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out]] on trying to sabotage the wedding just so she can have Ross for herself.

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** HughLaurie's Creator/HughLaurie's appearance in "TOW Ross's Wedding" where he sits next to Rachel on the plane to London and [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out]] on trying to sabotage the wedding just so she can have Ross for herself.



* RetroactiveRecognition: For American audiences, this trope may just as well be called ''[[Creator/HughLaurie House]] on a Plane'' (the actor was already huge in Britain).

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* RetroactiveRecognition: For American audiences, this trope may just as well be called ''[[Creator/HughLaurie House]] on a Plane'' (the actor was already huge RetroactiveRecognition:
** Hugh Laurie
in Britain).the aforementioned plane scene.
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