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'''Vrienden voor het leven''' (''Friends for life'') was a Dutch sitcom that aired in the early half of the 1990’s.

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'''Vrienden ''Vrienden voor het leven''' leven'' (''Friends for life'') was a Dutch sitcom that aired in the early half of the 1990’s.


* HeyItsThatGuy: several guest roles or one-episode-only characters are played by the same actors.



* MissingEpisode: the first season episode ''Latente talenten'' was never released on DVD.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: It's clear to modern day viewers that the series was made in, and is set in, the early 1990's. For example, the currency in the series is still the Guildar rather than the Euro, one episode has Eddie mentiong that the Japanese economy is overtaking the American one, and one episode has Eddie's mom hide her husbands passport so he can't go on a fishing trip to Belgium (while in this day and age, with the Netherlands and Belgium both being members of the European Union, passports or other traveling documents are no longer required to travel between these two countries).


The series, which is a Dutch remake of the British series “The Two of us”, focuses on the lives of young adults Eddie and Ellen. In the first episodes they are just in love an living together, but later they marry and even have a son. Other important characters are Eddie’s relatives like his old fashioned mother, his absent minded father and his grandfather, and his coworker Paul.

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The series, which is a Dutch remake of the British series “The Two of us”, focuses on the lives of young adults Eddie and Ellen. In the first episodes they are just in love an and living together, but later they marry and even have a son. Other important characters are Eddie’s relatives like his old fashioned mother, his absent minded father and his grandfather, and his coworker Paul.

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* MenCantKeepHouse: when Ellen returns from a trip to Africa, she finds the house a big mess.


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* WigDressAccent: used by Eddie as a disguise when he follows his father to the "sacred temple" of the cult he has joined (see above).


* BigBlackout: one episode, the whole city is hit by a blackout for the entire episode.

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* BigBlackout: one episode, the whole city province is hit by a blackout for the entire episode.episode. And since Ellen and Eddie only have an electric stove, they have to find alternative ways to get their planned evening dinner.



* DoomItYourself: Eddie's own attempt at making an anti-burglar alarm, complete with weapons like axes, a crossbow and a trident.

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* DoomItYourself: Eddie's own attempt at making an anti-burglar alarm, complete with weapons like axes, a crossbow and a trident. Also his own attempt at fixing the tv when it's broken, seemingly resulting in a BigBlackout (it's later revealed the blackout was not his fault, but his attempt at fixing the tv still failed)


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* NeatFreak: Eddie's mom. During the blackout mentioned above, she completely panicked over the fact that the washing machine and vacuum cleaner no longer worked, and franatically tried to clean the living room with a dustpan.


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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: It's clear to modern day viewers that the series was made in, and is set in, the early 1990's. For example, the currency in the series is still the Guildar rather than the Euro, one episode has Eddie mentiong that the Japanese economy is overtaking the American one, and one episode has Eddie's mom hide her husbands passport so he can't go on a fishing trip to Belgium (while in this day and age, with the Netherlands and Belgium both being members of the European Union, passports or other traveling documents are no longer required to travel between these two countries).


* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Eddie, twice. First he uses it as a disguise when he follows his father to the “sacred temple” of the cult he has joined (see below). In a later episode he uses one, combined with sunglasses, to leave the house unnoticed out of fear a potential burglar might see him and consider him an easy target. Ellen quickly points out his "disguise" will make him stick out like a sour thumb.
* {{Cult}}: one episode resolved around Eddie’s father joining a cult to get back at his wife for not letting him go on a fishing trip. However, when Eddie followed him to “the sacred temple” he found out the cult was nothing more than just a group of middle aged men meeting in a café.

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* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Eddie, twice. First he uses it as a disguise when he follows his father to the “sacred temple” Eddie once used one of the cult he has joined (see below). In a later episode he uses one, these, combined with sunglasses, to leave the house unnoticed out of fear a potential burglar might see him and consider him an easy target. Ellen quickly points out his "disguise" will make him stick out like a sour thumb.
* {{Cult}}: one episode resolved around Eddie’s father joining a cult to get back at his wife for not letting him go on a fishing trip. However, when Eddie followed him to “the sacred temple” he found out the cult was nothing more than just a group of middle aged men meeting in a café.café, using the cult as an excuse to get away from their dominant wives.


* Conscription: although Eddie has already served his time in the military prior to the series, one episode resolved around him and several other men being re-conscripted for a refreshments training.
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: used as a disguise by Eddie when he follows his father to the “sacred temple” of the cult he has joined (see below).

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* Conscription: {{Conscription}}: although Eddie has already served his time in the military prior to the series, one episode resolved around him and several other men being re-conscripted for a refreshments training.
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: used Eddie, twice. First he uses it as a disguise by Eddie when he follows his father to the “sacred temple” of the cult he has joined (see below).below). In a later episode he uses one, combined with sunglasses, to leave the house unnoticed out of fear a potential burglar might see him and consider him an easy target. Ellen quickly points out his "disguise" will make him stick out like a sour thumb.


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* DoomItYourself: Eddie's own attempt at making an anti-burglar alarm, complete with weapons like axes, a crossbow and a trident.

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'''Vrienden voor het leven''' (''Friends for life'') was a Dutch sitcom that aired in the early half of the 1990’s.

The series, which is a Dutch remake of the British series “The Two of us”, focuses on the lives of young adults Eddie and Ellen. In the first episodes they are just in love an living together, but later they marry and even have a son. Other important characters are Eddie’s relatives like his old fashioned mother, his absent minded father and his grandfather, and his coworker Paul.

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!!''Vrienden voor het leven'' provides examples of:
* AllMenArePerverts: Eddie’s father usually appears to be uninterested in what people tell him, but talk about sex and you have his undivided attention.
* {{Auction}}: one episode started with Eddie going to an auction to buy a trunk, but getting so caught up in the bidding that he instead buys an ugly vase, which becomes the focus of the episode.
* BigBlackout: one episode, the whole city is hit by a blackout for the entire episode.
* TheCatCameBack: the ugly vase mentioned above; Eddie and Ellen try to get rid of it by giving it to Eddie’s parents, who give it to grandfather, who gives it to his girlfriend, who donates it to a recycling store, where it is eventually bought by Paul and given to Eddie as a birthday present.
* CoolOldGuy: Eddie’s grandfather, who in sharp contrast to his daughter has perfectly adapted to the standards of modern times. He is also not afraid to try his hands at (extreme) sports and parties, and frequently invites ladies over in his house.
* Conscription: although Eddie has already served his time in the military prior to the series, one episode resolved around him and several other men being re-conscripted for a refreshments training.
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: used as a disguise by Eddie when he follows his father to the “sacred temple” of the cult he has joined (see below).
* {{Cult}}: one episode resolved around Eddie’s father joining a cult to get back at his wife for not letting him go on a fishing trip. However, when Eddie followed him to “the sacred temple” he found out the cult was nothing more than just a group of middle aged men meeting in a café.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Eddie gets to deal with one in the episode where he is re-conscripted.
* ForeignRemake: the series is a remake of a British series.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage: Ellen’s parents both love to use English words.
* HenpeckedHusband: Eddie’s father.
* HeyItsThatGuy: several guest roles or one-episode-only characters are played by the same actors.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: although we never actually see any of them, Paul apparently has a lot of brothers, cousins or other relatives, all of which have chosen a very different career path. As a result of this, every time Eddie needs something, Paul happens to have a relative who can arrange whatever Eddie needs for a small price.
* MarriedAtSea: Eddie and Ellen’s first attempt at marriage involved this.
* MayDecemberRomance: Eddie’s grandfather and his new girlfriend Joyce.
* MissingEpisode: the first season episode ''Latente talenten'' was never released on DVD.
* NoodleIncident: apparently, one of Paul’s many brothers once arranged a race horse for Eddie and Ellen, which was in such bad condition it had to be taken to a vet because of hyperventilation.
* NosyNeighbor: Eddie’s mother is this towards her neighbors.
* PointyHairedBoss: Eddie and Paul's boss Mr. van Steunzolen: he is always grumpy, never satisfied, and loves to make his employees work late. He also can't remember Eddies last name, and thus keeps calling him by different wrong names over the course of the series.
* PoliceLineup: one episode ended with Eddie, his father, and his grandfather all ending up in the same lineup of suspects of a robbery, and Eddie’s mother being the victim who had to identify her robber. Her reaction when she sees her son, husband and father in the lineup is priceless.
* TheQuietOne: Eddie’s father rarely speaks.
* SexySecretary: Barbera, the secretary of Eddie and Paul’s boss.
* UpperClassTwit: Ellen’s parents perfectly fit this trope; they love to show off their wealth and look down on Eddie and his family. Ellen herself however averts the trope; she is very down to earth, perfectly happy with her simple lifestyle, and greatly concerned about things like the environment.
* WackyMarriageProposal: Just when Ellen is about to board a plane to Africa to spend several months there helping the local people, Eddie proposes to her using the airports intercom. Unfortunately for him, Ellen still insists on going and boards the plane without replying.
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