: Still plenty of laughs and fun moments
: The one that is an ad for Pottery Barn
Six friends, more great laughs
As characters keep growing
The One with Musical Roommates
Like many shows that are on the air a long time, Friends
declined in quality somewhere
along the way. Mind you, I always
enjoyed it, but I think every fan will agree the early seasons were the
best. For some reason, I had in my mind
that season six
is when the quality went downhill. Having just rewatched the season, I can say I
found it very funny and enjoyable with no loss of quality at all.
This season picks up where the last one ended – Vegas. Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer
Aniston) have just gotten married!
However, it was a huge drunk mistake.
When the gang arrives back in New York, that means that Ross has to get
divorce number three, something that is a running joke for the rest of the
Also on the return to New York, Chandler (Matthew Perry) and
Monica (Courtney Cox Arquette) decide to move in together. And so some of the most stable roommates on
the show so far get switched up. Rachel
winds up moving in with Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) while Joey (Matt LeBlanc) searches
for a new one. For a little while, it’s
hot dancer Janine (recurring guest star Elle MacPherson).
As the season progresses, Chandler and Monica figure out
living under the same roof. Ross gets a
new job teaching at a university and finds a forbidden romance with one of his
students, Elizabeth (guest star Alexandra Holden). Phoebe and Rachel have a tragedy at their
apartment. Joey’s lack of a roommate
forces him to take a job at Central Perk.
We meet one of Rachel’s sisters (guest star Reese Witherspoon). Joey might finally land his big acting break,
if he can get along with his cheesy co-star.
And the gang spends one hour imaging what might have been if their lives
had taken on turn differently.
There may not be quite as many classic moments during the
course of this season, but there are still plenty of great laughs. I laughed through every episode, both the
ones I’ve seen several times before and the ones I didn’t really remember. The characters are still growing and that
leads us to some great lines. The
writing hasn’t faltered a bit and things are still crisp and sharp.
Want to know how much we still care for the characters? Watch the last few minutes of the season
finale. I teared up both times I watched
it just now, once without and once with the commentary. That’s good stuff.
The actors are still at the top of their game as well. No matter what the writer’s throw at them,
they bring it to life with hilarity grounded in reality. Yes, we still believe what we are seeing even
as we laugh along the way.
And as a bit of trivia, this is not only a rare season
without a Ross/Rachel cliffhanger, but without a cliffhanger of any kind.
About the only real misstep is one the feels like a giant ad
for Pottery Barn. The idea behind the
episode is funny, and if they’d used a generic store I would have loved it. But as it is, I’m not the biggest fan of the
This season consisted of 25 episodes, but two of them are
two parters that aired the same night as “events.” They are all preserved here on four discs in
their native full frame and surround sound.
Frankly, surround doesn’t do much most of the time on a sitcom filmed
before a live audience, but it is nice to have.
In the way of extras, we get three audio commentaries, two of them on
the two hour long episodes. (And it
explains why Ross wasn’t in that final scene of the finale.) Frankly, the commentary on the finale was
fascinating as the three creators talk about things they almost did in the
finale; trust me, it is a great thing that they went with that they did. The last disc also has a featurette with
interviews with four of the recurring guest stars and a very funny gag reel
from the season.
The laughs really still are good in season six of Friends
. It’s been too long since I did
more than catch a random rerun, and I’d forgotten just how fun the show can
be. Hopefully, I can make some time to
dive into the next season’s laughs soon.
2. The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel
3. The One with Ross’s Denial
4. The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance
5. The One with Joey’s Porsche
6. The One on the Last Night
7. The One Where Phoebe Runs
8. The One with Ross’s Teeth
9. The One Where Ross Got High
10. The One with the Routine
11. The One with the Apothecary Table
12. The One with the Joke
13. The One with Rachel’s Sister
14. The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry
15. The One That Could Have Been Part 1
16. The One That Could Have Been Part 2
18. The One Where Ross Dates a Student
19. The One with Joey’s Fridge
20. The One with Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E.
21. The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth’s Dad
22. The One Where Paul’s the Man
23. The One with the Ring
24. The One with the Proposal Part 1
25. The One with the Proposal Part 2