I think everyone has their seminal show. The one they grew up on, than they quote incessantly – that they can watch over and over without ever getting sick of it.
For me, that show is Friends.
There are episodes that I can watch over and over and over and never ever get sick of them. There are things on the show I can get passionate and ranty about.
It is, for me, the ice cream sundae of television. Simple, yummy, and everyone loves a sundae!
Obsession by the numbers:
I have watched the entire series, beginning to end 5 times.
this does not count random episodes when I feel like it. This count includes the first time I watched through the series, and the four other times I made a conscious decision to watch it beginning to end.
The one I use the most is actually a gesture, not a quote:
You and I have always been….
Brilliant! I actually say it on the phone to squish and she knows exactly what I mean, of course.
And I’m leaving out finger dancing, and of course, the gesture Ross makes whenever he plays the keyboards:
When Shmerson and I talk nonsense, we often use – “That’s not even a word!!!”
And when we have friends over for pizza, we order the Joey Special (for those who don’t know, that would be two pizzas).
When I have reasons for something, they are usually “threefold”.
The list goes on and on and on – but I guess those are the most used.
I truly and honestly feel like season 4 was one of the best seasons of any television show ever, and most of my quotes and my favorite episodes are from that season.
Now the Ranty Part:
I almost kind of wish they’d ended with chandler and monicas wedding at the end of season 7. Though the rest of the seasons had a few good episodes, they weren’t nearly close to the level of funny as the earlier stuff.
and… JOEY AND RACHEL LOVE STORY? HELL TO THE NO!
But I forgive them, because the last few seasons brought us the character Mike, AKA my secret crush (sorry shmerson!) Paul Rudd:
My favorite episode is “The one with the embryos” – season 4, of course!
Though I have to give a shout out to my second favorite – “the one with chandler in a box”.
Favorite recurring character (mike not included): It’s a tough one, but I have to say gunther.
Favorite one-off (actually two-off) character: Jon Lovitz (who I usually hate) as the stoned loser guy. Just for this scene (sorry for the crappy quality):
Favorite character: Chandler. I admit there was a point in time when I would describe my perfect man as “Chandler, only with a bit more rock & roll” (I actually ended up marrying exactly that – shmerson is my insecure, slightly geeky guy with long hair and I love him for it!)
Actually there is a slight confession to be made here: Shmerson and I always joke that he’s a perfect combination of chandler and mike and I’m a perfect combo of monica and phoebe.
And it would be a shame to leave you without at least one song by phoebe – this one’s my favorite: