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Friends Forever

For those wondering, the title refers to the show, not the song. However, both are equally awesome.

(Bonus points if you can name the show that featured the aforementioned song)

When lightning in a bottle happens, specifically regarding sitcoms, there’s an eternal fascination with everything involving the show. True story (name the character and/or sitcom!). The shelf life is forever. The stories, characters and the tone often define entire decades, generations and/or certain parts of the country from a treasured moment in time for millions of viewers. And as soon as the sitcom series finale airs, there’s a strange juxtaposition of sadness and uplifting nostalgia from fans.

I know because I’m one of these fans.

There’s a personal investment to learn everything from these shows that was an treasured part of growing up. These facts include interesting tidbits from in front of the camera, as well as from behind the camera.

Just when you thought there was nothing new to learn about Friends

With this brand new behind-the-scenes story in August of 2017 (series finale was in 2004), it’s safe to presume that a Friends super fan now knows everything about this show in a genuinely comprehensive sense. You could even say a Friends super fan knows Friends like the back of their hand.

Wait, their hand or that Las Vegas blackjack dealer’s hand?

(Double bonus points if you can name the actor who played that Las Vegas blackjack dealer!)

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Happy Monday!

Who is handling your baggage future?

Life can be frustratingly formulaic, yet equally random and wonderfully serendipitous. Since there is no one correct way to live one’s life, we must tirelessly engage in trial-and-error experiences and decide what brings us and the people around us the most happiness. Except, that doesn’t always pan out for myriad reasons that we cannot control. The ever-expansive and undefinable variable aspect of the world, if you will.

However, some amazing things in our life are within our control and it’s best to pursue these opportunities when you can at the right moment because, if you’re passive, you could end up handling bags in the Los Angeles airport in the year 2194. And those terrific friends you could’ve made will live their separate lives without you.

And not be there when your love life’s D-O-A.

Life’s funny, isn’t it?

Have a Clear-Eyed Week!

The One Where We Made 6 Friends

September 22, 1994: The world changed.

Friends, widely regarded as the (or one of the greatest TV shows) in history premiered on NBC exactly 22 years ago. Stop doing the math of where/how old you were on this day, I have and no good comes from it. The names Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe would redefine popular culture in a supremely special way. If you’re flipping through channels and a rerun of a Friends episode is on, odds are decent (as in a guarantee) that you’ll watch it…and then the episode that comes next.

Speaking of which, remember the first glimpse we all got of everyone’s favorite six friends?

Ladies and gentlemen, today’s blog post is one of the reasons why “Throwback Thursday” exists. And it’s been a little while since I’ve seen a rerun of the Friends pilot, which was a fantastic first chapter in the epic 10-season story of this epitome of what a sitcom should be.

I guess you could say the pilot and I had been on a break.

Taxi Driver (The Funny One)

The must see interview is here.

Legendary sitcom director, creator, writer and producer James Burrows was given a 2-hour NBC special this past Sunday night. The shows we know and love were featured (Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, to name a few) through cast interviews (most of them, anyways). The trademark gestures and words of wisdom by Mr. Burrows were revealed through comedic ribbing, including his surprisingly distinctive voice. For a man made famous for his shadowy presence, former NBC stars impersonating their former boss was akin to an SNL alum impersonating another behind-the-scenes maestro: Lorne Michaels.

The vocal range between the two men is kind of striking.

James Burrows spoke for a few minutes at the end of his NBC special for directing his 1,000th sitcom episode, but there is still so many more stories to be told.

And advice to be given.

Cheers, James Burrows.