Friends Season 10 – Episodes 1-8 (2003)

Filed under: — Arjan Welles on February 18th, 2004 02:02:32 pm

Friends10.jpgFor almost a decade Friends has been one of the most popular American sitcoms ever. Every year the question is raised whether or not the actors have to sign up for a new season. This has been pretty questionable for the past couple of years. A few years ago the actors agreed on doing a new season, but only if they could get $1m each per episode. They decided the only way to have their demands granted was by making a stand together. I was never really that much into Friends but became a real addict after purchasing some seasons on DVD for a ridiculously small amount of money. I never really watched the show on TV. I knew the characters, I knew the main storylines, but was of the opinion it was just one of those dumb sitcoms that waste American and European screentime. Well count me in, because I am loving it now and despite the really cheesy American touch, the show is absolutely amazing. It is a good thing this is the last season though. The first couple of episodes of the final 10th season have been aired in the US but here in the Netherlands we are going to have to wait until fall before we can see it. However… the DVD is already available. And what a great beginning… to end a show.

Friends1.jpgSeason 9 ended on Barbados with Joey and Rachel kissing. This new season starts off where we left the previous one. In the meantime, Ross is dating Charlie (who just left Joey for Ross), Phoebe gets proposed to by the love of her life, Mike, and Chandler and Monica are still waiting to be approved for adopting a child. Now, the strong – as well as the weak – point of Friends is its soap opera touch. This has been really important to provide exciting cliffhangers at the end of each season. Or, read: to provide a lot of money for commercial incomes during the breaks. The first episode of the 10th season (The One After Joey and Rachel Kiss) is even longer than the standard 22 minutes. This might be for the benefit of commercial incomes, but as a DVD purchaser you don’t care.

Friends2.jpgThe actor who really provides a lot of the comic relief is, in fact, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller. He has always been my least favorite, but the second and third episode (The One Where Ross Is Fine and The One With Ross’s Tan) are totally his. He proves to be strong on both the verbal and the slapstick level. One of the flaws plot-wise is the fact that most of the storylines that have built up in the previous season are abandoned quite soon, so things are back to normal again. On second judgment it is amazing how this doesn’t get in the way of having some really fun, hilarious situations. It doesn’t seem as though the show’s producers wanted to take it easy and just do that damn last season. The fun is still there, which is truly admirable. And it’s good to see some mediocre actors have turned into quite succesful, convincing performers. I still remember the first scenes with Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) that were quite horrible to watch. Now look at her!

Friend3.jpgThese first eight episodes are already better than the rather slow and not so funny beginning of Season 9. There are some really fun guest-appearances, including Christina Applegate (reprising her role as Rachel’s snobby sister), Giovani Ribisi and Greg Kinnear. I am definitely going to miss this show, but it is also good this is where it all ends.

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rating: 8

Directed by: Kevin S. Bright, Ben Weiss, Gary Halvorson, Roger Christiansen
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox-Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry David Schwimmer

Episodes with rating:

1. The One After Joey and Rachel Kiss rating: 6
2. The One Where Ross Is Fine rating: 8
3. The One With Ross’s Tan rating: 8
4. The One With the Cake rating: 8
5. The One Where Rachel’s Sister Babysits rating: 7
6. The One With the Grant rating: 6
7. The One With the Home Study rating: 6
8. The One With the Late Thanksgiving rating: 8

author picture Arjan Welles (213 posts)
Arjan Welles - law graduate. I work at a bank, I work as a film critic for Dutch and English media. My favorite directors are David Lynch, David Fincher, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino. I love arthouse over blockbusters.

82 Comments

  • Friends is my favourite and the best ever made serial i think; It’s absolutely brilliant i like every other cast 🙂

    Comment by Dea — Thu October 27, 2005 @ 17:36
  • Yeah really i just cant watch the finale episode i know i will cry, i m just not going to watch it…..ok so i sneaked a couple of frames….and i could not control myself, the music at the end and the way they show the empty house….OMG..i m not going to watch it….never.

    Comment by Hitesh — Wed December 28, 2005 @ 11:45
  • FRIENDS..the best series ever made.i dont mind watching the repeated versions again and again cause i never seem to get enough

    Comment by pravesh — Sat February 4, 2006 @ 4:20
  • Emma is the cutest

    Comment by Hannah — Thu February 23, 2006 @ 17:21
  • does anybody know where i can find info about little cali and noelle because they are just the cutest

    Comment by Hannah — Thu February 23, 2006 @ 17:23
  • can anyone tell the diffrence between little cali and noelle

    Comment by Hannah — Thu February 23, 2006 @ 17:25
  • well, i start watching it quite late and then i missed seasons
    after 4-5 . now i borrowed dvd’s and watching it , i m not sure about all the ending and every stuff i read about it now and then but i cannot stand the looks of wrinkled rachel and monica pretending to be teens . i think some thing are meant to live in certain age .
    it still ache in my heart that we can not have episodes after season 10 but i still prefer them to end rather se the dentures of joey or chandler.
    i think chandler looked cuttest when he was lean .
    phoebe with her long hairs
    and joey without fatty tummy.
    well, tht’s the way i want to see them .

    Comment by finch — Mon March 6, 2006 @ 15:10
  • FRIENDS IS THE BEST TELEVISION SHOW IN THE WORLD! NONE of my friends like it. THEY ARE COMPLETLEY CRAZY! I sing the theme song all the time. I heard that Wal Mart is selling SEASONS 1-10 ON DVD for ONLY $30!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I AM SO EXCITED!

    This Sunday, TBS is showing seasons 1-10 ON TV!!!!

    YAY!

    Comment by fRiEnDs Is ThE bEsT — Sat April 22, 2006 @ 23:27
  • ~hey guys!

    its me again!

    I am SO oppsessed with the show, that I made a website about it.

    http://www.freewebs.com/fiendsthebesttvshow

    Comment by fRiEnDs Is ThE bEsT — Sat April 22, 2006 @ 23:29
  • interesting

    Comment by swetha — Mon June 12, 2006 @ 13:01
  • Hai there,

    I just love the show and would like them to come back for us once again.

    Comment by Shimona J — Wed June 21, 2006 @ 14:20
  • i personally love friends, i think it’s really funny and has moments of sheer class. I almost cried when watching the last episode. My order of character preference is: Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, Monica and lastly Ross. Does anyone know a good place to get real vhs or dvd’s of the episodes to complete my collection? (excluding ebay)

    Comment by friends fan — Thu July 13, 2006 @ 21:17
  • When are they coming back……………………….

    Comment by tehseen — Thu August 10, 2006 @ 5:07
  • well all id like to say abt freinds is that this is the best show ever made. i was a fool to not have watched the show when it was being aired on tv but now ive got dvds. can someone tell me where i can find real dvds of all seasons of freinds in india.

    Comment by megha — Tue August 22, 2006 @ 12:22
  • i love friends! it is my life, i cant believe they have stopped shooting it! i cried watching the last episode, they are all just such great charactors, i’m on my way on making sure i collect every video made of friends! i watch it whenever i get the chance, n i always look in the t.v times a week in advance to make sure i dont miss any showing of the great show!

    Comment by vicki — Thu October 5, 2006 @ 16:27
  • F.R.I.E.N.D.S defines ‘COMEDY’!!!!!! F.R.I.E.N.D.S is the best show ever showed on T.V… itz really hard 2 believ dat itz over now… they shld definitely think of continuing it!! all the characters are amazing…each n evry 1 of them hav done a gr8 role n evrything is just PUURRRRRRFECT!!!

    Comment by rutika — Fri October 6, 2006 @ 14:35
  • I LOVE FRIENDS!!! Ive seen the episodes since I was a little. My favrite caretor is Rachel, cause she knows all about fashion and she is so sweet. Its my favrite show, and of corse I got all the episodes. U ROCK

    Love
    A girl from Copenhagen (Denmark

    Comment by Falulah — Fri October 6, 2006 @ 17:36
  • hey yal, hows it going? I think that the best Friends eposide is the one where Ross gets the Tan. that is the funniest thing i have ever seen and heard of too..!!

    Comment by Jessie — Wed October 25, 2006 @ 18:52
  • OMG! i love friends so much its like the only show that is actually funny most of those kinds of shows that have the laughing people in the background….seriously NOT funny but friends is so good. iv seen every episode 3 times on tv (they keep replaying it lol) i cant believe its finished. I love Chandler!!!!!!!!!!!!
    my fav episode wud b wen they go to las vegas and rachel and Ross get drunk that was so funny. ok anyway! best show eva
    xx Tegan xx

    Comment by Tegan — Fri November 3, 2006 @ 9:16
  • I love friends so much that show was the best thing on tv. I watched it my family watched, almost everyone I knew watched it and we were so sad to see it go. If it ever came back on that would br like a dream come true!
    This was and still is the best show in the world.
    Malia

    Comment by Malia — Fri November 10, 2006 @ 1:30
  • Friends is the show that hits me on the funny bone real hard. It’s still hard to believe it’s done for. i mean they were doing so well! the show picked real good charaters that it’s hard to chose which one is my favorite. Look, rachel has such a good attitude, monica is so funny when she is pissed! phoebe is hilarious especially when she makes no sense, joey’s stupidity is especially funny, chandler is like me all too well, and ross is so frickin hilarious at the times he’ shocked or scared. it is THE BEST SHOW EVR

    psim watching the one with rachel giving birth to emma. (My favorite one, PART 2)

    Comment by yassaman — Sun November 19, 2006 @ 19:22
  • Friends has always been my favourite show! When it stopped playing I was soo sad to see it end! I have all of the seasons on dvd and watch it all the time even though i’ve seen them all like 100 times! 😛 I’ve always loved it and I always will! I used to think that maybe they would decide to do anyother season but i guess that was just a fantasy!

    Renee

    Comment by Renee — Mon January 29, 2007 @ 3:07
  • i luv friens

    Comment by nbe — Wed January 31, 2007 @ 19:25
  • I have just finished watch Friends…I never saw it but the past year I begining to do… I love the scripts…they are fantastic!! Congratulations to the scriptwriters!
    My favorite is David Schwimmer..he is an excellent actor.

    Comment by Ceci — Fri April 6, 2007 @ 5:40
  • i am f.r.i.e.n.d.s number 1 fan in the whole world!

    Comment by jen — Mon April 23, 2007 @ 21:28
  • You guys are pathetic. If you all love friends so freakin much, watch the damn show instead of writing on some fan site. I think what is actually going on is that you are all complete losers. You have virtually no life outside of the show! So you all sit online typing in your praise and trying to validate your meaningless existence by finding other people that do the same thing. Ha. Perhaps you should not spend your life obsessing about a TV show. (although it is damn funny) Well I am out.

    ~Someone with a life

    Comment by Jackass — Wed May 2, 2007 @ 6:21
  • I love friends , I’ve only seen the first season.
    Where are you from, guys?
    I’m Chinese. I like you people here.

    Sandy Zhang , Email:lot8@163.com

    Comment by Sandy — Thu May 31, 2007 @ 7:02
  • hey does anyone know where i can watch the episodes online?? if you do please let me know! btw i just started watching it and wish it came out later bcus i was too young to watch it back then!

    Comment by Audrey — Sun June 10, 2007 @ 19:26
  • heita hola!!!
    i am in south africa and i love friends so much i watch it evey friday. well the thing is that in south africa we are still watching the 2003 episode and i love it and i will keep on loving and watching friend. let keep friends alive. peace. love you friend

    Comment by refilwe — Mon July 23, 2007 @ 10:53
  • i luv friends so much and i didn’t want it to end. i think joey and rachel are really cute 2geta and ross is so cute. can u please bring more episodes out off it on to television and dvd with all da same people, ross, monica, rachel, joey, clangler, phoebe, mike, emma and charlie. i luv thm there great

    Comment by emma — Fri December 28, 2007 @ 17:49
  • I am a very big fan of friends, I just started watching friends one week before. My friend got DVD of friends of all of the sessions. Can you believe it? I have seen all seasons in only one week….and now I am planning to watch it again….

    This is world’s No. 1 Tv Show, no doubt about that.

    Comment by Indian Fan — Sat January 19, 2008 @ 4:36
  • hello, i just wanna let you know that i am a huge fan of friends i wish you never stopped the show you guys are so cool i hope you make a movie or something so we don’t get bored. out of all the other shows yours is the best. love you guys bye.

    Comment by nouha — Sat August 23, 2008 @ 9:58

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