I think I get this Friends thing now. Only after marrying Jieun does it kind of make sense to me. But yeah, I used to be like Dave, like I had seen just a handful of episodes, and every one of them was terrible. Boring and not funny at all.
But I was clearly missing something I think. I dunno, I think historically, it’s rare that the very most popular shows on TV are bad. They’re usually good quality. You get your fluke bad shows that are popular like Joe Millionaire or whatever but these are never the *most* popular shows and in any case they don’t endure. The ones that do, like Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, whatever, they tend to be relatively quality shows. I’m making all this up, of course.
The point is, there must be something to Friends that I didn’t get and I think I get it now. The key I think is this – you have to know the characters for it to be funny. It’s only really funny in that context. The other thing about the show I think is that there are a handful of episodes that are legitimately good on their own and that kind of cements the other episodes I think. Another thing I think is, and I’m not positive about this, but I think there were a few seasons that just totally sucked. But those seasons aren’t representative, just like those bad seasons of Simpsons. I dunno, it’s just what I think about it now.
Anyway, yeah, being married to Jieun I’ve now “seen” a lot of episodes via osmosis and I think I “get” it now. So I can watch it now and it’s all good in the hood. It’s fine, I laugh. What I still don’t get though is male fans of Friends. I think it’s one thing to be male and like Friends. But to be a fan? I dunno, that’s just a little odd to me. But that’s just me.
I also just wanted to say Dave, that when you made your “if you like Friends I question our friendship comment”, you completely enraged Jieun. It was a beautiful sight to see. It’s always good to see people mad at Dave. SN. I was rereading some old entries a while ago and I think it’s a mark our respect for one another that when either of Dave, me or Henry got hooked up at least one of the others was just stunned that any girl would take us. That is love.