A very special Friends from 1997 debated the meaning of “on a break”

At the start of 1997, the world had just gone through a year that included a bombing at the Atlanta Olympics, the arrest of Ted “The Unabomber” Kaczynski, a deadly terrorist attack on a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia, and mass shootings at both an Australian tourist site and a Scottish primary school. Meanwhile,…

Read This: Friends’ Janice speaks, but not aloud, fortunately

In the pantheon of endearingly irritating sitcom characters, one name that ranks among the greats is Janice Litman, the nasal, narcissistic New Yorker who served as an occasional love interest for Matthew Perry’s quippy Chandler Bing (and David Schwimmer’s sad sack Ross Geller, briefly) on NBC’s Friends. Though never…

Being a good friend prevented David Schwimmer from doing Men In Black

Let us weave you a tale of loyalty and heartbreak, about the time David Schwimmer wasn’t able to do Men In Black. The actor recounted the saga on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, and the story goes something like this: During Schwimmer’s Friends tenure, he made a Miramax rom-com called The Pallbearer,…

Who knew the sounds of Miami Connection paired so well with Friends?

If Ross were a katana-wielding rock star, or if Phoebe had gone up against a bunch of coke-slinging ninjas, then Friends definitely would have been “Must See TV.” At least, that’s the impression that’s made by this mashup by Bo Swidersky, which takes a song from so-bad-it’s-great masterpiece Miami Connection and puts…

It’s getting harder to care about the characters on Feed The Beast

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When we find ourselves rooting for deeply flawed protagonists, it’s usually because they’re charismatic and good at what they do, even if what they do is very bad. A Tony Soprano or Al Swearengen or Don Draper who bungles the simplest of tasks isn’t likely to hold our interest or sympathy for long. In Tommy Moran and…

Feed The Beast improves in its second outing, but flaws remain

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The second episode of Feed The Beast improves on the pilot in several respects while retaining enough of its flaws to ensure it’s still a long way from appointment viewing. As is often the case with a show’s first post-pilot outing, “In The Name Of The Father” is a restatement of the premise that indulges in a little…

The premiere of Feed The Beast sets a familiar table

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It’s not uncommon for a pilot episode to try to do too much, to the point where it never manages to establish exactly what kind of show it’s trying to launch. If there’s a ton of backstory to be delivered, as there is in “Pilot Light,” the result can be an inelegant mishmash of expository dialogue and under-motivated…

AMC’s Feed The Beast wants to be fine dining, but it’s closer to junk food

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Kitchens have stoves, stoves that produce heat, often from a gas flame. Inasmuch as someone is unable to abide the heat in said kitchen (due to the aforementioned stoves), that person should promptly remove themselves. That’s the main takeaway from AMC’s new drama, Feed The Beast, which gussies up clichés and dramatic…

Blink and you’ll miss the teaser for AMC’s Schwimmer-fied Feed The Beast

Good news for the legions of David Schwimmer devotees out there presumably self-identifying as “Schwim Fans”: The man who once tried to make leather pants less sticky by applying lotion to his legs has been having a banner year. In addition to giving the Kardashian family its most recognizable version of a sympathetic…

FX’s The People Vs. O.J. Simpson successfully acquits Ryan Murphy

If asked to imagine a group of talented directors, writers, and actors best equipped to retell the story of O.J. Simpson and his trial of the century—a dream team, if you will—most people wouldn’t immediately draft Ryan Murphy as the steward. Murphy has earned a stubborn reputation as television’s most accomplished…

David Schwimmer to Ross it up overseas on a new U.K. sitcom

Forever doomed to suffer the floppy-haired, mopey-eyed Curse Of Ross, laid on him by the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ch’and-lar lo so many years ago—“Could you be any more cursed?” the desiccated ruler reportedly demanded, before trailing off into a choking laugh as dry as a thousand tombs—David Schwimmer has fled across…

Could you be any more excited to watch these 5 episodes of Friends?

In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. In this installment: Friends, which made its Netflix debut January 1.

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