Classes are back in session (well, a new school venture for me!) and with that, I’m rewatching all of Friends again to procrastinate. I’ve watched this show so many times over, and I love it just as much each time. I’m always finding something new to love and think about, so what better place to talk about it than here?
A British writer-producer married couple (Tasmin Greig and Stephen Mangan) who created a successful, BAFTA winning show in the UK are persuaded to remake it in America, but they must overcome cast and script changes, along with strains on their marriage from the Hollywood lifestyle.
Everyone knows the leading man of the American version, he’s Joey from Friends! Matt Leblanc plays a charming and manipulative version of himself that proves the actor is not as dumb as his well-known character. His best moments aren’t the comedy between him and the uptight female writer, Beverly (Greig), or his quick exchanges with the jovial male writer, Sean (Mangan). It’s the camaraderie Leblanc develops with every character, and the emotional depth he is able to create in such a short amount of time.
This is a great example of British humour for an American audience, but that’s what happens when it’s a BBC and Showtime production (rather than a basic American network). Created by David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), I was initially surprised that two American writers produced something like this. Not only was this show self-aware about Hollywood, but it acknowledged and played on the dynamic of a British show being moved to America, and entirely changed during that move.
7.5/10. There are currently three seasons on Netflix, and a fourth aired on TV in early 2015.