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TheEveningStar
07-05-04, 10:19
WARNING: if you haven't seen the Finale please don't read this. This contains what happened. I was an awsome finale. Enjoy!

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By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK - All together now: a national sigh. Ross and Rachel, together again as "Friends" fades to black. Television's most popular comedy provided the ending most of its fans were hoping for on Thursday, with the on-again, off-again couple declaring their undying love and the gang heading out for one last cup of java.

"It was really emotional," said Matthew Perry, who watched the finale with the other five cast members. "I pride myself on being a real man, but I shed a few tears."

The hour-long episode marked the end of 10 years for the sitcom, which followed six New York buddies as they moved from post-adolescence to something approaching adulthood. NBC privately predicted some 45 million viewers.

Monica and Chandler were surprised by twins and prepared for their move to the suburbs. Phoebe was already married, and Joey is headed west to get serious about his acting career (and star in an NBC spinoff starting in the fall).

Thursday's suspense involved Rachel's plan to take a job in Paris and whether Ross would try to stop her. The couple's tortured romantic past included a quickie Las Vegas wedding and a baby, born during last May's season finale and seldom seen since.

First, Ross couldn't say how he felt. Then he went to the wrong airport. Then Rachel rebuffed him, and finally had trouble getting off the plane. But did anyone doubt they'd be together in the end?

In the final scene, the six friends gave up their key to Monica and Chandler's apartment.

"This is harder than I thought it was going to be," Monica said, before the six friends left for one last cup of coffee — babies in tow.

In New York, the final episode was beamed on a big screen in Times Square, and some 3,000 people sat on blankets and watched in a park overlooking the Hudson River in Tribeca.

"I'm a New Yorker, so I understand the whole lifestyle," said 33-year-old Joann Joseph. "I find it funny. I love how they all have different personalities, but they all come together."

The "Friends" finale was likely to be the second most-watched TV show of the year, behind the Super Bowl, which had almost 90 million viewers.

Television's most popular series finale ever, "M-A-S-H," was seen by 105 million viewers in 1983, according to Nielsen Media Research. The last "Cheers" was seen by 80.4 million people in 1993 and "Seinfeld" had 76.2 million for its 1998 ending.

The number NBC likes best is $2 million, which advertisers were paying for a 30-second commercial on the final "Friends."

It's also the end of an era for TV comedy. With "Frasier" finishing next week, HBO's "Sex and the City" gone and CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" expected to end next year, television is losing some of its best and most popular comedies with little to replace them.

The six actors involved — Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow— maintained an all-for-one spirit off-screen, even negotiating contracts together.

Not everyone was a fan, with critics noting the incongruities of a New York setting with few ethnic minorities and struggling 20-somethings who could afford huge apartments.

But it's a franchise NBC will surely miss. Its spinoff starring LeBlanc's character, Joey Tribbiani, will take the mother ship's Thursday time slot next fall.

The network has hardly been shy promoting the "Friends" finale. It was the subject of a two-hour "Dateline NBC" on Wednesday, another one Friday and a one-hour preamble of old clips Thursday. Jay Leno filmed Thursday's "Tonight" show from the "Friends" set.

Unlike when the cast of "Cheers" was on "Tonight" 11 years ago, everyone from "Friends" appeared sober. The one big change: Kudrow's now a brunette.

"It was overwhelming, it was fulfilling, it was satisfying, funny and sad," LeBlanc told Leno. "It was too much to process."

Not everyone was heartbroken to see it go, especially with the show's omnipresence during the past few weeks.

"Can I tell you something honestly?" Jon Stewart said on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" on Thursday. "I never watched that show — and I'm sick of it."

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Associated Press Writer Christy Lemire contributed to this report. Yahoo.com

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TheEveningStar
07-05-04, 13:07
Did anyone see it? I did.

groovy_nub
07-05-04, 13:20
I saw it...it was blah

~K

Celli
07-05-04, 16:51
I honestly had no clue if Ross and Rachel were going to end up together. Everything is how it should be in the world now. ;)

I agree with the statement that there aren't any great songs left now. Except for ER that is. ;)

mr_croft79
07-05-04, 16:56
I knew they were going to get back together!!!!!
I just had this feeling!!
She loves him and he loves her, and they did some things before she was about to leave http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif
So I knew they were going to get back together.
I liked how they ended it, but I am mad that they did end friends because I love that show alot.

Did anyone cry, at the last episode??
I almost did........ http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/silent.gif

Celli
07-05-04, 17:07
I almost did too. I just hope there isn't some awful made for tv movie next year...

swimfanc42tr
07-05-04, 21:17
I had a volleyball game, so I missed it. :( :( I also heard it wasn't very good...

TheEveningStar
07-05-04, 21:23
Friends - The Series Finale (Limited Edition) is out May 11!
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Friends Are Forever on DVD! Remember forever how the #1 Comedy in America ends with this "Limited Exclusive Edition" DVD. Releasing only 5 days after the series finale airs, the broadcast version of the 2-part episode will only be available on this DVD. This DVD will also include the Series pilot and the DVD version of the finale with additional never before seen footage, along with several other bonus features.

TheEveningStar
08-05-04, 14:43
swimfanc42tr, you could buy it, and it comes with extras!

larasfrend
08-05-04, 14:54
TheEveningStar-

Where can I buy it from (where did you find the pic?)

:confused:

TheEveningStar
08-05-04, 16:43
Originally posted by larasfrend:
TheEveningStar-

Where can I buy it from (where did you find the pic?)

:confused: Hi, well I've looked in a iot of places and the cheapest ones are: http://store.warnervideo.com/whv.product.asp?upc=085393497323&mscssid=EM F7DBSAWPUW8GT9SUHHUP9GUJ9H4E33 (http://store.warnervideo.com/whv.product.asp?upc=085393497323&mscssid=EMF7DBSAWPUW8GT9SUHHUP9GUJ9H4E33)

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=1361689&skuId=6537802&type=product

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swimfanc42tr
08-05-04, 17:28
We don't have any big stores around here, so I'll probably try to find it @ Hollywood Video and Blockbuster. :(

SpArKy
08-05-04, 17:36
O its a same coz i ove the friends series!

larasfrend
12-05-04, 18:23
TEStar- Both these sites only ship to the US... Which other sites had you found (price doesn't matter, but availablity/shipping outside of US does) thanks so much (I'm terrible at searching for stuuf, I never get what I'm looking for!) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif

mr_croft79
12-05-04, 18:31
Has anyone bought it yet??
I know I wanna!!
It is only like $8 at circuit city.

TheEveningStar
12-05-04, 21:43
Originally posted by larasfrend:
TEStar- Both these sites only ship to the US... Which other sites had you found (price doesn't matter, but availablity/shipping outside of US does) thanks so much (I'm terrible at searching for stuuf, I never get what I'm looking for!) http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/hug.gif What country do you live in?

I just bought it yesterday, and it was only $6!!! It was in a special day sale.
It comes with the Extended Version of the Finale, and the one that they showed in NBC. The Specials are: The one with the Pilot episode, All the opening scenes for all 10 seasons, The music video of the theme song(which I can't remember the name, because I have heard it over and over and over again http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif ).

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TheEveningStar
12-05-04, 21:44
I got to tell you, if you are going to buy it, you better buy it now, because it seems that each store just gets a certain amount of DVDs, it is very limited.

illyria
12-05-04, 22:03
I saw it, never cried tho. It was very predictable, but I am glad it ended the way it did. Ross and Rachel are a cute couple! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

The interview they did with Jay Leno was good too. Anyone else like Lisa Kudrow's new look? Big change from the blonde "Phoebe" do. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

TheEveningStar
12-05-04, 22:30
Originally posted by Illyria:
I saw it, never cried tho. It was very predictable, but I am glad it ended the way it did. Ross and Rachel are a cute couple! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

The interview they did with Jay Leno was good too. Anyone else like Lisa Kudrow's new look? Big change from the blonde "Phoebe" do. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif

larasfrend
17-05-04, 13:47
T E Star- I live in The Netherlands. Umm sorry for the late post.. lost this thread! :( Can you help me find a place to buy it online? http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

TheEveningStar
17-05-04, 14:00
sure I will. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

larasfrend
17-05-04, 14:03
merci! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/jumper.gif

TheEveningStar
18-05-04, 20:14
This might work: HERE! (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00020HAWY/qid%3D1084911201/202-0842717-8316639)

Note: requires a North American or multi-region DVD player and NTSC compatible TV.

larasfrend
19-05-04, 14:57
Oh dear I've got region 2. Do you think it will be released here in Holland or will it be so limited that it'll never make it here?

mr_croft79
19-05-04, 18:09
I got it, I got it, I got it!!!!!

TheEveningStar
19-05-04, 21:05
Originally posted by larasfrend:
Oh dear I've got region 2. Do you think it will be released here in Holland or will it be so limited that it'll never make it here?I think that this was a release for the USA fans, and it was available to the UK fans, but they would have to have a region 1 DVD player. My sugesstion is that you will have to wait till the season comes out over there. What season are you in now?

larasfrend
21-05-04, 05:26
Well 9 just finished and I think I heard that 10 will be out in 2005 (subtitling purposes). :rolleyes:

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