“Surely you’ve seen this episode,” my dad says, as he comes into the living room to find me watching yet another old Friends episode.
“So,” I say. “You can never watch too much Friends.”
But apparently, you can. Channel 4 are axing the reruns of the popular series, fifteen years after the world first tuned into the antics of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey and ugly naked guy. E4’s popular 8pm to 9pm slot wil be filled with something new from October 2011.
“It’s time to say goodbye to old Friends and welcome new ones, in the form of more comedy, drama and entertainment from the US and UK,” said Channel 4’s head of acquisitions, Gill Hay.
Fifteen years is a long time, and after showing each of the 236 episodes around the same number of times (ish) it makes sense for Channel 4 to close the doors on Central Perk for good. But Getting Lippy was quite sad to hear the news, and wasn’t the only one as the web erupted in a show of emotion for smelly cat et al.
On Facebook, a keen fan named Daniel Wheeler showed his contempt at the decision by setting up a group to ‘SAVE FRIENDS! – E4 TO STOP SHOWING FRIENDS’.
“Lets try and get them to show more episodes!” it appeals to its 201 members.
One Benjamin Howard tweeted that hew as ‘deeply saddened’, adding that “when Richard and Judy left [sic] it was only thing that kept me going between 5-6 :(“.
“devastated […] who doesn’t love eating their dinner in front of Friends?!” said SpannerBristow.
Over on the Watch With Mothers blog, the vitriol was intense as the noted the ‘horrific news’ that Friends would no longer be there for us.
“Clearly, you only meant “I’ll be there for you every day, twice a day for 17 years and then that really is it.”
“Call that commitment, do you? Damn you, Friends! Damn you all to Hades!”
“What will we do when there’s nothing else to watch on an evening?” mourns blogger Joseph Seager.
“I might have to buy the boxset,” he said.
So it seems someone will be emerge a winner from this then.