Maybe I'm being a little prejudice because until this challenge I have never watched a full episode of Friends, but my wife loves the show so the bits and pieces I happened to watch over the years, for me, were enough of a deterrent. It had no business running for ten seasons nor paying the actors a million dollars an episode by the time the finale wrapped. But, hey, that's just my opinion.
Friends tried to capitalize on the Seinfeld formula: a post-Woody Allen, neurotic New York humor about relationships, quirky situations and just everyday life. But fell short by every stretch of the imagination. You can't outdo Seinfeld — that's like trying to outdo "PacMan" Jones at a strip club. Give it up, it's not going to happen.
Again, maybe I'm jumping to conclusions since the total viewing time over my entire life is probably around 48 minutes, but those were the dullest, most unfunny moments I've ever experienced (keeping in mind I once went 30 days without TV, internet, or a phone).
The Real Reason: I Hate Jennifer Aniston
If I thought I was going to get a lot of shit for hating Friends... That's right, I said it: I hate Jennifer Aniston. To me, she's the John Mayer of the film industry. I have yet to see her display one iota of acting talent instead of her doing "Jennifer Aniston impressions" for every movie role she lands. If a movie called for an actress to be annoying, then she nailed it.
Again, this could be totally bias because I once dated a girl that looked like Jennifer Aniston. And by "dated" I mean I helped her cheat on her boyfriend for a few months. So maybe, just maybe, my conscience is shining through and I'm projecting the negative feelings I have about a girl cheating on her boyfriend onto the person who looks like that girl who had committed said cheating.