Guest post: Michael Bysiek
Asking someone to list their favorite Friends episodes is a tall ask.
Friends fans, like myself, love them all.
It took me a very long time to figure out my top episodes. When I look at the episodes, I look at the whole thing. There may be a funny quote or something really funny that happened in one scene, but that could be the best thing that happened in that episode. That’s not to say that episode isn’t good, but I do like to look at the whole episode and what went on.
Friends is my favorite show of all time, so here are my top 5 episodes:
1. “The One with the Football”
A friendly game of touch football gets serious between the six friends. But it takes the top spot because it escalates when Ross and Monica really get into the sibling competition. It’s also great because I love football, it’s great to see the friends playing football, and the laughs are nonstop as you see them go at each other’s throats by being competitive. It’s executed in a great way.
2. “The One Where No One’s Ready”
Ross is racing against the clock and he’s got to be somewhere so he can deliver a speech for his job. But things go wrong when other conflicts arise with the others. The fast-paced nature of the episode gives it, and the problems that arise, immediacy. Not all of the problems are even big problems, but it’s funny how they make them a big issue. Nothing beats the hilarious back-and-forth banter with Joey and Chandler!
3. “The One With The Videotape”
This episode creates conflict between Ross and Rachel as they debate who came onto who. They watch it to get to the bottom of it, which makes the episode hilarious and suspenseful. You’re left wondering how this was going to play out. The ending is the perfect twist as it reveals who actually initiated the first move.
4. “The One With The Blackout”
There is a power outage in New York and the whole city has gone dark, which makes for a fun episode from Chandler in the ATM vestibule to Ross trying to tell Rachel how he feels about her. When the cat jumped on Ross, I remember that being one of the funniest moments in Friends episodic history.
5. “The One With the Morning After”
This episode is about the fallout of Ross and Rachel’s relationship. It’s also the start of the whole “We were on a break” viral quote. It’s also an emotional rollercoaster that finds you laughing one minute and wiping your tears the next. The best part is Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, and Joey were listening to them argue in the next room.
Many People Prefer to Watch TV with their Dogs Instead of their Family, a New Study Finds
Watching a show without your dog can be “ruff.”
A new report by Rover.com found that as Americans increased their TV and streaming habits amid the pandemic, they have done so with a furry friend by their side.
Per the report, 57% of dog parents admitted to waiting for their dog to get into the room before watching a show.
Now, that isn’t entirely surprising because if you are a dog owner, you know dogs are great watching buddies… unless you have a dog like mine who barks at any animal on the screen. That makes things a bit more difficult, but still proves that he’s attentive!
The report found that 78% of Americans said they watch TV with their dogs very often or always.
Surprisingly, dogs were ranked #1 when asked who people prefer to chill out and watch TV with, with 40% of parents saying they’d choose their dog over a partner, friends, or even kids. And that’s because a majority of pet parents believe their pups are actively watching or reacting to what’s happening on the screen. (See my point above about my dog barking at animals on the screen!)
To make the binge-watching experience that much better for their pets, 70% have admitted to accommodating their pup by allowing them on the couch, giving them blankets, and even moving over so the dog is comfortable.
60% of pet parents even believe their dog has a favorite TV show, which would explain why 80% of dog parents admit to leaving their TV on for dogs when they’re not home.
The most popular genres? Comedy and action, which makes sense – after a long day of lounging and taking walks, Fido needs a good laugh or to get invested in a dramatic car chase!
During such uncertain times, there’s definitely comfort in knowing that you always have a TV buddy by your side!
And let’s be honest… is there anything your dog isn’t doing with you these days?
Netflix Renews Spanish Drama ‘Elite’ for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members
We’ve got some elite news!
Spanish drama Elite has been renewed for a fifth season at Netflix!
The news isn’t all that shocking considering the drama, set in the ritzy private school of Las Encinas in Spain, is one of the streamer’s best performing Spanish originals.
Not only is the cast incredible, the first few seasons were hinged around an intoxicating murder mystery and plenty of steamy love scenes.
The renewal comes ahead of the fourth season, which currently doesn’t have a premiere date. In 2020, filming was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and an outbreak on set.
It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021.
The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up.
Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.
WATCH: ‘The Handmaids Tale’ Reveals Season 4 Trailer and Premiere Date
“We don’t hide. We fight,” Elizabeth Moss’ June states in the new teaser trailer for the upcoming fourth season of The Handmaids Tale.
Her statement sets the tone for the new season of the dystopian series.
In the first scene, we see June walking an empty street in normal clothing, a fear departure from the handmaid’s red dress and white bonnet uniform.
Flashbacks reveal she escaped Gilead with members of the resistance as a war is brewing.
Hulu’s recently-released trailer also reveals a premiere date, so mark April 28 in your calendars.
Much like previous seasons, the season will return will drop three peisodes at once followed by a weekly rollout.
Check out the trailer below and get ready:
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