Friends Re-Watch: Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Episode 1×01 “Pilot/ The One Where Monica Gets A Roomate”

Description:  Rachel leaves Barry at the alter and moves in with Monica. Monica goes on a date with Paul the wine guy, who turns out to be less than sincere. Ross is depressed about his failed marriage. Joey compares women to ice cream. Everyone watches Spanish soaps. Ross reveals his high school crush on Rachel.

Ellie

Overall thoughts:  I still remember all the words to the theme song.  Joey and Monica look the most “1994.” I think the most likable/funny character right off the bat is Chandler, but the most sympathetic character is Ross. It’s clear that they are setting up Ross and Rachel as end game… reminded me of the opening scene of How I Met Your Mother when Ted first meets Robin.  Monica’s overalls are completely ridiculous. Paul The Wine Guy is a douche.  Joey’s hair could be its own character.

Overall, I think this is a solid pilot episode. I thought it did a good job of introducing each character and making us sympathize with them. However, I think it relied a bit too much on stereotypes. Although most of the jokes landed, a few fell flat. And, of course, the pop culture references were really dated.  But I laughed more times than not, so for me, it was successful.

Best joke:

Ross: I just want to be married again.

Chandler:  And I just want a million dollars!

Grade:  B+

Joe

Overall thoughts: Awwww that theme song, I remember the music video by the band too but I can’t remember the name of them. Everything looks super dated and hilarious, if this was a pilot in 2014 it would have been a smart phone in Chandler’s dream. Ross’ wife being a lesbian seems like it would have been pretty progressive for this time, but idk. Ross and Rachel are totally endgame and I always thought they would end up together. Joey looks ridiculous, actually everyone is dressed ridiculous.

They all have such lavish apartments, especially Monica’s, I always thought it was unrealistic. I can see Ross having that nice of one being a Paleontologist (I wanted to be one forever growing up), but the rent controlled one is awfully convenient. Speed Racer Poster, no foosball table yet! First 80’s/90’s reference by Ross I didnt get. The transition music showing NYC stock footage between “commercial breaks” is annoying. I didn’t remember Monica cooking at work and the whole guy tricking Monica into sleeping with him plot line.

Best joke: “Sometimes I wish I was a Lesbian” – Chandler

Grade: B

The Pilot is dated but a very solid start to arguably one of the best sitcoms of all time. I want to know more about all of the characters. It was still funny now and pretty nostalgic overall.

2 thoughts on “Friends Re-Watch: Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

  1. jdamskov says:

    Good stuff!!! Excited to read more.

    I agree about the look and certain things being dated. But I love how everything is good enough to overcome that and it’s still enjoyable.

    Amanda and I noticed how much different than current TV this is. We both have postulated that if Friends premiered today just how it was (with updated looks and references and such), we don’t think it would be as successful. Audiences today just can’t handle it these days.

    Chandler is my favorite.

    Oh, I was also interested to be reminded that while Joey has always been the good. He didn’t start out as completey stupid as he ends up… Interested to see your take on this as you progress through the show.

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