Friends: Season 1 (1994 - 1995)

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Season 1
Friends

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Although the first season of Friends takes a somewhat bumpy path to establishing its characters, each of these six friends still has undeniable appeal.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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User Ratings: 133

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 22, 1994
2
Air date: Sep 28, 1994
3
Air date: Oct 5, 1994
4
Air date: Oct 12, 1994
5
Air date: Oct 19, 1994
6
Air date: Oct 26, 1994
7
Air date: Nov 2, 1994
8
Air date: Nov 9, 1994
9
Air date: Nov 16, 1994
10
Air date: Dec 14, 1994
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Tv Season Info

The lives, loves, and laughs of six young friends living in Manhattan.

Critic Reviews for Friends Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

Friends isn't a sitcom. It's a soapcom, a soap opera masquerading as a situation comedy.

Nov 15, 2017 | Full Review…

What draws me back to Friends again and again are the characters themselves, and how they build, as you say, from those archetypes to something potentially more fleshed-out.

Dec 4, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

At its best, Friends operates like a first-rate Broadway farce, complete with slamming doors, twisty plots, and intricately strung together jokes.

Nov 15, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

NBC's new sitcom "Friends" comes across like a 30-minute commercial for Dockers or Ikea or light beer, except it's smuttier.

Apr 17, 2018 | Full Review…

From the first episode, each of the six leads carves out a unique spot in the show without coming across like caricatures.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

First episodes can be very tricky to get right, but The Pilot gets you immediately invested in these characters and their friendship.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Looking back, the first season of Friends is the only one that seems dated.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

There are certainly glimmers of what the show would go on to embrace...but there are also times when the series gets too goofy for its own good, like giving Ross a pet monkey.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The first season, at least, is highlighted by well-constructed characters, dialogue that is both smart and snappy, and situations that are...unlike most sitcoms I do have the displeasure of catching these days...funny.

Jun 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Yet, some of the funnier episodes involved situations that shed light on the different ways that women and men perceive things, as when Joey tries to give Ross advice on how to talk dirty to women.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The significance of the words "crystal duck" will be lost on no Friends fan, heralding as they do the moment everything changed.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The show's saving grace is that as the weeks go by, the characters begin to grow on you. That has more to do with the actors' animation than it does with the rimshot writing.

Nov 28, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Friends: Season 1

  • Feb 24, 2020
    Friends Season 1 displays a genuine dynamic between its castmates and a real sentimentality and even social commentary at times. The laughs, the drama and personal touches are enough to set the foundation of what's to come from this classical series. 4.2/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2020
    First season feels the most dated with characters of Joey and Phoebe being less appealing. The great start and set up great romance for future and characters to love My full review of entire series- I am a gen z 2000s kid and have heard a lot about 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S'. Never gave it a try because it looked the most 90s show ever, and yes it is. Pandemic happened and everybody is worrying and panicking, so I said I will try to watch a sitcom to forget about all the sh!t around me. I watched friends as it had the highest ratings. God was I addicted, 236 episodes in 65 days, people have done better than me but for me this is a lot. Even when I wasn't watching the show I was laughing while playing the clips in my head. Many complain for the use of laugh-track but I see no problem with that, it is a scientific fact that if others laugh around you, you too break into laughter ( I am pretty sure this was the reason old sitcoms had those) My most laugh-out-loud moments that I felt didn't reach high internet fame were -Chandler and Joey with Ben, and Chandler says 'what kind of scary-a$s clown came to your party' -Joey going to Rachel Boss and asking why he wanted to buy Rachel's daughter -Janice showing up In all these scenes I fell from the place I was sitting in laughter I have already made so many great memories with the show, Janice showing up as she dates Ross, I screamed Ohh Myy Goooddd! in the most Janice way possible. My parents on the other room starts scream as to what happened to me. I remember a time when I was having great agony and started watching an episode and just forgot everything I was going through. It actually felt like having Friends in Real life. I knew everything, every secret, every little detail that another friend knows. Loved every stereotypical roles they had, Joey getting dumber as seasons progress was a wise decision as Dumb Joey had more comedic moments that will stick with me forever. Early Jo felt a weaker version of Chandler's Sarcasm. Phoebe being the different friend was fantastic as she brought something different, idk what but she's different and love these kind of characters I relate to mostly Chandler's comedy Ross's geekness Joey's idiotic remarks ( I still regret some of my idiotic moments) Definitely ganna rewatch the show in future and ganna watch it with more time so I live in the friends world for longer One the best time passing shows I have ever seen. All I know is that I will always have Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Dr.Drake Ramoray and Ragina Phalange to make to laugh.
  • May 31, 2020
    Excellent and classic sitcom!
  • Mar 17, 2020
    I enjoyed it the first time I watched this! I actually rewatched the show! This is the BEST show for everyone to watch! It is funny and cheerful! The last episode was intense to this season. Joey is definitely my favorite character!
  • Feb 12, 2020
    We loved season 1. To us one of the best seasons of all.
  • Jan 04, 2020
    The best TV show of all time. Friends will be a TV shows that will be enjoyed by generations after us.
  • Jan 03, 2020
    They did such a great job on actually making you feel like a friend!
  • Dec 18, 2019
    Not impressed by what I've seen from this show. It's good to have friends and all, but I'm looking for a premise that's a bit more creative. The jokes don't land for me either.
  • Dec 09, 2019
    Season 1 isn't the best Friends season, but it pays off and is overall a great setup for Ross and Rachel and a couple of other storylines that will later turn big. The Premise for it is according to friends.fandom.com "This season introduces the six main characters: Rachel Greene, Monica Geller, Phoebe Buffay, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing and Ross Geller. Rachel, who left her fiance at the altar on her wedding day, has come to New York and ends up living with Monica. It establishes early on in the season that Ross has been infatuated with Rachel since the two characters attended high school. Several episodes revolve around his attempts to tell her how he feels. Ross leaves for a fossil dig in China at the end of the season, missing out on Rachel's birthday party but staying long enough to give her a meaningful present: a cameo that was just like the one that belonged to Rachel's grandmother. Chandler accidentally reveals that Ross is in love with Rachel, much to her shock. Rachel realizes that she has feelings for Ross and rushes off to the airport to tell him that she wants to pursue a relationship with him, only to find out that he has a new girlfriend: Julie. Ross's estranged lesbian wife, Carol Willick, is pregnant with his baby. This puts him and Carol's lesbian life partner, Susan Bunch, in an awkward position. When the baby is born at the end of the season, Ross, Carol, and Susan agree to name him Ben: after a name tag on a janitor's uniform worn by Phoebe. The episodic nature of the season sees the other characters having multiple dates, many of which go wrong (Monica dates a minor in one episode). The recurring character of Janice is introduced as a girlfriend Chandler breaks up with in an early episode but frequently returns to through the ensuing ten seasons." This is one of the only seasons that I won't give 5 stars.
  • Nov 30, 2019
    Friends begins with the same tone every other sitcom has, but midway through the season, something happens. You begin to relate to the characters, the humor evolves, and the plot thickens. This first season, while bumpy, leads the way to a charming, witty, entertaining 22 minutes, while crafting a path to the next seasons.

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