Friends: Season 1 (1994 - 1995)



Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Sep 22, 1994
Air date: Sep 28, 1994
Air date: Oct 5, 1994
Air date: Oct 12, 1994
Air date: Oct 19, 1994
Air date: Oct 26, 1994
Air date: Nov 2, 1994
Air date: Nov 9, 1994
Air date: Nov 16, 1994
Air date: Dec 14, 1994
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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…

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…

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…
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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…

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…

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