Other comedy shows top “Friends”

Bella Cesario, Associate Editor

It was announced in early December that the hit 90s sitcom “Friends” would be taken off of Netflix at the beginning of 2019. Fans were furious, and their prayers we quickly answered.

Netflix tweeted on Dec. 3, “The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: ‘Friends’ will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019.”

The New York Times reports that Netflix spent 100 million dollars to keep “Friends” on the streaming service.

When news of the show’s removal first spread, those who are not big fans of “Friends” were satisfied.

“Friends” certainly is not a bad show, but it simply does not deserve the hype that it gets.

On April 30 2018, youtuber, Drew Gooden, uploaded his video, “Efficiency in Comedy: The Office vs. Friends”. The video has 1,674,680 views as of Dec. 12 2018.

Gooden’s main comparison of the shows has to do with the number of jokes made per episode. Gooden counted 166 in an episode of “The Office” and 121 in an episode of “Friends”.

While quantity is not necessarily better than quality, the numbers still indicate the comedic efficiency of the shows.

Gooden also compares the nature of the shows. “The Office” seems more natural and watching its east to feel present in the characters’ lives. “Friends” makes you feel like an audience members, with the use of laugh tracks.

Again, “Friends” is a decent show, but instead of over-hyping the show, we should turn our attention to other comedy television shows who deserve just as much credit.

Some recommendations include “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “Bob’s Burgers”, “Parks and Recreation”, and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.