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ChocolateBox31
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Netflix Reportedly Paid $100 Million to Keep Friends for Another Year After Fan Uproar

Over the weekend, Friends fans collectively lost it when they noticed an expiration date of Jan. 1, 2019 on the show’s landing page on Netflix.

But on Monday, the streaming giant confirmed that the beloved NBC sitcom would remain available in the U.S. throughout 2019 — and according to the New York Times, the extra year came with a hefty price tag.

The company will reportedly pay around $100 million to continue licensing the program from its owner, WarnerMedia. Netflix, which acquired all 236 episodes on Jan. 1, 2015, had previously paid $30 million a year to stream the show.

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I bet the cast gets the HIGHEST residuals of ANY actor of any sitcom.

I was lucky enough to work on "Friends" and the security there was like entering The White House.

So Prince, whom fought 4 his first record deal & got it, fought 4 a movie deal & got it, fought 4 freedom from his WB contract & got it, fought 4 his masters & got them.Gets a curable illness & says 2 himself ok, I'm done. "Life is a Box Of Chocolates"
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Reply #1 posted 12/06/18 6:59am

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That's a waste of money. That piece of shit is constantly on television. CONSTANTLY. As in, its always on. No matter what time of day, you're guaranteed to come across Friends.
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Reply #2 posted 12/06/18 3:13pm

MoBettaBliss

ChocolateBox3121 said:

I was lucky enough to work on "Friends"



reason for the thread

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Reply #3 posted 12/06/18 4:15pm

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EmmaMcG said:

That's a waste of money. That piece of shit is constantly on television. CONSTANTLY. As in, its always on. No matter what time of day, you're guaranteed to come across Friends.



It's still one of the biggest draws for subscribers. It's better to watch them in order at your own pace than in syndication with commercials and the holiday episodes only around the holidays. A waste of money is paying Dave Chappelle $30 million for a standup special.
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Reply #4 posted 12/06/18 4:39pm

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Is ‘Friends’ Still th...how on TV?

Another person who’s noticed a resurgence in Friends-mania is someone with some expertise on the subject: Marta Kauffman, who was a co-creator of the show with David Crane. “It blows my mind,” she says. “Not only that people are still watching but that people still connect to it. I have a 17-year-old daughter, and recently someone at her school asked her, ‘Hey, have you seen this new show called Friends?’ ”
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Reply #5 posted 12/06/18 4:39pm

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wow! lol that's a loyal fanbase

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Reply #6 posted 12/06/18 7:07pm

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Guess I'm one of the few who absolutely hate that fucking show. Granted Lisa Kudrow had comedic talent before....the show is insanely stupid and CONSTANTLY ROUTED WITH CANNED LAUGHTER...i find it a sad commentary on anti-social lifestyles and always picture a bedraggled human zombie grunting out (with mouth agape) F-RRRR-IIENDS!

And then staring in a stupor as life goes by.

The laugh track should be banned unless filmed in front of an audience (*which is also more hype and fakery)

That shit creeps me out. It's an idiotic show. Literally every 3 seconds the click goes. It's frightening ....like that RICHARD PRYOR SHOW segment with the woman that has mental illness... the one shot in black and white.


It's a disturbing show and phenomenon
"Ahhh c'mon, BE A NOSE! " - WALTER PAISLEY
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Reply #7 posted 12/06/18 7:36pm

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2045RadicalMattZ said:

Guess I'm one of the few who absolutely hate that fucking show. Granted Lisa Kudrow had comedic talent before....the show is insanely stupid and CONSTANTLY ROUTED WITH CANNED LAUGHTER...i find it a sad commentary on anti-social lifestyles and always picture a bedraggled human zombie grunting out (with mouth agape) F-RRRR-IIENDS! And then staring in a stupor as life goes by. The laugh track should be banned unless filmed in front of an audience (*which is also more hype and fakery) That shit creeps me out. It's an idiotic show. Literally every 3 seconds the click goes. It's frightening ....like that RICHARD PRYOR SHOW segment with the woman that has mental illness... the one shot in black and white. It's a disturbing show and phenomenon

LIES!

I worked on the show and the waiting list to attend a taping in front of a STUDIO AUDIENCE was months in some cases YEARS!!

So Prince, whom fought 4 his first record deal & got it, fought 4 a movie deal & got it, fought 4 freedom from his WB contract & got it, fought 4 his masters & got them.Gets a curable illness & says 2 himself ok, I'm done. "Life is a Box Of Chocolates"
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Reply #8 posted 12/06/18 8:24pm

2045RadicalMat
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ChocolateBox3121 said:



2045RadicalMattZ said:


Guess I'm one of the few who absolutely hate that fucking show. Granted Lisa Kudrow had comedic talent before....the show is insanely stupid and CONSTANTLY ROUTED WITH CANNED LAUGHTER...i find it a sad commentary on anti-social lifestyles and always picture a bedraggled human zombie grunting out (with mouth agape) F-RRRR-IIENDS! And then staring in a stupor as life goes by. The laugh track should be banned unless filmed in front of an audience (*which is also more hype and fakery) That shit creeps me out. It's an idiotic show. Literally every 3 seconds the click goes. It's frightening ....like that RICHARD PRYOR SHOW segment with the woman that has mental illness... the one shot in black and white. It's a disturbing show and phenomenon

LIES!



I worked on the show and the waiting list to attend a taping in front of a STUDIO AUDIENCE was months in some cases YEARS!!



Yeah but as with every taping the audience gets a sign when to laugh etc unless it's humoresque as in the styling of a character read.

The show is still cultist garbage. I lived through that era. I guess it's for some people. Still gets watched on lunch breaks.
"Ahhh c'mon, BE A NOSE! " - WALTER PAISLEY
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Reply #9 posted 12/06/18 8:29pm

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2045RadicalMattZ said:

ChocolateBox3121 said:

LIES!

I worked on the show and the waiting list to attend a taping in front of a STUDIO AUDIENCE was months in some cases YEARS!!

Yeah but as with every taping the audience gets a sign when to laugh etc unless it's humoresque as in the styling of a character read. The show is still cultist garbage. I lived through that era. I guess it's for some people. Still gets watched on lunch breaks.

rolleyes

That show had DIEHARD fans that didn't need a sign to tell them when to laugh.

So Prince, whom fought 4 his first record deal & got it, fought 4 a movie deal & got it, fought 4 freedom from his WB contract & got it, fought 4 his masters & got them.Gets a curable illness & says 2 himself ok, I'm done. "Life is a Box Of Chocolates"
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Reply #10 posted 12/06/18 9:03pm

MoBettaBliss

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I worked on the show



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Reply #11 posted 12/07/18 12:43am

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I really hate that show. Every single main character is just so annoying. The only reason why they're all friends with each other is because nobody else would want to be friends with them. If I had to spend a minute in Phoebe's company I'd have to kill her or myself. They're all so irritating. Even Janice is less annoying than the main cast. There were only two characters in the show that didn't make me want to commit murder. They were Eddie (Chandler's roommate) and Jack Gellar (Eliot Gould).

But even though I hate it so much, I still think its really stupid how a lot of younger viewers have complained about it since it's been on Netflix. There's been complaints about the show being homophobic and how misogyny is celebrated rather than condemned. There's also been complaints about the lack of black characters on the show. Really silly complaints. If they want something to complain about, how about they start with how overly sensitive the characters are or how awful the writing was. Or how every character started out somewhat believable but ended up as a caricature by the end of the series. Or how they awkwardly worked in a running joke about whether Ross and Rachel were on a break or not DESPITE Rachel actually being the one who suggested a break to begin with. Or maybe the hundreds of continuity errors or the hundreds of times crew members accidentally stumbled into view.
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Reply #12 posted 12/07/18 1:11am

MoBettaBliss

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The only reason why they're all friends with each other is because nobody else would want to be friends with them.



lol lol love it

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Reply #13 posted 12/07/18 5:53am

uPtoWnNY

Most overrated show in TV history....piece of fucking garbage.

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Reply #14 posted 12/07/18 10:42am

onlyforaminute

Never watched Friends except for a couple of snippets here and there, never full episodes so I'm not one of the ones they are doing this for.

I have to admit it's going on months since I've streamed anything from Netflix. With Disney pulling the plug, a sizeable chunk of their streams are going with it. I like a couple of their original productions, I mostly like it for shows from other countries I've found quite a few of those I like. Occassionally, there's a show I missed out on from the States that I like but there are so many that don't allow the streaming streaming of their shows that I'd be interested in. With everybody trying to have their own streaming service, I can see I won't be seeing as many shows as I have enjoyed in the past. I suspect soon movie theaters will be dividing up like this soon if they can generate enough membership services. Books and libraries are the last refuge.

"You want to know your biggest fault? You don’t keep true accounts: you put a high value on what you’ve given, a low value on what you’ve received."

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Reply #15 posted 12/07/18 11:55am

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Actually "Friends" was an inspired by blatant rip off of the hit sitcom "Living Single"(A show I used to go visit a few times) .

So Prince, whom fought 4 his first record deal & got it, fought 4 a movie deal & got it, fought 4 freedom from his WB contract & got it, fought 4 his masters & got them.Gets a curable illness & says 2 himself ok, I'm done. "Life is a Box Of Chocolates"
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Reply #16 posted 12/07/18 12:09pm

MoBettaBliss

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(A show I used to go visit a few times) .



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Reply #17 posted 12/07/18 12:10pm

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Living Single was about the women. The two guys were like their Lenny and Squiggy. On Friends they were all equally important.


People also need to understand when a movie or show is a product of it's time and stop comparing it to modern sensibilities. The next time I see someone ranking "The Outing" at the bottom of a Seinfeld episodes list I'm going to order a hit out on them. It's a perfect episode of television.

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Reply #18 posted 12/07/18 12:18pm

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It's quite refreshing to see people absolutly HATING on Friends. lol I also hate how overrated it is.

But the show itself, I mean I grew up watching it, thought it was hilarious. I think many are probably like me, they find the show nostalgic rather than clever. I don't think it's particularly well written but I do like the chemistry between the 6 and they have their moments. Some episodes are just down right shit though I admit.

Anyways 100 Mil payment doesn't surprise me at all. It's even more popular outside the States, any international student I've met at college knew Friends and for many Friends was their America. I hear it's especially in high demand in India, Indonesia, Korea etc. so surely Netflix wouldn't lose any money with this contract!

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Reply #19 posted 12/07/18 1:40pm

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MoBettaBliss said:



ChocolateBox3121 said:


(A show I used to go visit a few times) .








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You think it will reach double figures?
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Reply #20 posted 12/07/18 2:11pm

MoBettaBliss

EmmaMcG said:

MoBettaBliss said:



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You think it will reach double figures?



i'm predicting 7

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Reply #21 posted 12/08/18 12:21am

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I used to love the show when I watched it way back when, but I think that's a telling commentary on society - there must be a whole lot of people who have no friends in REAL LIFE who would have to take recourse in this "alternate reality" to feel happy! What do you think?

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Reply #22 posted 12/08/18 3:44am

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domainator2010 said:

I used to love the show when I watched it way back when, but I think that's a telling commentary on society - there must be a whole lot of people who have no friends in REAL LIFE who would have to take recourse in this "alternate reality" to feel happy! What do you think?



I think you're reading too much into it. It's just a sitcom.
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