Friends (season 1)

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Friends (season 1)
Friends Season 1 DVD.jpg
Friends season 1 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 22, 1994 (1994-09-22) – May 18, 1995 (1995-05-18)
Season chronology
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List of Friends episodes

The first season of Friends, an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, premiered on NBC on September 22, 1994. Friends was produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season contains 24 episodes and concluded airing on May 18, 1995.

Reception[edit]

Early reviews of the series were mixed. Tom Feran of The Plain Dealer wrote that the series traded "vaguely and less successfully on the hanging-out style of Seinfeld",[1] while Ann Hodges of the Houston Chronicle called it "the new Seinfeld wannabe, but it will never be as funny as Seinfeld."[2] In the Los Angeles Daily News, Ray Richmond named the series as "one of the brighter comedies of the new season",[3] and the Los Angeles Times called it "flat-out the best comedy series of the new season".[4] Chicago Sun-Times' Ginny Holbert found Joey and Rachel's characteristics to be underdeveloped,[5] while Richmond commended the cast as a "likeable, youth ensemble" with "good chemistry"[3] Robert Bianco of USA Today was complimentary of Schwimmer, calling him "terrific". He also praised the female leads, but was concerned that Perry's role as Chandler was "undefined" and that LeBlanc was "relying too much on the same brain-dead stud routine that was already tired the last two times he tried it".[6] The authors of Friends Like Us: The Unofficial Guide to Friends thought that the cast was "trying just a little too hard", in particular Perry and Schwimmer.[7]

Cast and characters[edit]

(In particular, Introduced in season 1 or Only in season 1)

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "The Pilot"[a] James Burrows David Crane & Marta Kauffman September 22, 1994 (1994-09-22) 456650 21.5[9]
2 2 "The One with the Sonogram at the End" James Burrows David Crane & Marta Kauffman September 29, 1994 (1994-09-29) 456652 20.2[9]
3 3 "The One with the Thumb" James Burrows Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz October 6, 1994 (1994-10-06) 456651 19.5[9]
4 4 "The One with George Stephanopoulos" James Burrows Alexa Junge October 13, 1994 (1994-10-13) 456654 19.7[9]
5 5 "The One with the East German Laundry Detergent" Pamela Fryman Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss October 20, 1994 (1994-10-20) 456653 18.6[9]
6 6 "The One with the Butt" Arlene Sanford Adam Chase & Ira Ungerleider October 27, 1994 (1994-10-27) 456655 18.2[9]
7 7 "The One with the Blackout" James Burrows Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz November 3, 1994 (1994-11-03) 456656 23.5[9]
8 8 "The One Where Nana Dies Twice" James Burrows Marta Kauffman & David Crane November 10, 1994 (1994-11-10) 456657 21.1[9]
9 9 "The One Where Underdog Gets Away" James Burrows Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss November 17, 1994 (1994-11-17) 456659 23.1[9]
10 10 "The One with the Monkey" Peter Bonerz Adam Chase & Ira Ungerleider December 15, 1994 (1994-12-15) 456661 19.9[10]
11 11 "The One with Mrs. Bing" James Burrows Alexa Junge January 5, 1995 (1995-01-05) 456660 26.6[10]
12 12 "The One with the Dozen Lasagnas" Paul Lazarus Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz & Adam Chase & Ira Ungerleider January 12, 1995 (1995-01-12) 456658 24.0[10]
13 13 "The One with the Boobies" Alan Myerson Alexa Junge January 19, 1995 (1995-01-19) 456664 25.8[10]
14 14 "The One with the Candy Hearts" James Burrows Bill Lawrence February 9, 1995 (1995-02-09) 456667 23.8[10]
15 15 "The One with the Stoned Guy" Alan Myerson Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss February 16, 1995 (1995-02-16) 456663 24.8[10]
16 16 "The One with Two Parts: Part 1" Michael Lembeck Marta Kauffman & David Crane February 23, 1995 (1995-02-23) 456665A 26.1[10]
17 17 "The One with Two Parts: Part 2" Michael Lembeck Marta Kauffman & David Crane February 23, 1995 (1995-02-23) 456665B 30.5[10]
18 18 "The One with All the Poker" James Burrows Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz March 2, 1995 (1995-03-02) 456662 30.4[10]
19 19 "The One Where the Monkey Gets Away" Peter Bonerz Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz March 9, 1995 (1995-03-09) 456668 29.4[11]
20 20 "The One with the Evil Orthodontist" Peter Bonerz Doty Abrams April 6, 1995 (1995-04-06) 456669 30.0[11]
21 21 "The One with the Fake Monica" Gail Mancuso Adam Chase & Ira Ungerleider April 27, 1995 (1995-04-27) 456671 28.4[11]
22 22 "The One with the Ick Factor" Robby Benson Alexa Junge May 4, 1995 (1995-05-04) 456670 29.9[11]
23 23 "The One with the Birth" James Burrows Story: David Crane & Marta Kauffman
Teleplay: Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss
May 11, 1995 (1995-05-11) 456672 28.7[11]
24 24 "The One Where Rachel Finds Out" Kevin S. Bright Chris Brown May 18, 1995 (1995-05-18) 456673 31.3[11]

Ratings[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Episode Air date Time slot (EST) Rating/Share (18–49) Viewers (m) Weekly
Rank
Ref.
1 1 "The Pilot" September 22, 1994 (1994-09-22) Thursdays
8:30 p.m.
14.7/23 21.5 15 [12]
2 2 "The One with the Sonogram at the End" September 29, 1994 (1994-09-29) 14.0/22 20.2 19
3 3 "The One with the Thumb" October 6, 1994 (1994-10-06) 13.6/22 19.5 18
4 4 "The One with George Stephanopoulos" October 13, 1994 (1994-10-13) 13.7/22 19.7 19
5 5 "The One with the East German Laundry Detergent" October 20, 1994 (1994-10-20) 12.9/20 18.6 22
6 6 "The One with the Butt" October 27, 1994 (1994-10-27) 12.4/20 18.2 26
7 7 "The One with the Blackout" November 3, 1994 (1994-11-03) 16.1/24 23.5 12
8 8 "The One with Where Nana Dies Twice" November 10, 1994 (1994-11-10) 14.2/22 21.1 17
9 9 "The One with Where Underdog Gets Away" November 17, 1994 (1994-11-17) 15.7/24 23.1 17
10 10 "The One with the Monkey" December 15, 1994 (1994-12-15) 13.6/22 19.9 18
11 11 "The One with Mrs. Bing" January 5, 1995 (1995-01-05) 17.6/27 26.6 5
12 12 "The One with the Dozen Lasagnas" January 12, 1995 (1995-01-12) 16.1/25 24.0 10
13 13 "The One with Boobies" January 19, 1995 (1995-01-19) 17.3/26 25.8 6
14 14 "The One with the Candy Hearts" February 9, 1995 (1995-02-09) 15.9/24 23.8 10
15 15 "The One with the Stoned Guy" February 16, 1995 (1995-02-16) 16.9/25 24.8 8
16 16 "The One with Two Parts: Part 1" February 23, 1995 (1995-02-23) 17.5/27 26.1 9
17 17 "The One with Two Parts: Part 2" Thursdays
9:30 p.m.
20.8/31 30.5 8
18 18 "The One with All the Poker" March 2, 1995 (1995-03-02) 20.4/31 30.4 4
19 19 "The One with Where the Monkey Gets Away" March 9, 1995 (1995-03-09) 20.0/31 29.4 3
20 20 "The One with the Evil Orthodontist" April 6, 1995 (1995-04-06) 20.5/32 30.0 3
21 21 "The One with Fake Monica" April 27, 1995 (1995-04-27) 19.2/29 28.4 2
22 22 "The One with the Ick Factor" May 4, 1995 (1995-05-04) 20.7/31 29.9 3
23 23 "The One with the Birth" May 11, 1995 (1995-05-11) 19.7/30 28.7 2
24 24 "The One with Rachel Finds Out" May 18, 1995 (1995-05-18) 21.3/32 31.3 2

Awards and Nominations[edit]

47th Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (David Schwimmer) (Episode: "The One with the Blackout")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Lisa Kudrow) (Episode: "The One with the Monkey")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Christina Pickles) (Episode: "The One Where Nana Dies Twice")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (James Burrows) (Episode: "The One with the Blackout")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Jeff Greenstein, Jeff Strauss) (Episode: "The One Where Underdog Gets Away")

11th TCA Awards

  • Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy

Writers Guild of America Awards

  • Nomination for Best Comedy Episode (Jeff Greenstein & Jeff Strauss) (Episode: "The One Where Underdog Gets Away")

Directors Guild of America Awards

  • Nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (James Burrows) (Episode: "The One with the Birth")

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Alternate titles given to the pilot episode are "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate", "The One Where It All Began" and "The First One".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Feran, Tom (September 22, 1994). "New Series Softens Dabney Coleman—A Little", The Plain Dealer, Newhouse Newspapers. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  2. ^ Hodges, Ann (September 22, 1994). "NBC sitcoms make Thursday less funny", Houston Chronicle, Hearst Newspapers. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Richmond, Ray (September 22, 1994). "Season Premiere of Friends Leaves Room to Grow", (Registration required). Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Newspaper Group. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  4. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (September 22, 1994). "NBC's Strongest Evening of the Week Has Its Weak Spot", (Registration required). Los Angeles Times, Tribune Company. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  5. ^ Holbert, Ginny (September 22, 1994). "X Marks Spot For Friends On Thursday". (Registration required). Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  6. ^ Bianco, Robert (September 22, 1994). "Six Friends Sittin' Around, Talking", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  7. ^ Sangster, p. 14
  8. ^ Sangster & Bailey, p. 11.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Nielsen Ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Nielsen Ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Nielsen Ratings" (PDF). USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nielsen Ratings". http://newmusicandmore.tripod.com/. Retrieved November 1, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  • Sangster, Jim; Bailey, David (2000). Friends Like Us: The Unofficial Guide to Friends (Second ed.). London: Virgin Publishing. ISBN 0753504391. 

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