The Critical 'I'

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Thursday, July 24, 2003

If you're still watching Friends in the year 2003, you need to be shot. It's really that simple. I mean, the show was barely bearable in the early years; for the past five years, it's been running on fumes. Suck City, I'm talkin'.

Still, the ratings indicate there must be enough idiots watching this crap to keep it on the air. And when they finally put that dog down after next season, those idiots can continue the self-mutilation with "Joey", the planned Matt LeBlanc spinoff that will arise from the ashes of cancellation.

Great idea, NBC. Take the least appealing, least developed character from the mothership show, and try to build something watchable around him. Played by an actor who to describe as "limited" in range is to pay a compliment. I'm pretty self-assured in saying that this turkey will be gone after one painful season.

Then again, it worked with Frasier. NBC is betting its balls that lightning will strike twice.