Friends Season 7 "Too Hot for TV"

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  1. Gabe D

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    Each DVD release of "Friends" touts the "never before seen moments" that they've restored to each episode. Most would never be noticed by casual fans, though I'm sure many die-hards notice every little change.

    Anyway, I've watched about 10 or 12 episodes from the new Season 7 set, and there are a couple of additions that really stand out. In "The One With the Cheap Wedding Dress" Joey uses the word "shit," and in "The One With the Nap Partners" Chandler is watching a movie on TV with clearly visible nudity.

    I don't know if there are more additions like this in the set, but I was certainly surprised by those two. (Not upset or anything, just surprised.)
     
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    [​IMG]

    Heading to rip the shrinkwrap off of my copy right away!...
     
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    Yup! I noticed those additions too on my R2 set which I got 2 years ago I think. It's nice to know that the "never before seen footage" is the same on both sets, I've been thinking of double-dipping for the R1 versions for a while now...

    Although, aside from those glaring additions I find it hard to distinguish the added scenes (even if the original episodes are just on the other side of the disc!) [​IMG]
     
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    I remember from season 5, Chandler's boss was like "Want to know what the name of our new clients are? Dick 'em, Stick 'em, and Run" which was edited in broadcast to "Dewey Cheatem and Howe." Obviously, the original was not as risque as what you have stated, but I thought I'd mention it.
     
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    Yeah, I noticed that as well. It's from Bikini Carwash Company II, a FINE cinematic masterpiece! Haven't gotten to the one with Joey's swear word, but I WAS taken aback by the skin from Carwash - it's not tremendously obvious - you have to look semi-closely to make out the goodies - but I definitely didn't expect it...
     
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    that's why I think today's televisio is too abrasive and the FCC is only doing something about Howard Stern's radio show... whatever.
     
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    I almost didn't believe I'd heard Joey correctly. For a second, I thought I was imagining something.
     
  8. Chris:L

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    Maybe that went over your heads. TV today... being too abrasive. and yes, I can believe he said that. Why don't they just start airing porn on ABC? Or at least live executions of people behind bars.
     
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    These played in the UK with no fuss (there tends to be a bit more swearing on Brit comedies anyway). However, something which makes Brit jaws drop is the occasional use of 'wank' (particularly by Chandler, I note) which is *far* ruder in Brit slang.
     
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    Frankly, I wouldn't have cared if the characters said "shit" on the original broadcast. Glad the DVDs are uncensored.

    Personally, I find the stuff that passes for "reality TV" (Fear Factor, etc.) repugnant. That's why I don't watch 'em. If you don't like it, turn it off. Don't have it taken off the air.
     
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    I bought the set, when I saw it had nudity and cursing in it, I took it back to the store. I had to make a big stink over the whole thing to get my money back. I got it though. If I wanted to see porn I'd buy porn. I just don't think parents should have to feel embarrassed when watching a TV show with their kids. It's out of control. I hope TV execs are reading, maybe they'll understand why TV shows on DVD should be released the way they aired.
     
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    Please tell me I'm not the only one who's really frightened by that post.

    Usually I'm someone who defends Americans when people start making fun of them - some recent events (like the reaction to that Janet Jackson thing for example) make me seriously rethink that.
     
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    Well, you're not.

    Plus, I've seen the extended Friends episode in question, and if what is seen in that episode can be considered porn, then Baywatch is a softcore sex show. [​IMG]

    Chris
     
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    You are not the only one.

    No offense intended to anyone, but it is a very extreme position to take to say that nudity equals pornography.
     
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    I agree entirely - if I watch e.g. the Disney Channel or something that's advertised as being 'family entertainment', then it should be free of graphic violence, sexual inneundo, etc. I don't think that family entertainment needs to be 'sanitised' totally (kids need to learn that not everyone is moral and wholesome, and sometimes things don't have happy endings), but there are limits.

    However correct me if I'm wrong, but Friends is not a family entertainment show. I wouldn't throw a fit if I found my kids (aged 10 and 8) watching it (ditto Will and Grace, Frasier, etc), but I'd gently steer them away onto more age-appropriate stuff. Not because Friends is immoral (the central message is that friendship and love are crucial things in life, and I cannot think of any belief system that could disagree with that), but because kids lack the maturity and experience to form a balanced view of the subject matter of such shows and for that matter, find them funny.

    Curiously, the one show I have banned the kids from watching is Dexter's Laboratory, which my daughter thought had the message that being smart is something to be mocked. Basically, I caught her using 'brainiac' as an insult one too many times. [Please don't flame me. I'm sure that the creators of the show didn't intend to mock using your brains but rather the overweaning ego of thinking that being smart is all there is to life. However, I can only say what my daughter interpreted it as meaning].
     
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    Back in Ye Olden Dayes, shows that aired at 8PM Eastern were supposed to be "family" programs. This was a big deal in the Seventies, and the networks pretty much honored the concept for quite a while. However, I think Friends was where they started to stretch the notion. I could swear this gets discussed somewhere in one of the DVD sets.

    Anyway, I think this isn't a cut and dried issue. No, seeing some VERY quick and minor skin and hearing one minor profanity isn't way out of character for the show. I don't think many conservative types would consider it to be a "family" program - way too sex-obsessed. It's not like they added a gay orgy scene to Blue's Clues, so it'd be easy to say "what's the big deal?" especially since the DVDs advertise that they come with new footage.

    On the other hand, fans might logically expect that new footage to be of the same level as what they saw on broadcast TV. This isn't like the Jerry Springer DVDs that tout uncensored elements. Across the board, it's seemed apparent that the added footage on Friends came from material cut for time - until Season Seven. Clearly it came as a surprise to everyone here that this set included material that couldn't have aired in the original broadcasts.

    So it's not a cut and dried issue. I will say I don't get people becoming offended by the content, given the nature of the Friends storyline, but I definitely can understand people being surprised...
     
  17. Carlos Garcia

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    "Please tell me I'm not the only one who's really frightened by that post."

    Personally I don't care if I'm alone in feeling this way. As far as I'm concerned mostly all TV shows today have no sense of morality, so nothing good can come of today's generation watching them. That being said, kids will be kids and will watch whatever crap is thrown their way unless parents choose to put a stop to it. As far as I'm concerned, I don't watch anymore of today's TV program's. My DVDs consist of classic TV shows from generations gone by. Shows like Leave It To Beaver, I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners. Today's shows all send the same negative message which is: "Do whatever you have to to get ahead, especially if it means backstabbing your own friends." Sorry, I was raised with morals. Good thing I'm not running the TV business because I would cancel every single reality show, as well as all the mean spirited stuff that tries to pass itself off as "entertainment" today. Ok my rant's over...On with the show.
     
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    Well, I think that Blue and Magenta are actually same sex animated dogs, so you never know what might happen.

    And don't even get me started on what Mrs. Salt and Mr. Pepper are doing.
     
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    So many possible responses, so little time. [​IMG]
     
  20. Chris:L

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    yeah, what was the child's name? baby basil?

    My rant is a little similar. I like how writer's think that sarcasm is cool. There's a difference between sarcasm and wit. Learn it.
     

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