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1 February 2016updated 03 Aug 2021 9:07am

SRSLY #29: The One Where They Take it Seriously

It’s a Friends SRSLY special!

By Caroline Crampton

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The Links

4:40 – Ross

Content from our partners
Transport is the core of levelling up
The forgotten crisis: How businesses can boost biodiversity
Small businesses can be the backbone of our national recovery

The Ross is the Worst tumblr.

Buzzfeed count the ways Ross is The Worst.

19:02 – Economics

A blog that tries to figure out who the hell earns how much?

How much money would Joey really have made?

How much did Joey owe Chandler? One fan’s theory.

And what you were all wondering: how much would one of those apartments really cost?

29:30 – Political correctness

Salon and Slate on Chandler’s homophobia. 

The most homophobic moments from the show.

Transphobia and trans erasure in Friends.

A defence of Friends as “straightforwardly pleasant”.

43.08 – Friendship

Who were the closest friends?

The One With All The Quantifiable Friendships.

55.58 – Legacy

The brilliant Bim Adewunmi on the show.

The hunting of the snark: Friends, 20 years on.

The Telegraph on the show’s televisual legacy.

On the language of Friends.

Vogue on Seinfield v Friends, after they aried.

Vice on why Friends turned us into horrible people, because it’s Vice, isn’t it.


In defence of Janice. We’re all Janice truthers now.

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See you next week!

PS If you missed #28, check it out here.