Progress Report: End of Season Scorecard for Shows Covered By CPU! (Long-Running), 2019

Based on reliable sources, including TVLine, the A.V. Club, and Wikipedia, here are the statuses of shows currently covered by the CPU! Podcast Universe ™.  This list does not include up and coming shows to be reviewed from this past season’s pilots list because we covered that last week!  In fact, this is the second of the Summer Series Progress Reports! 

This particular list comprises the End of Season Scorecard for Long-Running shows covered by and/or requested for coverage by the CPU! Podcast, with current statuses, upcoming premiere dates (if known), and other helpful information.  Shows that ended this year or recently that we have already covered via podcast or blog have been removed from the list, except for any that we missed in our last Progress Report. Also included is a complete list of network renewals and cancellations, some cable, premium, and streaming networks included, at the bottom.  If your show is not being covered by CPU!, and you want it to be, leave a comment or contact us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com (or via Facebook/Twitter).  We would probably find a way to make it happen!

The CPU! “What We’re Currently Watching” List

Supernatural (PODCAST) – CW

Renewed for Season 15, which will be the final season (the heavens will truly break the day of the series finale). Season 15 premieres on October 10, 2019.

Arrow (PODCAST) – CW

Renewed for Season 8, which will be the final season. Season 8 premieres on October 15, 2019.

The Flash  (PODCAST) – CW

Renewed for Season 6, which will premiere on October 8, 2019.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (PODCAST) – CW

Renewed for Season 5.

Supergirl (PODCAST) – CW

Renewed for Season 5, which will premiere on October 6, 2019.

Orange is the New Black (PODCAST) – Netflix

Renewed for Season 7, which will be the final season. Season 7 will be released on July 26, 2019.

Gotham (PODCAST) – Fox

Ended. Season 5 is the final season. Goodbye review on the podcast coming soon.

Marvel’s The Punisher (PODCAST) – Netflix

Canceled; Season 2 is the final season. The Marvel’s Defenders Series panel’s review of the final season coming soon on the podcast.

The Good Place (PODCAST) – NBC

Renewed for Season 4, which will be the final season. Season 4 premieres on September 26, 2019.

Grace and Frankie (PODCAST) – Netflix

Renewed for Season 6.

Fuller House (PODCAST) – Netflix

Renewed for Season 5, which will be the final season.

Game of Thrones (PODCAST) – HBO

Ended; Season 8 is the final season. Two-part goodbye miniseries on the podcast coming soon.

Stranger Things (PODCAST) – Netflix

Renewed for Season 3. Season 3 releases on Netflix on July 4, 2019.

iZombie (PODCAST) – CW

Ended; Season 5 is the final season. Goodbye review on the podcast coming soon.

American Horror Story (PODCAST) – FX

Renewed for Seasons 9 AND 10. Season 9 (“1984“) premieres on September 18, 2019.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones (PODCAST) – Netflix

Canceled; Season 3 is the final season. Season 3 released on June 14, 2019. The Marvel’s Defenders Series panel’s review of the final season coming soon on the podcast.

Will & Grace (PODCAST) – NBC

Renewed for Season 11.

Doctor Who (PODCAST) – BBC/BBC America

Renewed for Season 12.

The X-Files (PODCAST) – Fox

Ended for now, and CPU! has already posted its goodbye review, but the messaging has been somewhat confusing…

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (PODCAST) – ABC

Renewed for Season 7.

Schitt$ Creek (PODCAST) – Pop

Renewed for Season 6, which be will be the final season.

The Crown (PODCAST) – Netflix

Renewed for Season 3.

13 Reasons Why (PODCAST) – Netflix

Renewed for Season 3.

How to Get Away with Murder (PODCAST/Jumped the Shark) – ABC

Renewed for Season 6.  CPU! Jumped the Shark. If you would like us to resume podcast coverage of this show, please contact us via the Guestbook, social media, or at our email address: couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com.

Sherlock (PODCAST) – PBS

Series 4 aired from January 1-January 15, 2017.  Though possibility of a fifth series is being contemplated, no announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has yet been made.

The 100 (PODCAST/Jumped the Shark) – CW

Renewed for Season 7. CPU! Jumped the Shark. If you would like us to resume podcast coverage of this show, please contact us via the Guestbook, social media, or at our email address: couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com.

Fargo – FX

Renewed for Season 4.

The Mindy Project – Hulu

Ended 2017. If you would like us to cover this show in a podcast episode, please contact us via the Guestbook, social media, or at our email address (couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com); review otherwise coming soon.

Sleepy Hollow – Fox

Ended 2017.  Review or podcast to come.

Madam Secretary – CBS

Renewed for Season 6, which will be the final season.

Bones – Fox

Ended 2017.  CPU! will be covering this show in a future “Looking Back” podcast episode. Stay tuned!

Revenge – ABC

Ended 2015.  Review (either blog or podcast) to come.

Reign – CW

Ended 2017. CPU! will be covering this show in a future “Looking Back” podcast episode. Stay tuned!

About a Boy – NBC

Ended 2015.  Review (either blog or podcast) to come.

Network Shows and Other Shows Mentioned by CPU!ers

(does not include this year’s freshman series, currently covered shows, shows we’ve already covered and eliminated, or game and reality shows)

By Popular Demand

ABC

American Housewife (picked up by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 4.

black-ish (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 6.

Bless This Mess*
Renewed for Season 2.
*This show was not listed among season new entries last summer. Upon review of the trailer, critical consensus, and considering the fact that it was co-created by Elizabeth Meriwether (New Girl, Single Parents) and stars Dax Shepard, CPU! is officially picking this comedy up, even if it seems to be a Green Acres update featuring Millennial characters.

Fresh Off the Boat (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 6.

The Goldbergs (added to the CPU! list)
Renewed for Season 7.

The Good Doctor (picked up by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 3.

Grey’s Anatomy (CPU! jumped the shark)
Renewed for Seasons 16 AND 17.

Modern Family (added to the CPU! list)
Renewed for Season 11.  Season 11 is the show’s final season.

Speechless (picked up by CPU!)
Canceled.  Season 3 is the show’s final season.

Splitting Up Together (passed by CPU!)
Canceled. Season 2 is the show’s final season.

Station 19 (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 3.

Take Two*
Canceled. Season 1 is the show’s only season.
*This show was not listed among season new entries last summer. Given the quick cancellation and relatively understated premiere (read: we’ve never heard of this one), CPU! is officially passing on this show (in the most well-timed way, of course).

CBS

The Big Bang Theory (picked up by CPU! late)
Ended. Season 12 is the show’s final season.

Blue Bloods (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 10.

Bull (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 4.

Criminal Minds (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 15. Season 15 is the show’s final season.

Elementary (passed by CPU!)
Canceled. Season 7 is the show’s final season.

The Good Fight (All Access; passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 4.

Hawaii Five-O (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 10.

Life in Pieces (picked up by CPU!)
Canceled. Season 4 is the show’s final season.

MacGyver (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 4.

Man with a Plan (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 4.

Mom (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Seasons 7 AND 8.

NCIS (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 17.

NCIS: Los Angeles (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 11.

NCIS: New Orleans (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 6.

Ransom (passed by CPU!)
The Season 3 finale aired on May 25, 2019. There has been no announcement regarding renewal or cancellation.

Salvation (added to the CPU! list)
Canceled. Season 2 is the show’s final season.

Star Trek: Discovery (All Access; picked up by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 3.

S.W.A.T. (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 3.

Young Sheldon (passed by CPU! for now)
Renewed for Seasons 3 AND 4.

FOX

9-1-1 (added to the CPU! list)
Renewed for Season 3.

Bob’s Burgers (animated)
Renewed for Season 10.

Empire (picked up by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 6. Season 6 is the show’s final season.

Family Guy (animated)
Renewed for Season 18.

The Gifted (picked up by CPU!)
Canceled.  Season 2 is the show’s final season.

Last Man Standing (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 8.

Lethal Weapon (added to the CPU! list)
Canceled. Season 3 is the show’s final season.

The Orville (picked up by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 3.

The Resident (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 3.

The Simpsons (animated)
Renewed for Seasons 31 AND 32.

Star (passed by CPU!)
Canceled. Season 3 is the show’s final season.

NBC

A.P. Bio (added to the CPU! list)
Canceled. Season 2 is the show’s final season.

The Blacklist (added to the CPU! list)
Renewed for Season 7.

Blindspot (picked up by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 5. Season 5 will be the final season.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (added to the CPU! list)
Renewed for Season 7.

Chicago Fire (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 8.

Chicago Med (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 5.

Chicago P.D. (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 7.

Good Girls (picked up by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 3.

Law and Order: SVU (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 21.

Marlon (passed by CPU!)
Canceled. Season 2 is the show’s final season.

Midnight, Texas (picked up by CPU!)
Canceled. Season 2 is the show’s final season.

Reverie (picked up by CPU!)
Canceled.  Season 1 is the show’s only season.

Superstore (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 5.

This Is Us (picked up by CPU!)
Renewed for Seasons 4, 5, AND 6.

Timeless (picked up by CPU!)
Canceled.  Season 2 is the show’s final season

Trial & Error (passed by CPU!)
Canceled. Season 2 is the show’s final season.

The CW

Black Lightning (picked up by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 3.

Burden of Truth (passed by CPU!…just now)
Renewed for Season 3.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (picked up by CPU!)
Canceled. Season 4 is the show’s final season.

Dynasty (passed by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 3.

Jane the Virgin (added to the CPU! list)
Canceled. Airing Season 5, the show’s final season.

The Outpost (added to the CPU! list…just now)
Renewed for Season 2.

Riverdale (picked up by CPU!)
Renewed for Season 4.

Current/Ongoing Shows – Cable, Premium, Streaming – Requested
by CPU! Regulars for the Podcast

PBS

Call the Midwife
Renewed for Series 9.

BBC America

Killing Eve
Renewed for Season 3.

FXX

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Renewed for Season 14.

FX

Feud
Renewed for Season 2.

Archer
Renewed for Season 10, which premiered on May 29, 2019. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

Netflix

The Crown
Renewed for Season 3.

The OA
Season 2 was released on March 22, 2019. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

Peaky Blinders
Renewed for Series 5.

House of Cards
Canceled. Season 6 is the show’s final season.

Anne with an E
Renewed for Season 3.

Master of None
Season 2 premiered on May 12, 2017.  No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

GLOW
Renewed for Season 3, which will premiere on August 9, 2019.

Arrested Development
Season 5 was released in two parts; Part 2 was released on March 15, 2019. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

Altered Carbon
Renewed for Season 2.

Mindhunter
Renewed for Season 2.

The End of the F***ing World
Renewed for Season 2.

Santa Clarita Diet
Canceled. Season 3 is the show’s final season.

Black Mirror
Season 5 was released on June 5, 2019. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

BoJack Horseman
Renewed for Season 6.

Designated Survivor
Season 3 was released on June 7, 2019. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

Lucifer
Renewed for Season 5. Season 5 is the show’s final season.

American Vandal
Canceled. Season 2 is the show’s final season.

Insatiable
Renewed for Season 2.

Ozark
Renewed for Season 3.

Travelers
Canceled. Season 3 is the show’s final season.

Big Mouth
Renewed for Season 3.

Frontier
Renewed for Season 3, which premiered on December 7, 2018. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

One Day at a Time
Canceled. Season 3 is the show’s final season.

Derry Girls
Renewed for Season 2.

The Protector
Renewed for Seasons 3 AND 4.

Tales of the City
Miniseries; no renewal is expected.

Bodyguard
Series 1 premiered on August 26, 2018. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

Showtime

Billions
Renewed for Season 5.

Shameless
Renewed for Season 10.

USA

Mr. Robot
Renewed for Season 4. Season 4 is the show’s final season.

Starz

Outlander
Renewed for Seasons 5 and 6!

American Gods
Renewed for Season 3.

Power
Renewed for Season 6, which will premiere on August 25, 2019. Season 6 is the show’s final season.

AMC

Better Call Saul
Renewed for Season 5.

The Walking Dead
Renewed for Season 10.

SyFy

The Magicians
Renewed for Season 5.

Wynonna Earp
Renewed for Season 4.

Van Helsing
Renewed for Season 4.

Channel Zero
Canceled. Season 4 was the show’s final season.

Happy!
Canceled. Season 2 is the show’s final season.

Amazon

The Man in the High Castle
Renewed for Season 4. Season 4 is the show’s final season.

Brittania
Renewed for Season 2.

The Expanse
Canceled by SyFy but renewed by Amazon for Season 4.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Renewed for Season 3.

Fleabag
Ended. Series 2 is the show’s final season.

Hulu

The Handmaid’s Tale
Renewed for Season 3, which premiered on June 5, 2019. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

Castle Rock
Renewed for Season 2.

Marvel’s Runaways
Renewed for Season 3.

Letterkenny
Renewed for Season 7.

Fosse/Verdon
Miniseries; no expectation of renewal.

HBO

Big Little Lies
Renewed for Season 2, which premiered on June 9, 2019. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

Westworld
Renewed for Season 3.

Curb Your Enthusiasm
Renewed for Season 10.

True Detective
Renewed for Season 3, which premiered on January 13, 2019. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

Disney Channel

Raven’s Home
Renewed for Season 3, which premiered on June 17, 2019.

Cinemax

Strike
Renewed for Series 3.

Cartoon Network

Rick and Morty
Renewed for Season 4.

TV Land

Younger
Renewed for Season 6, which premiered on June 12, 2019.

Freeform

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger
Renewed for Season 2, which premiered on April 4, 2019. No announcement regarding renewal or cancellation has been made.

Discovery: Family

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Renewed for Season 9. Season 9 is the show’s final season.

YouTube Premium

Cobra Kai
Renewed for Season 3.

DC Universe

Titans
Renewed for Season 2.

History Channel

Vikings
Renewed for Season 6.

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That’s it, fellow Couch Potatoes!  Next up in the Progress Report series: the 2019-2020 pilot review, coming in August 2019!  Stay tuned! 

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Looking Back at “Friends,” Seasons 8-10: The Friends Series, Episode 3 + The Panel’s Top and Bottom 10 Lists of Episodes (MAJOR SPOILERS)

A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, our panel of CPU! loyal Friends – including moderator Chief Couch Potato Kylie, Nick, Sarah, Krista, Hilary, Andrew, and Samantha – reconvened Around the Water Cooler for the final discussion in which we are Looking Back and reminiscing, this time about Seasons 8, 9, and 10 of CPU! favorite, mega-hit sitcom Friends; plus, each panelist provides a Top 10 (Favorite) and Bottom 10 (Least Favorite) list of episodes from the series. This is the third part of a three part CPU! podcast series in which we talk, laugh, quote, and wax nostalgic about all things Friends! This episode was recorded in February 2019, and, as always, if you haven’t seen any of Friends – if that is even possible – be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

PODCAST! – Best Of! & Looking Back at “Friends,” Seasons 8-10: The Friends Series, Episode 3 (MAJOR SPOILERS) + Best Written TV (#24) & Recommended By Viewers Like You

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Friends,” an American television sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004 for ten seasons.

What: “Friends” features an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. The show revolves around six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City. 

SYNOPSIS

Rachel Green (Aniston) flees her wedding day and finds childhood friend Monica Geller (Cox), a New York City chef. They become roommates, and Rachel joins Monica’s group of single friends in their mid-20s: struggling actor Joey Tribbiani (LeBlanc), business professional Chandler Bing (Perry), masseuse and musician Phoebe Buffay (Kudrow), and newly divorced paleontologist Ross Geller (Schwimmer), Monica’s older brother. Rachel becomes a waitress at fictional Manhattan coffee house Central Perk; when not there, the group is usually at Monica and Rachel’s nearby West Village apartment or Joey and Chandler’s place across the hall. Episodes depict the friends’ comedic and romantic adventures and career issues.

When: The show aired on NBC from 1994-2004; Seasons 8, 9, and 10 spanned 2001-2004.

Where: The show is set primarily in Manhattan, New York City, New York and even more primarily in the West Village, wherein the characters live in spacious, rent-controlled apartments (well, Rachel and Monica do).

Why: Listen to the podcast for the panelists’ individual stories on how they found Friends. They are all personal and occasionally touching.

How – as in How Much Do We Love this Show?!

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the premiere of one of your Chief CP’s all-time favorite television shows, and since I know a few people in my life who love Friends as much as I do, I decided to invite some true Friends of Friends to participate in a three-part podcast series during which we will take a critical look back at a sitcom that continues to tickle our collective funny bones while tugging at our TV-loving hearts. In this three-part series, our panel – comprised of all CPU! regulars, namely Nick, Sarah, Krista, Hilary, Andrew, and Samantha – look back at Friends and reminisce about a show that has, for the most part and somewhat controversially (as we discuss in our series), withstood the test of time as personal favorites for several of us and as one of the most nationally and internationally acclaimed television situation comedies of all time.

We have already recorded two episodes in this series, Looking Back at Friends Seasons 1-4 and Seasons 5-7, respectively. You can listen to these episodes here or via our audio channels on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and Google Play:

The Friends Series, Episode One, Seasons 1-4

The Friends Series, Episode Two, Seasons 5-7

In this third episode of CPU!’s Friends series, our panel discusses the final three seasons of Friends, covering the series’ arguably weakest seasons, i.e. Seasons 9 and 10 – a status largely owing to the attempt of the series’ writers to pair Rachel and Joey as a device to demonstrate that some friends should not romantically connect, which was about as successful as one would estimate or expect. We also continue to ponder the program’s enduring and unshakable reign of international popularity while discussing our favorite and least favorite episodes within each season as well as our general impressions of the success of Seasons 8, 9, and 10 of the show, which aired on Thursday nights on NBC for the entirety of its run.

In addition, each of our panelists compiled and now share their ten most favorite and ten least favorite episodes from Friends. In so doing, we demonstrate not only our own diverse opinions about this enduring sitcom but also how this comedy manages to mean different things to different people, in different ways and to different degrees, fifteen years after the series finale, the fifth most watched series finale of all time, aired.

Plus, and as a reminder, Friends constitutes another entry in our “Best Of!” series. To wit, herein be the list of Friends’ Best Of!:

  • #21 on TV Guide’s list of 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time
  • #28 on TV Guide’s list of 60 Best Series of All Time
  • #7 on Empire‘s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” in 2008 and #5 in 2016
  • #1 on The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows”
  • Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time
  • #26 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

In addition, Friends ranks at #24 on the Writer’s Guild of America’s Best Written TV list in 2013, as it is also considered one of the best written (scripted) television series of all time.

This particular CPU! episode was recorded in February 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points, sight gags, jokes, and quotes of the Seasons 8-10 of Friends! Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

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Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Next Wednesday, our Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt panel returns – for the last time – to the Water Cooler to discuss the final season of the quirky Netflix comedy, i.e. Season 4. In that episode, we will also Look Back at the entirety of the Tina Fey/Robert Carlock penned sitcom, which we have covered on the podcast since the show’s unexpectedly successful beginning, and will examine its relative success (or lack thereof) as an overall series as well as say goodbye, both to the series and to each other (for now). Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

Friends – if you somehow haven’t already watched it – is recommended to anyone who hasn’t somehow seen any portion of it in the 25 years since it premiered; who isn’t offended by yesterday’s context of sensibilities in today’s more “woke” world; and who enjoys well-written shows about people being friends because, hey, it’s not just a clever name.  As we discuss in the podcast episode, this sitcom was once ahead of its time and is now as popular as ever, even if it is comprised of some dated humor; however, Friends influenced so many other multi-camera, situation comedies to follow and remains a (mostly) timelessly funny, magical fusion of ensemble cast chemistry and youthful commentary that is hard not to love, whatever flaws it might have. Friends is endlessly quotable, and the series represents an enduring statement on the Gen X experience, with some eternally applicable situations to which anyone entering their twenties, when their job’s a joke, they’re broke, and their love life is DOA, would relate. This critically and popularly lauded program has a bit of everything, and, if you love to laugh, and if you have somehow missed this series (please explain how this might be possible?), you should make time for Friends. Just be aware, a small fraction of the humor doesn’t transcend its original context, and not all of the episodes are home-runs, but most hit the funny bone in all the right places. The panelists further feel that any new viewer, if such an individual exists, would be hard pressed not to laugh at least at those episodes that, without argument, hit it out of the park. In short, Friends will be there for you, as there is nothing like the consistency of a well-written, well-performed comedy. Could we BE anymore effusive in this recommendation? (No. The answer is no. How YOU doin’?).

BONUS COMMENTARY

  • All ten seasons of Friends are currently available to stream only at Netflix, though the Warner Brothers company is launching its own streaming service, expected to appear in late 2019, at which time it will begin streaming some of its hallmark properties of modern television, Friends included.
  • In this episode, several panelists, the Chief CP among them, assert that five of the six ensemble actors comprising the cast of Friends won Emmy awards for their performances. That is incorrect. All except Courteney Cox were nominated for Emmy awards, but only Jennifer Aniston (Best Leading Actress, Comedy) and Lisa Kudrow (Best Supporting Actress, Comedy) won.
  • Couch Potatoes Unite! would like to thank Twitter follower @Lily_Stockholme for requesting and recommending the Friends episodes some time ago. Though we had strong support for this series from the CPU! corps, we always welcome recommendations from viewers like you. Thanks, Lily!
  • In this episode, we also forgot to talk about Phoebe’s vast musical repertoire, including the iconic and lovely “Smelly Cat.” As such, the panelists wanted to ensure that I mention here a few of her greatest hits, including “Sticky Shoes,” “The Holiday Song,” “Emma’s Birthday Song,” “Are You In There, Little Fetus?” and her song expressing anger at Chandler and Monica for not asking her to sing at their wedding. Nothing rhymes with Chandler, okay? Naturally, Buzzfeed ranked her whole songbook. Do you agree with their assessments? Tell us what you think!

BONUS MUSIC

In the vein of our favorite musical “Friend” Phoebe, we are moreover reminded that music is a strong force in film and in television; sounds and the screen are the peanut butter and jelly of visual entertainment. To that end, from time to time, we might curate or crib playlists reflecting music from the shows we are featuring on the CPU! podcast. Here’s one for Friends, compiled by Spotify, including the full version of the Rembrandts’ iconic theme song, which also became a Top 40 single at the time that the show rocketed into sitcom super-stardom, pretty much from its first season. With a healthy dose of pop and rock from the nineties and the earliest years of the millennium, this playlist offers some great nostalgia on the music front in addition to strong associations with many of the most recognizable moments of Friends. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for listening!

Looking Back at “Friends,” Seasons 5-7: The Friends Series, Episode 2 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, our panel of CPU! loyal Friends – including moderator Chief Couch Potato Kylie, Nick, Sarah, Krista, Hilary, Andrew, and Samantha – reconvened Around the Water Cooler for the next discussion in which we are Looking Back and reminiscing, this time about Seasons 5, 6, and 7 of CPU! favorite, mega-hit sitcom Friends.  This is the second part of a three part CPU! podcast series in which we talk, laugh, quote, and wax nostalgic about all things Friends! This episode was recorded in February 2019, and, as always, if you haven’t seen any of Friends – if that is even possible – be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Stay tuned for Episode Three, the final episode, of our Friends Series, in which we cover Seasons 8-10 and each panelist’s Top 10 Best and Bottom 10 Worst episodes – next week!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

PODCAST! – Best Of! & Looking Back at “Friends,” Seasons 5-7: The Friends Series, Episode 2 (MAJOR SPOILERS) + Best Written TV (#24) & Recommended By Viewers Like You

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Friends,” an American television sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004 for ten seasons.

What: “Friends” features an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. The show revolves around six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City. 

SYNOPSIS

Rachel Green (Aniston) flees her wedding day and finds childhood friend Monica Geller (Cox), a New York City chef. They become roommates, and Rachel joins Monica’s group of single friends in their mid-20s: struggling actor Joey Tribbiani (LeBlanc), business professional Chandler Bing (Perry), masseuse and musician Phoebe Buffay (Kudrow), and newly divorced paleontologist Ross Geller (Schwimmer), Monica’s older brother. Rachel becomes a waitress at fictional Manhattan coffee house Central Perk; when not there, the group is usually at Monica and Rachel’s nearby West Village apartment or Joey and Chandler’s place across the hall. Episodes depict the friends’ comedic and romantic adventures and career issues.

When: The show aired on NBC from 1994-2004; Seasons 5, 6, and 7 spanned 1998-2001.

Where: The show is set primarily in Manhattan, New York City, New York and even more primarily in the West Village, wherein the characters live in spacious, rent-controlled apartments (well, Rachel and Monica do).

Why: Listen to the podcast for the panelists’ individual stories on how they found Friends. They are all personal and occasionally touching.

How – as in How Much Do We Love this Show?!

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the premiere of one of your Chief CP’s all-time favorite television shows, and since I know a few people in my life who love Friends as much as I do, I decided to invite some true Friends of Friends to participate in a three-part podcast series during which we will take a critical look back at a sitcom that continues to tickle our collective funny bones while tugging at our TV-loving hearts. In this three-part series, our panel – comprised of all CPU! regulars, namely Nick, Sarah, Krista, Hilary, Andrew, and Samantha – look back at Friends and reminisce about a show that has, for the most part and somewhat controversially (as we discuss in our series), withstood the test of time as personal favorites for several of us and as one of the most nationally and internationally acclaimed television situation comedies of all time.

We have already recorded one episode in this series, Looking Back at Friends Seasons 1-4. You can listen to that episode here or via our audio channels on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and Google Play:

The Friends Series, Episode One, Seasons 1-4

In this second episode of CPU!’s Friends series, our panel discusses the middle three seasons of Friends, covering the series’ arguably best seasons and its enduring and unshakable reign of international popularity. We discuss our favorite and least favorite episodes within each season and our general impressions of the success of Seasons 5, 6, and 7 of this program, which aired on Thursday nights on NBC for the entirety of its run.

Plus, Friends constitutes another entry in our “Best Of!” series. To wit, herein be the list of Friends’ Best Of!:

  • #21 on TV Guide’s list of 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time
  • #28 on TV Guide’s list of 60 Best Series of All Time
  • #7 on Empire‘s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” in 2008 and #5 in 2016
  • #1 on The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows”
  • Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time
  • #26 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

In addition, Friends ranks at #24 on the Writer’s Guild of America’s Best Written TV list in 2013, as it is also considered one of the best written (scripted) television series of all time.

This particular CPU! episode was recorded in February 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points, sight gags, jokes, and quotes of the Seasons 5-7 of Friends! Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play to keep track of brand new episodes.  In the meantime, let us know what you think!  Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Next Wednesday, our Friends panel triumphantly and victoriously returns to the Water Cooler with the triumphant and victorious final of our three-part discussion Looking Back at the beloved sitcom du jourFriends! In the next episode, we talk Seasons 8-10, i.e. the Last One or the One with All the Babies and Paul Rudd, as well as discuss each panelist’s Top 10 Favorite and Bottom 10 Least Favorite episodes of the series. Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

Friends – if you somehow haven’t already watched it – is recommended to anyone who hasn’t somehow seen any portion of it in the 25 years since it premiered; who isn’t offended by yesterday’s context of sensibilities in today’s more “woke” world; and who enjoys well-written shows about people being friends because, hey, it’s not just a clever name.  As we discuss in the podcast episode, this sitcom was once ahead of its time and is now as popular as ever, even if it is comprised of some dated humor; however, Friends influenced so many other multi-camera, situation comedies to follow and remains a (mostly) timelessly funny, magical fusion of ensemble cast chemistry and youthful commentary that is hard not to love, whatever flaws it might have. Friends is endlessly quotable, and the series represents an enduring statement on the Gen X experience, with some eternally applicable situations to which anyone entering their twenties, when their job’s a joke, they’re broke, and their love life is DOA, would relate. This critically and popularly lauded program has a bit of everything, and, if you love to laugh, and if you have somehow missed this series (please explain how this might be possible?), you should make time for Friends. Just be aware, a small fraction of the humor doesn’t transcend its original context, and not all of the episodes are home-runs, but most hit the funny bone in all the right places. The panelists further feel that any new viewer, if such an individual exists, would be hard pressed not to laugh at least at those episodes that, without argument, hit it out of the park. In short, Friends will be there for you, as there is nothing like the consistency of a well-written, well-performed comedy. Could we BE anymore effusive in this recommendation? (No. The answer is no. How YOU doin’?).

All ten seasons of Friends are currently available to stream only at Netflix, though the Warner Brothers company is launching its own streaming service, expected to appear in late 2019, at which time it will begin streaming some of its hallmark properties of modern television, Friends included. In the meantime, the CPU! Friends Series panel will return next week with Episode 3, the final episode, of this series, in which we talk Seasons 8-10 of the mega-hit sitcom as well as review each panelist’s Top 10 Best and Bottom 10 Worst episodes. Until then!

Looking Back at “Friends,” Seasons 1-4: The Friends Series, Episode 1 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, our panel of CPU! loyal Friends – including moderator Chief Couch Potato Kylie, Nick, Sarah, Krista, Hilary, Andrew, and Samantha – gathered together Around the Water Cooler for a longer than usual discussion in which we are Looking Back and reminiscing about the first four seasons of CPU! favorite, mega-hit sitcom Friends.  This is the first part of a three part CPU! podcast series in which we talk, laugh, quote, and wax nostalgic about all things Friends! This episode was recorded in February 2019, and, as always, if you haven’t seen any of Friends – if that is even possible – be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Stay tuned for Episode Two of our Friends Series, in which we cover Seasons 5-7 – next week!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

PODCAST! – Best Of! & Looking Back at “Friends,” Seasons 1-4: The Friends Series, Episode 1 (MAJOR SPOILERS) + Best Written TV (#24) & Recommended By Viewers Like You

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Friends,” an American television sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004 for ten seasons.

What: “Friends” features an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. The show revolves around six friends in their 20s and 30s who live in Manhattan, New York City. 

SYNOPSIS

Rachel Green (Aniston) flees her wedding day and finds childhood friend Monica Geller (Cox), a New York City chef. They become roommates, and Rachel joins Monica’s group of single friends in their mid-20s: struggling actor Joey Tribbiani (LeBlanc), business professional Chandler Bing (Perry), masseuse and musician Phoebe Buffay (Kudrow), and newly divorced paleontologist Ross Geller (Schwimmer), Monica’s older brother. Rachel becomes a waitress at fictional Manhattan coffee house Central Perk; when not there, the group is usually at Monica and Rachel’s nearby West Village apartment or Joey and Chandler’s place across the hall. Episodes depict the friends’ comedic and romantic adventures and career issues.

When: The show aired on NBC from 1994-2004; the first four seasons spanned 1994-1998.

Where: The show is set primarily in Manhattan, New York City, New York and even more primarily in the West Village, wherein the characters live in spacious, rent-controlled apartments (well, Rachel and Monica do).

Why: Listen to the podcast for the panelists’ individual stories on how they found Friends. They are all personal and occasionally touching.

How – as in How Much Do We Love this Show?!

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the premiere of one of your Chief CP’s all-time favorite television shows, and since I know a few people in my life who love Friends as much as I do, I decided to invite some true Friends of Friends to participate in a three-part podcast series during which we will take a critical look back at a sitcom that continues to tickle our collective funny bones while tugging at our TV-loving hearts. In this three-part series, our panel – comprised of all CPU! regulars, namely Nick, Sarah, Krista, Hilary, Andrew, and Samantha – look back at Friends and reminisce about a show that has, for the most part and somewhat controversially (as we discuss in our series), withstood the test of time as personal favorites for several of us and as one of the most nationally and internationally acclaimed television situation comedies of all time.

In this first episode of CPU!’s Friends series, our panel discusses the first four seasons of Friends, covering the series’ somewhat uneven beginning as well as its initial growing pains and catapult to international popularity. We discuss our favorite and least favorite episodes within each season and our general impressions of the success of the first four seasons of this program, which aired on Thursday nights on NBC for the entirety of its run.

Plus, Friends constitutes another entry in our “Best Of!” series. To wit, herein be the list of Friends’ Best Of!:

  • #21 on TV Guide’s list of 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time
  • #28 on TV Guide’s list of 60 Best Series of All Time
  • #7 on Empire‘s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” in 2008 and #5 in 2016
  • #1 on The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows”
  • Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time
  • #26 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

In addition, Friends ranks at #24 on the Writer’s Guild of America’s Best Written TV list in 2013, as it is also considered one of the best written (scripted) television series of all time.

This particular CPU! episode was recorded in February 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points, sight gags, jokes, and quotes of the first four seasons of Friends! Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play to keep track of brand new episodes.  In the meantime, let us know what you think!  Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Next Wednesday, our Friends panel triumphantly and victoriously returns to the Water Cooler with the triumphant and victorious second of our three-part discussion Looking Back at the beloved sitcom du jour: Friends! In the next episode, we talk Seasons 5-7, i.e. the One with All the Chandler and Monica. Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

Friends – if you somehow haven’t already watched it – is recommended to anyone who hasn’t somehow seen any portion of it in the 25 years since it premiered; who isn’t offended by yesterday’s context of sensibilities in today’s more “woke” world; and who enjoys well-written shows about people being friends because, hey, it’s not just a clever name.  As we discuss in the podcast episode, this sitcom was once ahead of its time and is now as popular as ever, even if it is comprised of some dated humor; however, Friends influenced so many other multi-camera, situation comedies to follow and remains a (mostly) timelessly funny, magical fusion of ensemble cast chemistry and youthful commentary that is hard not to love, whatever flaws it might have. Friends is endlessly quotable, and the series represents an enduring statement on the Gen X experience, with some eternally applicable situations to which anyone entering their twenties, when their job’s a joke, they’re broke, and their love life is DOA, would relate. This critically and popularly lauded program has a bit of everything, and, if you love to laugh, and if you have somehow missed this series (please explain how this might be possible?), you should make time for Friends. Just be aware, a small fraction of the humor doesn’t transcend its original context, and not all of the episodes are home-runs, but most hit the funny bone in all the right places. The panelists further feel that any new viewer, if such an individual exists, would be hard pressed not to laugh at least at those episodes that, without argument, hit it out of the park. In short, Friends will be there for you, as there is nothing like the consistency of a well-written, well-performed comedy. Could we BE anymore effusive in this recommendation? (No. The answer is no. How YOU doin’?).

All ten seasons of Friends are currently available to stream only at Netflix, though the Warner Brothers company is launching its own streaming service, expected to appear in late 2019, at which time it will begin streaming some of its hallmark properties of modern television, Friends included. In the meantime, the CPU! Friends Series panel will return next week with Episode 2 of this series, in which we talk Seasons 5-7 of the mega-hit sitcom. Until then!