‘Friends’ Reunion: The One With the ‘Remember the One With … ?’

A long, emotional get-together is best when it gets out of its cast’s way.


By James Poniewozik

The episode titles in “Friends” were distinctively generic: “The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break,” “The One With the Monkey.” The template said a few things about the show. This was a comedy that would never take itself seriously; it was not going to name an episode “Ozymandias.” Its titles assumed that you would forget them. It understood how fans watched TV and how they talked about it.

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