In 2015, Friends hits Netflix – 21 years after it
Almost all TV shows start off being one thing and ends as another, but sometimes, TV shows go way out of their way to become something else for when story lines and new characters are introduced. Here are 11 examples.
1. Cougar Town. The comedy outgrew its title after season one. What started as recently divorced women getting back into the dating game, quickly turned into a woman building a new life for herself. The title now sounds awkward and its creator Bill Lawrence wanted to change it after season one. The Courtney Cox Show would have been OK.
2. Perfect Strangers. The sitcom about two distant cousins that never met and became roommates slowly became a show about family and growing up from young men to married adults. But the big misnomer is that Larry & Balki Bartokomous stopped being strangers after episode one.
3. Beverly Hills, 90210. It started as a teen drama about the student of West Beverly High School in Beverly Hill, California in the 90210 zip code. Towards the end, it followed those students into college at the fictional California University outside of the famous zip code.
4. Veep. For three seasons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus played the Vice President of the United States, but at the end of season three, she was appointed President, and thus no longer Veep.
5. New Girl. After season one, Jess stopped being the “new girl” and just started to be “girl,” or “woman” to be more exact.
6. Smallville. After seven seasons, the TV series Smallville stopped taking place in the titular small town and moved into Metropolis and the Fortress of Solitude. Everywhere, but Smallville.
7. Who’s The Boss? After season five, Tony Micelli stopped working as a housekeeper full-time, started seriously dating Angela and his daughter Samantha moved away for college. And now who’s the boss?
8. Friends. The sitcom started as six young friends hanging out in New York City, but when they started to get married off, the sitcom became something else. Look there’s Paul Rudd.
9. Community. The NBC comedy started out as a group of misfits at a local community college, but then evolved into the same misfits coming back to the community college after graduation to help save it.
10. The Big Bang Theory. The comedy also evolved from a nerdy version of Three’s Company into the nerdy version of Friends. It actually got a lot better when Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch joined the cast as regulars. I’m still trying to figure out what the Big Bang Theory has to do with TV show.
11. Family Matters. This is the classic case of outgrowing a premise and title. Family Matters started out as a sitcom about a working-class extended family in Chicago living under one roof. It quickly became the Steve Urkel Show when the nerdy character appeared in season two. What started off being a one-time guest appearance, turned into the central premise of the sitcom. It should’ve been called Steve Urkel and Company after season two. PS. Key & Peele did a really funny skit about Family Matters and Steve Urkel.