Would You Rather: Watch Seinfeld Or Friends?

When we headed away on a girl’s weekend for Memorial Day, we talked non-stop as we always do about every topic under the sun. We say at the end of the every trip that it is amazing just how much talking we do and yet, we still find ourselves thinking after we get home that we forgot to share something!

As we were in the car, going up the winding mountain roads we started reminiscing about our favorite TV shows. Specifically, our love of Seinfeld and Friends andย the fact that we can watch them in reruns thanks to the magic of cable television.

Here was the interesting part, y’all. Even though we liked both shows, we each had a clear favorite. Lisa was 100% Seinfeld, all day long. Ashley, on the other hand, still regularly recordsย Friends.

But Seinfeld is so quotable! Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Whatever, so isย Friends! And we have a song…ever hear of “Smelly Cat”?!

No one could do an entrance like Kramer.

Except maybe Joey.

You can’t possibly say that Elaine dancing was not the best thing ever.

You can if you have ever seen Monica dance.

See where this is going, right?

Straight to the Dose Peeps, of course.

Picture this scenario: It is a Saturday. You are home alone in your cozies. We’ll give you a minute to soak in the awesomeness of that situation alone!

You flip on the TV, solely in control of the remote control (this is like the best fantasy day ever, right?!) and you can choose to watch ONLY one show.

Which is it?

Seinfeld or Friends?

Tell us why in the comments!

 


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Would You Rather: Watch Seinfeld Or Friends? — 183 Comments

  1. I have to say Friends. Maybe because I am more in that age range. Actually- the Seinfeld characters sort if creeped me out. Not sure why…and the series finale was awful I thought.
    Joey and Chandler were hysterical and The one where Joey put on ALL of Chandler’s clothes and made his entrance saying “hi, I’m Chandler…could I BE wearing any more clothes??” and started doing lunges. So. Funny. And live that Joey’s favorite food was sandwiches and that no one knew what Chandler’s job was. Great show.

        • I love it, too. I actually love both of them. I really do. They both stop me in my tracks, but I probably could relate to the Friends people the same way. I was the same age as them at the same time of their lives. I just wasn’t in a big city nor did I live above a coffee shop. I still wish I did though. I go through downtown Raleigh and see these great apartments now, and they have restaurants downstairs. I still dream of that.. :)

  2. It’s Sophie’s choice!!!

    I would choose Friends, except if it was the Jerry Seinfeld “I’m telling you for the last time” standup routine. Then I would take the routine. Gosh that is so funny, tell me you’ve seen it!

  3. First of all, both shows are completely awesome and I would gladly watch either. That being said, Friends is one of my all-time favourite shows that still makes me giggle when I get the chance to watch it – I gotta go with Friends.

      • I’ve been watching Ellen… and she is at least meant to have all the cast members on her show in November… i know it’s a long time away and not a proper reunion… but i’ll take it!! (oh and I totally vote Friends… not to say that Seinfeld didn’t have it’s merrits)

  4. FRIENDS! ALL DAY! As a matter of fact, I still watch friends, in my jammies, on my couch, on the weekends. :) I just love every single episode (even the first season) I still laugh like crazy even though I have seen the episodes a MILLION times. But I love old sitcoms in general…they don’t make em like they used to :)

    • They really don’t, do they Nellie??!! I totally agree with you. I love Friends so much…it is just the best! :)

  5. Oh, wow. FRIENDS wins for me.

    Sorry, Lisa. I’m with Ashley on this one.

    Christie’s comment made me giggle a little as it’s a quote we use regularly around here. And quoting wins hands down. So while Seinfeld has a lot of fun stuff, FRIENDS takes the cake.

    Either way, I love you both, and I’ll be there for you …

  6. Ehh..very tough. I think I’m going to say Friends in the long run. Yes, Seinfeld is brilliant. Very brilliant. However with a long stretch of interrupted time, I like a bit more heart and continuity. Seinfeld never made me cry (unless you’re talking with laughter). Friends? Did a lot.

  7. I watched them both, but my heart lies with Seinfeld. Always and forever– my Seinfeld.

    I still use “pulling a Castanza” for people that leave stuff behind just to come back. Or “riding on empty” refering to when Kramer pushed the test drive tank to the last possible fume.

    I wonder if there’s a correlation between humor style? I’m extremely sarcastic and dry– and not very girly.

    • Pulling a Castanza!! Totally just had a Seinfeld flashback…ha, ha, ha!! The humor style is an interesting point! :)

  8. FRIENDS! I still watch re-runs, I own every season, and it still comes up in conversation. Just the other day, my hubs and I were talking about our top all time favorite funny episode (of all shows) and we agree our two absolutely most funny ever shows were the episode in Season 5 of Friends where Ross wears the leather pants (we regularly just bust out with “It’s TUrning into PASTE!!!”) and our other favorite is the “fire drill” episode of “The Office.”
    LOVE friends. Hated that it ended. I am still stuck in that time of my life!! :-)

    • “What color is the paste?” – Joey
      “What does that matter?” Ross
      “Well, if the paste is black you can make yourself a pair of paste pants!” Joey

      I can’t!! I can’t! I’m laughing as I type it….
      I own all 10 seasons too and I watch it on TV as if I’ve never seen it!!

      My favorite episode is the Jelly fish episode…

      • Oh my God, the leather pants episode! That was SO DAMN FUNNY!! I burst out laughing reading these comments!! :)

  9. Oh this is a tough choice as I loved both shows, but will say that it depends on the episode, because yes I do have my favorites for each show. So, if let’s say it was a crazy Kramer episode, I would so have to go with Seinfeld, but if we are talking anything from the first, second or third season with Friends, when let’s say Ross and Rachel were together or Monica was dating Richard (not that I didn’t like her with Chandler, but come on Magnum PI was so sexy!!), then it would be Friends all the way. Oh the dilemma, if I liked both episodes and seriously, what to do then, lol!!

    • It is a tough call, because there are definitely some Seinfeld episodes that I would not be able to turn off…namely, when Jerry had to wear the glasses from the lost & found box…OMG, I still cry with laughter when I think about it.
      But Friends probably has more of those types of episodes for me! :)

  10. Friends…all day, every day. The best episodes are the ones where everyone is together for the whole episode. For me the best is Thanksgiving when the Ross and Monica’s parents come. “I love Jacques Cousteau” “I wasnt supposed to put beef in the trifle!”

    • I LOOOOOOVE that episode!!!

      I can quote that too….

      “That’s a lot of information to get in 30 seconds. All right, Joey, if you wanna leave, just leave. Rachel, no, you weren’t supposed to put peas in the trifle. It did not taste good. Phoebe, I’m sorry, but I think Jacques Cousteau is dead. Monica, why you felt you had to hide the fact that you had an important relationship is beyond me.” Judy Geller..

  11. Friends. Always. I would watch it with my roomies in college, then later with my hubby. I just always connected with the concept of a whole group of friends that sticks together. When the last episode aired, and they put their keys down on the counter … there were many tears. Just thinking about it now makes me teary. Love that show! Thank God for TBS showing it every day.

    • Just reading this comment makes me realize I need to record some more episodes to watch! :) The last episode left me bawling, too!

  12. Hhhmmm… you know.. for whatever reason, I was only a casual viewer of both but due to the fact pretty much every character on Seinfeld annoyed the crap out of me, I have to go with Friends. But if given the choice between those two and the Brady Bunch, BB would win out every time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Friends hands down!!!

    I own all 10 seasons and yet watch every rerun available especially on Thanksgiving Day! I feel like I can relate to Friends more maybe because they are younger. I can quote them in almost every scenario of my life and the show just makes me happy!

    My favorite character: Chandler!! :)

    • Chandler was the greatest, right?! I tend to quote it all the time, too…although, I quote Seinfeld, too. I am LOVING your comments on this post! So fantastic! :)

  14. FRIENDS 100%….I can quote every episode of that show, may be sad but it is true. I find that humor more entertaining then Seinfeld. I also relate to those characters much more.

  15. I must admit that I’m with Lisa – Seinfeld is my favorite. I didn’t watch either show religiously, but I did see some of each, but enjoyed Seinfeld more. Just more my humor type, I guess. Sorry, Ashley.

      • Indeed, because Lisa and I both know we’re right! ๐Ÿ˜€ *high five’s Lisa* We’ll watch Seinfeld re-runs togther! I’ll bring the popcorn! We can start a Seinfeld fan club called “Seinfeld Sisters” or something! LOL :) Maybe it would be more of a support group… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • No way…we are a no booing blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But seriously, how could you not like Jerry??!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Friends – definitely! Just reading these comments made me remember so many of the funny moments. And I was just talking about Joey to my co-workers not 30 minutes ago!

  17. If you own the last season of Friends on DVD, the director told us why in some episodes, the cast would only be in spot …like the Thanksgiving …”The One Where No one is Ready” was done to save them money on sets if they used only one so they came up with this concept where they would act like they were leaving but instead make it seem like they just couldn’t get out in time. Wonderful concept and if it wasn’t for the DVD, I would have never known that.

    Also, did you ever notice how they always came into Central Perk and their seats were always available except that one time when they walked in, every seat was taken and they walked out! Hilarious… (those were the writers and directors in that scene)

    • HA HA HA!! SO glad you shared those tidbits…had no idea, but that is totally fun to know and now I want to go watch that Thanksgiving episode again! :) Love it!

  18. Ugghh…you guys….do I really have to choose??? You know The New Adventures of Christine is one of my favorite shows ever because I loved Elaine and hated not seeing her every week. Favorite episode: The Dingo Ate Your Baby. I still record Friends on TBS. Favorite episode: Ross, Rachael and Chandler moving the couch. Pivot…still cracks me up. I love you both, love both shows…I cannot choose. :)

  19. It’s a Festivus miracle! I now know what totally makes you 2 tick! I hate to always be the minority, but it looks as if my Seinfeld love has swung me to the other side…not that there is anything wrong with that!

    • Lisa is so glad…she was really feeling alone! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not that there is anything wrong with that! HA HA HA!!

  20. While I do love me some Seinfeld, I could watch Friends all day, every day. The One With The Embryos is my all-time fave episode.

    Rachel: “He’s a transponster!!”
    Monica: “That’s not even a word!”

    I’m with Tamara on the “why.” Friends made me feel a wider range of emotions, so I’d rather watch it than Seinfeld over a long stretch if time.

  21. I love them both, but my heart belongs to Friends. It reminds me of my closest college friends, and of a specific time in my life.

    Seinfeld is fun to watch now, too. I always pick up a detail I’ve missed in the past because each episode was so complex.

    My husband votes for Seinfeld. Let’s count one vote for Friends and one for Seinfeld.

      • Evenly split Amy, thank you! We appreciate a good draw! ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Totally agree Catherine…would definitely rather hang out with the Friends gang, too! :)

  22. Hands down Seinfeld. I like Friends, but for absurd situations and great soundbites repeated later, “Master of my domain” “Man-hands” “Hello, Newman.” “Shrinkage” “No soup for you!” Great, funny writing on Seinfeld!

  23. Friends. Absolutely. I have all seasons on DVD’s and I’m doing a marathon Friends watch right now. Every evening I watch 2 episodes. I’m into season 2 around episode 14 or so right now. After I finish Friends I’ll probably start Big Bang Theory over again. I do have Seinfeld recorded on the DVR and I watch when I’m in the mood. This past weekend I think I spent an entire Saturday watching episode after episode until the day was done. Followed you from SITS. Have a blessed day.

    • Will definitely need to record some more Friends to watch…this post has gotten me completely in the mood! :)

  24. Although I did love friends, I’m a Seinfeld fan all the way. I never even get tired of the reruns! Each character on the show was a gem! My son is a big Seinfeld fan and one Christmas I bought him a Festivus Pole!!

  25. I’m a Seinfeld gal! My whole family are Seinfeld fanatics. We go around quoting Seinfeld every chance that we get! I still watch the reruns like they’re brand new episodes! =)

    • So surprised…figured you were Seinfeld all the way…but I might be thinking more of John! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. I have to say Friends. There is something about the dynamic of the characters and the situations they find themselves in that I can somehow relate to. I was never a real big fan of Seinfeld. Maybe because my high school history teacher would just ramble on and on and on and on about the show that I just had to tune it out.

    • I definitely felt the dynamic of the cast of Friends was like nothing that had ever been on TV before! :)

  27. Hmmm… I think I’m going to have to go with Ashley on this one. While, to be honest, I’m not a super dooper huge fan of either (I think I was just slightly out of the age range of both shows), if I had to choose between the two, it would be Friends.

    • Total bummer that you kind of missed them both Kristen! :( Maybe you should start watching in re-runs and see if that helps! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • You know what? I think I am going to start watching the reruns. There are so many cultural references that go completely over my head because I haven’t watched them. You have given me a new mission in life!

  28. I love Friends but the nostalgia of Seinfeld gets me every time. The final episode wasn’t very good, but there’s a lot of nostalgia for me. I lived in NYC & the area for years and Seinfeld felt more real to me. Made me revisit the crazy hilarity of life in NYC whereas Friends felt like is could have been almost anywhere.

  29. FRIENDS ALL THE WAY.

    Friends is funny, just straight up. Seinfeld is like uncomfortable awkward funny, which is nice, but eventually it gets to me, and I’m like ahhhhh these people make me so uncomfortable and I can’t watch it anymore!

    Plus, all I can do is just stare at Elaine’s terrible hair and be like they REALLY didn’t change her hairstyle for this whole damn series?

  30. Tough choice…. I think I quote Seinfeld more, but I think I liked the characters and story lines better on Friends. Both shows – Brilliant! Can’t wait til my kids are a touch older and I will force them to watch them both!

    • I cannot wait until my kids can watch them, too, but I have a feeling they won’t love them the way I do!

  31. well thanks, after watching those clips i miss my favorite shows even more now! but for a favorite i will have to go with friends…

  32. Seinfeld all the way! Because it makes me laugh until I can’t breathe. Friends, on the other hand…I tried to get into it, but just couldn’t. Am I weird???

  33. Such a great choice of topic – and the comments really brought back memories of both shows. Loved them both – watched every single episode of both shows, but….I have to go with Friends on this one. Just loved every single character, every single moment – can’t say that about Seinfeld (although, I loved very main character). So many quotes, so little time! One of my all-time favorites, though: “Joey, you have to STOP the Q-Tip when there’s resistance!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3LnxXClu9I

    This clip also includes the great moment with Ross talking to his “girlfriend” with Rachel sitting right next to him….so funny! And when Rachel is freaking out after Julie arrives – so funny! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_SQQ3zg-u4

    Enjoyed this so much!!

    • …..and thanks to this blog today, I am not sitting here at work watching Friends clips on YouTube!! Thank you….I think! :)

      • HA HA HA!! Love that you shared more clips with us!! So funny! Just the best show ever! I set up my TiVo earlier to record a bunch of them so I can watch them again! :)

  34. …..and because of this great blog post today, I am now sitting here at work watching YouTube clips of Friends! Thanks…..I think!

  35. Friends! Honestly, I never got into Seinfeld. Can I still be an American? Ha. But Friends I LOVE. I can watch like 2 seconds of a show and know what episode it is.

    • Totally agree. Nothing will ever be like it again! Have not seen Big Bang Theory, which I know is insane since everyone loves it!

  36. GIRLS!!! You picked my 2 FAVORITE SHOWS!!!! And now we have to pick??? Well, I have to go with Friends. I have the complete series of both shows on dvd and we watch Seinfeld every night. Friends got me through my post baby blues on TBS. I love both of these shows so much. Wow, I KNEW there was a reason I “get” you girls. I would probably seriously cheat and do a Ross “pivot” back and forth between the two. Love love love these shows. How YOU doin??? :)

  37. Sienfeld all the way. I’ve seen every one about 3-4 times by now. Friends is good, but I very often have situtations in life that I can relate to a Seinfeld episode. And I love “maybe the dingos ate your baby”.

    • I knew you would come through for Lisa…I told her this morning when the blog was filled with Friends supporters that you would be 100% all Seinfeld! :)

  38. Definitely Friends! I watched both shows growing up but was still a little young to grasp Seinfeld at the time. Friends ended its ten year run the year I graduated from high school, so it really was two very pivotal things coming to an end at the same time for me. And each gave the other more meaning; saying goodbye to your friends while also saying goodbye to your Friends. It will always have a special place in my heart because of that. Plus- it was hilarious!

    • Awww, love this! That was how 90210 was for me, actually…they graduated…I graduated, we all went to college, etc! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  39. I am going with Seinfeld – by a LONG shot!!! Sorry Ashely. I LOVE every episode. I CRIED when the series ended – honest to God. My whole family loved/loves the show as does hubby so we quote from the show ALL THE TIME. We also say that a lot of our own conversations sound like a script for the show.

    • Lisa just called me to read me this comment out loud! ๐Ÿ˜‰ She was THRILLED by your enthusiasm! :)

  40. I’ve always been a Friends fan – best show ever. Why? Hmmm … I guess I could just relate to the life stages they were all going through. And the characters were so great. Chandler was my favorite, but they all had great qualities. I love watching the re-runs. A simple pleasure that always makes me feel better. :)

    • Chandler was my favorite, too, but they definitely all had something I loved!! Totally agree with your last sentence! :)

  41. Friends without question. I liked Seinfeld during it’s first run, but I have never been able to tolerate watching re-runs. Friends I could watch all day. I absolutely love the moment Joey realizes Monica and Chandler are a couple! I could watch it a gazillion times and laugh every.single.time!

      • The look on his face… you can see him putting two and two together and then they tackle him in the bedroom…

        Pivot was good too or the one when they all see them through the window… I need to borrow the DVDs from my sister… I’m dying here!

  42. I would definitely pick Friends! I still watch it whenever I see it on. Ross was the absolute funniest character!! I love the couch- PIVOT! – episode and the one with his leather pants that were stuck! Lol

  43. I haven’t read the post yet. I can’t believe this is a question. Friends of course (I didn’t want my answer to be biased). Hang on while I read the post.

    • HA HA HA Carli…love that you weighed in before you read!! That is good Dose Girls loyalty right there! :)

  44. Okay….Friends is so quotable.

    Joey to Chandler about soap in the shower “The next time you’re in the shower think about the first thing you washed and the last thing I washed.”

    Seriously. How is that not quotable?

    • HA HA HA!! I had forgotten that scene until I read this and then I started laughing remembering it!!

  45. Thatโ€™s a really tough question! Iโ€™ll put it this way: with the Husband it would definitely be Seinfeld; by myself Iโ€™d go Friends all the way. Iโ€™m just a sucker for romantic storylinesโ€ฆand Seinfeld didnโ€™t really have much of that.

    • Yeah, I would definitely be more likely to watch Seinfeld with my hubby, whereas he would really have no interest in Friends. Excellent observation! :)

  46. Friends, definitely. I have seen several episodes of Seinfeld, but never really got that into it. Even now when I watch the episode of Friends when Rachel is supposed to be moving to Paris and gets off the plane, I bawl, and I’ve seen it like a thousand times.

  47. I would say Friends, but I was a big Seinfeld fan also! I think I would watch Friends and TiVo Seinfeld so I could catch them both! Too hard to pick one or the other for me.

  48. It’s so funny that you mention this b/c around 4pm everyday I turn the TV on TBS and watch multiple episodes of Friends and then Seinfeld comes on. I would have to go with Friends…b/c I’ve watched many of the episodes over and over…but I do love the lines on Seinfeld!

  49. I’d have to say Friends because it brings back great memories of watching the show with my daughter. Her fabulous new husband, however, quotes Seinfeld A LOT which has made me want to plop myself down for a Seinfeld marathon.
    Still, I don’t know. Ross visits the tanning booth vs George saves a whale….tough call!

    • I BURST out laughing when I read about Ross and the tanning booth, which was made only more awkward by the fact that I was smack in the middle of kid’s play place sitting by myself! It is now my goal for today to find that episode and watch it again! :)

  50. I’m still stuck in the vision of me at home alone… I could really get lost there. Oh, the possibilities. Sleep, write, think, sleep some more.

    But back to your question. I’d have to say Friends. I was kind of obsessed with that show. I mean how could you NOT be?

    • Ha ha ha! I knew the thought of being home alone would make people happy! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Glad you are Team Friends with me! :)

  51. Friends no question for me. I was never a huge Seinfeld fan (sorry) though it surprises how many Seinfeld references I still get because it was just sort of one of those shows you absorbed even if you didn’t watch regularly. We’ve watched all the seasons of Friends with our daughters, and now we’re all big fans and frequently quote Friends. Or refer to everyone who has EVER been on Friends by their Friends character’s name whenever we see them :)

    • Ha ha ha Katie! Love that you figure out which friends would be which characters…that is hilarious! :)

  52. Definitely Friends! I have never been a fan of Seinfeld. Every time I watch it (because my husband LOVES it) I find myself thinking that it is about absolutely nothing – which I know is the premise of the whole thing, but I find it – and Kramer – annoying.

    I could watch Friends all day though. Always funny!

  53. I have to say, and I know I should probably be banished from something for saying this, but, even though we did name our house in college “Central Perk”, I’m going to have to go with Seinfeld on this one. If just doesn’t get better than that!

    • Love that you named your house Central Perk! That rocks! Lisa says that you will most definitely not be banished, as she is team Seinfeld, too! :)

  54. I fell in love with Seinfield two summers ago. Even my 5yo loves Seinfield!!! My brother owns the complete series on DVD and I have season 7 on DVD. #SITSsharefest

  55. F.R.I.E.N.D.S all the way!! I have all ten seasons on DVD and watch them everyday, no lie! I start from season one, watch all ten seasons in like seven to ten weeks, watch random episodes for a while and then start back at season one. I will never ever get bored with it. I will probably force my kids to watch and love it – too far? Okay, I’ll stop.
    But Friends.

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