Everyone has different tastes, but the show Friends has many ardent fans years after it finished. When it was new, I found it about as subtle as a bag of hammers. It had some attractive characters and a few clever moments. But the acting struck me as over the top hammy, and many of the situations were a little too ridiculous for my tastes. Since I have changed my opinion of some shows, I watched an episode yesterday - but still feel the same.
Interestingly, Malcolm Gladwell writes that the acting in the show is so expressive one could easily follow the complex plots without sound. He shows all the actors use much stronger facial movements than most people in real life. So it is crystal clear when the characters are feeling happy, annoyed, disgusted, angry, fearful, etc. since most of the muscles coding these emotions are at a 5/5 level. To me it just seems unnatural.
Anyone else feel the same way? Anyone love the show - and cares to respond to my gentle criticism?