is one of the best and most popular sitcoms of all time, and despite the show last airing in May 2004, it is still on television all around the world as reruns remain popular to this day. For years, there have been suggestions and rumours about a Friends
reunion, and there was recently a fake Friends
movie trailer that went viral on the internet. Jennifer Aniston’s recent comments have only led
to more speculation that there could be a Friends
reunion soon. Speaking on the Ellen DeGeneres Show
, the 48-year-old American actress, who played the role of Rachel Green on the 1990s and 2000s sitcom, said when asked if a new series of Friends
was possible: “Anything is a possibility, Ellen. Anything! I mean, George Clooney got married.”
Since Friends last aired in 2004, there have been several notable and successful sitcoms, such as How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, and Two and a Half Men, but there is still room for a new series of Friends. After all, Fuller House – which is a sequel to Full House (1987-1995) – is already three seasons old and is not showing any signs of slowing down. Given the popularity that Friends enjoyed – the last episode was watched by over 50 million people, and that was before the social media age – a new series is certainly going to be a huge hit – if written well and executed properly.
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Over the years, the casino and gambling in general have featured in a wide array of
television series, appearing in various titles, from cult classics such as Friends
to animated fan favourite The Simpsons
. This is partly because the world of gambling is extremely easy to incorporate into most scenarios and the fact that the pastime is often both peculiar and exhilarating in equal measure means that it translates to the small screen incredibly well. With that being said, there are dozens of examples of TV series dedicating entire episodes to gambling and the casino. Below are eight of our favourite scenes which serve to illustrate the added value that gambling has when incorporated properly.
It’s possible that The Simpsons has referenced gambling and the casino more than any other animated show, which would make sense, as it’s the longest running series of its kind. From the very first episode, where Homer rescues Santa’s Little Helper from the greyhound track to Homer and Ned being tricked into getting married in Las Vegas, there have been a number of classic moments relating to the casino, but the episode that perfectly encapsulates everything good, bad, or indifferent about gambling is Season 5 Episode 10. The aptly named “How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Legalise Gambling” is intended to be a satirical look at Las Vegas, focusing on the panic which sweeps Springfield when plans for a casino to be built within the town are approved.
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