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Advanced "FriendS" Trivia (Not for the Casual Fan)

Photo credit: Sean Lanigan

By Sean Lanigan

“We were on a break.” That’s the famous line David Schwimmer used as Ross Geller in the popular 1994-2004 NBC show , Friends. One thing that’s not on a break is the show’s continued popularity from generation to generation.

On November 5th, I was able to cover and participate in an Advanced Friends Trivia night at the Connetquot Public Library. “Advanced” is the keyword here as everybody indeed agreed that’s what the questions were. Before you judge, could you answer a question like “What was the first song Monica sang at the piano bar?”

Before the event, I met with Nancy Seims, a Librarian at Connetquot Public Library and the organizer of the event, to find out what gave her the idea to put this event together. “I love Friends and trivia programs here at the library get great turnouts. We had a Seinfeld trivia night that also had a great turnout,” she said.

More importantly, I wanted to hear Nancy’s thoughts on what she thinks makes Friends stand out from generation to generation. “Friends is very referenceable, very watchable, and very quotable. I can think of at least five Friends quotes or moments a day.”

Ok, on to the trivia. There were four teams for the trivia game. The demographics of the groups included people of all different age groups. The team names were Dirt Bikes, Future Friends, Dr. Drake and the Ramores, and Friends Forever, which was the name of my group. I pitched the idea to come up with a name that relates to the legacy and the continued popularity of the show, and my teammate came up with Friends Forever.

The game had five rounds plus a bonus round. People in all of the groups were taken back how difficult it was to answer all of the advanced questions. Questions like, “From what state is Erica from?” “What is the figure on top of the Geller Cup?” “Name the cop that Phoebe dated?” “What other show was Ursula on?”