Fans have unearthed an error from an old episode (Picture: NBC)
It might have aired its final episode almost 20 years ago, but Friends fans keep on noticing new details about the beloved comedy series.
Running from 1994 to 2004, the American sitcom was one of the most-watched shows of its era and remains immensely popular in the present day.
It kick-started the long-running careers of David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and co-stars Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, and Lisa Kudrow.
Unfortunately for Friends, a consequence of still being one of the biggest shows ever broadcast is that fans often pick up on continuity errors.
Which is what’s happened this week, as social media users have picked at a detail about the backstory of Aniston’s Rachel Green.
After admitting to being a ‘nerd who pays too much attention to TV shows’, a user on Reddit explained the error they had unearthed during a recent re-watch.
Does Rachel sail or not? (Picture: NBC)
‘In season five, Rachel’s flirting with a neighbour – he invites her to his moving in party but she plays hard to get and says she “thinks she is going to be busy”.’
The user continued: ‘She says she is going to a “regatta gala” (a boat race). He asks her if she sails and she said “No”.’
The episode the user is referring to is The One Where Ross Moves In, where Rachel tries to date a man named Danny, whom she nicknames ‘Yeti’.
Rachel plays hard to get when flirting with Danny (Picture: NBC)
Friends is still one of the most popular sitcoms of all time (Picture: Getty)
It’s at this point in their post that the user jumps forward to a later episode to explain the error.
‘In season seven, Rachel teaches Joey how to sail because she had lessons when she was a teenager. So there it is. Thanks for reading. You can go back to your lives now.’
The episode in question is the third episode of season seven, The One With Phoebe’s Cookies, but other users were quick to explain the ‘error’.
‘Just because she can sail doesn’t mean she does at the time Danny asks,’ one responder pointed out. ‘I can ride a bike, but if someone asked me if I cycle, I’d say no.’
Other users also pointed out that continuity in Friends hasn’t always been tight, and that often the ‘need for a joke’ overrules the need for accuracy.
One example regularly cited by fans of the show is Ross Geller’s constantly shifting birthday, which moves from March to October during the series.
Friends is available to stream on Netflix UK.
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