Level 1| Level  2| Level 3 | Answers

Friends was one of the most popular TV shows in the world. It is still popular 15 years after the show ended. September 2019 is the 25th anniversary of the start of Friends. The first episode was on September 22, 1994.

In 2019, it is still one of the most-watched shows in the world. Netflix paid $100 million to have Friends for 1 year. It still makes around $1 billion each year. It has continued to find new audiences. Many of the people who watch it now were not born when the show started in 1994.

There has been some criticism of the show. Some people think it has aged badly. Some of the jokes in the show would not be okay today. However, Friends was also ahead of its time. It was one of the first shows in the US to have a gay wedding. Gay marriage was only legalised in the US in 2015.

It seems like it will still be watched for many years.

Difficult words

Popular (adj): To be liked by many people.

Anniversary (n): A special day celebrated the dame date every year.

Audience (n): A group of people watching the same thing.

Criticism (n): The action of saying what is wrong about someone or something.

Legalise (v): To make something okay with the law.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Popular  A. Say what is wrong.
 2. Anniversary  B. People watching.
 3. Audience  C. Well-liked.
 4. Criticism  D. Okay with the law.
 5. Legalise  E. Like a birthday.

True or False?

1. Friends was only popular in America. T / F

2. 2019 is Friend’s 25th anniversary. T / F

3. Not many people watch Friends anymore. T / F

4. Netflix paid more than $1 million for Friends.T / F

5. Some people think Friends has not aged well. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. is / still / It / popular

2. have / Netflix / paid / $100 million / Friends / to

3. makes / $1 / billion / It / around / still

4. continued / find / It / has / to / new audiences

5. some / has / been / There / criticism

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Jokes Most Shows
Marriage Episode Born

Friends was one of the (1)_______ popular TV shows in the world. It is still popular 15 years after the show ended. September 2019 is the 25th anniversary of the start of Friends. The first (2)_________ was on September 22, 1994.

In 2019, it is still one of the most-watched (3)_______ in the world. Netflix paid $100 million to have Friends for 1 year. It still makes around $1 billion each year. It has continued to find new audiences. Many of the people who watch it now were not (4)______ when the show started in 1994.

There has been some criticism of the show. Some people think it has aged badly. Some of the (5)________ in the show would not be okay today. However, Friends was also ahead of its time. It was one of the first shows in the US to have a gay wedding. Gay (6)__________ was only legalised in the US in 2015.

It seems like it will still be watched for many years.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Have you watched Friends? What do you think of the show?
5. Do you use any TV shows to practice English?
6. Is it right to criticise TV and movies that were made a long time ago?
7. What is your favourite TV show?
8. Do you have any fun ways that you like to practice English?
9. Is Friends popular in your country?
10. Is Netflix popular in your country?
11. Have you learned anything about America from TV or movies?
12. What is the most popular TV show from your country?
13. What is your favourite genre of TV?
14. Is gay marriage legal in your country?
15. Has a show in your country shown controversial topics?
16. Do you think its important for TV shows to be progressive?
17. Do you think it was wrong for Friends to have an all-white cast?
18. Can you see diversity on TV in your country?
19. Do you think TV has changed a lot in the last 25 years?
20. What TV show are you currently watching?