If you’re anything like us, you’ve most likely watched a few (or more) episodes of Friends after it was added to Netflix on New Year’s Day.
Well something that people are noticing is that some of the episodes are shorter than the version on the DVDs. Many episodes on the DVDs last for 25 minutes while the Netflix episodes are just 22 minutes long.
The issue was addressed by TVGuide.com a couple of years ago when the Blu-ray set was released and it also didn’t feature the longer episodes.
“The deleted footage was, frankly, added specifically for one home video release,” explained co-executive producer/director Kevin S. Bright. “If fans are particularly interested in additional footage, those versions are still available. But for this, we wanted something that we, the creators, felt represented the show as we always wanted it to be remembered, which is the original NBC broadcast versions.”
Netflix confirmed to Consumerist that the episodes on the streaming service are all the same length as the televised episodes.