They're both amazing in their own ways. Friends to me is like comfort food, except for those 2 Ross/Rachel break up episodes (and the god damn clip show ones) I can, and have, watched every episode innumerable times, and even when it was at its very stupidest I have yet to get sick of it.
Seinfeld was too often bitter and miserable to be so easily, repeatedly watchable, but there's little doubt that the thing at its best was the better show, and one that lent so much to the other.
Gotta be Seinfeld, my #2 show of all-time. It's just so smart and consistently funny, with the run from S4 to S8 being the best ever for a sitcom imo. S9 was a step-down, but it still had a bunch of great stuff, and I actually liked the finale quite a lot. All four characters were hysterical and perfectly written, with George and Elaine being my favourites (Alexander and Louis-Dreyfus were my favourite cast members as well). Also, Newman.
But Friends is just so enjoyable and forever re-watchable. The above description of 'comfort food' is just perfect. It got really dumb in the last few seasons (though it still pulled out some classics), and some of its iconic storylines are deserving of their fame. It lies just outside my top 20 shows, but it's one of the few I can watch at pretty much anytime.
They are both just about my favorite shows, only topped by Arrested Development's first three seasons as far as sitcoms go. Seinfeld is probably the better show, but I find Friends much more re-watchable over all.
Last Edit: May 17, 2020 15:15:54 GMT by DaleCooper