Sure, Amazon, Netflix and more streaming services are now offering a plethora of “cyber dramas” and “cyber comedies,” but did you know that back in the mid-’90s, “Friends” stars Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry were blazing the online TV show trail with their Windows 95 “cyber sitcom”? Oh, yes. Happy Monday, Internet.
The video went viral back in 2013 when it was first posted on YouTube, but it’s re-surging Monday (Aug. 24) because this marks the 20th anniversary of when Windows 95 was released.
The voiceover teases: “You’ll get more than a few laughs as we present the world’s first cyber sitcom, starring two of television’s hottest comedy personalities Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry. They’ll be taking you on an adventure of computing that takes place in the office of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. Along the way, they meet a wacky bunch of propeller-heads and are introduced to the Top 25 features of Windows 95. The pace is fast and funny.”
Fast and funny, indeed. Sample dialogue includes:
Perry: “Ah, Microsoft’s fifth floor — ladies’ modems, children’s shareware and our bridal-peripheral salon.”
Aniston: “Wow. Taskbars and email and shortcuts, oh my!”
Perry: “The atmosphere resonates with anticipation of mythical achievement.”
Aniston: “A mythical achievement right now would be an unchewed No. 2 pencil.”
Aniston: “Oh, this is so trippy!”
Perry: “Yes, I think that’s the word Bill would use to describe the result of several hundred-thousand man hours of R&D.
This is truly the gift that keeps on giving — there’s wacky “Seinfeld”-like music, there are detailed tutorials of things like the “start button,” the “My Computer” folder and the “min/max” feature. Aniston is astounded to learn you can fax through a computer.
What will they think of next with these computer things?!