Simple answer with regard to the German dub: it didn't work at all. Especially during the first few seasons, the translations were atrocious and the choice of voices was awful, too.In fact, for a long time I didn't even like Friends. I thought it was unfunny. Little did I know that it was all due to the bad dub. Once my family got Sky and I could watch shows in English I started loving it. It was such a huge difference.