So, is the computer’s work as good as Herd says? We asked a “Friends” superfan, John Kardasis, who estimated he’s watched all 10 seasons more than 20 times and basically has all episodes memorized.
“There’s no way this series could’ve gone 10 years with a computer writing it, ” Kardasis said. “The actual script wasn’t funny. It was funny in that the computer was generating sort of gibberish.”
Here’s one such exchange:
Phoebe: Wow lady! You’re just gonna come over to him jumpy! (They start to cry.)Chandler: So, Phoebe likes my pants.Monica: Chicken Bob!Chandler (in a muffin) (Runs to the girls to cry) Can I get some presents.
“In all honesty, I don’t think it captured any of the characters well,” Kardasis said. “It was all over the place.”
While Herd hasn’t seen anyone else use such an approach to automatically generate a TV script, he imagines somewhere in the blossoming field of artificial intelligence it was attempted.
But Herd seems to have a ways to go before producing a usable TV episode that fans will watch.