It’s difficult to find an adjective that can fittingly describe the essence of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Aired from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, was not just a television series; it was an addiction for an entire generation, a sublime love, a beautiful experience. Friendship, Love, Responsibility, Acceptance of loss, this story taught us everything. F.R.I.E.N.D.S conquered our lives with humour and for ten glorious years we happily lived under its rule.
However, it’s shocking to know that a lot of people haven’t watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S and are absolutely oblivious of what the magnificent world of F.R.I.E.N.D.S holds for them. This list of five reasons is a sincere attempt to convince such ignorant souls to start watching this magical show, ASAP.
The characters: When David Crane and Marta Kauffman, created F.R.I.E.N.D.S, they had no clue as to what they were gifting the world with. Over the years, F.R.I.E.N.D.S has risen to a stature where it is revered as the modern bible of friendship and less as a sitcom. Pivoted around the lives of six amateur adults, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing, Phoebe Buffay, Monica Geller, Rachel Green and Ross Geller, what makes F.R.I.E.N.D.S so relatable is the chemistry between these imperfectly perfect characters. Pouting and sulking with childlike petulance, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is the daft, simple minded, food-loving womanizer, desperately trying to make his mark as an actor. Initially sharing apartment with Joey is our sarcasm czar, commitment phobic, emotionally immature and financially secure, Chandler (Matthew Perry). Chandler’s neat-freak wife Monica (Courteney Cox) is the caring and friendly “Mother Hen” of her squad. A little spoilt but nonetheless friendly is our sassy fashion enthusiast and Monica’s childhood bff Rachel (Jennifer Aniston). Nursing feelings for Rachael, since prehistoric times, Ross, Monica’s elder brother, is smart, polite, caring, thoughtful and kind, although sometimes clumsy by disposition and a palaeontologist by profession. Completing this group is the free spirited zany guitar player, Phoebe. Like all of us, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica and Joey are flawed individuals and face the same challenges of love and life and this alone makes them extraordinary. This makes them our heroes.
Teaches the real meaning of Friendship: The theme song of F.R.I.E.N.D.S says “I’ll be there for you” and this group of six impulsive adults do exactly that, they really are always there for each other. From the dark clouds of indecision to the sunny moments of joy, these six never shove their judgements on each other and most importantly, THEY HAVE EACH OTHER! Friendship is precious and rare and this series with its eccentric characters and intelligent jokes drives this lesson home.
Rachel Green: From a credulous runaway bride to a financially independent woman, Rachel’s incredible journey was fraught with confusion regarding Ross, some other partners and most importantly Ross. A fashion aficionado and a strong feminist, Rachel never shied away from sharing her sally remarks and speaking her mind. If there’s one person who looks good in brazen, it’s Rachel Green.
The jokes: This decade long series is filled with Rachel’s waggish metaphors, Joey’s witty puns, cheeky banters between Joey, Chandler and Ross and Chandler’s wisecrack sarcasm and together these have become the reason why we love to revisit the F.R.I.E.N.D.S episodes, year in and year out and once you start watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S, you will too.
Ross and Rachel: From the very beginning of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Ross and Rachel are meant to be together, but somehow, they just managed to muddle things up, every time, just about EVERY SINGLE TIME. But in spite of every confusion, Ross’s earnest love for Rachel shines through the entire series. Of course, Rachel took some time to get her clarity but she eventually did understand that Ross really was her LOBSTER!!!
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