It’s been really hard trying to write an article about this show, just because 10 seasons worth of complete perfection cannot be summarized into mere words. But I’ve finally realized that I need to write this article about my favourite TV show of all time, so that I can finally let it go and move on.
I sit here wondering why I cannot recollect the reason I didn’t post my very first article on this website about F.R.I.E.N.D.S. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Therefore, if it wasn’t already obvious, this post will simply be about all things FRIENDS.
Buckle up and enjoy the ride 😉
Character List: In order of favourites (“It’s so hard to pick your favourite child”, but I did anyway)
– Joey Tribbiani – He is of course my favourite character from the show, that’s why he appears in the number one spot. He is an aspiring actor, wanting success and fame throughout the show’s ten seasons but his easy good looks, wit and charm captivates viewers. Of course he is the womanizer of the bunch, his catchphrase for picking up women is the infamous line “how you doin’?” – simple, yet it draws people in and affects every viewer. Throughout the show we see Joey appear one-minded and a times “dumb” or lacking common sense, however, this trait is what I believe makes him funny and makes his character addictive to watch.
– Rachel Green – Rachel is certainly the “hot best friend” from the show. Her wit and comedy come from simply being herself. In my opinion, Jennifer Aniston was the perfect Rachel because she was probably the reason why some men tuned in to watch the show every week. But I will definitely say Rachel’s growth throughout the show from becoming emancipated to having a daughter with Ross at the end of the show, definitely describes that confidence and strength don’t just come from good-looks but from actual growth and independence.
– Ross Geller – He is one of the few characters from the show with a successful career, as he is an esteemed paleontologist working at the New York Museum of Natural History. He also later becomes a professor of paleontology at the New York University. His character is definitely the wallflower of the bunch. He is socially awkward, meticulous and uncoordinated – all traits that make him very funny and make his character very interesting to watch. Ross is also the most sensitive of the three men on the character list and his sweet-nature, charm and humor definitely make his character lovable.
– Phoebe Buffay – At first, I wasn’t certain where phoebe ranked on my list but I figured she deserved the 4th position, because her character’s humor takes a bit of getting used to. Of all the characters on this list, Phoebe is definitely the “street smart friend” that knows how street life works and appears to have a lot of connections. She is also an aspiring musician that is willing to sing to whoever is ready to listen and she is a supporter of animal rights – Yes, she is definitely a vegetarian. Her eccentricity and sometimes innocence definitely serve as a source of her character’s humor and the reason why so many people find her funny and attractive.
– Monica Geller – Monica is also one of the few successful people on the show. She is a chef that gets employed by various top chain restaurants in New York City, throughout the show’s run. She is also often referred to as the mother hen and atimes, the leader of the group of FRIENDS, just because she is extremely bossy. Some people find her overbearing attitude annoying but I’ll definitely say watching someone push bossiness, neatness and perfection to the extreme serves for a good laugh, and definitely watching the reaction of other people around her certainly makes Monica’s character even appear funnier.
– Chandler Bing – To be honest, he is definitely my least favorite character of the bunch because his humor is definitely “an acquired taste”. He is another successful character from the show, as he works as an executive in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration for a large multi-national corporation in New York City. He is most famous for his quick sarcastic wit and his ability to break an awkward silence with a joke. I guess you either like his humour/sarcasm or you don’t.
FRIENDS is a sit-com TV show that aired from 1994-2004 about a group of 6 friends brought together by chance and circumstance. The show is based in a New York City apartment building, where all the characters lived and spent time together (The Central Perk Café was also a favorite meeting place for the 6 characters). Throughout the 10 years and seasons of the show, viewers watch as each character grew into an adult, face the same problems that “regular“ people face when transitioning from mid-late 20s to late 30s, and discover how this transition is made in a comedic atmosphere. In simple words, the show is about 6 FRIENDS that care for each other and spend every day together, making jokes and goofing around. It’s extremely difficult to summarize the show in a few words but I’ll definitely recommend this show to any one that hasn’t watched it at all or to people that aren’t even aware that it exists (yes these people exist). This show is simply that show that you can watch over and over again, and the jokes will never get old.
Lessons learned from FRIENDS: I’ll definitely say I learnt life-lessons from the show. So here are a few;
– You can have five best friends, spend every day together and you will NEVER get tired of them.
– Life is simply a world of laughter, sunshine and rainbows – ha!
– Friendships always last forever
– Love happens when you least expect it.
– Say the right name at your wedding day – especially when it comes to saying the vows and the “I dos”. And most importantly do not say your ex’s name at the altar.
– In China, Chinese food is just called food.
– If your fridge breaks, you have to eat everything.
– You have to pee on a jellyfish sting.
– Don’t put beef in desserts, especially in an English trifle.
– Being “on a break” doesn’t really mean breaking up.
– Everyone has an identical hand twin.
– A silent auction is not a contest to guess the right price of something.
Some of my favorite quotes from the show
– “How you doin?” – Joey
– “What are you doing?” “Making chocolate milk. You want some?” “No thanks, I’m 29.”
– Ross and Chandler in The One Where Monica and Richards Are Just Friends
– “My agent thinks I should have a name that’s more neutral.” “Joey…Switzerland?”
– Joey and Chandler in The One With the Fake Monica
– “What are you doing?” “You said I had to give you the chair. You didn’t say anything about the cushions.” “The cushions are the essence of the chair!”
“That’s right! I’m taking the essence.”
– Chandler and Joey in The One Where No One’s Ready
– “What the hell does a paleontologist need a beeper for?” “Is it, like, for dinosaur emergencies? ‘Help! Come quick, they’re still extinct!'”
– Joey and Monica in The One With the Ick Factor
– “Over the line?! You’re so far past the line that you can’t even see the line! The line is a dot to you!” – Joey
– “You don’t own a TV? What’s all your furniture pointed at?” – Joey
– “Hey, I’m Chandler. Could I be wearing any more clothes?” – Joey
– “Look at this clown! Just because he’s got a bigger boat he thinks he can take up the whole river. Get out of the way jackass! Who names their boat Coast Guard anyway?” – Joey
– “Yes, on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the dumbest a person can look, you are definitely 19” – Chandler
This scene is probably my favourite scene of all time, from the show.
It’s too bad that this show has ended but re-runs help revive the show time and time again. If you have remarks and won’t mind discussing your favorite episode, quote or moment from the show, feel free to feed your state of nostalgia by leaving comments below.