In the last few weeks, I’ve been binge-watching FRIENDS again and it’s just one of these shows that I never get sick of. I imagine myself still watching it when I’m 80 while laughing my butt off because it’s just so perfect. Here are a few reasons why it’s one of my absolute favorite TV shows and should become yours, as well.
1. Relatable Characters
The fact that each of the characters, in all their craziness, are so super relatable makes this show extremely special. The bunch is within the same age group as I currently am, and they are struggling with the same problems as me, which makes me feel a little bit better about myself. They’re not sure what to do in terms of jobs, they’re working their way through lots of relationships and just trying to figure out how they want their lives to be. Friends shows how it is to become an adult and that it’s not always easy and pretty, but that there is always some way out of a miserable situation.
2. It’s a Timeless Show
These people have realistic problems that normal people simply can relate to and that makes them timeless, since these problems will always be present, especially when you’re in your late 20s. Even though the show is set in the late 90s and early 00s, and people in the future will probably be surprised by the lack of technology and their fashion sense, the storyline will never go out of style.
3. The Stuggle with Relationships
Dating is hard. Finding the right person to spend the rest of your life with is a super difficult task, even in a city like New York. Sure, I guess it always depends on what you’re looking for but in general, it’s not easy, despite some people telling you it is. The gang goes through a lot of ups and downs while getting adjusted to adult life and they portray all kids of different scenarios. In love, anything can happen and the show demonstrates that it’s completely ok, no matter in which form it comes.
4. Great Friendships
There is nothing more important in life than friends who will always have our back, no matter what happens. I mean, Rachel takes Monica’s baby name and they’re still friends. You can’t choose your family but you can choose who you want to be friends with. Throughout your life, there will be a lot of people who come and go but some of them will be people who stay forever and that is very important. I love that these characters all come from different backgrounds and know each other on different levels. They are siblings, highschool friends and people they just met when moving to a new city, which shows that you can find keepers all throughout your life, if you let it happen.
5. Amazing Characters
I hardly know one person who doesn’t love this show and its amazing characters. My favorite is definitely Rachel because she reminds me a lot of myself. She’s a bit clueless and girly but has a big heart and well, she’s Rachel. Also, Monica with her crazy obsessions, which I absolutely love. I mean sure, it can probably be a bit much but I wouldn’t mind living in a super clean and neat place. And having a personal chef at home doesn’t sound bad, either. Ross is my favorite guy because Joey is just too much, a great friend but too much of a player, and Chandler just isn’t my thing. And I think his nerdiness is cute (minus that one time he used the ultimate “We we’re on a break” douchebag move). Phoebe is a lovely character but personally not really my type of person. But I’m sure we all have our favorite. And of course, not to forget that the show also has amazing guest appearances by people like Brad Pitt, Danny DeVito, Julia Roberts, Tom Selleck, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and many more. They make the show even more special.
6. Jokes for Days
I’m one of these people who maybe find something funny but can’t really laugh out loud. I don’t know why but it just doesn’t happen very often. With this show though, I laugh a lot and no matter how bad my mood is, I can be sure that an episode of Friends will cheer me up. Even if it’s only a Twitter conversation full of Friends GIFs, it works. The jokes are great, the characters are very comedic and if they don’t make you laugh, something is wrong with you.
(All GIFs were taken from the GIPHY website.)
PS: If you don’t clap during the opening credits, I can’t be friends with you.
PPS: Let me know who your favorite is and why.