If you’ve grown up in the nineties, chances are that you’ve grown up watching (and falling in love with) F.R.I.E.N.D.S. You probably know each of the six main characters like you know your own family. And even though it’s been more than 10 years since it went off the air, you can watch a rerun anytime and anywhere. So read on about my reasons for why F.R.I.E.N.D.S still remains such an awesome show!
Table of contents:
- the 6 friends
- dealing with real life issues
- ross and rachel
- the opening sequence
- fat monica
- smelly cat
- guest appearances
- supporting cast
- the apartments
- the parents
- the jokes never got old
- valuable life lessons
1 The 6 Friends
The 6 main characters are so unique and lovable that you can’t help get involved in their lives. The chemistry between all the friends is so real that you forget for a moment that they’re fictional and not real. The 6 friends go through their lives together and it’s a joy watching them grow into responsible adults and parents, ready for the next challenge.
2 Dealing with Real Life Issues
The show remains relevant even 20 yrs after it first started because it has the friends dealing with regular people issues. So you have Chandler struggling to control a smoking addiction, Rachel trying to make it on her own without her dad’s money, Monica dealing with her mom always finding fault with her etc. Stuff that you and I can relate to at some level right?
3 Ross and Rachel
Were they really on a break? The Internet is divided on this point. The Ross and Rachel storyline that runs through all through the 10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S is one reason fans love the show. They’re a couple you just have to root for!
4 The Opening Sequence
Who doesn’t remember and love the 6 friends dancing around in a water fountain in the middle of the night? The Rembrandts’ song “I’ll be there for you” is forever part of pop culture now and will always be associated with F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And I’m pretty certain you know all the words to the song just like I do!
5 Fat Monica
I can’t be the only one who loved all the episodes of F.R.I.E.N.D.S that had flashbacks, because that meant fat Monica! As fun as thin Monica was, she was so much more awesome when she was fat. Especially when she danced.
If there was one character that added the quirky, the whimsy and the slightly crazy to the show, it was Phoebe. I for one couldn’t wait to see what she would say or do next. Her worldview was quite awesome actually. And let’s not even get started on how absolutely brilliant her dollhouse was right?
7 Smelly Cat
Who doesn’t know (and love) Smelly Cat? Phoebe’s composition in the show, Smelly Cat is more than just a song. It’s a metaphor for life (or so she believes). And of course we all know how the tune can be used to fit all kinds of lyrics!
8 Guest Appearances
One of the best things about F.R.I.E.N.D.S was the list of absolutely fabulous guest appearances. Everyone from Julia Roberts and Bruce Willis to Brad Pitt and Robin Williams has appeared on the show, some for a couple of scenes and others for a few episodes. But each of them was brilliant and oh so much fun!
9 Supporting Cast
Remember Gunther? And Janice? And Ugly Naked Guy? Each of the additional cast (even when not on screen) was so good that they too have become part of popular culture. And you know that the show would never be the same without all of them.
10 The Apartments
I absolutely love Monica’s apartment. Everything about it is a friend, right down to the purple walls and the yellow frame around the peephole on the front door. And across the hall is the boys’ apartment, which is also as well known even if it is less pretty and less stocked with food!
11 The Parents
Through the seasons the show introduces us to the parents of the 6 friends and they are all amazing! Be it Chandler’s erotica writing mom or Rachel’s slightly scary doctor father. Knowing the parents just makes the characters more real and lovable don’t you think?!
12 The Jokes Never Got Old
10 seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S and they almost never ran out of jokes. There have been episodes where I haven’t stopped laughing and even now, when I watch reruns of all the seasons, my reaction is pretty much the same. Constant laughter.
13 Valuable Life Lessons
Difficult to imagine a TV show doing it but F.R.I.E.N.D.S teaches us a thing or too about life and growing up. Monica and Chandler teach us that sometimes you find the love you’ve been waiting for in your best friend, Phoebe’s spirit and attitude towards life is heartening, Rachel shows us that it is possible to make your own way to a successful career without your father’s money, Ross just makes dinosaurs cool and Joey is just the best friend you could ask for!
It’s been more than 20 years since F.R.I.E.N.D.S first aired. And it still remains awesome for all the reasons mentioned above (and more). I for one cannot get enough of the show. How about you? What do you love about F.R.I.E.N.D.S?
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