“So no one told you that life was gonna be this way? *four claps*”
Can you guess which show?
That’s right, “Friends”! The cult classic show that ran for ten seasons and still relates to young adults today. When I was a freshman in high school, I heard some of my friends talking about the show and I kind of brushed it off and it wasn’t until the second half of my junior year that I allowed myself to be sucked into New York in the 90’s with six friends.
This show is timeless and never gets old no matter how many times you watch it and trust me, I have seen all ten seasons about eight times, going on nine since I got the box set for Christmas (thank you Dad!). “Friends” is a 90s sitcom about six friends trying to survive adulthood in New York City and it is hilarious. The ups and downs of finding a career path, navigating relationships and the day to day life of a 20-something year-old.
Even if you’ve never watched the show (although that would baffle me as to why you’ve never seen the greatest show ever) you may know some of the references. One of the best episodes is season five, episode 16, (“The One with the Cop”) where Rachel and Chandler try to help Ross get a couch up to his new apartment (PIVOT!). In an interview, David Schwimmer, who plays Ross Geller, said the pivot scene was the hardest he had ever laughed. Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green) HATED the haircut that was dubbed “The Rachel” that she wore in the early seasons.
Phoebe is the best, most wonderfully weird character you will ever witness. Her songs make no sense and her singing voice is not the best, but that’s what makes her so amazing; she doesn’t care what people think of her, she is just uniquely Phoebe Buffay. I aspire to be more carefree and silly like Phoebe.
Joey Tribbiani, aspiring actor who has seven sisters within his huge Italian family. He is not the brightest bulb in the pack, but he is wicked funny and loves girls almost as much as he loves food, especially a meatball sandwich. Joey got his big brake as Dr. Drake Ramoray on the soap opera, “Days of Our Lives”.
Monica Geller, Ross’s younger sister, is the epitome of a neat freak and is an amazing cook. She is passionate and determined. Monica holds the group together with her mom-like demeanor and over-the-top organization skills.
Chandler Bing is that awkward friend who uses humor and sarcasm to get through life and deflect his feelings. One of my. favorite Chandler quotes that sum him up is “I’m not so good at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?”
Ross Geller is the nerd of the group. As a Paleontologist (studies dinosaurs), he often bores his friends with stories of fossils and archeology, Ross falls in love hard and fast, in fact he got married three times and coincidentally was divorced three times too. I think his long-standing crush on Rachel may have something to do with it. Ross is the definition of a lover not a fighter.
Rachel Green is the fashionista of the group. Rich-girl turned working-girl bursts through the door and into their lives, literally. After leaving her fiancé at the alter, Rachel moves in with Monica and learns from the five friends what it means to be in the real world. As Monica says at the end of the very first episode, “Welcome to the real world, it sucks! You’re gonna love it!” By the way, this is the quote that is going on my graduation cap!
“Friends” is the perfect show for when you’re sad, happy, angry, depressed or anxious. It is literally the show for every mood.
The best thing is, like your friends, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross will always be there for you.
That is one of my favorite shows too. After Sienfeld which came first.