This is not a conventional article that you read on this platform. But, since the day they officially announced that the FRIENDS Reunion is happening, I cannot stop thinking about it. It is more than just a sitcom for many people including me.
Just like many of you, I have also watched every episode multiple times. Some of us have Netflix to watch the latest movies, best-rated series, and what not, but I have never seen ‘Friends’ moving out of their ‘top 10 most watched’ sequence. This confirms the admiration of the show 17 years after the last episode was aired. In the span of 10 years 236 episodes were produced. It became one of the most popular TV series in history.
Every character in this show has a unique sense of humor and different approaches to life. And I am pretty much sure that you relate yourself to at least one of those 6. To cut long story short:
- It is like one of those T-shirts which you don’t want to throw away just because it is old.
- It is like one of those songs which you can’t live without listening to.
- It is like that page of your diary which will automatically bring a smile to your face.
- It is the comfort zone that you go to every day without feeling guilty about it.
Well, the series is just not about the storyline. Every character, side-character, supporting cast, everybody contributed to the success. And let me tell you the success, in this case, is not just limited to the number of daily or monthly viewers. Let’s talk something about 6 friends individually, shall we? They together go through just about every life experience imaginable; love, marriage, divorce, children, heartbreaks, fights, new jobs, and all sorts of drama.
Ross Geller- Bad luck-stricken love life
A genius with a Ph.D., and 3-time divorces ;D, appears to be a little bit weird and wacky times. But he is very gentle and pure at heart. He teaches us that it is best to face difficult circumstances rather than avoiding them.
Rachel Green- Her Passion for Fashion
She is beautiful, stunning, and a bit crazy when it comes to decision-making. She started as a waitress but went on to become a fashion designer. No matter where you begin from if you desire to achieve something great then be prepared to tackle life with a happy face.
Monica Geller- Her Neurosis
A hygiene-freak. She likes everything to be in its place, all the time. On top of it, she likes to have control over everything but when it comes to life, it is a complete mess. She teaches us that it is okay to let loose sometimes but it is best to be organized to keep things under control.
Phoebe Buffay- Weird in every sense
She may be weird but let me tell she is the smartest of the bunch who can create timeless songs like Smelly cat… Despite having a horrible past she came a long way through life and never succumbed to shady situations. She teaches us to spread joy wherever possible and always remember not to lose hope.
Chandler Bing- Sarcastic jokes
He thinks he is the funniest guy out there. Very bad at giving suggestions rather he would prefer to interest you in a sarcastic comment. He shows us the best way to tackle life is to amend yourself according to the situation and never forget to have fun along the way.
Joey Tribbiani- Charming stupidity
The dessert is always served last and it is the best part of the meal. That’s Joey for you, people. A dimwitted, yet the most charming amongst the entire cast. He may not be the smartest out there but when it comes to making sacrifices for friends, he is the first one to do so. For him, it is always about keeping a positive approach and living life as it unfolds at its own speed.
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I feel friendship is about the special connection that you share with somebody without the fear of judgment. There are no materialistic differences in this relation. FRIENDS show delivers exactly these emotions.
Despite the humor and sarcasm that mark the series, many Friends episode essentially ends with a life lesson. The most important of which, of course, is to always count on your friends, and to not care so much about other people’s opinions.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S Reunion may not add any value or any other chapter to the existing show. But you got to feel nostalgic while watching after so so many years. Also never forget this story- Years ago when I was backpacking through western Europe I was just outside Barcelona hiking in the foothills of Mount Tibidabo, I was at the end of this path and I came to a clearing, there was a very secluded lake and there were tall trees….. (True fans know what I am talking about here!!)