I’ve heard about this T.V. show called Friends. It was in passing, of course, so I didn’t think much of it. Then, I heard it again, and by the millionth time I heard about the television show Friends, I had to find out what this phenomenon was; and I was amazed. I could not believe that I spent so much time not knowing who Monica, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, Ross and Rachel were. But why is Friends so popular again?
I have looked at various articles to find the answer to my question, including the DailyMail, which explains the reasons why Friends is so popular since the show ran originally from the 80s until the ending in 2004. The main reason would be the similarity that Friends has with the 20-something year olds in the world today.
The problems they suffer through, including low-incomes, job losses, relationship issues, roommates, and on and on, are addressed in Friends through a comedic environment, but it also gives these young adults hope that their problems will be solved in some form or another. When Friends first appeared, sitcoms mainly focused on the family dynamics; however, this show did something completely different. It introduced the idea that friends count more than family when a person is just beginning to mature. And although this message was first introduced in the late 90’s, it is still a powerful one that is very much true for some people.
However, there are several components that are completely fictional: having an impossibly large apartment in New York or wearing designer clothing, especially with a low-income, for example. How financial ruin never occurred to Monica or Rachel is a mystery to this day. Yet, we all love the fantasy they give us, because it is what we want in our hearts: to hang out with our best friends and live close to interesting people.
Now, in today’s time, Friends is a refreshing show that does not put the pressure of social media on the minds of its viewers. There is no profanity or unorthodox behavior popping up at every turn. In a way, I wish that things would turn back to the days of Friends, in where young teenagers do not feel the pressure of “experiencing” things or where the lives of a young adult do not revolve around social media. As I write this, I realize that life in the 80’s and 90’s was not stunning, but at least physical interactions occurred constantly, unlike today’s era.
Friends is a show that captivated millions, both in the past and today, and I honestly do not know how I went so long without finding it. Now I am hooked.
Go to Hulu and Netflix and check it out!