There have already been lots of great sitcoms, both local and international, that really made an impact even between very diverse audiences. Most definitely, among them is Friends. Friends started back in September 1994 and ran through May 2004. It’s been 10 years since the final episode, and still, Friends is frequently aired on different channels all over the world. I was able to watch the spin-off, Joey, and liked it as well. Although it was short-lived, it still was part of Friends, but to me, it really lacks characters and there should have been more connection to Friends.
Before we move on, I’d like to caution you that throughout this article, I may point to some spoilers in the story. This isn’t a review of the series as well. These are just my casual thoughts and opinions as a fan of the series. Personally, I’ve watched the whole series a couple times and I’m currently watching it again with my wife.
What’s most likely striking about the sitcom is the characters and how you can easily relate to each one of them. Their interaction with one another in scenes where it does represent real-life everyday situations connects really well with a lot of its viewers. It seems like it doesn’t get old and we can still relate to it 10 years after.
Plus, as the seasons went by, each of the character was built effectively amidst their diversified personalities and attributes. For me, I know Monica is the competitive and compulsive one. Then, you know Ross, her older brother, is the smart one. Rachel is the fashion-savvy working girl. Chandler is, no doubt, the funny one. Joey is the actor and easy-go-lucky guy. And finally, Phoebe is the one with a strong but unique personally. Just a reminder though that each one of us may have different perceptions about each of the characters.
The story is quite noteworthy. Watching the daily life of these 6 friends was funny, interesting and something where you’ll look forward to know what’s going to happen next. The writers managed to seamlessly evolve the story throughout the whole 10 seasons and left the series in closure. There may be some episodes or scenes that we may not like though. But surely, some of them will have an impact to you that you will always remember them.
Even the other aspects as well such as the set, the fountain, the music, and sound effects, everything you will probably remember even years from now, especially if you’re a fan. Heck, once we step foot in New York, I’m going to find a way to take a picture at the famous Friends fountain. And every time I hear “I’ll Be There for You” by the Rembrandts, lots of different scenes from Friends re-play in my head.
The actors who played these characters really shined with those on-screen personalities. Some of us may actually think that what we see as their personalities on Friends is actually their personality off-screen. That’s how strong the characters were built.
Now, after a decade and I don’t want to be biased, a lot of people do miss the series. There were some rumors that I’ve seen on my Facebook page about a reunion episode, and some even mentioned a return season for Friends. But of course, we’ll only know if that’s true when there’s an official statement from the producers. As a fan, we’d love to have another series of Friends, but that made me ask, “What would happen to the story then?”
Apart from that, what about the stars of the show? I’m sure some who have met them in person might have actually called them based on their character from Friends. I don’t know if it’s the same for you, but when I see the actors/actresses from Friends in another TV show or a movie, for example Matthew Perry, I say, “Hey, it’s Chandler. Could I be watching anymore Friends?”
We all differ in the things we like and love, especially when it comes to television entertainment. Some like dramas, some like sitcoms, some like action series, and some like cartoons and so on. But nevertheless, Friends is arguably among the very best sitcoms ever aired on television. And even 10 years after, the Friends legacy still lives on.
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