TV Show Review – “Friends”

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Review: 5/5

By Kiara Bean, Correspondent

The ying-yang theory states that when there is bad, there is also good. Many people have lost their jobs or have to work reduced hours due to COVID-19, but let’s be honest: this freed up some of their time, which gave them the opportunity to catch up on their favorite shows. 

During quarantine, I decided to binge watch the show “Friends”. This classic about six friends who regularly meet at a coffee shop is loved by people of many ages – although I would probably be careful with an audience under 13 in the room, since some of the jokes can be PG-13 rated. The show has provided billions of viewers with funny stories and good laughs since its original airing in September of 1994, and is still apparently as popular as ever since it is constantly being replayed on TV. I watched it on the channel tbs.

This sitcom is about six friends living in New York: Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Ross (David Schwimmer), Monica (Courteney Cox), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc). The show starts out when Rachel runs away from her wedding and goes to a coffee shop – Central Perk – in her wedding dress to look for Monica, who is there hanging out with the rest of the gang. Ross is bemoaning his failed marriage to Carol, who turns out to be lesbian; Joey is trying to convince Ross to enjoy his single life; Phoebe is trying cleanse Ross’s aura; and Chandler is just being Chandler: “I wish I would be a lesbian. Did I say that out loud?” When Rachel tells Monica that she couldn’t go through with the wedding, Monica lets Rachel stay with her. This is the beginning of many stories involving the six friends created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman.

The show was so popular that it lasted ten seasons, totaling 236 well-loved episodes. The storyline has plenty of comic relief, well-known scenes, and memorable lines that fans can recite. Here is some advice to all of you based on the characters. If you’re trying to pick up a girl, Joey’s famous line “How you doin’?” should do it. A big piece of advice from Ross: say the right name at the altar; you don’t need to get into the same troubles as he did when he said Rachel’s name instead of Emily’s. When your roommates make fun of you because you clean too much, just tell them that you are “pulling a Monica”. Don’t try to lick someone’s dishes to keep your sexy voice for singing like Phoebe did; it might turn out deadly now with COVID and all. When you’re breaking up with somebody, don’t write a 20-page letter, front and back, like Rachel did; it might put the reader to sleep and they will not know what you meant by it. Definitely don’t try to go commando in your roommate’s clothes, especially when it’s hot. For the last piece of advice, let me quote Chandler: “I’m not great at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” I would write some down, but I have to fit this article into the word count. 

I am a big fan of the show Friends. Even though I was not happy that we were on lock down, I was glad to get the opportunity to see my favorite show again. It is something that I never get tired of, and even if I get the chance to only see a part here or there, I will be happy to see the show again. Definitely five out of five stars.