In Praise of FRIENDS

In the early 90’s, the television scene in the US was brimming with new-age, tongue-in-cheek plots for new shows. Many failed, some ran for a few seasons, but few have found the same cult status success as the hit TV series, FRIENDS.

With its pilot episode airing in 1994, the cast (relatively unknown at the time), was instantly catapulted to stardom and each one of them became overnight sensations across USA. The cast included David Schwimmer (Dr. Ross Gellar) who plays the nerdy paleontologist , Courtney Cox (Monica Geller), is an obsessive compulsive chef, Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) is the resident funny man, Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffet) is the eccentric masseuse, Matt LeBlanc (Joey Trivioanni) is the dim-witted actor and Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green) is an executive at a Fashion House.

Set in the bustling city of New York, the show chronicled the hilarious lives and loves of the protagonists and in the process connected with the audience with its own unique flavor of humor. The most common places that are visible in the show are the apartments of Joey –Chandler and that of Monica and Rachel. The other location which audiences may remember vividly is the coffee house-‘Central Perk’ which was the friends’ after hours hang-out.

The hit TV show came to a finale in its tenth season, which saw the evergreen friends going their separate ways, (Ross and Rachel parent their baby daughter, Monica and Chandler have adopted twins, Phoebe marries her steady boyfriend Mike and Joey moves to Los Angeles to pursue his flourishing acting career).

Although not suitable for youngsters due to its sexual innuendos, the sitcom found a place of admiration in the hearts of all ages for its candid approach to many topics, including lesbianism, premarital sex, child adoption and live-in relationships.

Today FRIENDS has become part of our world pop-culture and has become the definitive show case for the trials and tribulations as well as the joy and happiness of a relationship we all call as Friend.
To sum up the sentiment of FRIENDS we’d like to conclude with a line from the theme song of the show,

“So no one told you life was gonna be this way,
Your job’s a joke , you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A,
It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear,
And when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year…
I’ll be there for you…”

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