FRIENDS: we’ll be there for you

Elianne del Campo, Editorials Editor

“Oh… my… god!”. By far, one of the scariest things for us “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” fanatics this new year, was finding out that Netflix was going to be taking away one of the best sitcoms in history. However, lucky for us, the Holiday Armadillo helped us out and Netflix gave us one more year of lobsters, sandwiches, trips to Yemen, and smelly cats.

The show, “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.”, officially ended in 2004 – 15 years ago! Yet, generations after generations cannot seem to stop the overwhelming obsession over this spectacular show. Rachel’s urban princess attitude, Ross’ three divorces, Monica’s cleaning mania, Chandler’s sarcastic quirks, Phoebe’s strange songs, and Joey’s aspiring actor career just get better and better throughout every episode. These six iconic friends are able to capture (mostly) everyone’s hearts from the first moment we see them at the best coffee house in New York City, Central Perk. “Could they be any better?”.

Before we get too in depth about the great aspects of “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.”, however, we also have to acknowledge that not everyone is a such a huge fan of the show. Besides Ross, which many people argue that he should not be part of the show because he simply is not as interesting as the rest of the characters (something I don’t necessarily agree with), many criticize the lack of African American characters and some of the LGBTQ not-so-funny punchlines. I definitely agree that the show should have included more diversity. It would have been able to attract a greater audience and it definitely would have been a million times more relatable. Nevertheless, if you are watching for the funny remarks and the slightly suspenseful plot-line, then “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” is not such a bad show.

In many ways, “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.” shows friendships that a lot of people would like to have. How each of the characters always ends up being there for each other and having extremely strong connections is something many aspire to have with their friends. The show has shown us that sometimes, you need to lay back, quit the gym, pivot a couple couches, never share food, and remember, Ross and Rachel were on a break.