Review by dancingforever27
The timeless television show of Friends was produced back on September 22nd, 1994 and continued airing until May 6th, 2004. It contains ten seasons of an American sitcom that can be described as comedic and relatable. It was produced by Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane originally, with changes to the behind-the-camera crew changing over the years.
In a Manhattan coffee shop, Central Perk, six friends come together to talk and live their lives in the Big Apple. Each character starts the show being in their early twenties, aging to their thirties throughout the course of the show. Some characters have been reunited over the years, and others have come together by fate. Love, friendships, occupations, and many other components of life are represented in this show.
- Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston): a fashion expert and former friend of Monica Geller. They were once extremely close as they grew up together in grade school. As they separated in college, she befriended a woman named Mindy, causing her to lose touch with Monica. In the pilot episode, Rachel approaches the rest of the gang, whom she does not have contact with, in a wedding dress. We immediately learn that she left a man named Barry at the altar as she did not truly love him.
- Monica Geller (Courtney Cox): an aspiring chef and best friend to Rachel Green. Along with her passion for cooking, she loves to clean and keep things in order. When she observes Rachel’s issue with letting go of her past, she ends living with her in their apartment. She has issues at home with her parents favoring Ross, her older brother, over her. Many people can describe her as being quite competitive with him, most likely because of this.
- Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow): a spiritual, comedic masseuse. She performs her original songs at the Central Perk and is a self-taught singer-songwriter/guitar player. As a child, her mother killed herself and her father left the family. She and her twin sister, Ursula, do not remain in touch because of her disapproval for Ursula’s beliefs. Phoebe stays with her grandmother. She is quite ditsy, but due to her time on the streets alone, is quite street smart.
- Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry): a sarcastic, desk-job type of man who is former friends with Ross Geller from college. He lives in another Manhattan apartment with Joey Tribbiani, across from Monica, Rachel, and formerly Phoebe. His father ended up being gay and transitioned woman, which was originally revealed to him on Thanksgiving, causing him to highly dislike the holiday. His mother is a writer of erotica, and he expresses his dismay with her, too.
- Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc): an Italian, aspiring actor living with Chandler Bing in a Manhattan apartment. He is well-known for attracting many women. He also is a poor actor in the show, so a common character is Estelle, his acting agent. She is commonly portrayed as being a chain-smoker, and she encourages his behavior. Eating is stereotypically one of his common attributes.
- Ross Geller (David Schwimmer): a paleontologist working at a museum. He had a major crush on Rachel Green growing up, mainly because he saw her often being his little sister’s best friend. He meets Chandler Bing during college, and the both of them performed in a band. In the first episode, we see him in distress after finding out that his wife is a lesbian and is filing for a divorce.
As this is one of my most favorite television series, I would highly recommend many people to watch this show, too. I would rate this a 10/10. This is especially because it is set in the late nineties to early two-thousands, yet it somehow remains timeless and hilarious. The contrast between each of the characters allows for various forms of humor and interactions. Each one makes me smile for different ways. It adds a nice touch with reoccurring characters such as one of Chandler’s ex-girlfriends, Janice. They are always “popping out” when you least expect them to, and they also add more drama. Lastly, this show, in a way, helps teach certain lessons about living as a young adult to make it more relevant for the audience.