Friends was one of those shows that I grew up watching. I remember catching the series, although a bit late as local channels here in the Philippines seldom show American TV shows at the same time they are shown abroad.
A few years after, we got cable and I was able to catch it over at the Fox channel but they had a late time so I couldn’t follow with school the next day. I did promise myself when the show ended in 2004 that I would do a marathon from start to finish and I finally found the time. It’s 11 years after the show ended but it’s never too late.
In my opinion, Friends is the epitome of what it was like to be a young adult in the 90’s. I remember being excited on how my life would unfold after college and if my adult life would be as colorful as the characters in the show.
I also loved the friendship of the 6 characters. I love that they are all different however, they didn’t allow that to come between themselves. I mean, even when they’re angry, there is still that respect and honesty between them. And if they got into any disputes, it was never difficult to ask for forgiveness and be forgiven.
I also love that they didn’t have the distraction that modern technology has brought into today’s time. It was wonderful to be able to talk to one another and have great conversations over coffee. We rarely see it now as we are all occupied with our cellfones and social media to make proper conversations.
In addition to all those lessons, the diversity of the characters makes us relate to them easily. There is a Monica, a Rachel, a Phoebe,a Ross, a Joey and a Chandler in all of us. In my opinion, Friends makes us see how others are different from us and still love them.
I also noticed that compared to the shows nowadays, Friends barely have any obscene languages that seem to be used in today’s shows. I like that their conversations are non offensive.
I’m glad I was able to revisit Friends and make the realization that although my life wasn’t as exciting as the ones they led, it was colorful just the same and it gives me hope that there are happy endings. Not perfect endings but happy and realistic.