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Our Favorite “Friends” Celebrate Ten Years

by Kate Higgins on Friday, May 16th, 2014

“No one told you life was gonna’ be this way, your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s DOA…” May 6th marked ten years since this classic theme song played live for the last time on TV sets all across America. The iconic sitcom Friends has been off the air for exactly ten years this month, but it is still as popular as it ever was. What about Friends has made it so popular even over the last decade?

Our parents’ generation was around the same age as Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey when the show first went on air in 1992. Everyone that age could relate to the issues and situations that the friends faced in the show. I can vividly remember my parents and my aunt and uncle sitting down on a Thursday night in 2001 and simply raving about the show. In some ways, our parents could relate to Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, and Joey.

So why do people our age still love this goofy show from the late nineties? Each character is funny in his or her own way. The more episodes you watch, the more you feel like you know each of them personally. At times, I even find myself wishing I could meet up at Central Perk for a cappuccino with this crew in real life. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with them? The jokes are real things real friends would say to one another. No famous comedian needed to write this script; the jokes are simple, wholesome and all the while still funny. I always know that, if I’m feeling down and need a good laugh, Friends is my go-to show. No matter how many times I hear Ross explain the art of Unagi or Joey use his classic “how you doin’” pick up line, the six friends never fail to make me laugh.

I can proudly say I’ve seen every single episode, cried at the end of the series finale, and have a memo of my favorite episodes on my phone. When the series ended, it was truly the end of an era. 52 million viewers tuned in to watch the friends leave their six keys on Monica’s kitchen counter and leave us forever. According to ABC, the writers almost didn’t give the millions of viewers what they really wanted in this final episode: for Rachel and Ross to finally confess their love. David Crane, the creator of the series and the writer of the finale said, “that just seems so expected.” While this belief is likely true, it’s fair to say it would have been a pretty unpopular finale had Ross and Rachel not ended up together.

Of course, there are always still reruns to turn to when I’m in need of some “friends,” but it’s not quite the same. Recently, there was talk of a reunion episode. It unfortunately proved to be nothing but a rumor started by a fan on the internet. Last month, Courtney Cox, who played Monica on the show, squashed rumors for good when she said, “It’s not going to happen. There are six friends and I have been trying to put together a cast dinner for years.” At the same time, however, a reunion could be a bad idea. Viewers will forever remember Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey the way they were when the series ended; a reunion would obviously change that, possibly not for the better.

Sadly for Friends fans all over the world, it looks like we’re going to have to stick to the reruns on Nick at Nite and TBS. Either way, as soon as I hear that upbeat theme song, I know I am guaranteed lots of laughs for the next thirty minutes with my six friends!

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