The most viewed and enjoyed sitcom, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, started in 1994 and ended, technically in 2004. Even now, most of us enjoy watching it again and laugh till we feel our stomach hurts.
But the question is what is it that connects us 21 st century people to a 1994 show. How do we relate to it? What is it that we like about it as a new generation?
Read below to know the possible reason why F.R.I.E.N.D.S is so close to us even now.
- The concept of friends living together
In the show all the friends lived together, supporting each other numerous moments of joy and sadness. Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Joey they all had each other’s back in the time of need. Sharing your life with your friend, being independent- the show taught us all about it. And now we have the same trend in this century.
2) Joey invented the “FRIEND ZONE” term
The so in trend word “FRIEND ZONE” which most of us run away from, was invented by our very own Joey. The episode where Racheal gives Ross’ hair a tussle and Joey breaks to Ross that he is friend-zoned.
Well, this word has saved a lot of guys and girls from being in a relationship with someone they don’t like.
3) Image of an independent woman
With our fast changing society and the general perception with which women are viewed; the concept of a strong, independent woman, everything is so relateble to F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
From Monica being a competitive chef, Rachel leaving everything behind and starting her life as an independent woman to Phoebe being street smart, the sitcom had it all. Monica even proposed Chandler which was a twisted act then (even now it is considered the same).
You see the point I am trying to make here?
4) Metrosexual guys
Metrosexual is described as a man who is especially meticulous about his grooming and appearance, typically spending a significant amount of time and money on shopping as part of this.
So, remember that episode where Ross goes for a fake tan or a teeth whitening. Or, the time where Joey, Ross and Chandler were sitting applying T-spot cream to reduce their skin oil level?
Similarly, now guys are conscious how they look, what they will wear- going for the eyebrow or facial, gym, teeth whitening, etc, etc.
5) Don’t pertain to the gender roles
The F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan will remember our ‘Mr. Chanandler Bong’ and how Chandler was the most feminine and Monica being a competitive perfectionist (a trait considered to be completely masculine). Joey looks masculine, but cries the most for his family and friends. Rachel choosing her career over her relationship..
F.R.I.E.N.D.S breaks the gender barrier and is relevant in today’s world where we are trying so hard to rise above gender discrimination.
6) Dating is not a big deal
Now with someone, next week with someone else if it doesn’t work out. This sitcom told us that it is okay to go on random dates, it’s okay if things didn’t work out the way you wanted. It’s okay to want someone just physically, it’s totally fine to be in love with your friend without ruining the friendship.
7) Live- in relationships
Now live in relationships are becoming a common thing and people who will or are in live- in relationship can connect with the show.
The way the couples lived-in in the show back in 90’s, it has really inspired a lot of modern day couples, we are sure.
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