TV Show Review: Friends

By Sara N.

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It’s a Friday night and you have no homework. You plop down onto your couch with piles of snacks and the TV remote. After logging into Netflix, you wonder which show you should start watching. The answer is obvious: Friends. Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, this hit sitcom ran from 1994 to 2004 and was added to Netflix’s array of shows and movies in January 2015. In the past few months, new audiences of young viewers have started to discover the appeal of a show that garnered millions of viewers when it was running.

Friends takes place in Manhattan, predominantly in the mid to late nineties. The show follows the lives of characters Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey, as they face the ups and downs of adulthood together. The show ran for ten seasons and features an ensemble cast of some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc. By the tenth and final season, each of the main actors was making a million dollars per episode. Each of the main actors has been nominated for an Emmy at least once with the exception of Courteney Cox.

Possibly the best thing about Friends is the array of characters that you grow to know and love. Each of the characters has their own distinct personality, complete with strengths and flaws. None of the characters are perfect, but that’s what makes them so lovable. There’s a character for everyone and they all work extremely well together. As well as being pleasant characters to watch, each of them brings their own comedy to the show. Whether you like sarcasm or slapstick, you’re guaranteed to laugh at least once per episode. The actors themselves also have great chemistry, which really shines through into their performances. Each storyline, whether dramatic or light hearted becomes extremely believable.

As well as the great actors and characters, the storylines in Friends make the show very entertaining. The writers constantly kept the show fresh with changing love triangles and plot twists. The friends face issues that people can actually relate to, but nothing ever gets too serious or dramatic. The show maintains a light feeling but somehow manages to touch the deeper issues of life at the same time. It’s this unique quality which brought fans back season after season for ten years!

All in all, Friends is one of the better shows available in the world of television. The characters, cast, plot, and humour all add up to make one of the most memorable TV series of all time. Though at first, the humor may seem a little dull or the characters might not be to your taste, as long as you really stick with it, Friends can become your favourite show very quickly.

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