I enjoyed watching Big Bang Theory when it first came out in 2007. However, that is not the only sitcom that I have watched. Another sitcom that I enjoy watching is Friends, one of the most popular TV sitcoms shows in the 90s and even today. If you have never seen or heard of the show before, it is about six friends trying to survive in New York City with their silly antics. Even though the show has made its viewers laugh, I firmly believe viewers, such as myself, can learn much from the show and its characters.
Rachel Green – Although becoming an independent adult sounds daunting, you can get there.
When Rachel is first brought into the scene, she has difficulty coming to terms with her marriage simply because she does not love her husband. She is a spoilt brat who lives on her father’s credit cards. She lives the easy life – she has never had a job and never done laundry. However, she recognises that she does not want to be a spoilt brat for the rest of her life and wants to become an independent adult. It was a challenging transition for her as she moves towards independence, but as the seasons go, you can observe her grow from a coffee shop waitress to a Ralph Lauren consumer. Eventually, she has become the person she wants to be. This goes to show that you can be an independent adult too.
Joey Tribbiani – You can have a big heart.
Joey is well-known for his “How you doin’?” pickup line when he goes after his girlfriends throughout the season. While he does spend lots of time dating plenty of girls, he is one of the most warm-hearted characters on the show. He would never try to hurt anyone’s feelings and constantly interact with friends in a well-mannered fashion. When he finally found his true love, he loves her with this whole heart. He proves that you must look beyond the book cover. Not all guys are the same – there are guys out there who will love you to the moon and back.
Phoebe Buffay – Be yourself
Phoebe is the outlier in the group. She works as a masseuse. She is also a writer and singer, although she does not sing her songs very well. Her most famous song is “Smelly Cat,” and while people may dislike her tracks and her singing, it is not a concern for her. Why? Because she does not care in the first place. She can be blunt with her statements and is against sugar coating the uncomfortable truths. Deep down, she knows who she is and will not change for anyone, and her friends love her for being herself. At the end of the day, Phoebe proves that you should strive to be yourself and friends who love you for it are the ones worth keeping.
Monica Geller – There is always that one friend in the group who behaves like a parent.
Monica is like the Mom that ensures her group of companions are in line with each other. She strives for perfection in every aspect of her life and can be bossy at times. Not only that, she ensures that everyone is keeping track of their respective accountability and that they always use a coaster. She is the adhesive that glues everyone together. Although she can be old-fashioned sometimes, her friends run to her for help and words of wisdom. She proves that even though you can have a great time with your friends, there are times when you need someone who will be your active listener but still can offer you practical advice, just like any parent.
Ross Geller – It is okay to be a total nerd.
Ross is the smart one in the group. Given his role as a professor and a palaeontologist, he likes to share a good amount of random knowledge with anyone who will open their ears. He is well aware that not everyone finds his facts as eye-opening or dinosaur jokes as hilarious as he does, but he loves doing it so much that he cannot help it. His friends may tease him light-heartedly, but they find it captivating. Ross demonstrates to us that if you are passionate about something, run for it and embrace it.
Chandler Bing – It is not worth taking life too seriously.
Chandler is the one who likes to come out with jokes in the group. He is well-recognised for his acts of humour that never fails to make people laugh. There is no way to tell what he will do next, which is why he is so dearly loved. Other than telling jokes to make people laugh, he dislikes conflict or embarrassing situations. When he finds himself trapped in one of those distressing moments, he always tries to restore balance to the universe by lightening the mood. He enjoys having a good time with his friends and likes to help everyone to do the same. Chandler proves that we should not take life so seriously that we forget to enjoy the small things and laugh.
Final 2¢: A Sitcom Worth Watching
If you have made it this far, you can see that Friends and its characters can teach us a lot of things that happen in our lives. Although the show can seem somewhat outdated today, some of the experiences they went through apply to us twenty-year-olds in this time and age. I encourage you to watch the sitcom if you have not. You will not regret it.