Friends (1994 – 2004)

If there is a generation today who haven’t seen at least one of the ‘Friends’ episodes then something is sincerely wrong, at minimum they are missing out! This sitcom is a classic! The all-time watch whenever, the all-time watch repeats, the all-time hilarious sitcom. It is hands down one of the best programmes out there. All ten seasons are appreciated by millions and are still watched repeatedly. I am hoping that everyone has seen at least one episode. I know how much of a success this show was, but I still wanted to do a review, just highlighting my reasons for my love of this show.

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Every episode is great and I don’t think there is one that I dislike, actually I know there isn’t. I can’t explain every episode, all I’ll say is they’re all different so a binge-watch is easy, very time-consuming, but easy! So instead I’ll explain our amazing ‘Friends’ characters, by listing great aspects shown throughout the numerous episodes. THIS LIST IS NOT IN ANY PARTICUALR ORDER.

Six friends; three male, Ross (David Schwimmer), Chandler (Matthew Perry), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc); three female, Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston). THERE WILL BE SPOILERS, so read at your own risk. However, every episode is episodic and they’re not needed to be watched in order, so watching at different episodes, these elements of the characters are quickly realised.

So firstly, Ross. The doctor of dinosaurs. The one who is always fine. The one in love with Rachel since college. Three divorce guy. The one who owned a monkey named Marcel. His worst New Years’ Revolution was putting on leather trousers, but at least he is unagi, oh sorry has unagi. He married a lesbian. He counts Mississippi-ly, cannot play the bagpipes and has hand gestures for asking someone to quieten down. As a child, he used to have a recurring dream that Monica was going to eat him. He’s considered as his parent’s favourite. Overall, he is adamant they were on a break. To be honest, Ross is my least favourite character, some of the things he does and says does anger me, he can be extremely irritating. I actually quite dislike him… Although, saying this, he’s still a character necessary in the show because I don’t think it would be the same without him.

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Secondly, Chandler, the joker of the group. Jokes when he’s uncomfortable, when he thinks it’s appropriate and when it’s not. He’s got a defence mechanism of jokes. He’s not the serious one of the group. He’s lonely and desperate until he finds love. His job is unknown, the closest to it is a transponster, if you know what that is. Oh my god, you cannot forget Janice. I guess he’s going to Yemen. He’s the creator of the game ‘Cups’, and he puts too much emphasis on the word ‘be’. He lived in a box and gum would be perfection for him. He has an awkward dance and a third nipple. He is the one who hates thanksgiving but loves baths. Chandler is my favourite character, he’s funny and loved. 

Friends - Chandler

Lastly of the guys, Joey. Two words describes Joey best: food and sex. As he says it’s too difficult to choose between the two, but we know Joey doesn’t share food. He has a chair called Rosita, a TV called Stevie and a cuddly penguin called Hugsy. He cannot speak French and he’s the worst player of the game ‘Pyramid’. He knows everything about pizza toppings or the burning sensation when you pee. He’s a sandwich protector who got a turkey stuck on his head. He’s an actor who accidentally brought a boat. He even eats in the shower. He sleeps with girls and doesn’t call them back. Joey is hilarious and the comical stupid comment guy, he’s definitely near the top of the favourites list. Plus, Joey’s and Chandler’s friendship is one to be adored, especially with all the loving hugs.

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To start off the girls, Monica, the younger sister of Ross. The clean freak. The control freak. The competitive chef. A sore loser to say the least. She’s organised and things cannot be out of place. She’s excitable and bossy. She wins the award for the best bad massage and humidity turns her hair huge. She’s an obvious drunk but loves presents to an extreme that she cannot control herself. She even considers money as more important than friends, but she’s always loyal. She’s incredibly strong. She’s the one who couldn’t tell time until she was thirteen. She’s the one with the fat childhood and her favourite game at the arcade was the vending machine, but don’t worry she always won. Even though she’s loud and extremely competitive, she’s a great character to be loved, and she is definitely one to be appreciated. 

Friends - Monica

Next, Phoebe. Phoebe’s the spiritual one, with voices in her head, with her dead mother’s spirit in a cat. She’s the most truthful, especially in her songs. Her songs about a smelly cat or a love triangle. She’s scared of a pigeon, but don’t worry it apologises for it’s wrong-doing. She’s vain but has back-up husbands. She’s tough, but she fought with a fire alarm. She’s the maker of Gladys. She can’t run but doesn’t care what people think about her. She fell in love with a gay ice dancer. She snaps at peak points to extremes. She doesn’t know the difference between Ralph Lauren and the copy guy. She gives birth to her brother’s triplets and has a family of baby rats. She’s the one with a secret roommate, because who is Denise? Phoebe is one of the best characters, she’s creative and hilarious in her honest ways. 

Friends - Phoebe

Finally, Rachel. Rachel is the daddy’s girl trying to make it on her own after leaving a man at the altar. Her passion is fashion, but she returns all gifts given to her. She’s extremely loyal. She takes ages to get ready and is petrified of the swings at a playground. She can’t make a trifle, discovering it doesn’t contain meat. She’s a gossip and can’t keep a secret. She was the one who owned the cat (not cat), Mrs Whiskerson. She’s got an admirer who loves her from day one, introducing Gunther. Rachel’s the one who lives in all the apartments, and invites herself to live with Monica in the first episode. And happily she got off the plane. Rachel is obviously loved by many as she is Jennifer Aniston, but she can be annoying at times in the beginning, if I’m completely honest. But it is great to see her character grow in strength throughout the series and she becomes such a character to be loved.

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I think that gives the basics of the characters, but what I need to stress, is that they’re all hilarious, they are all brilliant. There are also many guest stars in this brilliant sitcom. Here’s my top 20 (not in order): Bruce Willis, Winona Ryder, Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and George Clooney, Paul Rudd, Anna Faris, Reese Witherspoon and Christina Applegate, Gary Oldman, Helen Hunt, Alec Baldwin, Charlie Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Paget Brewster, Christine Taylor, oh and so many more! Just shows how great the show is if you can get brilliant stars such as these on it!

Watch this show! It is never a let-down and a good laugh. The characters are amazing, the stories are great, the whole show is classic. Watch ‘Friends’ to hear stories of Ugly Naked Guy, to meet Mr Heckles from downstairs, to see Central Perk, to witness flashbacks into the character’s past lives and to clap every time during ‘I’ll Be There For You’.


7 thoughts on “Friends (1994 – 2004)

  1. onceuponablog2015 says:

    LOVE FRIENDS!!!!! Yes the comedy is basic and full of obvious one-liners but no matter how many times I e watched it, I always laugh! And I always relate an episode to something that happens to me on a daily basis 😆!
    And don’t you think Ross gets funnier as the seasons go in?

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