F.R.I.E.N.D.S – The iconic show celebrates 25 years today
This Sunday, September 22, marks the 25th anniversary of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, the Emmy-winning and still-wildly-popular sitcom, premiered on NBC. It took the American culture by storm and went on to become an iconic show. The show which first went on air on September 22, 1994 ran ten seasons with 236 episodes. Just few minutes into the pilot episode, the show had the audience’s attention at Monica’s dialogue to Rachel, “Welcome to the real world. It sucks, you’re going to love it”.
@FriendsTV, is about six clueless friends in their twenties – their everyday lives, relationships, struggles, happiness and moreover – friendship.
Since then it became a religion for many, all-around the world and continue to do so.
25 years ago, Rachel Green (played by Jennifer Aniston), Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) created history on television and became household names ever since. The stars, till date, are fondly known by their characters’ names among their fans.
The show taught us - it was okay to struggle, it was okay to fall in and out of love and it was okay to live life on one own terms and it was okay to not know where your life is headed to. But it primarily redefined the meaning of family - it need not be blood related, but the ones you choose for yourself.
Created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane, it was set in the backdrop of the apartments of the characters and a Central Perk coffee shop.
Many replicas of the shop, apartments and even the couch and recliner used in the show were recreated all around the world.
From the one-liners of the show - Joey’s famous “How you doin’?” to Monica’s “I Know” to Ross and Rachel’s “We were on a break” to Chandler’s “15, Yemen Road, Yemen” to Phoebe’s “Smelly cat” – to everything became popular. Be it Rachel and Ross' "on again off again" romance or Monica's obsession with cleanliness or Joey's love for food and the group's long conversations on the couch of Central Perk, everything about the show remains afresh in the minds of the audience.
The title track of the show "I will be there for you" was celebrated as an anthem since then.
Every character, every episode, every emotion evoked by F.R.I.E.N.D.S is so relatable and unforgettable that it’s hard not to obsess about the show.
It covered an array of topics like underpaid adults, homosexuality, marriage and divorce, struggled relationships, gender equality and transgenderism that were not widely discussed till then on television.
Close on the heels of the finale of the sitcom, many shows based on friendships were aired – How I Met Your Mother, The Big Band Theory and many more. But, none of it could break the standards set by the cult show.
Even today, the show has found its audience among the teenagers. It still remains the go-to show of the millennials.
Back then, it also had paved way for some iconic fashion statements. As a tribute, many high-end fashion brands are offering special F.R.I.E.N.D.S sale to mark the day.
Google, the search engine has paid a rousing tribute to ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ as it celebrates its silver jubilee. A Google search of any of the six friends — Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Joey Tribbiani, Phoebe Buffay, Monica Geller and Chandler Bing — shows special icons on the search page, which are relevant to each character.
Reminiscing the show's journey, the cast became nostalgic and penned emotional posts on social media, thanking fans for their unconditional love.
Worldwide speculations that had already rolled out on the reboot of the show, has been strengthened after the Instagram posts by the stars.
However, all a die-hard F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan can say is – “I'll be there for you” and hope there be a reunion of the star cast for another show.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that for many out there, a good day would mean binge watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Happy F.R.I.E.N.D.S day to you, guys.