F.R.I.E.N.D.S Forever

If nothing on the photo below is familiar to you, then you are not a F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan.

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I ordered this poster online from the US and had my sister bring¬†it home just so I can have it mounted on our wall. I spent $2 on this poster but Php 2,500 to get it framed. ūüėÄ

The husband and I are on the second episode of the sixth season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. This is probably the 50th time we’ve cycled through the ten seasons, and I don’t see us stopping. And I know exactly why we love this sitcom so much.

It’s set in the 90s, and we’re 90s people.

But it’s definitely more than that.¬†

The story is centered on 6 people in their 20s with the characters having each of their own eccentricities and while they can live without each other, they¬†choose not to. Phoebe’s psychiatrist boyfriend, Roger, describes the “dysfunctional group dynamic” as¬†“…this kind of co-dependent, emotionally-stunted, sitting-in-your-stupid-coffee-house-with-your-stupid-big-cups which, I’m sorry, might as well have nipples on them.. and you’re all like ‘oh define me, define me, love me. I need love!”. (Needless to say, that effectively killed off Roger.) I can safely say that Roger’s reaction is typical of an outsider to the group; that while he may be trying to project a superior air, he was actually manifesting envy. While I am not at all envious,¬†I do know that¬†this is the circle that I want to be in. There is so much love! The husband calls them ‘dabarkads’.

As a viewer, I’d always prefer this ensemble over say, How I Met Your Mother (sorry, HIMYM fans!), which, in my opinion, would have flopped without Barney Stinson’s character played by the talented Neil Patrick Harris. F.R.I.E.N.D.S is a true¬†ensemble cast in that the series just wouldn’t work without any of the 6 – Monica, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey. Each character brings his own uniqueness to complete the group – Monica being the obsessive-compulsive-Mother-hen “I am always the hostess”, Chandler, the commitment-phobic-sarcastic-joker “Okay, you have to stop the¬†Qtip¬†when there’s resistance!”, Ross, the fossil-loving-nitpicking-three-divorces-guy “You threw my sandwich away…¬†My¬†sandwich? MY SANDWICH?!!”, Rachel, pushover-daddys-girl-borderline-dumb-blonde-fashionista¬†“Just so you know,¬†it’s NOT¬†that¬†common, it¬†DOESN’T happen¬†to¬†every guy¬†and it IS a¬†big deal!”, Phoebe, the quirky-singer-songwriter-flaky-hippie-masseuse¬†“New York city has no power and the milk is getting sour, but to me it is not scary cause i stay away from dairy la la la la la” and Joey, the airhead-playboy-actor-with-a-big-heart “How you doin’?”. I loved how easily they can transition from one emotion to the next, happy to sad and vice-versa, in under a minute, and get the audience so involved. The comedic timing is excellent. The fact that they could pull off¬†shooting in front of a live audience – that just proves how well the actors worked together even with Lisa Kudrow’s almost-frequent bursts of laughter.

To be continued…

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