Binge Watch – Friends
You may be familiar with a little show called Friends… It’s probable that you’ve seen all 236 episodes of one TV Guides top 50 shows of all time. Well, if you’ve seen it, we think a TV show this good deserves another watch through. But there comes a point when it does become so boring already. However, when it comes to one of our all-time favorite TV shows, we can definitely afford to watch it over and over and over and over again. While Friends is no longer actively produced, having had its final season more than 12 years ago in 2004, we never fail to go on a binge watching this comedic, larger-than-life, TV show reflection of our otherwise mundane yet colorful lives. In fact, we never fail to go on a marathon watching Rachel and Ross, Monica and Phoebe, and Joey and Chandler.
Why we love Friends
For starters, the jokes are timeless. In these troubled times, sometimes all we need is a good laugh. And you know what they say about laughter being the best medicine. It’s true. We’ve had countless of times feeling down and so tired from work and our social relationships. Then, it is Friends to the rescue.
They may be gone but the lessons in life are there. The older we get and the more we watch the episodes of Friends, even to the point of actually vocalizing their script word-by-word, the more we realize just how much they are teaching us about our daily lives. Friends is more than just comedy. It is a reflection of the average life of American yuppies. It is a reflection of who we are.
Watching Friends over and over again is like trying to study a particular generation. From the plotlines to the hairdos to the twists to the different behaviors of the lead characters. It defined the people who made up the bulk of the population that time. We may still be too young to understand this when Friends was still actively being produced. Having to watch it now makes us truly understand why they acted that way.
Perhaps the best reason why we never get bored watching Friends is because it does remind us of an old friend we had in high school that we have not been in touch with since we graduated and moved on with our lives. Every time we watch Friends, memories of that old friend of ours and the memories we once shared do start flooding back. And it does make us want to stay in touch again.
It’s been a dozen years since they last taped this TV show. Times have definitely changed. But Friends are as timeless as the memories we have of our own lives. Friends originally aired on NBC.