F.R.I.E.N.D.S: ONE OF THE BEST SITCOMS EVER MADE

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Introduction:

There are a lot of Sitcom shows in many different languages but, F.R.I.E.N.D.S stayed and continues to stay in the hearts of millions of fans across the world. Its first episode was aired on September 22nd 1994. This iconic show was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman starring Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteny Cox as Monica Geller , Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matt Leblanc as Joey Tribbiani. This show is about friendship, laughter, love, ups and downs of teenage and adult life and emphasizing the fact that FRIENDS will always be there for you no matter what.

This show revolves around the lives of six friends navigating through the complexities of life. Still, everyone has their own interesting personality. Let’s delve into the world of Central Peck.

Season 1: 24 Episodes

In the first season you are introduced to the six main characters who live in New York City. Rachel arrives at Central Perk, wearing her wedding dress, after leaving her fiance, Barry, an orthodontist, at the altar. She comes to NY to take shelter and moves into her high school friend Monica’s apartment, and gets a waitress job at Central Perk. Monica is obsessed with cleanliness and she is often referred to as perfectionist and she works as a chef. Ross is a paleontologist, who has had a crush and obsession on Rachel since high school, often tries to propose to her a couple of times. However he couldn’t express because of a series of obstacles, including his insecurities. Meanwhile Rachel is dating an Italian neighbor named Paolo. Ross gets to know the fact that he is expecting a baby with his lesbian ex-wife, Carol who is in a relationship with her lesbian lover Susan. Joey was never into a serious relationship and constantly flirts with a variety of women with his one liner HOW YOU DOING?.. Phoebe is rather flaky, odd yet nature and animal lover had bad childhood due to her mother’s suicide when she was a child, her father left her and her twin sister Ursula, having lived on the streets for a time and doing different odd jobs. However, she adds up so much fun.

Chandler works in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration, who tries to cover up his insecurity and issues with commitment, always using sarcasm as a way to shield. He breaks up with his girlfriend, Janice who is completely annoying and irritating, only to find himself getting back with her throughout the series. Near the end of the season, while Ross flies to China for his work, Chandler accidentally tells Rachel that Ross loves Rachel, who later realizes that she also has feelings for him. The season ends with Rachel waiting at the airport for Ross, who is returning from China.

Season 2: 24 Episodes

In the second season, Rachel greets Ross at the airport who is returning from China, she discovers that he has returned with Julie , someone he knew from graduate school and starts a relationship with her. Rachel is jealous and attempts to tell Ross that she loves him but she fails to convey. Later Ross breaks up with Julie for Rachel, and they both start dating. Friction develops between them when Rachel discovers Ross’s list of the negatives of dating her. But, Rachel sees an old home video from her and Monica’s prom night and she realizes Ross was going to stand in for her prom date who nearly stood her up.

Monica is promoted as head chef and incharge of purchasing, then gets fired for accepting gifts from a creditor, which is against company’s policy. For sake of money, she has no option but to take up an embarrassing job as a waitress at a 1950s-style diner. She begins dating Richard Burke who is an opthamologist, a recently divorced family friend and who is 21 years older to her. They share a great bond but they eventually break up when Monica gets to know that Richard, already a father of two, does not want more children. Joey gets an opportunity in soap opera, Days of our lives as neurosurgeon Dr. Drake Ramoray. He moves out of his and Chandler’s apartment to live an independent life. Chandler gets a new roommate, Eddie. However, he is an annoying and kind of not going well person and Chandler faces difficulties to get along with Eddie. In an interview Joey tries to take credit for writer’s work of Days of our Lives, claims that he writes many of his own lines, aggrieved for his action, show’s writer, kills of his character. Joey moves back in with Chandler as he couldn’t afford his new and expensive apartment. In the season finale, Chandler runs into Janice and he will know that she is the one he is chatting all these days but turns out that she is married and has a kid already.

Season 3: 25 Episodes

During the initial episodes of Season 3, Chandler and Janice date until Joey catches Janice kissing her soon-to-be ex-husband, Mattress King. Chandler doesn’t want to destroy her family, so he convinces Janice to go back to her husband, then later becomes depressed over the breakup phase and craves for love  for several episodes. Rachel quits her job at Central Perk and starts a job at Bloomingdale’s. Ross soon starts acting weird and becomes jealous of her colleague Mark. She is vexed by his constant jealousy and insecurity, and decides they need a relationship break when he enters her work place and embarrasses her.

Ross, who is hurt and somewhat drunk, hits on with Chloe, “the hot girl from the Xerox place,” causing Rachel to break up with him completely. Phoebe learns she has a half-brother, Frank Jr.  and discovers her birth mother, Phoebe Abbott when all friends go on vacation. Joey falls in love with his acting partner Kate and begins a brief relationship that ends when she takes an acting job in Los Angeles.

Monica dates millionaire Pete Becker, though she is not attracted to him, initially, she starts liking him and dates him for a couple of episodes However, she breaks up with him as he refuses to give up UFC and he chooses UFC over her. Ross ends up on a date with her phoebe’s friend, Bonnie, which starts Rachel being jealous. She tries to trick Bonnie to shave her head bald, and eventually confesses to Ross that she still is in love with him. The season ends with Ross being in confusion to choose between Rachel and Bonnie.

Season 4: 24 Episodes

In season 4, Ross breaks up with Bonnie, he and Rachel get back for a brief period after Ross pretends to read a long letter which is 18 pages! “Front and Back”!! that Rachel wrote for him. However, Ross continues to defend himself that the two were “on  break” when he slept with Chloe, so they break up again. Joey dates Kathy, while chandler has a huge crush on the same person. Kathy and Chandler later share an intimate moment, which causes conflict between Chandler and Joey. Joey forgives Chandler on the condition that Chandler has to spend Thanksgiving in a box as punishment.

However Chandler’s relationship with Kathy ends after he discovers that she cheated on him. Phoebe loses her job as a masseuse and later she accompanies Monica, who has become a caterer for hire. They soon start a catering business together but Monica gets an offer as head chef at Allesandro’s, despite initially being bullied by her co-workers, Monica eventually brings in her dominance in the kitchen with the help of Joey. Phoebe becomes a surrogate for her brother Frank Jr and his wife, Alice.

There is a Trivia game to see who knows better between Team A (Monica and Rachel) and Team B (Joey and Chandler) wherein Monica and Rachel lose their apartment to Joey and Chandler  , but manage to switch back. Rachel starts dating customer Joshua. Ross starts dating an English woman named Emily who stays in London, and they quickly get engaged. Feeling insecure, Rachel suggests to Joshua that they marry, after which he is scared and rejects her. In the season finale, everyone except heavily pregnant Phoebe and Rachel, travel to Ross and Emily’s wedding in London. Chandler and Monica have a fling and sleep together but keep that as a secret from everyone. Rachel, realizing  that she is still in love with Ross, rushes to London to stop Ross and Emily’s wedding and to confess to him, but changes her mind when she sees them happy together. While saying his vows, Ross accidentally says Rachel’s name at the altar, shocking and breaking the hearts of his bride and the guests.

Season 5: 24 Episodes

Ross and Emily marry, but an angry and humiliated Emily flees from the reception. Rachel soon confesses her love for Ross, but later she realizes how ridiculous and bad this is, and advises him to work on his marriage to Emily. She develops a crush on her neighbor Danny and they date briefly. Monica and Chandler try to keep their new relationship a secret from their friends. In the show’s 100th episode, Phoebe gives birth to triplets, a boy, Frank Jr. Jr., and two girls, Leslie and Chandler.

After weeks of trying to contact her and apologizing, Emily agrees to reconcile with Ross and move to New York but far from the city if he breaks off all communication with Rachel and stops seeing her forever. Ross agrees, but later has dinner with all his friends, including Rachel. Emily phones Ross, and discovers that Rachel is there, argues she does not trust him and ends their marriage. Ross takes out his anger at work as someone steals a sandwich resulting in him being suspended from the museum, and he moves in with Chandler and Joey until getting a new place. Later he finds an apartment across the street from them.

Eventually Joey, Rachel and Phoebe know about Chandler and Monica and help them to hide it from Ross.

Rachel gets a new job at Ralph Lauren and tries to impress her boss by starting smoking. Phoebe has a brief relationship with a police officer, Gary, and ends it as he shoots a bird with a gun which is against her rules. Ross finds out about Monica and Chandler’s relationship. They decide to get married on a trip to Las Vegas, where they went to surprise Joey and celebrate their anniversary but they decided to call off after seeing Ross and Rachel drunkenly stumbling out of the wedding chapel and they are married.

Season 6: 25 Episodes

In season 6, Ross and Rachel didn’t remember about marriage until other friends told about that and they did marry as they were too drunk. Ross promises Rachel that he will get them an annulment, then secretly does not get it as he decided that he cannot face having three failed marriages. By the time Rachel learns they are still married, annulment becomes impossible as they mess up further. Now they have no option but to get a divorce. After ignoring the numerous signs that they should get married in Las Vegas, Monica and Chandler decide to live together, thereby Rachel moves in with Phoebe. Joey gets a new roommate, Janine who is a hot dancer.

Janine and Joey date briefly until Janine criticizes and mocks Monica and Chandler, ending the relationship. After Janine moves out, Joey struggles with paying his bills so he takes a job at Central Perk and still tries for acting roles. He soon gets a role on a TV series called Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E., starring alongside a crime-fighting robot. Ross gets a teaching job at NYU. He dates Elizabeth, a student, despite it being against university policy and he was warned by college staff that he would be fired. Elizabeth’s father, Paul, who threatens Ross to stay away from her, falls for Rachel, and they both start dating.

Both relationships soon end as Elizabeth is too immature for Ross, and previously reserved Paul opens up emotionally too much and it is beyond Rachel’s ability to control. Phoebe and Rachel’s apartment catches fire, and Rachel and Phoebe move in with Joey, Chandler and Monica respectively, though they later switch. While at a beautiful museum that has a two-year wait for weddings, Monica puts her name on the reservation list casually when she was insisted on by Rachel and Phoebe. When Chandler receives the museum’s phone call about a cancellation, he panics and freaks out. However, Chandler has been planning to propose to Monica while pretending he is not ready for marriage yet.

While having dinner at a fancy restaurant, Chandler plans to propose but he was interpreted as Monica’s ex-boyfriend Richard Burke, unexpectedly shows up. Richard later tells Monica he still loves her, wants to marry her and have children with her. Monica becomes upset at Chandler, believing he is not interested in marrying her. Chandler believes Monica has left him and is devastated until he comes home to find their apartment decorated with candles and her waiting to propose to him. When she becomes too emotional to continue, Chandler proposes and she accepts. This is one of the best proposals ever.

Season 7: 24 Episodes

The seventh season mainly follows Monica and Chandler as they plan their wedding and future amid various problems, uncertainties and fears. Joey came to know that television series, Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E is canceled, but he is offered his old role on Days of Our Lives. Phoebe’s apartment is repaired and renewed and now has one large bedroom instead of the original two, so Rachel permanently stays at Joey’s place. Rachel is promoted at Ralph Lauren and hires a young assistant, Tag Jones, based on his looks, leaving over a more qualified woman and worthy woman. Later, Tag and Rachel dated for a brief time. 

Hours before Monica and Chandler’s wedding ceremony, Chandler panics and goes into hiding and later Ross and Phoebe find Chandler and convince him to return for the ceremony. Phoebe and Rachel find a positive pregnancy test in Monica and Chandler’s bathroom. They assume Monica is pregnant. Meanwhile Chandler overhears Phoebe and Rachel discussing the pregnancy test. He embraces the idea of being a father, and later comes back. Finally, Chandler and Monica get married. After the ceremony, Monica denies the fact that she is pregnant.Later they come to know that Rachel is the one who is pregnant.

Season 8: 24 Episodes

Season 8 begins at Monica and Chandler’s wedding reception. Rachel takes another test to confirm the pregnancy when Monica and Phoebe insist. It is later revealed that Ross is the father of that baby. Rachel and Ross agree to keep the baby and be co-parents without resuming their romantic relationship. Ross starts dating Mona, who is Monica’s co-worker from Allesandro’s.

Joey tries to cool Rachel while she has fears about motherhood, and then realizes he has romantic feelings for her. He tries to suppress his feelings and he encourages Rachel to stay at Ross’s apartment so that he can be involved in the pregnancy. This arrangement is too much to take for Mona, and she breaks up with Ross. Joey tells Ross about his feelings for Rachel where he is initially angry, then tries to be ok with it. Joey confesses to Rachel that he loves her, but she realizes she does not feel the same way, and they decide to remain friends. When Rachel goes into labor, Ross’s mother gives him a family heirloom ring and asks Ross to propose to Rachel. Ross hesitates, and puts the ring in his jacket, and leaves the jacket in Rachel’s room.

After Monica and Chandler decide to have a baby, plans while they are still at the hospital. After a lot of stuff happening Rachel finally gives birth to baby Emma. She is left tensed and afraid after Janice talks to her and says that Ross may not always be there for her and the baby. When Joey comforts Rachel, the ring falls from Ross’s jacket to the floor. Joey kneels down to pick it up, and Rachel, mistakes that he is proposing, impulsively she says yes. Meanwhile, Ross decides to ask Rachel if she wants to consider getting back. 

Season 9: 24 Episodes

Season nine begins with how Ross and Rachel are coparenting with their daughter Emma, after Joey and Rachel clear up that it was just proposal misunderstanding. Monica and Chandler face obstacles as they try for a baby and meanwhile Chandler unknowingly agrees to a work transfer to Tulsa and Monica is offered a head chef job at a new restaurant, Javu, resulting in Chandler commuting back and forth to visit Monica. For a while after being apart from Monica during Christmas time, Chandler quits his job to pursue a new career in advertising, joins as intern at an ad agency, and eventually being hired as a junior copywriter. Monica and Chandler discover they are a problem and they are incompatible to conceive. After considering multiple alternatives, they decide to adopt.

Phoebe begins dating Mike Hannigan until he says that he never wants to marry again. Phoebe then dates her ex-boyfriend from season 1, Davis i.e. Scientist guy who plans on proposing to her, but Mike proposes first. Phoebe rejects both proposals but gets back together with Mike, and she is assured that they have a future together. Rachel, knowing that her co-worker Gavin is trying to steal her job while she is on maternity leave, returns to Ralph Lauren early. She later learns at her birthday party that Gavin has feelings for her but they called it off due to her history with Ross.

Meanwhile, Ross sees Rachel and Gavin kiss at her party, and decides to date other women. After realizing that her and Ross’s living situation is too weird and complex, Rachel and Emma move in with Joey. Rachel develops a crush on him, but she is disappointed and disheartened when he starts dating Charlie, a new paleontology professor. At the end of the season, the group travels to Barbadoes for Ross’s speech at a conference. Joey and Charlie break up as they have nothing in common. Joey then learns about Rachel’s feelings for him, but they decide they cannot pursue this because of Ross. However, he sees Ross and Charlie kiss each other, he goes to Rachel’s hotel room and they both kiss each other.

Season 10: 18 Episodes

The tenth and final season brings closure to every one’s story. Joey and Rachel decide that it is best they remain friends. Ross and Charlie break up and she gets back together with her ex-boyfriend. Phoebe and Mike marry outside the Central Perk coffee house on a snow storm day, where Chandler walks her down the alie and Joey officiates their marriage. A pregnant woman named Erica chose Monica and Chandler to adopt her baby. 

Following this, Monica and Chandler decide to move to a house in the suburbs to raise their family, saddening everyone, particularly Joey, who is trying to keep himself up with all the changes that are happening around him. In the last episodes, Erica gives birth to twins,a boy and a girl, much to everyone’s surprise. Rachel is fired from Ralph Lauren as her boss overhears her seeking a job at Gucci. She runs into her former Bloomingdale co-worker Mark, who offers her a new and better job at Louis Vuitton in Paris. Ross tries to convince her boss, so that she can stay here, but he realizes Rachel wants to go to Paris. When Rachel says her goodbyes to everyone except Ross at her bon voyage party, Ross who is furious and disheartened confronts Rachel, and they end up sleeping together.

Rachel leaves for the airport, and Ross who is upset realizes how much he loves Rachel chases her to the airport. Rachel says she has to go while Ross tries to convince her. Before the plane takes off, Rachel wants to apologize to Ross and so calls him to leave a message. While talking over the phone, she realizes that she loves him too, and gets off the plane to meet him. The series ends where all the friends, including Monica and Chandler’s new babies, leave the empty apartment and everyone hands over their keys and together they all go for a final cup of coffee at Central Perk. And that’s where one of the greatest shows of all time comes to an end.

Conclusion:

F.R.I.E.N.D.S is one of my most favorite shows. Ross thought that life is full of surprises and how to face tough situations with kindness. When he gave Phoebe her first bicycle he proved what a great friend and thoughtful person he is. Chandler Bing, who has commitment issues for all his life tries to change himself for Monica and be the best husband ever. And the way he took care of Joey, and when he told Monica that in his new home Joey would have his own room where he can grow old. Could he be any cuter?. Chandler is my personal favorite. Joey has many struggling days regarding his career but he never gives up. He always stood by his friends and he is one of the reasons for so much fun between them. Monica is always so perfect and of course high maintenance and Chandler likes maintaining her.. She is so smart, competitive and she always says “ I know” and that’s what I love about her. She is so thoughtful and wants to be a hostess. 

Rachel was a daddy’s little princess and spoiled child but figured her way out. In the beginning everyone has a job except her and she never was independent but later becomes so successful in career and is always the nicest person to everyone. And finally Phoebe, who is crazy and flaky but she never let her past decide her future. She had a horrible childhood and maybe that’s why she is too kind and helpful. She was always there no matter what others thought about her and she is confident the way she is. These six people impacted many to a greater level and have a permanent place in the hearts of millions. 

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