Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a Friends super fan. I have memories of watching Friends as far back as I can remember, which I think is around 1995 when I was three years old.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a Friends super fan. I have memories of watching Friends as far back as I can remember, which I think is around 1995 when I was three years old. Over the years, I watched reruns whenever I caught them on TV and wore out my DVD box set. I have opinions on every aspect of the show and could talk about it for hours. I also own two Friends board games.
It wasn’t until this past year that I truly began to appreciate the show for what it is, though, and I can’t be the only one. Friends seems to be as big with Millennials as it was with their own generation. So why is a show that debuted over 20 years ago still relevant, even without a remake?
- Nostalgia. This is the most obvious one. Ten years is a long time, so for most Millennials, Friends was on for the majority of their childhood.
- “Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s DOA.” Millennials are around the age of the characters when the show started, and even with the cultural differences, some of the problems they face are universal. In fact, the show is based on the creators’ lives after college in the 80s. Everyone feels like Rachel during the first season…except without the great apartment in New York City and the iconic haircut. The characters are relatable but still give this generation something to fantasize about.
- The One with George Stephanopoulos. Watch this episode, and it will be completely obvious why this show is relatable to Millennials. Warning: “I don’t even have a pla” might become your new catchphrase after watching it.
- “So I guess this internet thing is here to stay, huh?” Yes, the references to technology are dated, even in the later seasons, but the characters are always together in a way that is more plausible today. Anyone with a job in the 90s could not spend so much time sitting around and talking to their friends, but in today’s world we have smartphones, so we can do just that, even when we’re supposed to be working. Group chats and social media are the Millennials’ version of Central Perk.
- All the characters live happily ever after. They all grow up and get their lives together during the show’s run. So many of us feel pressured to be settled and successful by 25. Friends shows us that it doesn’t always turn out that way, and that’s okay. You can still get where you ultimately want to be and have a lot of fun along the way.
Friends isn’t perfect or timeless, but it is the perfect show for Millennials who are craving a dose of nostalgia. It gives us all hope that this murky period in our lives is one big sitcom preparing us for our dream future. Plus, with DVDs, Netflix, and reruns on numerous stations, we know our Friends will always be there for us.
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