25 Years of F.R.I.E.N.D.S

This month marks the 25th Anniversary of one of the most iconic sitcoms in television history. In September of 1994, the world was introduced to Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey. These six ‘friends’ made their mark on pop culture far longer than the ten years the show was airing.

Now, because of streaming services and reruns on TBS and Nick at Night, a whole new generation of fans has been gained by the show. It has given people who were fans when they were in their 20s and 30s when the show first aired something to watch an bond with their kids over. Despite the fact that the show is now twenty-five years old, there are plenty of storylines that people can still relate to.

But F.R.I.E.N.D.S isn’t the only television show that has been able to gain popularity again because of streaming services, though it may be one of the most popular. However, sometimes these shows that were originally airing in the 90s and the early 2000s, gain negative attention because they have storylines that may not be as acceptable to today’s standards.

I get it. There are some things in it that seem questionable. Especially Ross’ behavior towards Rachel and every other woman he dated on the series. But when watching things like F.R.I.E.N.D.S, it’s important to keep in mind that it was written over two decades ago. The world was a different place then even though it really doesn’t seem that long ago.

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There’s really no need to get upset about it. Just be glad that things have moved forward since then. Yet I see people doing just that all over the Internet. The thing is though, the show’s obviously not going to change and people aren’t going to stop watching it because you tweet that Joey’s sexist. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. And don’t start crying when the next generation begins complaining about how small-minded Grey’s Anatomy and Stranger Things was because they live in a different world.

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To me, this anniversary should be celebrated. Now a day, most things only stay popular for a few weeks before people move on to the next big thing. It’s very rare that something stays so culturally relevant for this long. That may be something the creators, writers, directors and actors should be as proud of as any awards they won when the show was on.

~Mary Evers (@For_Evers_Young)

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