Another one of these things is Friends. I can't remember when I first started watching the show, but I was just a kid. It would air at around 19:00 or 19:30 once a week and it was the best half hour of my life. I still remember how devastated I was when it ended, I cried all through the finale and even a little bit afterwards.
Whether you're a fan of the show or not, no one can deny the impact that Friends had on the world over. When I think back on it now, I think it was because the show and the characters were designed in a perfect balance of reality and television comedy. A few days ago I went for coffee with one of my good friends and somehow, we got onto the topic of TV shows and I said, "I just want one normal sitcom to come out. Where the characters wear normal clothes and do normal things, not walk around in clothes off a runway and have ridiculous murder plots and secret affairs."
|Season 1 promo shoot*|
To which she replied, "No. You just want Friends back."
YES! Yes, I do!
In the last few years, I feel like television has moved into a very generic space. Of course, I love watching a film where everything is glamorous and wonderfully exciting things happen to all the characters - but not every day. There was something incredibly believable about Friends and the goings on in that infamous purple apartment.
And for the love of daisies, why are we so obsessed with shows about death?! Seriously. I can't even count the number of morbid detective shows that are doing so well these days. The only one I can really deal with is The Mentalist but that's only because Simon Baker is so amazingly sexy and fabulous. (There's just something so attractive about a man in a suit, who is intelligent and funny, doesn't take himself too seriously and just oozes confidence.)
But I digress.
Even comedy shows these days rely more on outrageously stupid characters doing outrageously stupid things. I am in no uncertain terms referring here to How I Met Your Mother. Just tell us who the damned mother is already and stop speaking in puns!
Friends characters were exaggerated, I'm not for one second pretending that they aren't. But there was still a real enough element to them that when Ross and Rachel break up, you feel real emotion. When I watch Ross get down on his knees and hug Rachel, I always burst into tears. And what I really love about Friends, is that they all look like normal people! Okay, well Jennifer Aniston always looks like a super model. But when they're in their apartment, they wear track pants! And walk around in socks and baggy t-shirts. And when they get dressed to go to work, they wear regular people working clothes!.. I'm over doing the exclamation points but you get it..
I have all ten seasons and when I watch them over, it's remarkable to see that the characters grow and change like people do. By the time the show ended, people had developed real connections with them and it was easy to picture them as people you might actually be friends with. I've watched Grey's Anatomy since it started and I have to say, if those people were in my life, I might strangle them all. They're infuriatingly stupid. Meredith and her stupid insecurities, that red head and the whining, woe-is-me, I have no backbone attitude, ugh.
I really do wish Friends never ended. It's the only show I've ever watched that made me laugh hysterically and cry just as hard. You feel embarrassed for the characters and hopeful, you understand their experiences. You don't watch it and say to yourself, that would *never* happen.
In a weird way, I miss the characters. They were such a big part of my childhood. Naturally, I didn't catch the sex innuendo that I only pick up on now but it was still a great show. It managed to captivate an audience for ten years with no one dying and no one taking off all their clothes every other episode. I don't think I'll ever find another show that will come close to Friends.
What are your favourite shows? Do you agree about the generic quality of television these days? Tell me!