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How Friends changed the lives of people around the world

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"How you doin'?" , "Pivot" or "Oh my God!"


Do you recognize these immortal catchphrases? A true fan recognizes them on sight and doesn't even have to say them out loud and is already laughing around when he imagines the particular scene from which these jokes are drawn.

I think most will recognize that this is one of the biggest phenomena of the 90s - the sitcom Friends.


In the world of television, some shows come and go while others become timeless classics that leave a lasting impact on our lives.

One of these immortal classics is Friends, the beloved sitcom that managed to change the lives of people all over the world with its wit and cast.

The pilot episode, which premiered in 1994 and ran for ten seasons, continues to grab people by the heart and spread laughter decades after it was first aired.


Let's explore why this iconic series remains a cultural phenomenon...


A global sense of belonging

"Friends" was based on the lives of six friends - Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe - living in New York City.

The reliability of their daily struggles, friendships and romantic entanglements transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries. People from different backgrounds saw themselves in the ups and downs of the characters themselves, fostering a sense of belonging and connection to a global community of fans.


Laughter as a universal language

The humor in "Friends" is timeless and universal. From Chandler's sarcastic catchphrases to Joey's iconic line, "How you doin'?" In addition to Ross' hilariously awkward moments, this show has brought genuine laughter to living rooms around the world. People often identified with them, and the bond these people had had a real impact.

It taught us that even in the face of life's challenges, humor can be a source of comfort and healing.


Lessons in friendship and love

While the show "Friends" was primarily a comedy, it also dealt with important life lessons, especially about friendship and love.

Viewers learned about loyalty, the importance of communication, and the value of lasting relationships. It offered insight into the complexities of friendships and love partnerships and showed that life is a journey full of obstacles that can be overcome with the support of true friends.


Breaking stereotypes and solving social problems

The series challenged gender stereotypes and addressed social issues. For example, Phoebe was an eccentric, quirky character who represented individuality and acceptance. The series also highlighted the issues faced by LGBTQ+ characters such as Ross's ex-wife Carol and her partner Susan. By tackling these issues with humor and compassion, 'Friends' contributed to a greater awareness and acceptance of diversity and inclusivity.


Why did I start watching them in the first place? How did I get into it?


Simple. I was studying in England at the time and the reason was to learn conversational English in a more American way because I liked the accent better and always gravitated more towards harder English. I watched the episodes with subtitles for the first time and learned the correct sentence structure that way. Of course, I didn't get more than one joke at first, but I was noting down specific phrases and the meanings came after the tears.

After a year in England, I left more confident in my speech and I was able to pass my final exams in English.


I can't count the number of times watching each episode brought me out of temporary depression, when I sought advice about a relationship hitch, or when I was trying to move on in my professional life and couldn't resolve a problem with a colleague who was weighing heavily on me.

Simply, "Friends" has always been the answer to everything.


Cultural impact and iconic fashion

"Friends" fashion in the 1990s and early 21st century had a lasting impact on pop culture. From "The Rachel" haircut to oversized sweaters and combat boots, the characters' fashion choices continue to have an impact today.

The series had a pleasing set design, including Central Perk's coffee shop and Monica's iconic apartment, which became instantly recognizable even to those who had never seen the series.


A source of comfort and nostalgia

In times of stress or uncertainty, many people turn to their favorite TV shows for comfort and nostalgia.

"Friends" is a reliable source of comfort, and understanding and evokes a sense of importance for fans around the world.

Repeated viewings become a healthy addiction, or simply listening to its theme tune, "I'll Be There for You" by The Rembrandts, evokes a sense of warmth and familiarity.


This unmistakable series has proven that it is so much more than just another show of its generation. It has transcended all boundaries and its enduring charm lies in its ability to unite people from all walks of life.

Combining intelligent humor with beautiful people is an invaluable combination, and this series has exceeded expectations in every way.

Laughter, tears, joy, love, happiness, and downfalls - one big package of perfection on the screen by these amazing filmmakers who have turned a simple idea into a masterpiece for years to come!

Are you a fan? How has this series affected you? Have you drawn from these similar situations in your life?

I look forward to your answers in the comments...

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