Films & Television Reviews

Things I noticed watching Friends again in 2018

You’re probably aware of the fact that hit American TV show F.R.I.E.N.D.S (that took me so long to type omg) was added to Netflix at the beginning of this year. Everywhere you looked, people were shouting it from the rooftops. Netflix users were finally being graced with one of the most loved shows to ever be made. It took me a good few months to finally get around to start watching it again; just through being too busy and having too many other shows on the go. But in May, I finally did it. I committed, once again, to 10 glorious seasons of Friends (I cba with that again). And when I started watching it again, I was certainly surprised at what thoughts popped up. 

I wholeheartedly do not agree with all of these articles stating how we shouldn’t watch it because it’s too problematic. These writers seem to have forgotten one key thing and that is that the show was fine, AT THE TIME IT WAS MADE. The finale itself was aired in 2004 – 2004 – 14 bloody years ago. And that’s the finale. The show itself started in 1994 (I was two) when things were very, very different. Yes, looking back on it now, some parts are a tad problematic. But what show, made prior to the last few years isn’t?

But anyway, enough of that. Despite the fact that I did spot a few things which made me raise my eyebrows, I thoroughly enjoy re-watching Friends (for the billionth time). Here are a few things that I noticed, re-watching Friends in 2018 as a fully fledged, adult person:

  1. I am Monica. Monica is me. As I’ve gotten older, I have literally turned into Monica.
  2. Ross is a lot more annoying than I remember him being
  3. But he always gets the funniest scenes (Pivot and the leather trousers come to mind)
  4. But although he’s irritating a little problematic at times, why are the others always so mean to him?
  5. The cups from Central Perk are really nice and I want some in my house
  6. The diversity in the whole show is pretty damn awful
  7. Ross and Monica’s Mum is the worst human being in the actual world
  8. Monica and Richard were such a banging couple
  9. Richard is actually kinda hot… (the stark different between watching it as a 13 year old and a 25 year old – Richard has suddenly gone from EW IT’S LIKE MY GRANDDAD to DAYUM)
  10. I really miss the 90’s
  11. And I’ll never, ever get bored of the opening scene / song
  12. Although it’s a lot cheesier than I remember
  13. Chandler is much funnier now than he was when I was 14. And CUTER in season 1 and 2 *swoon*
  14. The celebrity appearances throughout the show were bomb (BRUCE WILLIS)
  15. Although we all though Emily was a bitch, now I’m older, I can kinda see where she was coming from
  16. Rachel is the style Queen of the universe
  17. Phoebe and Joey really don’t get an awful lot of their own, interesting storylines
  18. It wouldn’t have changed a great deal of the show if Phoebe wasn’t in it
  19. And Joey is a proper sleaze in the first season
  20. But he actually gets cute and lovely as it goes on
  21. The episode where Ross and Rachel have the fight while the others are hiding in the other room really is fucking sad now I’m older and understand relationships more
  22. Although there was a whole different attitude to smoking back then, the way they made the others be disgusted by Chandler’s smoking was actually pretty good
  23. It made me a lot emotional during some parts as an adult than it ever did when I was younger
  24. I was always under the impression that Joey was stupid but actually, he comes out with some very sensible things
  25. Actually, keeping a monkey, a chicken and a duck in APARTMENTS is kinda cruel. Why did they do that?
  26. But above all else, it’s made me terribly miss having a group of friends. It’s made me crave having a group of friends and it’s made me wonder whether all along, it was giving us an unrealistic and unattainable notion of real, true, honest friendship within a group of people of different sexes, of different jobs, hobbies and abilities, which just isn’t realistic in today’s society.
  27. It made me remember that when I used to watch it as a younger adult, my friends and I would always say how that’s what we were going to be like when we were older. And we literally couldn’t have been further from the truth.

Have you re-watched Friends since it’s been on Netflix? Did you have any different thoughts about it since the last time you watched it? Who’s your favourite character and which one are you most like? Let me know!



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  3. STWays says:

    Haha … People will never stop watching it. It’s a classic friends one stop awesome show ..
    I wrote something about memorable friendship creation

  4. I loved reading this, I’m re-watching it as we speak (I’m on the cheesecake episode and now I want cheesecake). Great post as usual, Jenny!xx

    Em ~

    1. Haha! I’m on series 4 so not quite there yet! xxx

  5. I love watching friends from time to time and it always makes me smile and laugh, I just love these fictional people a lot. I am so Monica as well 😀
    And the huge cups are amazing <3 I want them!

    1. Haha same I love their mugs! x

  6. I watched it the first time around as a 20 something, so watching it again hasn’t really changed much for me to be honest. Though I do agree with a lot of your observations – though Ross was always REALLY annoying to me! lol x

    1. I never noticed how bad Ross was when I was like 12 x

  7. I definitely feel like Phoebe and Joey were ‘bit parts.’ They weren’t integral to the show, and they definitely didn’t get any decent story-lines. And I am so totally with you on being Monica. I am 100% Monica!

    1. Absolutely. I loved Joey but nothing would have changed without him unfortunately! x

    2. same haha!

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