Friends Remains A Popular Show After 25 Years

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Twenty-five years ago on September 22, 1994, the show “Friends” aired on TV for the first time and stole the hearts of many. It takes viewers through a journey between six best friends lives’ in New York as they experience life with many challenges throughout adulthood. The show starring Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing. The comedic show won many awards including the Primetime Emmy Awards and American Comedy Award. The series’ finale episode, “The Last One” aired on May 6, 2004. This episode was very special to many of its viewers, “It has Impacted my life by making me see things clearly and see situations differently.” says Kelly Cid, a journalist here at Christine O’Donovan Middle Academy in the 7th grade. This last episode showed the connection of long lasting storylines. This including the adoption of twins by Monica Geller and Chandler Bing after getting married a few seasons prior. Ross Geller and Rachel Green’s relationship restarts as they both confess their love to each other, causing Rachel’s trip to Paris for a fashion job to be canceled. The group of friends take their last trip to the Central Perk coffee shop, their usual hangout spot throughout the show, before the episode ends with a view of an empty apartment. The now empty apartment was rented by Monica Geller and Chandler Bing before they decide to move to the suburbs, promising Joey that their friendship won’t change even if they don’t live across the hallway to each other anymore. The season’s finale ranked the fifth most watched series finale in history. In fact, the show’s most viewed episodes came out in theaters on September 23rd, 28th, and October 2nd. It’s also said that never before seen clips are also shown in theaters on those dates, including bloopers behind the scenes.

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Throughout the show, Joey Tribianni was an actor. He struggled to find auditions to shows, movies, and plays. He’s not the most hardworking and some fans, such as Kelly Cide, agrees too. “Joey is always goofy in a way and takes time to process things. Although he is really lazy, he still tries to get things done.” But after he finds an agent, Estelle Leonard, he’s helped finding auditions. Though his odd agent wasn’t the best at helping Joey, it’s because of her that he played a huge role in a show called Days of our Lives as Dr. Drake Ramoray. Chandler Bing was no actor, but was able to get jobs under the business analyst category with his comedic personality. His job wasn’t very well known among his group of friends and was often questioned about it. Chandler worked for the same job for many years, but was sent to Tulsa to work there during Christmas. He quit due to a long distance relationship with Monica after realizing that he can’t spend time with her as much as he used to. After quitting, Chandler happily came back home to New York to reunite with Monica and his friends. Time was well spent looking for a new job and finally worked for advertisement. On the other hand, Monica wanted to work as a chef for a while. She was inspired to be a chef in high school by her crush, Chandler Bing. Chandler complimented the macaroons that Monica had made for Thanksgiving, giving her the idea to become a chef. Monica worked at a few restaurants prior as a waitress before she worked at Javu’s as a chef. Though Monica had only made up her mind to become a chef in high school, Ross Geller always had the idea of studying dinosaurs for a living. Ross worked as a paleontologist college professor for most of the show. He talked about his job often which his group of friends made fun of. His friends made jokes about what seemed like a very boring job in their point of view, while Ross was fascinated by his job. Unlike Ross, Phoebe didn’t have the best childhood. Pheobe lived in poor conditions and had many difficulties with her family, especially after her mother’s suicide when Pheobe was 14. She also didn’t get along so well with her twin sister, Ursula Buffay, and rarely stays in contact with her. Though she had experienced a tough childhood, she had a special personality. Sarahi Perez, an 8th grade journalist, agrees,”When I tell random jokes my mom tells me that Phoebe is like that and that she’s not really down to earth and we believe in random stuff.” Phoebe also managed to have multiple jobs throughout her adulthood. She’s mainly a masseuse in the show but also worked as a waitress with Monica for their catering business, acted in a role with Joey as a nurse, and played her guitar and sang in Central Perk according to Quora.com. Rachel’s childhood was very different from Phoebe’s however. Rachel was considered spoiled at the beginning of the show before she really got close to her group of friends. Rachel eventually changed her train of thought with the help of her friends. She became hard working and for the most part more independent.

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Her first actual job was being a waitress at Central Perk. Rachel’s boss disliked the way she worked, and most of their customers agreed too. She would spend too much time hanging out with her friends rather than working and didn’t make the best coffee. It seemed like Rachel didn’t care much any way because she didn’t even want to work there. Rachel was more interested in working in the fashion department than being a waitress. She eventually quit waitressing and became an assistant at Fortunata Fashions. This still wasn’t the fashion job she looked forward to, but finally worked at Bloomingdale’s. She worked as a buyer and personal shopper there but sooner or later, worked in a better job at Ralph Lauren. Rachel was promoted to higher positions in Ralph Lauren and was thriving off of it for the most part. As a result, the group of friends relied a lot on each other for help on issues, from relationship advice, to assisting on jobs. Ever since the beginning, they’ve been really caring of each other, and it’s not hard to believe that they treat each other the same way in real life. It’s said by fans and the crew working behind the show that a few of the characters have almost the same exact personality they have on set in real life. There is actually a video with an attempted interview for Entertainment Tonight with the cast where it seems to show how similar they are in the show. They are comedic outside of the acting world as they are on set. I suggest you watch this show if the genre your into is comedy. Even if you’re not much into comedy, it will most likely change your opinion about it.

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https://wtop.com/entertainment/2019/09/friends-celebrates-25-years-with-big-screen-event-the-one-with-the-anniversary/ 

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/friends-25th-anniversary-good-time-ask-why-can-t-we-ncna1057221

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friends#Series_finale

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https://www.cbsnews.com/video/a-chat-with-jennifer-aniston/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYQFY6y5MP8