A Must Watch Comedy Show
Let’s face it, who doesn’t want a good dose of entertainment with humor and laughter pervading every minute of the show? Who wouldn’t like to enjoy watching a series that has every recipe to make you grin and smile from the witty and satirical remarks of its characters ? There are a lot of comedy shows out there; making your day and helping you cast aside your daily problems to have a few laughs, but a few can compare with the jocularity provided by Friends, a witty humor series that revolutionized the concept of comedy series when it started in 1994. Hilarious characters? Check. Amusing punch lines? Check. Absurd scenarios? Why not?? In the ten years that this series was aired on NBC, each and every episode was better than its predecessor. Spanning a total of ten seasons, Friends provided its viewers with every bit of comical entertainment they desired.
Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, and produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, the series of revolves around a group of six friends living in Manhattan. These six characters have won the hearts of millions of people from around the world with their humorous personalities and their tendency to find themselves in awkward situations. Their witty and charismatic nature enables the viewers to instantly connect with them and form a bond as they go on with their lives, never failing to entertain us.
Monica Geller (Courtney Cox) is a perfectionist by nature and has a nature of becoming bossy when asserting her control over others. Moreover, she’s a chef and delights herself in making delicious treats for her friends, a fact the others are keenly aware of and take full advantage. Moreover, her obsessiveness with cleanliness is well depicted by the fact that she labels her tea cups and has her towels sorted out in eleven different categories! So naturally, she is quite often the subject of her friends’ funny remarks but hey! Who cares? As long as her apartment is freakishly clean and her things in order, right?
Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) is the next character who is introduced to us as the girl who has come to live with her friend Monica straight after dumping her fiancée at altar. Cruel, right…..? Looks like long term commitment isn’t the thing for our pretty girl here and yes, that is in fact the case. Handsome guys are her weakness and she would not, for the world, let go of a chance to date one. She is depicted as a spoilt child and a little self-centered with inadequate domestic skills but overall, a likeable character. She is a fashion enthusiast and after working briefly as a waitress in Central Perk café, she becomes a PA at Fortunata Fashions and that paves her way to better positions for later on.
Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) is the weird one in the group, a highly eccentric person who has a lot of strange superstitious beliefs and nothing, absolutely nothing, can come in the way of her bizarre (most of the times misguided) opinions. Having experienced a tough childhood, she is obsessed with finding out more about her family and helping long lost relatives whenever encountered. I mean, she even agrees to become a surrogate mother to her half-brother Frank, although she hasn’t even known him for that long! She is a professional masseuse and a self-taught musical performer at Central Perk.
Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), with his sarcastic sense of humor and witty catchphrases, is the funniest one in the group, wasting no time in breaking awkward silences with a joke or lashing out at others with his sardonic remarks. Make one little mistake and Mr. Bing will be all over you, with his hilarious comments and amusing jokes. Although he occupies a senior position in a firm, he thoroughly loathes it and it is a running joke among his friends that nobody exactly knows what he does there, much to the irritation of Chandler. In the field of dating women, he is terrible….. Bad luck in relationships and his shy, peculiar nature in the face of women usually results in one thing; him being dumped all the time. But after some time in his sweat pants and somewhat childish tantrums, he is again up and about, ready to meet the next girl.
Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) is the most rational person amongst his friends, which as you can imagine, does not go well with his friends who miss no opportunity in ridiculing his geeky behavior. He is portrayed as a sweet-natured and caring person but his bad luck in marriages is funny, if not upsetting. A total of three failed marriages is not somewhat everyone can boast of, especially when your first wife turns out to be a lesbian, oops! Obsessed with dinosaurs since childhood, he is a paleontologist by profession and works in a natural history museum.
Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), a dim-witted and simple minded womanizer, is another character who has an innate ability of making viewers laugh with his dumb behavior and jolly remarks. He loves dating women and throughout the series, he has had many short-term relationships. His fondness for women goes back to his childhood, as ascertained by the fact that he slept with his teacher in grade 7! But he never pursues a committed relationship, describing marriage as “depressing and restrictive”. But he is also a very kind and caring person who always steps up to help his friends when they are in need. He is a great lover of food and once, when asked if he would give up sex or food, simply can’t decide, and remains somewhat in a quandary. By profession, he is an actor but doesn’t land any big roles in his early career. Critics went as far as to write that Mr. Tribbiani has achieved brilliant new levels of sucking after he appeared as “the king” in a poorly reviewed play. But he gets his first major break when he lands his role as Dr. Drake Ramoray on the soap opera Days of our Lives, boosting his acting career as well as his esteem. Throughout the series, he is shown changing jobs often and never settling for a single thing.
This show may be full of humor and hilarity but it also teaches us a lesson or two when it comes to friendship, love and loyalty. The usually funny and amusing characters portray a deep sense of care and kind-heartedness when it comes to their friends and their daily lives continually revolve around each other. So if you are looking for some really excellent quality humor with an interesting plot and lovable characters, Friends may just be the right thing for you.
© 2013 Shehryar Akbar