When David Crane and Marta Kauffman created their sitcom during the early 90s nobody expected I would be a rage among millenials. The 1994 American series that was a favorite among the youth is still relevant after 26 years. F.R.I.E.N.D.S is one of the most binged watched shows at OTT platforms. The love story between Rachel Green played by Jennifer Anniston and Ross Geller portrayed by David Schwimmer is still admired by the audeinces. So is the chemistry between Courtney Cox and Mathew Perry who play Monica Geller and Chandler Bing respectively. Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay and Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani have added up the humour element with their spot – on comic timings.
The series although projected the lifestyle, aspirations, relationships and philosophy of the youth in westernized world. But somehow it connected with the Indian youth as well. The 90s was the game changing period for India in terms of economic transformation and globalization. In such a scenario the Indian youth wanted to explore and get exposure with latest advancements in technology and better job opportunities. It dealt with issues like live – in relationships, pre – marriage pregnancy and parenting by unmarried couple. These were not just alien but taboo issues for conservative Indian society. The Indian youth of that time was mostly brought up in traditional joint families. Yet today the FRIENDS has as much viewership in India as in US or any other western country.
Anniston shall always be remembered for one of the most lovable on screen characters despite its flaws. She looked fresh, bubbly, vivacious, vulnerable, funny yet charming as Rachel. The other two female leads Kudrow and Courtney played Phoebe and Monica with utmost sincerity and artistic finesse. Their passion for the craft is visible in each and every frame. Perry who plays Chandler gives a very nuanced and restrained performance in a character that could have gone overboard. The actor is still remembered by his screen name just like his other co – actors, showcases his dedication towards the art. Shwimmer has given a convincingly subtle performance as Ross in the series. Anyone who is familiar with the sitcom believes there could have been no other actor who would have played Ross with such perfection.
The series has hit the right cord as it caught the pulse of a universal audience base. Despite of diverse culture and history the series has had a global fan following for more than 25 years. As FRIENDS completes 26 years it justifies the title track, “I’ll be there for you.” A show that’s the best escapism for all age groups.