BACK IN TIME is ED’s newspaper type column that reports an incident from the past as though it has happened just yesterday. It allows the reader to re-live it several years later, on the date it had occurred.
My mad crazy F.R.I.E.N.D.S lunatics… How you doing? ;)
This one’s for you…
22nd September, 1994: Today, Monica gets a roommate. Should you really care about it?
I couldn’t care less about who does what in a TV show, But this one, oh this one you should definitely care about. If you don’t, you are going to be missing out on what probably is going to be the most iconic romantic comedy ever made on television.
Fun, frothy, and oh-my-god fresh, Friends airing on NBC is centered on the lives of a group of 6 friends based in New York City. They have all the quirks that make them endearing from the first introduction, even though they may seem to be textbook prototypes. Being a show about a group of young 20-somethings at a time of a life where anything can happen. It does not aspire to achieve anything big in terms of content, and I like that.
Considering all the resemblances that my fellow critics have alluded to Seinfeld and Ellen, I still think the certain glossiness of the look that doesn’t off balance the ordinary, coupled with the creative ingenuity of the dialogue writing that tickles my good natured funny bones in the right places, this show is one to watch out for.
It may not be the first of its kind, but it has certainly arrived to raise some bars. If you can make hanging out look so good, and so genuinely funny, you are doing something right.
Let’s talk about the characters. To begin with, only as the show progresses can we really know how fleshy the writer David Crane and Martha Kauffman are developing them to be. Yet, at the first glance, I am convinced that they exist.
I am in love with Joey, by Matt Le Blanc, at first sight, with his that hair and easy smile. He is the dude in the room out to get the women, minus vulgarity. Even when he says that the solution to everything is strip clubs, I don’t mind it one bit!
Phoebe looks like the ‘crazy-woman’ character designed to deliver the punch lines, although she does exhibit a certain quirky brightness with a potential to be unlike anyone we have seen on TV. Ditto for Chandler, by Matthew Perry, for this guy delivers his sarcastic best and I hope he is not simply kept on the periphery to make people laugh with his commentary.
Monica, by Courtney Cox, is well centred as the glue mediating the others, but what really stole the for the romantic geek in me was Rachel and Ross. As clichéd as the pairing of the nerd and the diva maybe, the show makes no secrets out of Ross’ attraction. Poor Ross, played to perfection by David Schwimmer just says out loud, “I just want to be married again,” and lo! Walks in Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel dressed as a bride, clearly anticipating one of the show’s major plotlines.
And if you don’t believe me, just watch him putting the sugar in her cup of coffee while she whines about escaping her wedding. *Adorable*
The sensibility of the set design is palpably urbane. It does make you wonder whether Monica can afford that pretty flat with a waitress roommate, but the homeliness of the setup is extremely inviting for the viewer, it makes you belong to the ambience. When the characters are sitting around and drinking coffee at Central Perk (how NYC is that name), bantering, the fourth wall comes down as you feel that you are right there sipping some warm latte with them too.
Caught in between life’s many moments, the time we spend with friends is often the highlight of the day. And looking back, it is even the highlight of our lives. F.R.I.E.N.D.S by banking on this very space where all our whole lives come together to make meaning as we share it, is sure to touch your heart.
Haven’t watched it yet? Go grab the first episode right now!
Views presented in the article are those of the author and not of ED.