This month, it has been six years since we saw our six favorite friends – Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe – walk out of the apartment we had come to love for all ten seasons of the hit TV series. Do we really still miss Friends?
When the series’ finale first aired on May 6, 2004 on NBC, there was mixed feedback from viewers, but at least most critics (viewers, fans, and the media) were happy about it. The finale gave the closure we all wanted for each of the characters. While it was heartbreaking at that time to see them walk out of the Monica and Chandler’s apartment, it was also comforting to know that they were happy to move on with their lives. But still, it was not easy to know that after that episode, there was not going to be another Friends episode in the weeks to come.
Fast forward to May, 2010.
Six years since the final episode was watched by approximately 52.5 million viewers, avid fans of the hit TV show are starting to watch the reruns less and less. Hmm… perhaps the generation of the most loved show of that era is finally moving on. Whatever it is, though, the things that everyone loved in the show will always be popping up in our daily lives — we know that much.
Joey’s famous pick-up line, “How you doin’?” will never be treated as just another variation of “How are you?” It will always be said in that same loving tone in which Mr. Tribbiani has said it, and laughter will always come after. If we see the word “phalange,” we will always think of Phoebe and her many uses of that word, but perhaps never of the bone that is between our finger and toe joints (which is what they really are). Exes can be friends… but they get back together after a while… or not… or maybe they will… but, oh, what Ross and Rachel have done to their fans! And yes, a Monica/Chandler love story does happen in real life.
Sure, there will always be a little bit of Friends in all of us, and the show will be missed on occasions. But otherwise, everyone is moving on from it, and is now getting back in the couch – perhaps now with their own kids instead of friends – to watch the next big thing on TV.