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The next greatest show: “Friends”

Jahlyn Reyes-McKinley, Lord Potato of Couchington

Synopsis: So no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A. It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear. When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year, but… I’ll be there for you (When the rain starts to pour). I’ll be there for you (Like I’ve been there before). I’ll be there for you (‘Cause you’re there for me too).

After months of mourning the loss of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, “Parks and Recreation,” I finally decided to put away my Mouse Rat CD, and scour the deepest, darkest depths of cable to find the next big thing. Seventy-two sleepless hours and three dented couches later, I bring you this decade’s crown jewel of television: “Friends.”  

If the catchiest theme song on the planet doesn’t pull you in, then just wait ‘til you get a load of these characters! There’s the loveable dope, Joey (Matt LeBlanc), the basket case, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), the control freak, Monica (Courteney Cox), the sad sap, Ross (David Schwimmer), the broke trust fund baby, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and the charming jester, Chandler (Matthew Perry). It’s basically “The Breakfast Club” reloaded. With a stellar cast of unknowns, (I mean Cox did have “Cougar Town” at some point, but I think that this show will breathe life back into her withering career), the show is sure to please.

On top of having characters whose wits just won’t quit, I personally enjoyed the director’s creative decision to take viewers on a trip in a DeLorean back to the nineties.  Ah, the nineties… a time of Bill Clinton, economic stability and most importantly the Spice Girls. That, along with the constant cackling of dead people in the background, gives the show that classic sitcom vibe.

Even with all of the gut-busting laughs, this show doesn’t fall short of tugging at your heartstrings. For instance, everyone might be laughing at some joke that Chandler said when you are suddenly hit with a realization: you have no actual friends. Unlike any of these people, you are utterly alone. This will in turn cause a downward spiral lead by the ghost of mistakes past, until you miraculously snap out of it. On a whim, you will buy a plane ticket to Aruba because you are the definition of spontaneity and making friends is your strong suite. As you’re waiting in line at the airport with a fresh pair of sunglasses and a smile on your face, you will hear the call of your dented couch, drop everything and run home to embrace your television. This is where you belong, sitting in the comfort of your home, daring to channel search for “Friends,” despite everything.

The Verdict: “Friends” is awesome. Tune in Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC for all of the awesomeness.

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