My acquaintance with the show has a funny anecdote shadowing it. It was a warm summer evening. I was sitting in my room and talking to my friend. Echoes of shouting were heard from both the rooms. Assuaging our mothers’ fears, we were indulged in a “discussion” about which sit-com was the best amongst them all. While I advocated ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (it goes way back, don’t judge me), she defended ‘Friends’. After much deliberation, we accorded to watch the shows and then have another one of our “discussions”. I went to her house, got the show sans the first season and then went to another friends’ house, and completed the set. By the time mum served breakfast the next day, I was a victim of Monica’s hideous haircut, an audience to Joey and Chandler’s camaraderie and a witness to one of the greatest love stories of the decade. I had devoured almost two seasons and was in no mood to stop. That’s how I met the Mother of all shows!
The ten-season long sit-com aired on NBC from 1994 to 2004. The show was created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane. Having an ensemble main cast, the show follows the life of six friends in Manhattan, New York, who are given their own exclusive story-lines, treading their way through ups and downs in life. The show catapulted the six into global stardom and has often been cited as “the greatest sit-com of all time.” Even today, after 12 years the show has ended, the stardom of the cast and the love for the show doesn’t cease to exist. The cast has become household names and certain scenes and the settings of the show, particularly the Coffee shop, has seen many illustrations in modern-day culture. The varied personas of the characters made the show a potpourri of crazy, hilarious and a dash of romance. The characters’ idiosyncrasies and character traits have found a way in the psyche of many who have watched the show. Be it joey and Chandler’s bromance, Monica’s competitiveness, Phoebe’s free spirit or Ross and Rachel’s roller-coaster of a relationship, the show remains popular owing to its clever writing, lovable and beautiful characters (*cough* Anniston *cough*), downright hilarious jokes and moving story-lines.
The first of the cast members is David Schwimmer, who portrayed the role of Ross Geller, the geeky paleontologist who is undoubtedly the most “informative” of the six. Always having some “information” up his sleeve, Ross indulges in a series of nerdy barrages and is often the butt of the joke. His characteristic “Hi”, which apparently makes Joey wanna kill himself, coupled with his sensitive nature make him the most adorable character on the show.