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Why Do We Indians Love FRIENDS TV Series?

Why Do We Indians Love FRIENDS TV Series
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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…

What pops into your mind when you read these lines? Yes. The title track of FRIENDS. And I bet you couldn’t read those lines without singing it. I still remember spending 12 to 14 hours of the day watching FRIENDS series, because I am more like a “One season a day” kind of guy. So, what made FRIENDS so lovable that we used to laugh with them and even cry with them?

Was that Chandler’s hilarious jokes and sarcasm or Joey’s charming looks yet a dimwitted nature. Was that Monica’s OCD for cleanliness and competitiveness or Ross & Rachel’s romantic “On-Off” relationship? And who don’t love the childish, ‘weird-one’ Pheobe? There are many reasons why we, Indians love FRIENDS so much. I am sure you’ll agree with the following things.

Why Do We Indians Love FRIENDS TV Series?

Sense of freedom

FRIENDS is the journey of the lives of six friends living in New York City. They hang out together, they make fun of each other, they support each other in their ups and downs. And most importantly they are on their own. This creates a sense of freedom somewhere in our mind. As an Indian, we start sensing responsibilities at an earlier age. Right from admitting into the school, we become a part of a rat race and get so consumed in that we don’t enjoy the simple joys of our life.

So we somehow relate to every character in the FRIENDS and they portray every individual aspect of our life. Chandler being stuck at a boring same routine job where no one appreciates his existence, Joey is a struggling actor who wants to follow his passion and become a famous actor. Pheobe had a rough childhood. Rachel left her wealthy parents to become an independent working woman. Monica is a chef and wants to open her restaurant and also she’s constantly on a pedestal to reach the level of her mother’s expectations. This depicts every individual’s life who is fighting with something.

A Way Better Source of Entertainment

As we know, the Indian TV series are infected by a dangerous virus. No, It’s not Corona, it’s “Saas-Bahu” virus. There are very few TV Series or programmes made especially for young people and those too are crap. Therefore the Indian youth turned their backs on Indian TV shows and appreciated the FRIENDS Series. But why FRIENDS? The answer is simple. FRIENDS has some great level of humour and sarcasm. Chandler’s spot on Jokes, Joey’s love for food and Pheobe’s dumb moments always make us ROFL, then why would anyone watch those stupid zero-logic daily soaps.

Job Status

In India, do you ever heard a girl saying that she finds the pizza delivery guy hot, or a guy saying the waitress is cute? No, because in India a person’s status is determined by what job he or she does. (There is blink sign of change, but still not significant). Doctors, engineers are the individuals who have been more respected in society than other jobs. In FRIENDS there’s a struggling actor, a masseuse, a waitress, a chef, a Paleontologist and Transponster (c’mon we still aren’t sure what’s Chandler’s job title but this is what Rachel thinks he is.) are living together happily.

Everyone is treated equally and there’s is no shame of doing any of the jobs. Everyone supports and encourage each other’s career choices. There are no superheroes who wins every time.

Fantasies

WE WERE ON A BREAK !!!!

So what came to your mind by reading that line? Yes, Ross and Rachel or Roschel as many of us call them.
In India Being on a break in a relationship is an unknown thing. Like many others such as having sex before marriage, a girl proposing a guy or flirting with him, the same gender relationships, girl and guy talking and joking about sex, a girl dating a man way older than her, these things are still a taboo in the Indian society. In FRIENDS you can see all this stuff in a very casual way. We Indians enjoyed watching these things because it was very unfamiliar yet tempting for us.

Peer Pressure

Yes, you read it right, in India, you are not considered cool unless you are doing that every other in your circle or group is doing. You find yourself isolated when your other friends are talking in your WhatsApp group about the sarcastic jokes of Chandler and you don’t even have the idea who the Chandler is. So a guy or girl has to watch the series even he doesn’t want to, to just keep up with friends.

There’s no doubt the show is amazing, but everyone doesn’t need to find it worth it to give a shot. Some might argue that there are many other better shows than FRIENDS. Yeah, there are some interesting recent shows coming out these days, but I think FRIENDS was one of the earliest western shows which were introduced to Indians thanks to the internet.

There are so many other things that we found adorable about the show. So, what’s your favourite thing in FRIENDS ? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Ajay Chavan

"Cut from a different cloth"
I believe words have the power to change the world. So, here I am, determined to change the world and leave my mark on it, one word at a time.
A writer, amateur poet, ardent dog lover, Sanskrit & Urdu enthusiast, and a seeker of Hiraeth.

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  • The whole write up made me imagine all 10 seasons of FRIENDS.
    Thanks for covering it all and showing an unprojected truth which we all felt but could not put the finger on. Nicely written !