Mother of all sitcoms
I love Friends. I remember watching it when it first came out. At that age most of the humor went over my head, however I still found it fascinating. There was something innately funny about Friends that did not require a prior understanding of either their setting or their culture. Friends was relatable beyond traditional boundaries.
The cast were very relatable and faced situations we all face in our day to day lives. They, like us, grew with relation to the passage of time and events in their life. It was an exhilarating experience to watch Ross and Rachel's love story unfurl and come to a wonderful finale.
Exam time was when I turned to watching Friends for company. Friends are always in short supply during exams. Watching Friends made me feel like I was a part of their little Manhattan circle, sitting and discussing the vagaries of life with them in Central Perk. It made the moments between textbooks and exams more pleasant.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey