We all love watching television, and the reason for that is our favorite television shows. These television shows come in multiple genres and almost everyone has a favorite. Yet, some of the television shows are constant in everyone’s favorite list and one of those is F.R.I.E.N.D.S. The television show lasted for a total of ten seasons and this is because how popular it was and still is. Though it was a show in the comedy genre, it taught us so many things about life and also about relationships. The relationships that the characters of the show were involved in only made us envious of them.
So here we made a list of some of the lessons that we learned about relationships from the television show F.R.I.E.N.D.S!
1. Refrain from repeating the same mistakes
The characters in the show were really consistent when it came to doing things. Even during their relationships, they were consistent when making mistakes. Chandler kept seeing Janice and would have hooked up with her even more if he was not into a relationship with Monica. Rachel also hooks up with Paolo and Barry. This caused a lot of issues in their current relationship. Repeating the same relationship mistakes brought distances between the two which was not good for either.
2. Being clear about what a “Break” is
This television series is quite long. Ten seasons is a big storyline, but some sources say that the series could have been over six seasons shorter only if Rachel and Ross were clear about what a “break” was all about. Rachel had asked for a break during the fight they were having, which Ross misinterpreted to having an ice cream. Rachel actually meant to take a break from the relationship though. Ross misinterpreted it again only to sleep with the girl from the Xerox place. It’s better to be completely clear about the break that you need in your relationship so that these mistakes are not made.
3. Don’t end up in a box
When Joey and Kathy dated, Chandler, who was quite impressed with Kathy, did a lot of stuff to just say hi to her, but what was unexpected was how he kissed her while she was dating Chandler’s friend, Joey. This is important to clarify mutual love affections, or begin looking for someone else to feel for.
4. Keeping things secret is not easy
One of the best moments of the show is from the time when Chandler and Monica kept their relationship a secret. They went to extremes to keep it a secret, and during this time, the funniest moments popped up, like Monica hiding underwater when they were interrupted during a bubble bath and what not. This taught us that keeping a relationship secret, whatever the reason is, it’s a quite tough job.
5. The Exes show up at the most unexpected times
Exes come in front of you when you are totally over them, in the most unexpected moments. When Chandler was over Janice, she came up in front of him unexpectedly, and unintentionally, only making things worse for him. This is how it is, and the show has taught us to deal with it.
6. Everyone has a different way of moving on
The characters dealt with their breakups differently. Ross and Rachel were too obsessive when they went through a breakup. Chandler mourned, and one of its stages involved him going to a strip club. Joey didn’t mourn. This shows how everyone deals with it differently.
7. It’s the bond that matters
In the finale of the show, Rachel leaves to Paris to work for Louis Vuitton, but Ross wants her to stay and insists her to do so. Rachel explains why she has to go, and how it was the best job in the world. When Ross returns to his apartment, he gets a voicemail from Rachel, which said that she will stay, and is not going to Paris. This tells us that no matter where we go in life, the bond shall never be sacrificed.
8. Taking the right name at the altar
This epic scene when Ross takes the name of Rachel instead of Emily while vowing in his wedding is the most shocking one. It is a lesson that we must take note of the right name before taking it at the altar.
9. Being on the same page is important
Richard and Monica were in a relationship, and there would be no one who’d leave Richard for he had everything a girl would aspire for, but just because they were not at the same page in their lives, they broke up. This is among the hardest lessons that the series taught us.
10. Complicated Relationships
The series had perfectly depicted the complications that come up in a relationship. No other show of its type has been this specific, and practical. It taught us how complicated relationships are and still, you can deal with it.
11. Playing games doesn’t make you a winner
The game player of the series, Rachel played dating games with several characters of the show, but yet, all that we learn that it is a waste of time. Instead, “Hey! How are you doing?” makes one more obliged to see you.
12. The Worst Person might be yours
When Joey and Rachel were together, none of us liked it. They were the worst people for each other and we have to admit it. Yet, they realized it sooner or later and learned their experiences. It’s okay, and this happens to all of us.
13. Your Ex can be your friend
Rachel and Ross broke up because Ross cheated on her. Yet they removed the sexual tension between themselves and remained friends. Their friendship provided us friendship goals. Eventually, they ended up together. Your ex can actually be your friend.