So, on Thursday evening, I did it. I finished the show. 10 long seasons of pure awesomeness. And, if you’ve watched the show, you’re aware of everything that the last season brings, especially the last 3 episodes. I felt that too. Crying like hell when Rachel was saying her goodbyes, feeling terrible for Ross, being spellbound by the twins, and jumping while crying on, “I got off the plane.”, to screaming for more after the simple, yet iconic, “Where?”.
Phoebe’s married, Chandler & Monica have 2 babies, Joey has his own spin-off, and Ross & Rachel are finally together. There couldn’t have been a more satisfactory end to this fantastic series. Everything wrapped up tight and beautiful, with a deep feeling sinking in our hearts – ‘That is it. There’s no more to it.’
Such simple and believable shows are pretty rare, and Friends is one of its kind. It’s been 15 years since it has ended, and yet it remains at the top of the iconic shows, unbeatable. Maybe it was it’s mass appeal, or maybe it was just how natural and relatable all of it was.
Ross: You know, you probably didn’t know this, but back in high school I had a major crush on you.
Rachel: I know.
Ross & Rachel, aka Roschel. They kept me going through the 10 seasons. Every episode, I rooted for them to be together, abd something or the other kept coming in their way, once, twice and innumerable times. But, throughout the 10 seasons, it was not hard to find beautiful Roschel moments, in which their eyes totally said how much in love they are, even though they’ve broken up. They’re easily my favorite thing about the show, even though rooting for them was getting exhausting as time passed.
It’s been 3 days since I’ve finished the show, and I have never missed any characters like I am missing them. Each of them have had such a unique trait, a personality, and character development, which other shows are able to have with only selected characters. It’s not wrong to say that I’ve slept late most of the nights in last 3 months, because I just wanted that one more episode. I always had myself under control, but the 6 characters had become a part of my daily schedule.
I’ve started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine now, and am loving it, but some part of me wants to go to YouTube and keep watching clips of friends again and again. Regardless, there wouldn’t be any new content. I would’ve already heard all those laugh tracks. And, this feeling does not sink in. All those Joey moments and Chandler’s sarcastic lines aren’t enough for my greed.
All I want to say right now is thankyou. Thankyou to all the writers, directors and showrunners of the show, who gave us a classic to re-watch and enjoy forever. Thankyou to all the actors to give life to these characters, and make every part of them so lovable, and making us laugh for 10 whole seasons.
Last year, I had binge-watched Big Bang Theory. I thought that I won’t be able to love any show as much as I love it. And, I still do love Big Bang. But, I certainly underestimated Friends. Now I’m sure there’s nothing like this. There can’t be. It’s one of its kind.
Do share in the comments, what friends mean to you, and how you felt when it ended.