I hated watching Friends growing up namely because it seemed like a bunch of privileged nonsense to me and my family at the time.
I had zero interest in the relationships between a bunch of characters who, on the surface, didn't do anything cool. All they did was hang out in a lame coffee shop and have zero clue how to commit in a relationship.
Plus, why would I want to watch that garbage when I could see quality entertainment like this on a regular basis?
There's no bazooka in Friends, is there??
So when the show came to Netflix and my wife put it on TV for months, I, by proxy, learned the entire plot of the show, and I have to say, I was floored by just how awful some of the characters were.
Which is why I'm so happy someone started a Twitter thread that shares some of the craziest things I noticed after watching Friends so late in life.
I am about to start Friends on Netflix for the first time ever, feel like I'm the only person in the world that hasn't watched it— Hannah (@HannahJMaguire) January 4, 2018
The styles definitely seemed a bit...much.
The shoes are definitely terrible, but yes, the styles they were rocking made them seem way too put together for a bunch of losers trying to figure their lives out in NYC.
But back to the important observations, of which there are many. Turns out Blake, Big Ron, and I were haunted by the same thing.
Watching FRIENDS on Netflix and I have questions: 1) was there no room in the wardrobe budget to purchase bras? 2) how cold were those sets?— Blake Northcott™ ⭐️ (@BlakeNorthcott) October 31, 2017
Watching Friends on Netflix and it’s basically just nipples— Big Ron Bentham OBE (@UncleRBenson) January 9, 2018
My thoughts exactly.
Watching Friends for the first time ever. Like Chandler and Rachel, Hate Ross, Joey creeps me out, Phoebe's fun in a scary way. And why does everyone mock Monica for trying to keep a clean, organized home?— Ellen Natalie (@EllenNatalie87) January 7, 2018
Ross is just the worst.
Watching through Friends for the first time. Ross is a monster. What is Rachel seeing in him— Bee Wakefield (@Bee_Wakefield) January 5, 2018
I'm watching Friends all the way through for the first time and Ross is an absolute ass. WHY DO PEOPLE LIKE HIM?— Becky 🐾 (@Blupye) January 4, 2018
Seriously, people just hate him.
Watching Friends for the first time n all I can say is that Ross is an absolute turnip— ❣ Annie ❣ (@justmagica_l) January 6, 2018
They even hated the forced relationship between him and Rachel.
I'm watching friends for the first time and for fucks sake can we just end the Ross/Rachel thing either way? Even when he's getting married to someone else we gotta do it?— Etruscan she-wolf (@chingchongcw) January 3, 2018
As far as the "break" debate goes, this guy is convinced that there is no debate.
watching Friends for the first time and Ross and Rachel were def on a break. I don’t know why people argue it was obviously a break— Clay Ingold (@ClayIngold) October 30, 2017
But the dramatic surprises of the show still hold up, decades later.
Others were surprised at how they main characters were a bunch of lightweights.
There’s an episode of Friends where a group of 26 year olds are shocked that they drank 5 bottles of wine between 7 people over an entire evening and honestly that’s way more unrealistic than the massive apartment thing.— Rebecca Manning Reid (@RebeccaCNReid) January 9, 2018
Others couldn't believe how heartless everyone was towards Phoebe.
Another observation from watching Friends through for the first time. Why do none of the friends try to help Phoebe through her grief and with her childhood traumas? It's like they don't care. Poor Phoebe.— Bee Wakefield (@Bee_Wakefield) January 6, 2018
While people picked up that there are certain jokes that could be told back in the '90s that definitely wouldn't fly on TV today.
Frankly, I'm just surprised that more people don't talk about Brad Pitt and Sean Penn's cameos in the show.