You spent the last 12 months gorging on Netflix shows like Orange Is the New Black, The Crown, and House of Cards – and you loved every minute of it. So why on earth do things differently in the new year? January 1st will see new releases such as fantasy film Hotel Transylvania, time-travel drama series Timeless, and documentary He Named Me Malala arriving on everyone’s favorite streaming service, but they pale in comparison to this: the prospect of rewatching the greatest TV show ever from start to finish.
Here, Savoir Flair reveals ten reasons why you should bail on the gym, cancel those brunch plans, ‘accidentally’ silence your cell, and kick off 2018 by binge-watching all ten seasons of Friends.
Because the lyrics of its theme song will resonate more than you think.
“So no one told you life was gonna be this way. Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A.” It’s unlikely that the lyrics of the Friends theme song resonated with you when the show first came out, but over 20 years later, it might just be a different story.
Because it taught you everything you know about dating.
Monica introducing a woman’s (ahem) anatomy to Chandler, Rachel antagonizing Ross with her mother’s take on cheating, and Joey explaining that “It’s not you” means “It is you” – it’s safe to say that an entire generation learned everything they know about dating through the six friends. We suggest binge-watching the show to see if their wisdom still holds true today.
Because over 20 years later, its guest stars will still surprise you.
Of course you remember TOW Brad Pitt playing Rachel’s arch-enemy and Julia Roberts starring as Susie “Underpants” Moss, but do you remember – or even know – that Dakota Fanning, John Stamos, Helen Hunt, and Ellen Pompeo all made guest appearances on the show?
Because it'll undo some of your nostalgia for the 90s.
The world of fashion has been obsessed with all things 90s for a while now, but there are elements of the decade spotted on Friends that will make you cringe. From Ross needing to buy a pager because of Carol’s impending due date to Monica wanting a Demi Moore haircut, Joey owning a “Baywatch tape”, and Chandler bragging about the specs of his new laptop, you’ll feel relief over how far we’ve come.
Because there's one character in particular that you (secretly) relate to.
If working on your emotional intelligence is one of your New Year’s resolutions – as it should be – start by gaining a better understanding of yourself. Thought Catalog has ingeniously suggested using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire to determine which of the 16 personality types you are before identifying which Friends character you’re most similar to. Warning: The results may surprise you.
Because you'll understand the jokes that you didn't the first time around.
Admit it: you only pretended to laugh at some of the jokes on Friends when you first watched the show – chalk it up to simpler times and more innocent minds. A lot of said jokes are surprisingly risqué, so you’re bound to laugh for real this time around, you dirty beast.
Because you, like other fans, sported "The Rachel" hairstyle.
There are classic haircuts, iconic haircuts, instantly recognizable haircuts – and then there’s “The Rachel”, which ironically was hated by Jennifer Aniston because she claims it was too hard to maintain without professional help. Did you copy the hairstyle in a fit of fandom? You’ll love reliving it with the help of the first season.
Because you're actually living the plot lines now.
Remember when it felt like the cast was so much older than you? With topics such as marriage, divorce, adoption, having babies, and moving for work now dominating your everyday conversations with friends, you’ll appreciate the storylines on a deeper level.
Because the show was doing throwbacks long before it was an Instagram trend.
Long before millennials were #TBTing all over Instagram, season after season of Friends was serving us flashback episodes. It’s here that you fell in love with fat Monica, pre-nose job Rachel, moustached Ross, and Chandler with that “Flock of Seagulls” haircut – and you’re guaranteed to all over again.
Because you still compare every relationship, yours included, to that of Ross and Rachel.
“Ross and Rachel. Rachel and Ross. That’s been one heck of a see-saw, hasn’t it?” are the not-so-eloquent words with which Ross summed up his complicated relationship with Rachel. And regardless of where you stood on the “We were on a break” divide or what you really thought of the Joey-Rachel pairing, the fact remains that – even after ten seasons of ups and downs – Ross and Rachel remain TV’s favorite couple.