For me Friends was and still is to this day the perfect description of struggling through your twenties. Between dealing with find your career, building a strong friend group and of course surviving the dating world.
While the 6 friends had a string of good (ahem Richard Burke) and bad (Pablo) relationships throughout the show that ultimately led to them finding love. You gotta think along the way of all the lessons they went through and in turn taught us as an audience. Their dating struggles and lessons are ones we can all relate to in one way or another.
Although the show was all about a group of friends in their 20’s the show covered a lot of dating aspects. From the girls telling the guys that we need the kiss instead of going straight to the sex, that the length of a guys penis is from the tip of his thumb to the tip of his index finger. That there are Seven erogenous zones SEVEN! And finally that you will find your lobster.
THE FRIEND ZONE
For years now we have found ourselves putting someone in the friend zone or being put into the friend zone ourselves all thanks to Joey Trbiani. When Joey uttered the words “now you’re in the Friend Zone” to Ross we found a new way to describe how we are seen by the person we like. Joey told Ross he’d left it too long before making a move on Rachel that she has now put him in the Friend zone. This was also the episode where she met and started dating Pablo so further solidifying Ross in the friend zone for now. A scenario we have all been in at one time or another.
FINDING YOUR LOBSTER
If there’s one thing we can take away from this show is that your lobster is out there somewhere. As Phoebe says lobsters fall in love and mate for life, Ross and Rachel were meant to be together. For all they went through they still ended up together in the end. It taught us that if its meant to be it will all work out in the end.
WERE THEY REALLY ON A BREAK?
The age old debate that has spanned the 25 years of Friends is where Rachel and Ross really on a break? One thing we have all learned from this is to never sleep with someone the night of your break up unless you are certain you have actually broken up with the person. Oh and also don’t tell your ex you want to get back with them while said person you slept with is still in your apartment.
THERE ARE SEVEN
One thing we all learned is that women have seven erogenous zones. Much to our and Chandler’s amazement it’s true.
NEVER SAY SOMEONE ELSE’S NAME AT YOUR WEDDING
I think that says it all just don’t say someone else’s name at your wedding.
THE BACKPACKING STORY DOES IN FACT GET YOU LAID
Granted, even we are a little unsure of this one but someone’s got to try it someday.
AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH A FRIEND DOESN’T ALWAYS BREAK UP A FRIENDSHIP
While Okay Rachel and Ross had a rocky on and off relationship throughout the entire 10 seasons the friend group never split up. Monica and Chandler proved that falling for a friend can be the best thing you can do. On the flip side, Rachel and Joey proved that sometimes you’re better off as friends.. Plus even the writers didn’t like the Joey and Rachel storyline.
EVERYONE HAS THAT PERSON THEY GO BACK TO
How many times did Rachel and Ross go back to each other over the course of the show. As Rachel said between them it’s never off the table. Chandler despite how much his friends couldn’t stand her and frankly how much he couldn’t stand her he went back to Janice so many times. Even Monica and Richard tried to have a friends with benefits type of relationship. There is always someone you have unfinished business with that you will keep going back to time and time again.