What’s Better Than F.R.I.E.N.D.S? A Show About Nothing

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What’s Better Than F.R.I.E.N.D.S? A Show About Nothing

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ust this week, I was faced with the millennial version of Sophie’s Choice. My hard drive had reached its 1TB capacity and I had to make some hard choices. I looked at my list of shows – Becker, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And taking up huge chunks of memory, was Seinfeld.

My finger hovered over Seinfeld. If I had to choose one sitcom about a scraggly group of friends making it in NYC, it should be F.R.I.E.N.D.S, right? The show that shaped our ’90s childhood, had all the happy endings, the easy jokes, likeable and good-looking characters, who never did a mean thing in their life. F.R.I.E.N.D.S gave me the raindrops-and-roses kind of vibe, in which my 11-year-old world was wrapped up tight.

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