One has to understand that this was eventually a fictional programme, their roles portrayed by competent actors who deluded us to believe that this is what friendship is. As soon as the show concluded, these actors moved onto better opportunities and for them this TV show is just another ‘ job well done’.
The interesting part of this show is that it was shot during a time when social media was still dormant, one saw these individuals actually meeting in a physical place, and that what endeared us to this show. This is what we try to emulate, a real world conversation, rather than one through texts and other applications.
Even if this show gave us some ‘happy’ times, everything we saw was make-believe- it was smartly scripted, the emotions of the characters were nothing but acting, and it was misrepresented in such a proficient manner, that one wonders if this could happen in reality.
Such situations are far removed from reality- there are no friends or enemies or frenemies like what we think should be, but friendships are forged if there is something common- more like a business. It is about quid pro quo- there is never a one side to friendship.
Friends was not the only TV Show which continued to delude us about the complexity of friendships, but for some reason this particular show become an epitome on how to master the art of pseudo friendships. We tend to laugh with the characters, try to show empathy for situations which are not in favour of the protagonist, for this is how our brain is wired.
One understands that they were make believe, but the human propensity to be influenced by such is not elementary