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Day 58: F.R.I.E.N.D.S in pop culture

The show that needs no introduction. I'm sure most of us (I won't say all) who have watched television once a while or are aware of pop culture should have heard of this brilliant show. Just like today's Big Bang Theory or the Modern Family, F.R.I.E.N.D.S just changed how sitcoms were accepted by audiences. It became the window for American pop culture and somehow, every other part of the world appreciated and devoured this show, so much so, that there were (and probably are) many who believed that life in the US was very much like this show.

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With a star cast that bonded so well- both in the series and outside the series, this show has 'tickled' (read touched) millions of mind all over the world. Marta Kauffman and David Crane created some terrific characters, all flawed yet interesting and charismatic. With a critical lens, one can actually find a lot of issues in the way the story and the cast was set, but in reality, that did not matter. Coffee shops, hair style, pick up lines, english language style, even referring to 'Monica clean' for a sparkling clean apartment (well, I tend to think of that term whenever, I try to clean my place:D) and so on have just become a part of the culture. In fact, a culture not just in the place where this was set, but all over the world. On a side note, there was another show that was equally hilarious and brilliantly made called 'Seinfeld'. I love that one too. I think that show portrayed NY in a realistic fashion. Initially, I did not appreciate going behind the 'idea' of a 'single idea' being a part of a mass culture and accepted by a larger audience. I used to feel that just because it is a part of the mass culture, I probably should stay away. So, even when I did watch it while in India, I 'tried' to keep away from it. My 'S' is a big fan and if at all I watched it in India, it was with and for him. But thanks to him, now I just relax every time I watch one show. After coming to the US, I watched it regularly as I had it on my machine and felt it the best way to 'spend' time outside work. By the way, I do also believe that having background laughter track, changes how people appreciate the joke. Sometimes, I think, even without that laughter track, probably with just the right music this show would have been as good as it is now. Or probably not. I am not sure! 

Even though I have watched it many times, I still cannot stop laughing when I watch an episode.
I try to watch one episode a day before I go to bed to just forget the stress and laugh out loud. I even have a feeling that I have these characters alive in my head as at times, I laugh just by myself when I think of what would be Joey's reaction to something or may be Monica's ! So, if you haven't watched this yet, I do recommend you to try it once! 
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