Why Are You Still Watching "Friends" 20 Years Later?

30 March 2016, 15:51 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

James Wilson-Taylor

By James Wilson-Taylor

Could we BE any more obsessed?

Now that all 10 seasons are easily to binge-watch whether on Netflix or via the many, many TV stations airing regular marathons.

But hang on guys - this sitcom started over 20 years ago! How can a show that old still be relevant in 2016? And why are we all STILL obsessed with it over so much newer, equally awesome TV. We had some ideas...

1) The jokes still work.

Nick At Nite

From Chandler's wisecracks to "Smelly Cat" to "PIVOT!!", the scripts still stand up and, apart from a few outdated cultural references (Hootie and the Blowfish anyone?), they are never not funny.

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2) It reminds you of a simpler time before cell phones.

Nick At Nite

And Facebook. And Snapchat. And, well, the internet. The early series look like scenes from a historical artefact compared to the plugged in society we live in. There's something quite quaint about seeing characters use a landline.

3) It's the New York of your dreams.


A group of people in their twenties living in huge apartments that don't belong to their parents? What a fantasy! As much as we adore Broad City, the idea of actually being able to make it in the big bad city certainly has an appeal.

4) It makes you feel like you have your life together.


Their jobs a joke, they're broke, their love life's DOA - wow, they are all just trying to figure it out too! How relatable! Basically, you have until 30 to get settled. Unless you're Joey, in which case just carry on as normal.

5) The meme opportunities are endless.

We didn't have memes the first time around so now is the time to play catch up. God bless you Carly.

6) It gives you endless food goals.

Nick At Nite

Never waste, never share. Also, when ordering Pizza, always ask for "The Joey Special".

7) They invented squad goals.


And somehow it's not annoying. Maybe it's because Instagram didn't exist yet.

8) They are always there for you.


No matter what happens, this gang will always have your back. Never change Friends. Never change.