Figure 1: Still from Friends. Image from http,www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel/news/article/2760567/How-YOU-brewin.html
We all know Friends; it is a show that, even after 20 years, continues to entertain fans as they watch it over and over again. The antics of the six friends overs the years have gotten many of us hooked. The sitcom actually takes a lot of inspiration from Seinfeld.
In our class we learnt that Seinfeld has been dubbed ‘a show about nothing,’ meaning of course that the show doesn’t seem to be about anything in particular but appears to be about a group of friends going about their everyday lives. Sound familiar?
The above link videos avid Friends fans and asked them what the show is about. The answers support the answer that Friends is ‘a show about nothing’ in particular. Friends, like Seinfeld, may seem to be sitcoms about nothing in particular but it is because of this that the show has liberty and freedom to have each episode touch on different things and address many issues. Less popular shows, ones that never made it past one season like Dads, Parents, We are Men, etc. have limited content because the show is about something and serves a purpose, and therefore there is less freedom to broaden their content. Friends, Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, Louie and New Girl serve as example for the opposite. They all don’t really touch on one particular topic and just follow people so each show has the freedom to explore a variety of aspects of everyday life. How I Met Your Mother is an exception because the story does have a point, but the gimmick of the show is that the story is prolonged, goes on tangents and just seems to be talking about life before the mother.