Since 1994, FRIENDS has been one of not only America, but the entire world’s favorite shows. Following the lives of six friends living in New York City, FRIENDS is a great sitcom because it shows the life that so many wish they had: living in New York close to your five best friends. These friends depend on each other on everything. Monica provided gourmet home cooked meals. Ross always had random facts regarding dinosaurs handy. Thanks to Joey, there were porcelain statues of dogs. Rachel dished out constant fashion advice. And Chandler was always present to offer a smart remark.
However, the only friend that is not critical to the show’s success is Phoebe Buffett (Lisa Kudrow).
There are many arguments that could be made as to why Phoebe is not an essential character to FRIENDS. I am the first to admit that Phoebe brings humor to the show. Without her, we would have no Princess Consuela Banana Hammock or no “Smelly Cat.” But Phoebe simply is not as essential to the show: she is lacking the love affairs and the relatable failures.
Ross and Rachel’s tumultuous relationship and the question of if they would end together drove the show. The arguments over if they were on a break. Being forbidden to be in the same room as each other. The child conceived after a random night of hooking up. People tuned in every week to experience the humor of the relationship and to give into the curiosity of how the series would end.
Then add in somewhere in the middle of the back and forth of Ross and Rachel, Rachel and Joey having a brief romance. Two best friends deciding whether they want a relationship, on top of the fact that Ross’s best friend Joey had been in love with Rachel since high school.
Viewers intrigued by Ross and Rachel were equally attracted to the dynamic between Monica and Chandler. Many people struggle with the idea of falling in love with the best friends of your siblings, I know I have. Monica and Chandler have this type of relationship that ends up working out, perhaps being the steadiest. Even though they had to deal with the challenge of telling Ross that they started hooking up while they were at his wedding.
Part of being a young adult living in New York City is the inevitable failures that will come, whether in your love life or in the workplace. Five of the six friends have their fair share of these failures; Phoebe does not.
Phoebe never has to deal with the hard task of finding and working a job that she wasn’t successful in doing.
Joey is a struggling actor.
Rachel is a young girl that has always depended on her parents’ money.
Chandler had a job that he was always bored with.
Monica had a hard time achieving her goal of head chef.
Ross has a job that everybody makes fun of him about.
Phoebe is a successful masseuse in New York City.
All six of the main characters of FRIENDS are important to the show and bring a different kind of humor that is attractive to the audience. But out of these five, Phoebe is the least important. Not only is she not as important for the reasons stated above, but also for reasons that can also be found in http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/friends/feature/a814758/phoebe-from-friends-is-the-worst/.