Lessons I Learned From Watching “Friends”

Lessons I Learned From Watching “Friends”

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam which means that they pay for the streaming service in exchange for me posting once a month about the service. All opinions are my own.

When I started graduate school many years ago, I didn’t know anyone at the school I chose to attend in small town Georgia. While I quickly met other students in my program, I did not have the social life or friendships I once had at college. Then, one day, I received a message from a random undergraduate. Tony contacted me because he was also from the St. Louis area and looking for people from “home.” He was around my age, but just starting college. We met up and became friends that year.


Every Thursday, we would meet at my apartment and to see “Must Watch TV” on NBC. It was a great time to take a break from my studies and enjoy a good laugh. The schedule that year was Mad About You, Wings, Seinfeld, and Frasier. We continue our tradition through the fall and into the spring when his girlfriend moved in with me temporarily. 

The next school year, I never heard from Tony. I don’t remember why. I think he might have transferred to a different school. But what I did do was keep up my tradition of watching NBC on Thursday nights. It was 1994, and NBC introduced a show about 20-somethings, Friends. It was love at first laugh. I watched that show every Thursday until it went off the air. It is still one of my all-time favorite shows. Not only that, but I learned some “life” lessons that have stayed with me. 

Your paycheck will never be as much as you hope!

What people say on a date isn’t always what they mean.

Passing a kidney stone is just like giving birth.

Be kind to your poor friends when splitting the check.

Turkeys make great hats!

Anything goes when you’re pregnant, even if you are vegetarian.

It’s important to follow directions.

Never regift a mixtape.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Lying to your friends may backfire on you.

Baby-proofing is adult-proofing.

The best song to sing to your baby is “Baby Got Back.”

One thing I love about Netflix is while I can discover shows I missed or find brand-new shows, I can also watch Friends when the urge strikes. 

Lessons I Learned From Watching "Friends"

Now it’s your turn, what did you learn from watching Friends?



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