The pandemic has probably made you binge movie and TV shows in quarantine. At some point, you likely rewatched Friends on Netflix. That is if you’re from Gen X or the early Millennial crowd. Now, if you’re Gen Z, your curiosity might have been piqued by the concept of friends staying connected sans smartphone and social media. Before you knew it, you’re already deep in the exploits of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey. That’s perfectly understandable.
Friends is an iconic show. In fact, in its heyday, celebrity news was never complete without a reference to the show. It’s one of the highest-rated American shows while it was still on the air. But it was not merely popular. Critics adored the ensemble series as well. It never fails to appear in lists of the best TV shows of all time. Again, that’s perfectly understandable.
The storytelling is superb. The actors are quite excellent at their job. And the characters are all equally lovable even if they are all flawed. Now, let’s consider what happens if you are with any of your Friends in quarantine.
If you’re into fashion, quarantining with Rachel will be a blast. You can spend hours online shopping for clothes, spend days waiting for your orders to arrive while gossiping to pass the time and trying on the outfits together as soon as they are delivered to your door. However, you must be prepared for drama. Rachel’s all about drama. If you’ve already forgotten, she’s the character who walked out of her own wedding, which paved the way to her inclusion in the Friends circle.
Ross might bore you to death with talks about dinosaurs and paleontology. He’ll also grab every chance he gets to tell you he’s a doctor. But he’s not the kind of doctor that’s useful during a pandemic. He won’t be able to tell you what to do if all of a sudden you get COVID symptoms. But at least he’ll try to entertain you with his dancing and music. Yes, a few episodes revealed Ross to have an artistic flair. But he’s better off with dinosaurs.
The upside of quarantining with chef Monica is you’ll be taken care of like a baby. She will feed you delicious dishes. Your tummy will be happy every day. But you might lose your mind a little in the process. That’s because Monica’s your textbook type A personality. She’s a neat freak, borderline obsessive-compulsive when it comes to keeping things in order. That means your quarters won’t turn into a pigsty even after extended isolation. That means that your patience will get tested.
Chandler does not run out of jokes. He also has a knack for throwing on-point insults. If you’re thick-skinned enough, you’ll enjoy playful banter with Chandler. However, if you’re onion-skinned, you’ll probably run out of your quarantine quarter crying like a baby. But don’t get Chandler wrong. He just wants to keep things light and breezy. He’s not mean per se. He’s just a little emotionally stunted. If you are in quarantine with Monica as your third wheel, that could balance out the house’s dynamics.
Arguably the funniest and most adorable among the bunch, Phoebe will keep your quarantine days hectic. She will give you massages. She’ll sing you her original songs, like Smelly Cat. She can even give you tarot readings. But be prepared because she’s a bit flaky. You never know what to expect with Phoebe. Maybe one day you’ll wake up, and your quarantine buddy has moved away to the opposite side of the coast despite strict travel protocols, leaving you a note with the weirdest poetry you’ve ever read.
This dude loves to eat. If you are conscious about your weight, it’s a bad idea to be in quarantine with Joey. He’ll order boxes of pizza. And bags of sandwiches, which happens to be his favorite food. The upside of quarantining with this guy is you’re sure to have so much fun. Joey’s all about chilling out. He doesn’t mind playing foosball or couch potato-ing in front of the TV for hours on end.
Quarantining with any or all of the Friends would be a dream come true for fans of the show. But, of course, that’s not possible. They’re make-believe characters played by big-time celebrities, after all.
But if you want to have more of Friends, you’re in for some good news. There’s a Friends reunion in the offing. And it’s happening this year. So sit back, relax, and know your Friends will soon come over to cheer you up.
Meta title: What to Expect If You Are to Be Kept in Quarantine with Friends’ Six Characters
meta desc: Friends is an iconic TV show. That’s thanks to interesting characters played by competent actors. If you are to be in quarantine with the characters from Friends, here’s what you can expect.