I’ll Be There for You: The Evolution of Friends

Aymes Sarah
12 min readApr 29, 2020

How the characters changed throughout the series, their best moments, and what I think they’re doing now!

Image courtesy of Vanity Fair (From left: Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox, Matthew Leblanc, and Lisa Kudrow)

Friends is an iconic 1990’s show. Every fan has a character they can relate to and the scenarios portrayed in some of the episodes were situations that some of us have experienced in our own lives.

I love this show and I’ve watched it since its debut on September 22, 1994.

My favorite episode of the series was “The One With the Five Steaks and an Eggplant”. In this season 2 episode: Rachel, Phoebe, and Joey feel that Chandler, Ross, and Monica don’t understand that they can’t afford to live the same lifestyle as the latter trio does.

Rachel is a waitress, Joey is an unemployed actor, and Phoebe is a masseuse. They don’t make as much money as Chandler, Monica, and Ross do. When they confront Ross, Monica, and Chandler about this issue, this causes resentment among the group.

This was my favorite episode because it was a relatable scenario.

As the series progressed, the “friends” seemed to become more affluent and money became less of an issue (aside from the running joke of Joey borrowing money off Chandler and not paying it back).

Towards the end of the series, even Joey became financially stable and was able to lend money to Monica.

This wasn’t the only change in the ten seasons Friends ran for.

The characters all developed and changed as time went on, just like people in real life transform as their lives progress.

Phoebe Buffay

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Phoebe Buffay is an eccentric character. She is a new-age hippie with long, blonde hair and a huge heart. She is a masseuse who enjoys reading tea leaves, hanging out at the coffee house, playing her old guitar, and challenging the other friends in conversation.

Phoebe was married three times: The first marriage was to an ice-dancer named Duncan, then a random man in Las Vegas, and her third husband was Mike Hannigan, her true love.

Aymes Sarah

Wife, mother, and researcher of a myriad of subjects. I love to write about anything and everything! Writer for The Startup, Better Marketing, & The Ascent👊