Ross from Friends
The 90s are making a comeback, from high-waisted jeans to colorful hair scrunchies. To complete the nostalgic return to that last decade of the previous century, Twitter is lighting up about the classic 90s sitcom “Friends.” This time, the spotlight isn’t on Jennifer Aniston, it’s on…Ross?
Monica’s older brother, Ross Geller, is at the center of some controversy: Would he have any friends if he weren’t Monica’s brother? Early results are suggesting he definitely would not. Emily Heller began the discussion on Twitter with her theory that the writers had to make him a blood relative to one of the main characters or else viewers wouldn’t be on his side after his divorce. His ex-wife Carol is by far the more likable of the two, so viewers would be on Team Carol if not for his role as Monica’s older brother. One tweeter put it bluntly, “Nobody wants to hang out with the sad guy who owns a monkey.”
Described as “a hopeless romantic” and “a loveable nerd,” Dr. Ross Geller is a paleontologist whose wife divorces him shortly after the show’s beginning when she comes out as a lesbian. Ross proves unlucky in love throughout the show’s seasons. In his own words, “First divorce: wife’s hidden sexuality, not my fault. The second divorce: said the wrong name at the altar, kind of my fault. Third divorce: they shouldn’t let you get married when you’re that drunk and have stuff drawn all over your face, Nevada’s fault.”
Whose fault is it, though, that Ross is the least popular of the show’s six main characters? There seem to be endless reasons to pick Ross as the least favorite friend, from his cowardice as seen in his relationship with Rachel, to his arrogance and overall opinion that he’s the smartest person in the room. He also never seems to get over his trust issues after Carol and is generally an insecure person who is hard to get along with. Definitely not the ideal friend.
Though “Friends” stopped airing fourteen years ago in 2004, its popularity is resurging among millennials. According to Lucy Mangan of The Guardian, “Friends” is probably so attractive to millennials because it reminds them of a simpler time. Nowadays, you get thousands of virtual friends liking your social media posts, but in “Friends” you see a closely knit group of friends getting together and having face-to-face conversations that now seem quaint in the age of texting.
In Burbank, California, the Warner Bros. studio tour has found that the set of Central Perk from “Friends” is one of its most popular attractions. The iconic orange couch at the heart of the coffee shop is a favorite spot for selfies and has even seen dozens of marriage proposals by tourists. No other show from the 90s comes close to evoking emotion like “Friends” does, especially among nostalgic millennials who yearn for simpler times when you could focus on six close friends rather than hundreds of virtual ones.