The Friends “2018” movie trailer that has been going viral this month is totally fan-made of course, but you know what isn’t? Friends on Netflix MENA!
You can now binge watch all 236 episodes of Friends back to back on Netflix in Kuwait, without using a VPN to gain access to Netflix US.
We just happily said goodbye to 85 hours of our life.
There will be popcorn. But no sharing!
We are only a little sad that this trailer is fake. But when you re-watch the trailer after dialing down your excitement, you’ll be glad that this isn’t legit.
The trailer implies that in 2018 Phoebe is a doctor, Monica and Chandler broke up and that Rachel is a therapist?! We’re not sure we want to watch that. We’d even take Netflix’s recent albeit darker take on Friends plotlines in 2018.
FRIENDS 2018 PLOTLINES
-Joey eats Tide pods, goes to hospital (guest star Ellen Pompeo)
-Chandler won't shut up about how funny his Vines were
-Ed Sheeran cameo interrupts Phoebe's Central Perk set
-Ross gets everyone into Bitcoin
-The One Where The Gang Realizes Their Privilege
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 24, 2018
It just doesn’t feel like the Friends we grew up watching and loved so much. Instead of a group of friends awkwardly navigating life, it becomes about middle aged people and their issues. No thank you!
The original show is what young us thought life would be like in our twenties and thirties. Growing up in a region that felt light years away from Manhattan, we were those starry-eyed kids wishing we could live in that cool purple-walled apartment with our best friends.
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Most of us in Kuwait watched the show on Orbit’s America Plus. This was in the era before fast internet streaming, so we may have procured “not so legal” copies from the Jabriya Home Video store. Thank god for Netflix these days!
The show made us and still makes us laugh no matter what, but we did learn a few lessons. Some of them were positive and some were complete misdirections.
Friends are great, but they aren’t everything
The show made us think that our adult friendships would be strong and last forever. This was the hardest lesson of all. People move away, grow apart and just change. There is nothing you can do about it. Just make more friends.
Don’t put yourself in a box
We pigeon-holed ourselves into archetypes. You were either Monica, Rachel or Phoebe. It felt easier and was consistent with how we were raised. You were either good or bad. Right or wrong. But now we know that personality is so much more fluid than that. You might share a trait or two with Monica (we hope it is the obsessive cleanliness) but you can also love singing “Smelly Cat”.
You could totally be a dinosaur doctor
Growing up in the Middle East, your parents only gave you two career options. You could be a doctor or an engineer, that was it. Ross being a paleontologist blew our minds! We could suddenly imagine ourselves being so many different things. So liberating!
New York is coolest place to live
Friends wasn’t the only sitcom that made NYC look like it was the coolest place, but it is the one that left the biggest impression on our young minds. We were so ready to book a one-way ticket and go make our way in the world. It made our lives feel so provincial, insignificant and uninteresting. Fortunately, we have since realized that the world is a huge and interesting place and we really can live anywhere. But we still have a soft spot for the Big Apple.
You don’t have to marry your friend
If you can’t find your Ross, find a Mike. You don’t have to be with a person you have known forever. That is the whole thing about love and relationships, you get to know the other person along the way.
But you can marry your best friend
But then again – if there is a Chandler in your life, don’t be afraid to go for it. A relationship built on history and years of friendship has its benefits. He knew you before you got braces or lost the weight and is still around. Besides he will always be totally real with you.
Featured Image is from a Friends-inspired Bazaar recreation of the iconic intro scene.