Leaping On the Bandwagon: Hating Associates is Not a Persona Trait


It appears that evidently as of late, extra persons are leaping onto the bandwagon of hating the traditional sitcom Friends.

In fact, not each present is beloved. Actually, there are a number of the reason why somebody may not like Associates.

Nevertheless, these causes are sometimes overshadowed by a brand new pattern — citing any excuse to bash Associates like it’s the cool factor to do.

For the previous couple of years, folks have been extra vocal about their dislike for Associates, going as far to say issues comparable to, “my highest quality is that I’ve by no means watched Associates,” or “those that assume Associates is an efficient present make me lose all religion in humanity.” 

Come on; there is no such thing as a have to be that dramatic. You possibly can critique the present all day lengthy with out claiming to have misplaced religion in humanity or delight your self on by no means watching the present within the first place. 

Joey: Hey Pheebs, you wanna assist?
Phoebe: Oh, I want I may, however I do not wish to.

After which there’s the truth that the identical folks repeatedly lament over the hype of Associates. 

Truthfully, they declare that the hype confuses them, however their feedback are literally complicated as a result of, nicely, the place is the hype? Folks appear to hate the present greater than they like it nowadays. 

That’s utterly superb, however pushing the concept that it’s unpopular to hate Associates, due to this fact it’s cool,  is simply fallacious. If something, it’s form of embarrassing. It’s evident that these folks simply jumped on the “hating Associates” bandwagon solely as a result of everybody else already has. 

Critically, who began this pattern? And why do folks assume hating this sitcom makes you distinctive?  

Newsflash: no one is edgy or bizarre for disliking Associates. The present is a beloved sitcom, however additionally it is problematic in its personal proper. You aren’t particular for detesting Associates, so cease with the overdramatic statements.

Humanity just isn’t misplaced perpetually. If Associates didn’t have fun monitor, some folks would discover it humorous, whereas others wouldn’t. You have to have higher qualities than by no means having seen the present as a result of in any other case, do you also have a persona?  

And no one is leaping into volcanoes or injuring themselves as a result of they’ve seen one too many Associates references. 

The precise content material of the present just isn’t deep in any respect. Associates exists purely to make folks giggle for twenty minutes. 

No, no, you are, uh, you are my lobster. See, um, lobsters, uh, within the tank when, after they’re previous, uh, they get with, uh, they stroll round holding the claws. Within the tank, ya know, with, with the holding and… Uh, Pheebs you wanna assist me out with the, the entire lobster factor?


Now, that doesn’t imply the present is flawless. Even when we didn’t take it out of context, Associates nonetheless obtained away with issues that no one ought to. 

The present is a blatant copycat of Residing Single, a sitcom a few tight-knit group of younger black adults taking over Brooklyn. Sound acquainted, anybody?

To not point out that Associates has a number of jokes which might be tinged with bigotry, and humor that depends on hurting others just isn’t humorous in any respect.

The present can be usually criticized for its lack of range, and rightfully so. What are the chances that six shut mates are all white? In New York Metropolis, of all locations?

Nevertheless, no one ever talks about these vital components. Individuals who declare to hate Associates discuss their dislike on a regular basis, however they by no means truly say why. 

That’s how one can inform Associates haters aside. In the event that they record their causes each time the topic occurs to come back up, likelihood is they genuinely don’t just like the present in any respect.  

But when they discuss their dislike each likelihood they get with out ever saying why, odds are these persons are simply leaping onto the “We Hate Associates, We’re Distinctive” bandwagon. 

Critically, of all three classes (those that don’t just like the present, those that bounce the bandwagon of disliking the present, and followers of the present), the most important group might be the bandwagon, regardless of claiming to be a really choose few.

This isn’t excessive society — you both like Associates, or you don’t, and you aren’t particular regardless of how you are feeling in regards to the present. 

I am going into enterprise, folks. I wanted a plan. A plan to recover from my man … and what is the reverse of man? Jam!


The truth is, Associates has its causes for being iconic. The present largely impacted a complete technology, from ladies copying Rachel’s hair and wardrobe fashion to casually incorporating “Associates-isms” into their vocabulary. 

Nevertheless, similar to any present, it has its flaws, particularly since it’s a sitcom with a predominantly white forged and crew. It’s unlucky that folks make dramatic statements about their hate for Associates as an alternative of mentioning the present’s flaws.

The dialog could possibly be way more productive, and we may shed extra gentle on the a number of terrible storylines Associates has, a few of that are downright appalling and disgusting.

Associates will be criticized for its faults whereas nonetheless being acknowledged for its momentum. And we are able to guarantee you, no one is cooler for claiming to hate the present. Possibly watch a number of episodes and resolve for your self, as an alternative of going together with a really annoying crowd. 

We’ll go away you with this suggestion: even when you don’t like Associates, we extremely advocate trying out Residing Single. This present has way more constructive elements, it’s funnier, and most significantly, it’s unique. It’s a disgrace Residing Single didn’t get its likelihood to shine, however hopefully, it can quickly get the popularity it deserves.

We wish to hear from you, Fanatics!

What do you consider Associates? Do you assume persons are merely voicing their dislike for the present to observe the gang? How do you are feeling in regards to the present generally?

Tell us your ideas within the feedback under!

Sarah Novack is a workers author for TV Fanatic. Observe her on Twitter.

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