The young son of Ross Geller, Ben, is now the same age as Jennifer Anniston was when she took on the role of Rachel. For those of you wondering, that age is 25. It’s been 24 years since the worldwide phenomena ‘Friends’ premiered, 3 days before my birthday on the 22nd September 1994. However, in the last few years, following a number of successful comedies such as ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ the popularity of the American sitcom model seems to have declined after reaching its peak in 2014.
Gone are the days of where groups sit around talking about who the Ross, Rachel and Joey of the group are. The bets on who has the most characteristics of Sheldon. The use of the numerous catchphrases of the ‘Legen-waitforit-dary’ Barney Stinson, who actually coined the term ‘Bro-Code’ back in 2008.
It seems that the days where the television show everyone talks about has changed from whether Ross and Rachel will get together or how Ted met his kids’ mother, to whether Westeros will fall to the White Walkers, whether Jon Snow will get things on again with Daenerys Targaryen or the question of how Rick Grimes will exit the Walking Dead series.
The shift seems to be as a result of the binge-worthiness of television subscription services such as Netflix and Now TV. No longer is it difficult to catch up with television series with long series arcs due to the automatic ‘play next episode’ option on Netflix.
With the likely conclusion of the Big Bang Theory next season, it looks like the prime place of American sitcoms will disappear. Who knows, we may have the next generation’s version of ‘Friends’ just around the corner. Or even better, they may just do a new series, like most old shows seem to be doing nowadays. Who doesn’t want to see whether Ross and Rachel stayed together, or whether they took another break?