“Friends” is one of the most popular and well-liked sitcoms ever. From 1994 to 2004, NBC broadcasted about six 20-somethings living in New York City for ten seasons. “Friends” became a cultural phenomenon, launching trends like Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel’s signature hairstyle, attracting Hollywood A-listers in guest roles, delivering memorable lines and moments that have become meme-worthy decades later, introducing one of television’s most iconic couples, and transforming a cast of relative unknowns into massive stars.
The cast, an ensemble in every sense of the word, is the driving force behind the show’s success. Fans recall Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc gathering to watch every episode of Season 1 together (via Vulture). Their most well-known act of solidarity was sticking together over their wage demands, which made headlines for the first time in 1996. (via The New York Times).
While some of the characters are undeniably more popular with the audience, it never feels like one character’s story arcs overshadow the others. However, one Reddit fan theory makes a compelling argument that may cause viewers to reconsider Ross Geller.
The true star of Friends as Ross Geller.
Redditor u/Ilikepieguy123 argued that Ross Geller is the true star of the show. “The writers for Friends may not have intended for there to be only one main character, but they managed to create a perfect show based on Ross’ life story,” he says. Try re-watching Friends from Ross’ point of view and see how it all fits together “they composed Season 1 introduces Ross as a man going through a divorce because his wife is a lesbian, according to them. Then Rachel shows up, introducing their on-again, off-again relationship, which is “arguably the series’ most important plotline.”
While Ross and Rachel’s relationship is central to the first three seasons, their breakup leaves them uncoupled for most of the series, with a few notable exceptions. It’s difficult to argue that their romance is the most important thing to take away from the show. What about Chandler Bing and Monica Geller, who were together from Season 4 to the finale? Monica and Chandler’s transformation from FWB to people who fall in love, move in together, get married, and struggle to conceive a child is chronicled in greater detail in “Friends” than in Ross and Rachel’s.
Every major story arc revolves around Ross.
Ross’s story arcs have spawned some of the show’s most significant plots. According to the fan theory that Ross is the show’s real star. “Chandler and Monica first met at his marriage to Emily. However, Vegas was Joey’s pet project. The main plot was that he and Rachel became so drunk that they married. The bottom line is that Ross is at the center of every major plot event. The show concludes with him and Rachel reuniting for good. Tell me it wasn’t a fluke, “u/Ilikepieguy123 wrote a comment. When asked if they agreed with the theory, a few people exclaimed, “Aha!” “Now I know,” she wrote.
Perry and Cox’s chemistry was evident long before their Season 4 hookup. According to Vulture, the idea of pairing Monica and Chandler had been brewing since Season 2. The six friends leave their keys on Monica’s apartment’s counter and head to Central Perk at the end of the series. The writers provide a happy ending for Ross and Rachel (most likely to appease fans rather than because it makes sense). The finale isn’t entirely about him. Instead, it depicts these characters maturing and progressing due to everything they’ve gone through throughout the series.
Rachel and Monica are also featured alongside Ross Geller.
“I always assumed it was a Geller thing… Other “Friends” fans believe Ross and his sister Monica get equal billing. The majority of the action takes place in Monica’s apartment. You spend the most time with their family, “u/MITCH-A-PALOOZA wrote: Throughout the series, each of the six characters lives in Monica’s apartment, or used to live there in the case of Phoebe Buffay (Kudrow). Furthermore, the series frequently addresses and explores Ross and Monica’s sibling rivalry.
Others believe Ross and Rachel’s relationship elevates them above their co-stars. “The main characters, both as an on-again, off-again couple and as individual characters, were Ross and Rachel,” u/hn 95 stated. It’s debatable whether Ross and Rachel’s romance has left a stronger impression on viewers than any other on the show. Maybe it’s because of the infamous “We were on a break” debate. Which starts in Season 3 and continues to rage.