Was ‘Friends’ Actually Being Told From The Future?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani and Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay

Friends was among the many most profitable tv
exhibits of all time. Friends
ran from 1994 till 2004 and have become so iconic that it’s nonetheless closely discussed,
16 years after the present’s closing episode aired. What if the best way you considered
the present was fully incorrect, although? One fan
theory
suggests the complete sequence was secretly being instructed from a completely
completely different perspective, and whereas it does make sense, it fully alters the
method we have a look at the present.

A fan concept suggests the complete sequence was one big flashback

One Reddit fan steered that the complete sequence is only one big flashback. According to the idea, Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Joey Tribianni, Phoebe Buffay, and Chandler Bing are all a lot older than they appeared on the sequence. Instead of it being instructed from the current tense, the person believes the present could be a sequence of flashbacks which are introduced up organically in a dialog sooner or later.

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani and Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay
The solid of ‘Friends’ | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images through Getty Images

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The person’s concept is reportedly primarily based on the best way the present’s episodes are titled. The person claims that “the one where..” title model seems to be a nod to the best way folks inform tales from the previous. Not everyone seems to be satisfied that the idea is right, although. Another person identified that Friends couldn’t probably be a flashback of occasions as a result of the sequence had a number of flashback episodes.

There have been a number of exhibits which were narrated by somebody
sooner or later

There have been a number of exhibits which were instructed from the
perspective of a personality’s future self. How I Met Your Mother and The
Wonder Years
, could be the 2 most notable examples. In each exhibits, a
narrator is utilized to clue followers into the truth that the story being instructed is in
the previous. The Wonder Years, in accordance with Mental
Floss
, took the thought from A Christmas Story.

Chandler and Joey pack up their apartment Chandler and Joey pack up their apartment
Joey Tribianni and Chandler Bing | Getty Images

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Friends, nonetheless, doesn’t use a narrator in any respect, which
suggests the present was set within the current day. One would suppose, if the present had been
being instructed from the angle of one of many characters sooner or later, it
would have centered, extra intently, on the angle of that one character.
For instance, in How I Met Your Mother, the story is instructed from the
perspective of Ted Mosby. Because the story is instructed from his recollections, his view
is infused in every episode. Friends doesn’t comply with the identical method. Monica
Geller’s storyline
is not any extra highlighted than Rachel Green’s ideas, for
instance.

There is one more reason that Friends episodes have
such distinctive titles

While the fan concept definitely forces viewers to take a look at the
present from a completely completely different perspective, there’s a completely cheap
clarification for the present’s chosen sample for episode
titles
. Instead of hinting on the complete sequence being occasions that took
place prior to now, it’s doable that the writers had been paying homage to the best way
viewers typically talk about tv exhibits.

Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribianni and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribianni and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green
Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribianni and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green | Getty Images / Handout

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When folks discuss tv exhibits, they very hardly ever
know the title of the episode. Instead, they point out particular occasions inside the
episode to jog the reminiscence of the particular person they’re discussing it with. The
Friends episode titles
used the identical conversational model. It appears
far more possible that the titles had been created to facilitate fast recall for
followers, than having the complete story being instructed in a sequence of lowkey flashbacks.

The sequence catchy titles may additionally be the rationale followers have
such a simple time discussing the sequence, 16 years after it went off the air.
Even if the present wasn’t instructed from the angle of a future self, it’s nonetheless
a enjoyable method to take a look at the sequence. In reality, it in all probability would have been a superb
method to method the present, within the first place.   

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