"Simon's points are well-taken, but this article is pretty damn amazing to someone like me who was in junior high when Friends was at it's peak. I won't say I knew people who overtly coveted their lives, but the disconnect and bizarre implausibility of everything was not something that we were aware of. We had no perspective on what a 20-something should be doing or how they should behave and what their lives should look like. I never realized how unrealistic it was, what terrible gender stereotypes it promoted, how problematic the relationships were — they were just funny, charming, and good-looking. It makes a lot of sense now reading this, like all of the incongruous puzzle pieces fit now that the center piece has been placed."