Friends is one of the greatest TV shows ever; there is no doubt about it. Since it is on Netflix and you are probably binge-watching it while reading this, use the storyline for inspiration.
All of the friends at one point or another lose their job. Take a trial like the loss of work to challenge a character, especially mentally as many Americans find value solely in their work. Force the character to find value in family, friends, or a hobby that inspires them.
People love to hang out at the same place over and over again. It becomes a daily or weekly ritual for some people. You can use it for normal purposes, hard conversations, awkward dates, or first jobs.
Take life’s occurrences like marriage and children to place strains on relationships. No marriage is perfect and kids struggle. Use these as growing processes for relationships or personal growth.
There are so many situations that you can use from this wonderful show. Take ideas from Ross and Rachel’s relationship or how Chandler and Monica came together. You can even match Rachel and Joey’s attempt not working but staying friends after an awkward period. Chandler switches from a job that paid well to a job he actually enjoyed after searching. Monica goes from being a sous chef to a head chef after many years.
Having a group of close friends makes for many funny and amazing moments. Use points of view from each of the friends for a drastic but intriguing feel. Get into each person’s mind and compare situations from opposite viewpoints.
Friends is more than a group of friends hanging out; it is a journey through life. Take life’s crazy moments from the show and use them to inspire your own character’s life. Just remember life’s a journey and so is the story you write.