Friends vs. The Office

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Natalia Rozo, Editor

Still debating whether Friends or The Office is a better show? Here are some descriptions of the what makes each show unique in its own way.

Friends first aired on September 22, 1994 and last aired on May 6, 2004. That means it was in production for 10 years, and yet people still watch the show in 2020! There are 10 seasons and a total of 236 episodes. The actors that are in it are Jennifer Aniston, who plays Rachel Green; Courtney Cox, who plays Monica Geller; Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe Buffay; Matt LeBlanc, who plays Joey Tribbiani; David Schimmer, who plays Ross Geller, and Matthew Perry, who plays Chandler Bing. It’s about six friends, two of whom are siblings, who basically live together and are hilarious in their own ways.

The show features both comedy and romance. Some students that were interviewed gave their opinions on the show Friends. Renne Coutinho says, “It’s a funny, mindless, and feel good show.” Keyshla Lorenzo added, “It’s gives you a slice of life and it’s a sit-com show.”

The funniest characters are arguably Joey Tribbiani and Chandler Bing, who have an amazing friendship filled with humor. Chandler uses his humor as a defense mechanism and Joey plays the less-than-sharp counterpart to Chandler. One of Chandler Bing’s best-known catchphrases is, “I’m not great at the advice; can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?” There are many episodes that shows how great their friendship is. One of them is when Joey decides to lock Chandler in a box for no reason! This clearly shows how the plot in each episode is unpredictable as to how much humor will be in it. Both Renee and Keyshla say that the theme song is extremely catchy and fits the plot of what Friends is about.

The Office first aired on March 24, 2005 and last aired on May 16, 2013. There are 9 seasons and 201 episodes total. The main actors are Steve Carell, who plays Michael Scott, Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam Beasley, Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight Shrute, John Krasinski, who plays Jim Halpert, and Angela Kinsley, who plays Angela Martin. It’s about a group of people who work at Dunder Mifflin, which is a paper sales company, who like to prank each other in different ways. There is both comedy and romance found within this show.

Two students who were interviewed were Aiden Warner and Jallyssa Ohl. Aiden says, “ It’s funny and has a great story line, specifically the story behind Jim and Pam.” Jallyssa says “It’s comical and overly taught.” The two most liked characters are Jim and Dwight because Jim likes to pull pranks on Dwight. Also Dwight is overall crazy, funny, and weird in his own unique way, but yet you root for him to end up with Angela. One of the most memorable and funny episodes was the one called “Stress Relief.” The episode has to do with a fire drill that happens within Dunder Mifflin. Dwight isn’t satisfied with the safety protocols, so a lot of havoc happens. Both Jallyssa and Aiden both say that it’s an easy show to get through because each episode has a different plot to it. Also they both believe that the song is very catchy.

The moment we are waiting for… what’s the main difference between the two shows?
Renee has watched both shows and adores them, but she believes that Friends is better because it makes her feel happier in terms of the characters and the setting. Aiden has seen both as well and believes that Friends gives him a sadder feeling; also, he says the characters say funny things, but don’t do them. He believes The Office is better because the humor is shown through actions. All in all the two shows have different types of humor. One is more of a sitcom, while the other is funny through its actions.

You can watch Friends on Hulu or on cable tv. The Office is aired on Netflix as well as cable tv. Watch both shows and see what you think!