Visual Cultures

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Friends is an American sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman and produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.
In 1993 David Crane and Marta Kauffman initially named friends as Insomnia Café. They presented the project to Bright, and together they purposed it to NBC, which is a commercial TV broadcaster, this means that this broadcaster is financed by advertisers. Regarding the society issue, Friends satisfy the need for pluralism, more precisely, it can be watched by different publics (different ages, tastes, ethnics, genres, etc.)
In 1994, after many changes and updates the sitcom was finally named Friends and aired on
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More and more people are paying attention to what is said from this sitcom, so people look forward to having a date on Valentine’s Day, even though they don’t love him or her. This is typical in the American Society.
Ross symbolizes the typical thirty years old problems, he doesn’t know how to say ‘’I love you’’ (during the first season he can’t say it to Rachel, even though he knows that she is the love of his life), he has a lot of problems with marriage, a phenomenon that had been happening since the XXI century (in the sitcom Ross gets divorce three times) and he has a closed mind (for him it’s really difficult to accept that Carol, his first wife, is a lesbian).
Joey represents the womanizers, like the majority of the ‘’young adults’’ of the XXI century, which before having a real love, they have a lot of dates and see women as an object.
Chandler and Monica represent the typical best friends that later fall in love and get married, which is has become more and more common.
Rachel is the typical American spoiled rich young girl, but her character transmits a message to the society: if we want we can really change our lives, even though it is very difficult. In order to change her life, Rachel abdicates a lot of things, for instance her parents’ house, and her easy life. Rachel also proves that if we fight we can change we can get a better job and do something that we really like.
Phoebe is representing the ‘’eccentric’’


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