Six friends in New York City help each other get through their 20s and early 30s in this 1994-2004 sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The group figures out their personal lives. As they deal with various romantic mishaps – and their professional lives for ten seasons. Friends’ jokes about Ross’ career were demeaning, and the show suffered as a result.
Ross (David Schwimmer), one of Friends’ six friends, has always been most interested in books, history, and trivia. Nonetheless, some characters remain true to their profession throughout the series. Ross chose to be a palaeontologist early on and spent all of his on-screen time as an academic in the department. Rachel has many jobs throughout Friends’ seasons. But Ross chose to be a palaeontologist early on and spent all of his on-screen time as an academic in the department. Ross was Monica’s (Courteney Cox) “geeky older brother” in high school. Which is why Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston, ignored him.
Friends’ Ross frequently introduces himself as Dr. Ross Geller, demonstrating his pride in his achievements in palaeontology academia.
His five friends, on the other hand, frequently mock his achievements and dismiss his intellectual interests as nerdy or boring. On several levels, Ross’ friends making fun of his job is problematic.
Rachel, Ross’ long-time love interest in Friends, is the person who makes the most of these jokes. When Rachel dismisses Ross’ title, she creates an unfavourable dynamic between them, causing issues. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is another character who constantly mocks Ross, telling him that he didn’t read Lord of the Rings in high school because he had sex (unlike Ross). Joey is on the polar opposite intellectually from Ross, often blissfully ignorant and proud of it. Friends seems to promote obtuseness and naiveté over knowledge in these scenes.
Until Season 9, Chandler worked in “statistical analysis and data reconfiguration.” When he changed jobs to junior copywriter after years of hating his previous position. Rachel not only invents a word when she declares Chandler to be a “transporter,” but she also lets Chandler know that she doesn’t care what he does.
She arguably atones for mocking his career – but that doesn’t excuse everyone else, including the show itself. Many of the jokes in Friends are cruel. As the six people who are supposed to support each other occasionally do the exact opposite. Their problems usually last a few episodes and are eventually resolved.