5 Reasons Why 'Friends' Always Makes Me Laugh Harder Than 'The Office'

5 Reasons Why 'Friends' Always Makes Me Laugh Harder Than 'The Office'

It's been almost 20 years since Friends ended, but the fanbase just gets larger.


The show "Friends" has ended almost 20 years ago but never fails to make you laugh. The comedy in "Friends" is the kind that makes you laugh out loud while the comedy in "The Office" is more dry humor. The characters in "Friends" are recurring so viewers develop more of a bond with them. It also has more relatable content. You're likely to have a friend that's like each of the characters in the show. Although "The Office" is a good show, it doesn't give you the same feeling as when you watch "Friends" and certainly doesn't make you laugh as much!

1. Mondler 

Who doesn't love Monica and Chandler together? I mean could there BE a more adorable couple?! Yes, there's Jim and Pam in "The Office," but Monica and Chandler are obviously the much cuter couple. Monica and Chandler are each other's best friend and would do absolutely anything for each other. Monica and Chandler are the OG couple and were each other's best friends before they were in a relationship. A one night thing turned into a lifetime of happiness for both of them.

2. Chandler and Joey's bromance 

Now for everyone's favorite pair of best friends. Without Chandler, there's no Joey and vice versa.

These two original roommates have made the show so much funnier, and what better way to show how much your best friend means to you than sitting in a box? In "The Office," there are many friendships like Michael and Dwight. but none of them compare to the best friend relationship of Joey and Chandler who would do anything for each other. Chandler is always supportive of Joey's acting career and never fails to be there for Joey when he needs him the most.

3. Ross and Rachel

The second Rachel walks into Central Perk and the rest of the gang's lives, everyone knew Ross and Rachel were meant to be. This on and off couple immediately wins over your heart. Their ups and downs show that life can get crazy, but everything happens for a reason, and in the end, the journey will be worth it. \

In "The Office," there's no couple that everyone knows will end up together except Jim and Pam, but they don't win our hearts as much as Roschel. No matter how many different relationships they are involved in with other people, deep down, Rachel and Ross always love each other.

4. Chandler's sarcasm

Chandler's the group's comedian and never fails to tell a joke that would erupt into laughter. There's always a comedian in each friend group which makes it so much more relatable. Although in "The Office" there are many characters that people might relate to, some characters can be harder to relate to. Chandler's jokes are always on point, compared to the humor in "The Office" where it's pretty much Michael doing or saying out of the blue things.

5. They show how best friends can turn into family

The cast of "Friends" shows that best friends can turn into family. They spend every single day together and as a group, they portray the definition of true best friends.

In "The Office," it's hard to pinpoint moments where they all are a family. Yes, they are each other's friends and colleagues, but it doesn't feel the same way as the relationship as the six characters in "Friends" have. Their friendship with each other is all they rely on in the big city of New York which makes it more meaningful.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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