Friends (TV Show)

I've noticed that while Friends isn't conventional Greek stuff, the over the last few years the Friends fandom has increasingly began to resemble geekdom, with costumes at Spirit Halloween, Friends Jewelry, Art, Games, Coffee Cups, actual Central Perks, etc...

I loved watching Friends and the show was always popular, but did any of you see it eventually turning into a geekdom when Millenials and Gen Zed found it?
 

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I think you are confusing "geekdom" for the nostalgic retro-culture trend that is currently subsuming everything, including geekdom.

It's got the hall marks of geekdom, cosplay check, fan fiction check, collectables check, games check, all its missing is novels and comic books. I'm a genius, how isn't there a Friends comic book.
 

Citizen Mane

The Kajamba Lion
I think you're both right, but it's not just Friends or retro-culture or popular culture — I think it's just about everything now. I keep on thinking about High Fidelity, where Rob makes the argument that it's not what you're like that matters but what you like that matters. It might be too cynical, but sometimes I feel like folks have taken that argument very, very seriously.
 


TerraDave

5ever, or until 2024
Friends is as geeky as football or Mickey Mouse. Sure, there are some fans that nerd out about it. But at the end of the day it's just mainstream pop culture going through normal cycles.

And sports fans are really the pioneers in merched-up ritualistic fan fanaticism. I think if we include them in geek culture, geek culture becomes pretty meaningless.

That may also apply to Friends.
 

And sports fans are really the pioneers in merched-up ritualistic fan fanaticism. I think if we include them in geek culture, geek culture becomes pretty meaningless.

That may also apply to Friends.
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Right, and what OP is describing is would be what I call fandom, not geekdom. Honestly, while not meaningless, geek culture has always been kinda nebulous and hard to describe (it is, overall, a trend or set of things that go together for cutural/historical reasons rather than systematic ones, and as such doesn't need to conform to any specific logical framework for what is part of it and what isn't). Fandom, and obsession over specific entertainment is certainly a part of it. The other is the specific subject matter that is the subject of the obsession (sci fi, fantasy, anime, etc.). Those were defined at a time as being things that were semi-non-mainstream and maybe even something that grown adults shouldn't be too into (at least compared to other fandoms in western culture, such as sports fandom). Given that geekdom survives as a concept (and not just a retrospective one) well past the point where sci fi, fantasy, anime, and such are clearly mainstream kinda argues that geekdom just kind of is. Conversely, things that aren't geekdom aren't for no clear and obvious reason except that traditionally they haven't been.
 

MarkB

Legend
I've noticed that while Friends isn't conventional Greek stuff, the over the last few years the Friends fandom has increasingly began to resemble geekdom, with costumes at Spirit Halloween, Friends Jewelry, Art, Games, Coffee Cups, actual Central Perks, etc...

I loved watching Friends and the show was always popular, but did any of you see it eventually turning into a geekdom when Millenials and Gen Zed found it?
I'm pretty sure most of those things were happening within the show's fandom back when it was still on the air. Plenty of people dress up like their favourite character, it's just that they don't (or at least didn't) tend to call it cosplay outside of geek culture.
 



Davies

Legend
It's got the hall marks of geekdom, cosplay check, fan fiction check, collectables check, games check, all its missing is novels and comic books. I'm a genius, how isn't there a Friends comic book.
<does research> I think that the last comic book series based on a live action comedic property* would be the Saved by the Bell comics produced by Harvey in 1992-3. The heyday of this would have been ten-to-fifteen years before this, when there were adaptations of Welcome Back Kotter and Happy Days being published. The world, for better or worse, has moved on.

* That had no blatant science fiction/fantasy elements, such as the Bill and Ted comics do.
 

<does research> I think that the last comic book series based on a live action comedic property* would be the Saved by the Bell comics produced by Harvey in 1992-3. The heyday of this would have been ten-to-fifteen years before this, when there were adaptations of Welcome Back Kotter and Happy Days being published. The world, for better or worse, has moved on.

* That had no blatant science fiction/fantasy elements, such as the Bill and Ted comics do.

I think it's got a good chance of coming back thanks the surging popularity of Manga and it's Korean counterpart. The intersection of Manga influence and Friends popularity = huge opportunity.
 

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