After watching the series for the trillionth time, singing “I’ll be there for you” at the top of my lungs while trying to figure out if Ross and Rachel were actually on a break, I decided to look up some random pages and sites to find people with similar passion for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. This led me to some really thought-provoking theories by some fans. Here’s what I found:
1. Phoebe as a meth addict
This is by far one of the most popular fan theories and has been doing rounds for quite some time now. It gives a whole new perspective to the show.
2. Characters as mental asylum patients and the show is a result of shared psychosis
This one is pretty dark. This theory suggests that all the characters are patients in a mental asylum and all the situations in the show are a result of shared psychosis where all the six characters indulge in delusions, which they share with each other in order to hide the harsh realities of their life.
3. Phoebe Buffay is a genius
Phoebe’s character is very giddy. She’s had a rough life before she became part of “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.”; she grew up on the streets after her mother killed herself. Even after this, Phoebe is smarter than anyone ever gives her credit for.
She knows French and Italian and convinced Ross that evolution is flawed. She calls herself ‘puppet master of the group’. Phoebe must also have been smart enough to go through the challenges of her difficult childhood of a less educated orphan on streets.
4. Gunther reserved the big table at Central Perk for Rachel and her friends
Central Perk was a very hip place, located in a bustling neighborhood. So, how did the gang always managed to sit at the same spot?
It is possible that Gunther, the manager of Central Perk, reserved that table for Rachel and her friends. Gunther had a years-long crush on Rachel. So maybe he reserved the big table for everyone so that he could see Rachel.
5. Jack Geller is not Monica’s Dad
Ross and Monica’s mom, Judy Geller never failed to show that Ross was her favorite. One theory claims that this was probably because Monica was an illegitimate child. Judy had an affair with someone, who was probably not Jewish, and Monica was born from this relationship.
If this is true, Judy’s resentment towards Monica could be explained.
6. Ross loses Ben’s custody
Ross’s son Ben is last seen in Season 8 Episode 12. After that, even though he is mentioned, he is not seen. So is it possible that Ross lost Ben’s custody!
7. The one where Ross has Asperger’s
Ross is generally seen as the smartest of all members of the gang. But many people claim that he has many symptoms to prove that he suffered from Asperger’s. He is socially awkward, takes interest in science and puzzles and hates ice cream for sensory issues.
8. Monica becomes a drug guinea pig
This theory suggests that Monica starts eating a lot due to preferential treatment by her parents towards Ross and then tries weight loss by joining a campaign where she tries some never tested before drugs resulting in OCD and infertility.
9. When Ben Geller predicted the future
The episode where Monica and Rachel looked after Ben and they accidentally hit his head and then Ben goes on saying “Monica bang”. This worries Monica as she’s afraid that Ben may repeat it in front of Ross. But if you listen carefully, Ben actually said “Monica bing” which of course became her surname after her marriage with Chandler.
The knock on Ben’s head certainly gave him the mystical power to predict future.
10. Phoebe’s apartment is burned down by porn barons
Long time Before Phoebe’s apartment burns down, she finds that her twin sister Ursula worked in porn movies under Phoebe’s name. So, she goes to the company to take paycheck under her twin sister’s name where she thoughtlessly gives her address to the barons. And then after some time, her apartment catches fire. Ever gave a thought to this?