If there’s anything we know, it’s that all sitcoms share a few generic staples. Romantic entanglement, codependent friendships, and a place our main characters always hang out (besides someone’s apartment, that is). There is no better example of this than Friends, the beloved 90s sitcom that many have deemed one of, if not the best sitcom of all time. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t unrealistic. After all, the Friends hang out at the Coffee House almost every single day. Considering their career shifts, rent, and some of the ridiculous purchases they made over the years, is that actually realistic? Are their lifestyles affordable? Thanks to Giffgaff, we have the answer.
Giffgaff, a UK mobile telephone network, worked together with Distinct Recruitment to estimate just how much each Friend earned over the years, and while some of them ended the series with a good income, most of the Friends spending habits and lifestyles are so unrealistic, it’s laughable! Let’s take a look, shall we?
As you can see, Joey has had the most jobs out of any of the Friends, and he made quite the name for himself by the end of the series! Though he went through many bouts of unemployment, he ended up getting a starring role in a blockbuster film and got rehired by Days Of Our Lives. By the final season, he makes the most money out of any of the Friends. That being said, he would’ve never gotten as far as he did without the many generous loans from Chandler. Rent, acting classes, headshots, food, and more, there’s no question that Joey relied on his best friend for financial support. It definitely makes some of his purchases (like a ceramic zoo in his apartment) questionable, to say the least.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have Phoebe, who consistently makes the least out of the group. While this fits her laid-back style and her great flea-market finds, it doesn’t explain how she can afford to drink at the coffee house every day. But even that isn’t the most unrealistic thing about our Friends’ spending habits. That honor, without question, goes to Ross, who spends $20,000 on a fancy sports car that he drives a total of two times! Not to mention the fact he had been unemployed not too long ago!
Overall, while the Friends’ earnings fluctuate throughout the seasons, they all have at least a few ridiculous spending habits that simply don’t match what they make. But we still love the sitcom, all the same! Be sure to check out Giffgaff’s study here to see more of the Friends’ progressions and hilarious purchases!