Watching Friends in the 90s was basically a requirement. We all had to tune in because everyone was going to be talking about what happened the next day at work or school! It was basically the most popular show in the country, so it was either keep up, or get confused. The problem was that sometimes staying caught up led to some confusing realizations.
It's not completely abnormal for there to be continuity errors in shows, but you would think a huge show like Friends would be able to keep them under control. I guess you don't know at the beginning how much people will focus on the details of your show until it's too late. Here are 5 of the most unforgivable mistakes that one of the greatest shows made in its 10 year run.
It has no idea how old the characters are
In the first season, we find out that Joey is the youngest of the group at 25, but then in season seven, Rachel is the last to turn 30. Something doesn't add up there.
Also, Ross is described as being 29 in seasons three, four and five. The group celebrated holidays in each of those seasons, so either Ross is stuck in a weird time portal, or is really afraid to admit he is in his 30s.
They also don't seem to know when their birthdays are
They change birth months of their characters more than once! Rachel tells Gunther that her birthday is May 5th, but then in season seven says she is an Aquarius. If she was, she'd have to be born in January or February. So which is it Rachel?
Also, Ross also tries to tell Gunther his birthday is in December, but we already knew his birthday was October 18th from the time Joey sent him to the hospital.
These aren't the only questions that we have about the show...
They constantly reference actors who show up in the show
This isn't completely unique to this show, but Chandler and Joey love Die Hard, and there is no reference to the movie when Bruce Willis joins the cast for a few episodes.
Also, Ross has Winona Ryder on his list of 'freebies', but it turns out his former girlfriend made out with her in college!
The not-so-permanent marker question
So, Rachel couldn't get the marker off her face when they went to Vegas right? It was so embarrassing that she hid in the room, got drunk, and ended up marrying Ross. Well, they woke up the next morning and it was still on their faces, but then by the time they go to breakfast it's just gone. Is this time-release permanent marker?
Why doesn't Chandler remember anything
When Rachel arrives at the coffee shop in episode one, she is introduced to the whole gang. The thing is, she hadn't only met Ross and Monica before. As we see in later flashbacks, Rachel and Chandler were at two different Thanksgiving meals together and even kissed while he was in college. Did they just completely forget each other?
He also seems to be genuinely surprised by Monica's prom video. When he sees that she used to be overweight he acts as though he has no idea what she used to look like, when once again he was at Thanksgiving when he was in college with Ross. Maybe Chandler's memory problems should be checked out...