Although Friends had six main characters, each season ended up focusing more on one or two characters while the stories of the rest were left in the background, and only one season of Friends did justice to all its main characters. Although almost two decades have passed since Friends came to an end, it continues to be regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, and its arrival in the world of streaming has brought the series to younger generations who are now discovering (and dissecting) the stories of Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross.
Friends took the audience to New York City to follow the above-mentioned group of six close friends as they struggled to balance their social, personal, and professional lives while also dealing with the complications of adulthood, but even though they were all the main characters of the series, Friends spent a lot of its time focusing on the roller-coaster romance of Ross and Rachel. Friends started to balance the scales a bit more when the romance between Monica and Chandler was introduced and Phoebe met Mike, but after 10 seasons, only one equally focused on all six main characters, and with that, it broke one of its most annoying patterns.
Friends spent 10 seasons telling the stories of its main characters, but the spotlight wasn't shared equally, and each season focused more on one or two characters, with the tenth and final season being the only one that focused on all of them. Friends season 1, for example, focused more on Rachel, who joins the group in the first episode after running away from her wedding, and so this season spends a lot of time with Rachel as she adapts to a new friend group, apartment, and lifestyle, as for the first time in her life, she will have to find a job. Season 1 also saw the beginning of the Ross and Rachel relationship, and so season 2 focused on Ross as their relationship began. Friends season 3 was all about Ross and Rachel, and it's the season that saw the infamous break.
In season 4, Friends gave viewers and break and instead turned its attention to Phoebe, as she decided to be the surrogate for her brother's babies. Friends season 5 went back to Ross as he dealt with the aftermath of his failed marriage to Emily, but season 6 was all about Chandler and how much he matured since he started dating Monica, even getting over his fear of commitment. Friends season 7 gave Monica her time to shine as she prepared for her and Chandler's wedding. Rachel took centerstage again in season 8 as she gave birth to Emma, and she shared the spotlight with Joey in season 9 as they briefly dated. Friends season 10 focused equally on all main characters, allowing each of them to give closure to their arcs, which is in big part why Friends' finale continues to be regarded as one of the best.
Friends season 10 could have easily continued the series' pattern of giving the spotlight to Ross and Rachel, more so as Rachel was about to move to Paris, but Friends broke this annoying pattern, while Chandler and Monica prepared to move to a new home with their twins, Phoebe married Mike, and Joey… continued being Joey. Surely, Ross and Rachel had the most memorable scene from the final season and episode of Friends when Rachel got off the plane to get back with Ross and have a family with him, but the rest of the group also had their chance to shine and were given proper endings – except for Joey, whose story continued in the spinoff series Joey.