10 TV Friends Groups That Would Be Exhausting in Real Life
Yes, they all seem so nice, but in reality nobody would be able to handle them for longer than a couple of hours once a week maybe.
1. "Friends" (1994-2004)
First on our list, the iconic Central Perk six-some from "Friends." These six have more relationship drama than a season of "The Bachelor," and they seemingly spend every waking moment together. Imagine dealing with Ross's emotional baggage, Chandler's relentless sarcasm, Monica's obsessive cleaning habits, Joey's constant womanizing, Rachel's drama, and Phoebe's...Phoebe-ness 24/7. You'd need a break (and not the Ross and Rachel kind).
2. "Seinfeld" (1989-1998)
Next up, we have the New York crew from "Seinfeld." These folks have turned the mundane into an art form. Every little detail of life becomes a major crisis: losing a car in a parking garage, waiting for a table at a Chinese restaurant, a soup kitchen with strict rules. Pair this with George's neurosis, Kramer's absurd antics, and Newman's constant meddling, and you'd be exhausted faster than Kramer can slide through a door.
3. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (2005-present)
"The Gang" from Paddy's Pub in "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is a hoot on screen, but in real life? Absolute chaos. Their plans are always ridiculous, bordering on insane. They're consistently selfish, narcissistic, and unabashedly awful to each other. You'd need to be a glutton for punishment (and a fan of rum ham) to hang with these guys regularly.
4. "The Big Bang Theory " (2007-2019)
In theory (no pun intended), hanging out with a group of geniuses could be enlightening. But the guys from "The Big Bang Theory" might be a bit too much. Between Sheldon's strict routines and endless "Fun with Flags" recordings, Howard's creepy flirting, Leonard's constant whining, and Raj's selective mutism, you might find yourself yearning for a black hole to escape into.
5. "How I Met Your Mother" (2005-2014)
Endlessly hanging out at MacLaren's Pub might seem fun, until you realize you're trapped in a decade-long story about meeting "The Mother." Between Barney's ceaseless womanizing, Marshall and Lily's intense coupledom, Robin's constant career shifts, and Ted's... well, Ted-ness, you'd probably start rooting for the Slap Bet to come your way, just for a moment's respite.
6. "The Office" (US, 2005-2013)
When it comes to work, we all love a bit of office banter, but imagine working at Dunder Mifflin Scranton with Michael Scott and his merry band of paper pushers. Your day would be filled with pranks (courtesy of Jim), eccentricity (courtesy of Dwight), and endless, pointless meetings (courtesy of Michael). Not to mention the romantic entanglements that seem to knot tighter than a Boy Scout's handbook. You might find yourself hiding in a box in the warehouse, hoping to avoid another rendition of "That's What She Said."
7. "Parks and Recreation" (2009-2015)
Leslie Knope and her team in the Parks Department of Pawnee, Indiana, are a charming bunch. However, their relentless energy, especially Leslie's, could wear anyone down. Imagine daily life with Leslie's over-the-top enthusiasm, Ron's rugged libertarianism, April's apathy, and Tom's never-ending entrepreneurial ideas (like the scent "Tommy Fresh"). You'd be dreaming of a deserted island or, in Ron Swanson's case, a remote cabin in the woods.
8. "Arrested Development" (2003-2019)
There's something undeniably fascinating about the Bluth family's dysfunctional dynamic. While it's hilarious to watch on screen, being part of this trainwreck would be a nightmare. Between Gob's failed magic tricks, Buster's clingy nature, Tobias's never-nude condition, and Lucille's scathing remarks, you'd probably want to book a one-way ticket on the next stair car out of there.
9. "Community" (2009-2015)
The study group at Greendale Community College is a lovable band of misfits, but they're also incredibly draining. Jeff's cynical manipulation, Britta's protest addiction, Abed's reality-blurring pop culture references, and Pierce's inappropriate remarks would make every study session feel like running a marathon. Add in paintball wars, blanket forts, and alternate realities, and you'd be gasping for a moment of normalcy.
10. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2013-2021)
Well, sure, who wouldn't want to solve crimes with Jake Peralta and his eclectic colleagues? But think about it: between Jake's childlike behavior, Rosa's intimidating silence, Terry's yogurt obsession, Amy's hyper-organization, and Holt's robotic demeanor, the exhaustion would pile up quicker than Hitchcock and Scully could demolish a pie. The Nine-Nine might be cool, cool, cool, cool, cool, cool, no doubt, no doubt, but a day in their shoes would leave you more tired than Terry doing push-ups.