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Thursday, March 4, 2002
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TV friends are better

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TV friends are better

Chiu on this
Andrea Chiu
A&E Editor

Maybe it's because I'm an only child.

Maybe my friends have failed me.

Maybe I just need to spend less time in front of the television.

Whatever the reason, I have always been envious of characters on TV. Ignore the fact that they're all beautiful and those kids on Dawson's Creek exhibit a great vocabulary – it's the friendships I want. You see, TV friends are so much better than those real people we all hang out with.

First, no matter the condition, TV friends are always there for you. I don't mean to undermine the importance of the friends I've grown up with or the ones I am currently surrounded by, but it's true.

Watch Friends, Felicity or Queer As Folk – whatever the "genre" of TV show or type of cast – the characters are always present at the other characters' important day because they're "oh so supportive." Be it someone's birthday party or a makeshift funeral for sad, sensitive character X's dead goldfish – there's no reason why they can't make it, not even a snowstorm or earthquake can stop them.

If there's an event, the whole "cast" of TV friends will be present.

In a time when everyone communicates via cell phone, e-mail or online instant messaging, TV friends take the old skool approach. TV friends don't call, they just show up randomly to tell you about their life. Often these things are as stupid and minute as "Oh my God! I just came by to tell you that I failed a test/broke a nail/ran over a dog with my brand new sports car."

I wish my friends would come by to visit with useless information more often.

Perhaps it's easier for TV characters to communicate in person because they all seem to be conveniently located at the right place at the right time, usually altogether at the local coffee shop/bar/hangout place.

How wonderful would it be to burst through the doors of Central Perk or Woody's to proclaim my own important news of the day to all my friends at once. This is much more effective than sending a mass ICQ message to each of them and getting scattered responses over the course of a week.

Don't get me wrong, I love the real people in my life. They're smart and charming in their imperfect ways, but they're just not always there. Where are they? Real friends are too busy doing "stuff" like going to class, working to pay their tuition, studying or hanging out with their other friends.

Or maybe they're doing exactly what I'm doing – watching their TV friends with envy.

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