While an equality of value was managed between the gender, the associations between socio-economic status, gender, and character were a clear message that provides an interesting commentary on the modern society of the period.
The show friends ran between the years 1994 and 2004 (IMDB). The show was comprised of six characters, three of which were women and three of which were men. The traditional roles of males and females was maintained through a modern perspective throughout the show, with the women being both involved in the workplace and representing common female characteristics, as well as men who represented commonly held stereotypes of male gender characteristics. The characters were not only divided by gender, but through socio-economic status. Rachel, Ross, Monica, and Chandler came from affluent backgrounds, where Joey and Phoebe came from working class backgrounds. Rachel, Phoebe, and Joey were in a lower economic class in the beginning of the show, where Monica, Ross and Chandler were in a higher economic class, although their friendship placed them all within the same social class.
Phoebe, the free spirit of the group, is ethereal and strange sometimes, and her sexuality while present is also enigmatic as she never engages in a relationship with any of the other characters. Joey is the male counterpart to Phoebe, an inspiring actor who is also a sexual predator in the sense that he has no aspiration for more than a short term relationship. Although not the kind of boy to bring home to your mom, he lacks the intelligence level to form bad intentions, which also serves to ‘explain’ his lack of monetary success. Chandler works in a corporate environment, but the nature of his job is never clarified which is a running joke on the show and also a commentary on modern corporate life as a ‘cog’ in the works. Ross is