Okay, here's my review. It's long, but if you're really contemplating on this subject, it's worth it.
Great messages, sure, it tells your children that family can be found within your friends. Oh, and it's okay to get 3 divorces. Joke.
Great role models? Not really. I love all of them, I was 13 when Friends was first aired, and I watched it, and I'm not a screw up, but I must agree their characters, although likeable, are not GREAT role models.
Too much violence? No. Well, there was this one scene from "The One With All The Thanksgivings" in which Phoebe was a nurse from WW1 or WW2, and it shows her arm being cut off and blood was spurting out of it, but that's it.
Too much sex? No, not really. They don't show nudity, but they do talk about it. There are pictures of bras, and mentions of underwear, though. But I must warn you they talk a LOT about sex, but never graphically show it. Oh, and also, they watch and talk about porn lots of times.
Too much swearing? They say "b*tch" every now and then, but in their total run of 10 seasons, they must've said it like 20 times in total.
Consumerism. Rachel Green was really spoiled, so there's that. Oh, and also, there's this one episode where Joey mistakenly auctioned a few million dollars for a yacht or something, that was funny. I don't know if robbery have anything to do with it, but somewhere in Season 3, Joey and Chandler got robbed.
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking. This, is 100% true. Every one of the friends has drunk, Monica showed up to her own birthday surprise party drunk. Drugs? No. Smoking is a sensitive topic, since Chandler smokes for like 3 seasons, but then Rachel and the rest convinced him to stop, which is ironic because in later seasons, Rachel smokes with her colleagues in order to suck up to the boss.
So in conclusion, I'd say Friends is for 13+. Since I'm a die hard fan of Friends, there's no doubt this show is mentioned every day in my household. I don't let my 10 year old boy Josh watch it, but I do let my 13 year old, Chandler watch it, just so he could see where he got his namesake from.
This title contains:
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking