Show with mature messages
This is my absolute favorite show! But this is very much a show meant for a more mature audience, not only because of the references, but the problems the friends face are mature, and the friends are not "role models" as to be relatable to their audience by their weaknesses ( I would argue Phoebe, Chandler, and Joey would be people to somewhat look up to because Phoebe and Chandler have had tough childhoods, and Phoebe and Joey have never completed high school but they still managed to be successful adults. I admire Phoebe because she has had it REALLY bad but she doesn't pity herself often and is a fighter.) This show displays controversial themes in a lighthearted manner one example being the fact that ALL pregnancies in this show are unconventional (Ross having one child with his lesbian ex-wife and one with Rachel out of wedlock, Phoebe being a surrogate, Monica and Chandler are infertile and therefore adopt from a pregnant teen). The fact they don't stigmatize it and instead show how to deal with it is a great message for teens but something that might go over the heads of younger kids. LOTS of sex references probably 5-6 every episode, but not very many drug references. In all 10 of the seasons, there are probably only 6 episodes where cigarettes are mentioned, and they are because Chandler quit smoking but sometimes starts again due to the hardships in the show reminding him of his awful childhood. His friends help him quit and by the end of the episode he is cigarette-free. Rachel smokes one episode as to be a toady to her boss, but by the end of the episode, she convinces her boss and her colleague to quit by being the "patch sisters"(referring to nicotine patches.) Ross mentions that he smoked pot in college. All the friends drink, but in moderation and not very often, as do most adults. They sometimes get drunk, but it is usually due to an underlying problem that the friends eventually help solve, not due to them being excessive drinkers.