It’s not uncommon to hear Friends viewers mention how much they dislike Ross, and there are a lot of reasons behind that.  

Since its final episode in 2004, Friends has continued to occupy a place in pop culture, despite starting to show its age in many regards 

One source of much of the show’s outdated humor is in the self-proclaimed “nice guy” Ross Gellar who, viewed through a more modern lens, is often neither funny nor nice.

Running for 10 seasons spanning an entire decade, Friends was one of the most wildly popular shows of the late 1990s.  

Ross’ storylines in the show often revolve around this core characterization, with him often becoming manipulative in order to get what he wants. In many ways 

Friends is likely to remain popular for a long time to come. It contains plenty of positive and optimistic messages and, with its focus on figuring out what it means to be an adult 

there will likely always be a core demographic of people who find things in Friends which resonate with them.  

The message of Ross Gellar’s character is an uncomfortable one. If anything, it should be a caution that there can be a belligerent and manipulative person like Ross in any group of friends.