This is satire, right?
Ross was unequivocally the star/hero/protagonist of that show. Much of the show revolved around him wanting and getting “the girl”. You call Rachel “the one who shops”, but she was also the hot, sexy center of the show — played by the only actress who went on to become a bona fide Hollywood superstar. (And the only alternatives to Rachel were “the crazy one” and ROSS’ SISTER.)
When Friends started, nerds were nerds. By the time it ended, nerds were billionaires.
In 1995, the “popular kids” in high school were the jocks and cheerleaders.
Fast forward to 2016. The “popular kids” are now waiting in the unemployment line and voting for Donald Trump while whining about how the Rosses and Chandlers of the world are taking their jobs, building solar farms and legalizing gay marriage.
This a cute article. But it’s the exact opposite of what has actually transpired out here in the real world. :)