When it comes to dream jobs, getting paid to watch your favorite TV shows is right up there with mattress tester and chocolate taster. But while you likely aren’t going to make money for your love of chocolate or sleeping any time soon, you could make $1,000 to sit on your couch and watch Friends, or so a new job listing suggests. Yes, really.
So how do you make this dream a reality? Here is everything you need to know — and if the job is actually real.
Best Value Schools, a website that aims to provide people with information on university or post-graduate education value that uses data to determine what schools are a good investment, is selecting five people to watch all 121 episodes of the first five seasons of Friends while they share their viewing experience “using the hashtag #bestvalueschools.org and @bestvalueschools.org” on social media.
“We will pay 5 fans $1,000 each to watch every episode of the first 5 seasons of the hit 90’s comedy series so that even in these times of social distancing, you can spend time with Friends – and get rewarded for it,” Best Value Schools announced on its website.
Along with the $1,000, the five lucky winners will also get some “perks,” (no pun intended) including a Central Perk mug, a classic Friends logo t-shirt, and $100 DoorDash gift card to ensure your snack game is strong while you’re hanging with Chandler, Phoebe, and the rest of the gang.
Once you are done watching, you rank your favorite episodes and post your rankings online. Sound like a gig for you? Perfect. As far as we can tell, all you need is to be at least 18 years old, legally allowed to work in the United States, and be an active user of social media.
The application process is super easy, as you just need to provide some basic info, links to your social media accounts, and a quick 200 words on why you would be the ideal candidate to binge-watch Friends like it’s your job (because it may actually be your job if you’re lucky enough to get picked). The deadline to apply is March 31.
Even if you’re not the hugest fan of Friends, anyway, this seems like a fun way to make some money. And it doesn’t even look like you have to binge the episodes or watch them all in a night like some previous job listings of the sort have asked you to do. In fact, it’s so easy, it seems not real. Could this be a better job offer?