In a span of 10 years, the American sitcom television series Friends secured 10 seasons. Within its run time, it has garnered positive reviews from critics and has raked millions of fans. On top of that, the show has bagged two Creative Arts Emmy Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards.
Friends’ humor is universal and it truly pictures reality among the six characters: Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Ross (David Schwimmer), and Joey (Matt Le Blanc). Because of this, it became a huge success in the entertainment industry. However, the popular sitcom would be completely different if it was created in 2020.
Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe Buffay in the hit series provided insights about what Friends would look like in 2020. She pointed out that it would no longer feature an all-white cast and be progressive if the show was made today.
The actress admitted,
“Oh, it would be completely different. It would not be an all-white cast, for sure.”
Moreover, Kudrow highlighted scenes from the series which she thought was progressive during its run time in the late 90’s. She shared,
“This show thought it was very progressive. There was a guy whose wife discovered she was gay and pregnant, and they raised the child together? We had surrogacy too. It was, at the time, progressive.”
Kudrow was referring to an early scene in the series where Schwimmer’s character Ross Geller came to terms with the fact his wife, and mother of his child, has realized she’s a lesbian.
Furthermore, she believes that Friends did have meaningful and culturally relevant themes despite commentary of certain scenes and elements of the show not aging well.
For almost two decades after the show’s conclusion, the six cast has decided to come back in the spotlight. Through HBO Max’ Friends reunion special, fans will witness once again their favourite Manhattan circle of friends.
Recently, HBO Max announced that the reunion episode was pushed back after the coronavirus pandemic delayed filming with a live audience. However, Lisa Kudrow revealed some details about the upcoming special to keep devotees sane as they wait.
“We will reminisce, talk about what was going on behind the scenes. It’s six of us coming together for the first time in I don’t know how long.”
Additionally, the actress revealed that Jennifer Aniston and Matt Le Blanc really delved into the series as the two remembered everything about its iconic scenes. With this at hand, she shared that she’s really looking forward for them to film the special.
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