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The trouble with old sitcoms

I never watched Friends when it first aired. It just struck me as irritating, and I didn't see the point. I think I'll flag this beeb article up, though, about how badly Friends has aged. Time has not been kind to the nineties sitcom, with many contemporary viewers finding it homophobic and sexist. What interests me is how revealing the article is about how much our views have changed in the quarter of a century since Friends first aired: what was once one of the most popular comedy programs on the box now seems flawed and fairly repugnant. Might this mean our culture is maturing about issues like homophobia and sexism, given that we no longer find such things funny? I certainly hope so, although we still clearly have a long, long way to go. Indeed, as it says at the end of the piece, no doubt in forty or fifty years, people will be finding programs made today just as antiquated.

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