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The Friends Reunion Proves It’s Time to Move On

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Perhaps it’s time to say goodbye to Friends. No, nobody has to cease watching reruns when there’s nothing else well worth the time—it’s not like you’ll be able to keep away from them, anyway. And no, this isn’t a screed about the way it’s a nasty present that nobody ought to uncover, or rediscover, ever once more. This is concerning the discourse; the fixed dredging up of the 1990s Thursday evening sitcom each few months to relitigate its deserves and shortcomings. Friends is an effective present. It doesn’t, nonetheless, want to spark this a lot dialog.

Numerous that is the fault of streaming. When Friends hit Netflix just a few years in the past, it was uncovered by an entire new era of viewers—digital natives who turned it into memes and jokes in a approach the Gen Xers who grew up with it by no means did. This was enjoyable for some time, however then the present obtained so common that it grew to become a loot field within the streaming wars. Ultimately Netflix misplaced it to HBO Max, the streaming service that, as of yesterday, can also be dwelling to Friends: The Reunion, a 90-minute particular devoted to watching the forged relive all of the issues the web has been rehashing for like 5 years now.

Well, many of the issues. If there’s one factor Friends: The Reunion is lacking, it’s a substantive dialog about Friends. The reunion particular was, ostensibly, created to capitalize on the present’s resurgence and lure subscribers to HBO Max, however as well as to memes and BuzzFeed quizzes, the discourse concerning the present has introduced to the fore its shortcomings: its lack of racial range, its less-than-stellar therapy of queer points, its recurring jokes about Monica’s weight. None of these issues get addressed right here; although there’s a considerably awkward section full of individuals everywhere in the world speaking about how a lot they love the present whereas avoiding the truth that many weren’t represented in it.

Perhaps that’s lots to ask of a touchy-feely TV particular hosted by Everybody’s Biggest Fan James Corden, but when there could be any motive to proceed speaking about Friends, that may be it. (And really, there’s room to have a dialogue about the truth that Friends was progressive for its time and use it as a signpost for a way a lot issues have modified.) Instead, Friends: The Reunion concerned quite a lot of cameos (Lady Gaga singing “Smelly Cat”! Justin Bieber for some motive!) and not-surprising confessions (David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston did crush on one another! People hated Marcel the monkey!), all of which quantity to a send-off slightly than only a celebration.

That’s the way in which it ought to be. Nostalgia has been getting quite a lot of people by means of the Covid-19 lockdowns and subsequent isolation. Watching a present like Friends not solely reminds individuals of a time when luxuriating in espresso outlets and sharing beers was attainable, it additionally reminds them that they as soon as watched Friends throughout much less fraught intervals. Friends: The Reunion itself was delayed by Covid, and now that it’s right here, it serves as a wholesome reminder that typically it’s OK to honor a beloved factor and transfer on.

That’s all I’m asking for: shifting on. It’s one of many nice ironies (there’s a ’90s concept for you) that the streaming wars have triggered each a large inflow of latest unique content material and led scores of individuals to rewatch the outdated stuff. The similar factor that occurred with Friends additionally occurred with The Office, and judging by my Twitter timeline, it’s presently occurring with The Nanny. That’s nice—each era ought to have the opportunity to rediscover classics like Mad About You, Good Times, or, the unique Friends, Living Single. But the issuance of Friends: The Reunion wants to sign the truth that there’s little or no, if something, left to say about this present. Courtney Cox, who performed Monica, all however acknowledged this in the course of the reunion. “This will be the last time that we’re ever asked about the show as a group,” she stated. “We’re not going to do this again in 15 more years.” And in the event that they’re not going to be speaking about it, no one else ought to be both.


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