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The One They Never Told You': Behind the Scenes of the Friends Finale – 20 Years Later!
2024/05/15

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The series finale of the mega-popular sitcom Friends has hit the 20-year mark. Under the lens of time, the perceived perfection of this big TV event, known as "The Last One", seems a dash off-color now. Offering resolutions to significant plotlines, the finale still pulls heartstrings. More highlights on the next page.

Reviewing the past, fans find disharmony amidst their cherished nostalgia. What made the sitcom great was its spirit in the mid-seasons when the characters exhibited their true flair.

Sadly, by the time the final curtains were drawn, the erstwhile vibrant characters seemed uncharacteristically faded.

As for the finale itself, despite being a beacon wrapping up an iconic show, it now induces cringe with its dated humor. Some jokes could stifle a laugh at that time, now, not so much. Perhaps, more distressing, are the underlying gender stereotypes blurred under the laughter that feel glaringly out of place today.

The conclusion of the Friends saga seems rather unfair to characters like Phoebe and Joey.

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What could have been an opportunity to develop and conclude their stories in grandeur, was lost to serving as mere props to Ross and Rachel’s, and Monica and Chandler’s stories. 

Then there's the Loveable Joey, who throughout the series, arguably receives the least character development. By the end of the show, Joey is almost where he started, disappointing fans as it feels like an unjust treatment to a fan-favorite.

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