Friends star Lisa Kudrow defended the hit 90s sitcom, saying it was “progressive” at the time, but would not feature an all-white cast if it were made today.
The 56-year-old actress played Phoebe Buffay in each episode of the series – about six young adults living in New York – between 1994 and 2004.
Kudrow told the Sunday Times that fans should watch the show as a “time capsule”, saying it would be “completely different” now.
She said, “Well, it wouldn’t be an all-white cast, of course. I don’t know what else, but, for me, it should be seen as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong.
“Also, this show thought it was very progressive. There was a guy whose wife found out that he was gay and pregnant, and they raised the child together.
“We also had surrogacy. It was progressive at the time. “
She added that in addition to being a “funny comedy”, Friends also spoke of “connected people”.
“Part of what is appealing now is that young people have this unconscious nostalgia for personal relationships,” she said, “and not just right now during the pandemic, but before that.”
In February, after years of speculation, Kudrow and his co-stars Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer have confirmed that they will all meet for a unique program, which has been delayed due to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Cox – who played Monica Geller – recently revealed that she had been Observing friends during locking.
Kudrow plays alongside Steve Carell in the new comedy Netflix Space Force, inspired by the branch of the American armed services announced by Donald Trump.