Cover Photo: A screenshot from the sitcom 'Friends,' in which the core cast members are joined by Brad Pitt as they sit inside a fancy Manhattan apartment and talk.
Promotional still via Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions, Warner Bros. Television

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Like any sitcom created before the mid-aughts—around the time Hollywood started doing the bare minimum to give space to marginalized people—‘Friends’ has not aged well.

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Matt Mitchell is a poet, music critic, and essayist from Northeast Ohio. He writes for Pitchfork, MTV, Bandcamp, Paste, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Neon Hollywood Cowboy (Big Lucks, 2021).