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What The ‘Friends’ Reunion Says About America’s Cultural Evolution

The “Friends” reunion highlights how American culture and entertainment has changed since the iconic sitcom first aired.


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Federalist contributors Libby Emmons and Helen Raleigh join Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to break down the “Friends” reunion and how it reflects a shift in American culture and entertainment.

“It was at first like watching someone else’s high school reunion, and that was really uncomfortable and weird and it started off, we’re just like, I don’t know, but as they moved into it and just fell into a natural rapport, that was the interesting part for me,” Emmons explained. 

“That’s what I liked about it,” Jashinsky said. “There’s a documentary value, I think, to reuniting six people on camera and in the space like they’re literally in the physical space that’s so familiar in our pop-cultural imagination.”

Entertainment and TV shows are almost entirely different mediums now than when “Friends” first aired.

“America has this huge power to create something fun and long-lasting and now we’re losing that culture of power and that’s that’s really sad because the wokeness takes the fun out of our entertainment,” Raleigh said.

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