Friends director Kevin S. Bright defends show against recent backlash.
Friends is one of the most loved, most watch sitcoms of all times. Recently, however, it has faced a backlash from modern views for its fat shaming and homophobic storylines in addition to its lack of diversity in the cast.
The director and executive producer of the show has since defended Friends, saying that even if he could go back and make the show more progressive, there isn’t much we would change.
Bright said to Digital Spy: “I think, probably, if anything would change about the show, it would just be to reflect more what’s going on in the world that’s happening today, but not in a topical way – more in a cultural way.
“So I think it would reflect that. But other than that, I don’t think much would change. It’s a universal story. It was never about gimmicks, or aliens, or crazy flashback episodes – though we had a couple of those, I guess. It was about simple stories about relationships and people trying to make it in the world – loves won and lost.
“They’re very simple stories when you think about it, that just connect with everybody because that’s what our lives are like.”
You can stream the entirety of Friends on Netflix now.