16 “Groundbreaking” Series That Are Actually Problematic TV Shows

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Say it ain’t so! Yep, one of the most groundbreaking sitcoms of all time is also problematic AF. Oh, and it’s not just millennial whining — there are some seriously concerning things on the show! First off, the obvious one — there is no diversity. These are young twentysomethings living in NEW YORK CITY and they don’t know any people of color!? The series is also severely homophobic and transphobic. How often did we have to hear the gang call Chandler (Matthew Perry) gay like it was some horrible thing to be? Not to mention Chandler’s trans father who was the butt of every joke when she(? their gender identity is never really stated) appeared on the show. That’s just the tip of the iceberg! Let’s not forget all the times the guys objectified women and when a young Monica (Courteney Cox) was constantly body shamed for her weight! We love Friends and it totally changed TV comedies, but in the light of 2019, it’s one of the most problematic TV shows around.

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