Good god, Salon really likes sucking NBC off, don't they. I know there's some form of partnership or other there, but good christ. 'remembered as... intelligent'. Oh it will, will it? And by whom, pray tell?
It will always be remembered by me as a stupid sitcom with a completely implausible premise that only got more implausible as the years went by.
Let's examine the evidence.
Friends Implausibility #1: MAYBE FOUR PEOPLE SHARING A LOFT-STYLE APARTMENT DOES NOT ACTUALLY WORK. ESPECIALLY WHEN TWO OF THEM HAVE SPAWNED A CROTCHDROPPING.
Friends Implausibility #2: 4 people couldn't find a loft-style apartment in that neighborhood for even three times the rent they could reasonably pay. Because, well, NOBODY BUILT ANYTHING THAT COULD BE CONVERTED INTO A LOFT IN THAT AREA, IN THE PAST 200 YEARS.
Friends Implausibility #3: It was on the air for what, TEN YEARS? They'd've found a better cafe. Or different cafes, somewhere to go when they dont' want to deal with each other. Nobody, in the world of Friends, has downtime. And yet there's never a psychotic break. IT IS A MYSTERY.
Friends Implausibility #4: Nobody ever stabbed any of these characters in the face until all anybody could see was red.
Friends Implausibility #5: Joey, who is an actor, lives in New York City. Apparently is able to afford an expensive apartment, so he must be a successful actor. Yet never has a role, never auditions, and always is well-rested and socially available. So he's an out-of-work actor. ANOTHER MYSTERY.
Friends Implausibility #6: You're not going to be deprived. This repetitive little abomination is going to run in syndication at least twice daily in every major television market. Yet I am supposed to give a ringtailed rambling fuck about it 'going off the air forever and ever'. No it's not off the air forever. WE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY.