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‘Friends’ Originally Intended 1 Lead Star to Play an LGBTQ Character But Nixed the Opportunity for Inclusion

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In 1994, NBC debuted a new sitcom with the unassuming name Friends . Over the next ten years, this show would come to dominate the airwaves , inspiring hairstyles and influencing the television landscape forever. But today, some people wish the show had been brave enough to extend that influence on the behalf of the LGBTQ community. It turns out Friends came very close to making one major character gay, but at the last minute, they missed their chance for that level of inclusion. Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Friends was based on a premise that sounds almost too simple. Six friends in their twenties live in the same Manhattan apartment complex (mostly) and share their ups and downs, romances and heartbreaks, triumphs and humiliations.

The characters on Friends quickly felt like the viewers’ actual friends, and people developed strong views about who should be dating whom. While the show covered many other issues, including career problems, income inequality between friends, and the proper way to treat a […]

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