Poor under-used Lisa Kudrow - the best thing about Friends, now in it's 10th and final series (they've been saying it's the final series since about year 5 - it reminds me of Allied Carpets who were forever having those "closing down sales"). I wish Lisa Kudrow was my best friend. I loved her in Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, I loved her in The Opposite of Sex. I even love her in the anodyne, self-congratulatory Friends.
Apparently, Friends is so successful because in real life people don't have friends - or rather, society is now so fragmented and transitory that we rarely make groups of lifelong friends who live near us and all know each other and hang out with each other all the time. Friends fills a gap in our lives - many people watch it alone, which I love! It also explains the preponderance of advertising where groups of Friendsesque people gather together for fun activities - anyone for a Dorito or a Friendchip as they're known?
Speaking of Friends, very very occasionally it throws up a real gem. In about episode 6 of the new series, we see an advertisment for male lipstick that Joey has made for Japanese tv. It only lasts about 20 seconds - but oh what a 20 seconds they are! Everything you ever needed to know about Japanse culture, as well as a shocking diatribe against gender, camp performativity, globalisation, marketisation... it's all there. Ichiban! Lipstick for men! Sayiko!