How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization
David Hopkins
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As a I child my mother told me that sitcoms were shows about people lying to each other. That stuck with me, and I’ve tried to avoid canned laughter over the years.

I never Friends all that amusing, although it wasn’t always awful. For the few years when I did watch I think I found Phoebe was probably the best character. She was the unrepentant oddball who seemed immune to their barbs.

She clearly shouldn’t have been hanging out with the rest of them.

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