Friends didn’t trigger the downfall of western civilisation alone, it certainly had a great impact on the way we think, but there were many others.
In parallel though, there were many intelligent shows that just didn’t get this kind of audience, Friends is so popular because it reflects who we are, it’s not the show, it’s us.
And before we all feel guilty for having done something terrible without knowing it, we should focus on how this happened. And that is education, or lack there of.
Just like our mass produced food that travels for days, weeks or even months before reaching our plates (having thus a reduced mineral and vitamin content) so does our education contain too little substance of what is important.
We need to eat better and we need to learn better, and then shows like Friends will not have this kind of audience.