being gay should no longer be kept a secret
I actually thought the show was courageous having a leading male character’s wife leave him for another woman. That was at the beginning of the show’s run and highly unusual — there weren’t many gay characters or story lines on network TV at the time. Everything is relative.
As the show moved on, they had a lot of jokes about Joey fantasizing about female couples and Jen Aniston kissed Winona Ryder but it was cliched and seemed gratuitous.