Air date: 5/6/2004
Some sitcoms, like Cheers, stand the test of time. If you approach that series now, you can cut through the laugh track and cheesy one-liners and find the show's heart. Friends, which premiered a year after Cheers ended, doesn't have that same ageless quality.
The latter years of Friends in particular, with their increasingly dramatic tone, do not hold up well today. The main plot of the finale involved Ross (David Schwimmer) confessing his love for Rachel (Jennifer Aniston). For today's serialization heavy television, it's jokes to think that they were still wrestling with that issue after ten years. Friends captured a cultural moment, no question, but the most interesting thing about reviewing the series finale now is how exactly so many fans hung with Friends for a decade.