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| The ending of Friends seems to be about as happy as a sitcom finale can get—but is its resolution a lot sadder than it appears? On closer inspection, Friends’ ending carries notes of tragedy: sooner or later, your friends will leave you behind. And as if that weren’t sad enough, the show also leaves some of its central sextet of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey trapped in increasingly narrow life paths. Here’s our Take on why Friends’ series finale is more disheartening than it seems, and whether the audience’s demand for an ending that satisfies expectations can sometimes deny a show’s characters a truer form of happiness.
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