Doty Abrams Reception As a result of its portrayal of a lesbian couple marrying, the episode attracted some controversy across the United States. While the episode was one of the first mainstream portrayals of gay marriage on US television, it was the second gay marriage on a sitcom that season; the show Roseanne had aired an episode just five weeks before in which the title character coordinated a wedding for her co-worker Leon and his lover Scott. The New York Times claimed "The biggest news about the wedding on Friends was that it was almost no news at all. A writer with the Associated Press noted in an article that week that the ceremony would not include a kiss by the newlyweds, including the episode as part of an observed trend of portrayals of gay characters while skirting controversy by avoiding or minimizing physical contact. The episode was the highest rated television program for the week, with
The Lesbian Wedding Episode Of 'Friends' Was Banned From Airing
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Of course we are. Whether you love or hate it, you almost certainly know all about it. You'll know that there's six of them, and they spend more time than seems feasible hanging out in the same coffee house. You probably know about the will-they-won't-they saga with Ross and Rachel, as well as their 'break'. You know that Monica is obsessively clean, Chandler is 'the funny one', Phoebe is all kinds of zany and Joey is
Carol's parents refuse to attend the wedding, leading Carol to doubt her decision, but Ross — initially hesitant to see his ex-wife remarry — finds himself in the position of being the one to encourage her to go ahead with the ceremony despite her parents' opposition. At the reception, Susan thanks Ross for his part in saving the wedding, and offers to dance with him; he agrees, apparently resolving their strained relationship. One of Phoebe 's massage clients, Rose Adelman, dies on the massage table and her spirit apparently gets stuck inside Phoebe for a while.
To this day I will watch it for hours, laughing at the same thing I laughed at 10 years ago when I saw it for the first time. I remember watching a rerun of the episode where Ross tells everyone Carol is leaving him because she is a lesbian as I sheepishly looked over at my then husband, whom I had recently told I was leaving him because I am a lesbian btw, it was funnier on TV than in real life, in case you were wondering. Friends pushed boundaries when it came to LGBT topics and became the first show to have a lesbian wedding on TV, not to mention played a role in creating a new definition of how we viewed family, as we witnessed Ross and his ex-wife Carol Jane Sibbett and her new partner Susan Jessica Hecht navigate through this new style of parenting.