Anyone who is anyone loves Friends... Even those who claim that they've never watched it or simply don't enjoy it. Yes, you have watched it, and yes you do enjoy it. Stop lying to yourselves.

Anyway, it's been an awfully quiet fifteen years since the final episode of Friends aired and we said our tearful goodbyes to the 6 friends we all grew to know and love.

But recently, people have been rewatching the show and they don't like what they see. Now Lisa Kudrow has spoken out in its defense - but for many, it's just added more fuel to the fire.

Friends is arguably one of the most successful sitcoms of all time.

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We were first introduced to the Friends gang back in 1994, when Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica, (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) first burst onto our screens.

It was an instant hit...

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Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the comedy follows the friends, who live in the same New York apartment block, as they together navigate through the turbulent years of their late twenties.

And we grew to become incredibly attached to these characters...

The show truly made us feel like a member of the Friends gang, even when we were conflicted over whether Ross and Rachel really were on a break or not... FYI they totally were on a break.

The final episode aired in September 2004...

And we watched through our tears as the gang said their final goodbyes to the apartment we had all grown to know and love for the past decade.

It was an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least.

Monica and Chandler were starting a family, Phoebe was newly married, Rachel had a new job in Paris... As with a lot of friendships, the gang had grown apart and were embarking upon their separate journeys.

Oh, and Rachel got off the plane...

Fans rejoiced as Ross and Rachel finally put their differences aside and got back together.

But, fifteen years on from Rachel getting off the plane...

We have never found out what happened to the gang. Did Rachel and Ross stay together? Would Monica and Chandler ever get divorced? Did Joey ever make it as a big actor?

Over the years, there have been a few low-key reunions and a lot of false hope...

Apart from the occasional reunion on talk-shows, fans have had their fair share of disappointments when it comes to waiting for a Friends reunion.

A trailer for a Friends movie went viral last year, giving superfans false hope that the sitcom was hitting the box office...

But it wasn't to be. The trailer was quickly confirmed to be fake and, again, our dreams were shattered.

And even the cast have confirmed in the past that a reunion is incredibly unlikely...

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Matt Le Blanc left fans heartbroken last year as he rejected calls for the show to return, saying the sitcom simply “wouldn’t be the same" in an interview with the Mail Online. He added, “People want to know what happened to them. But it was about a finite period in a person’s life after college, before you settle down and start a family."

And it isn't just the cast who have their doubts...

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The show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman, says she constantly gets “nagged" by fans to bring the sitcom back. “Watch the old ones – there is no way we could win that. And there’s no way it would be satisfying and it’ll never happen. We’ll never do it," she said in an interview with Deadline.

So, yeah... Things haven't been looking too great on the reunion front...

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Many worry that, because Friends was about a group of people in their twenties and thirties, it just wouldn't work following the gang through their forties and fifties.

However, initial excitement peaked late last year...

Jennifer Aniston finally joined Instagram, and her first post was a selfie of her and the rest of the Friends gang. “And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM," she captioned the post.

All the cast were back together...

Surely this could mean a Friends reunion?!

And finally, the news we have all been waiting for arrived last week...

All of the cast have posted on Instagram confirming the news of a reunion.

Each cast member posted the same throw-back photo...

It doesn't get more official than that!

But now it seems the special might not be so well-received.

Because young people are rewatching the show and have discovered something rather worrying about one of the characters.

Joey Tribbiani.

The loveable but dopey character might actually be more insidious than you thought...

For example...

Remember when he said he was nice to women "only for sex"? Not cool.

Or his reaction to Carol breastfeeding?

He's basically a man-child.

And remember his roommate Janine?

Who he chose solely based on the fact she looked like a supermodel?

And it's not just his relationship with women.

He also relentlessly borrowed money from Chandler.

It wasn't just random women Joey objectified.

He was also oddly creepy around his female friends - Rachel in particular.

That whole handbag storyline was weird, right?

He was relentlessly mocked by his "friends" for carrying a "purse" - like there's anything wrong with that!

The whole apartment-swapping storyline has a grim conclusion.

Monica and Rachel made out for one minute - and Chandler and Joey just gave them the living space back.

Joey was also part of a truly horrifying storyline.

When he and Chandler managed to lose Ben on the New York public transport system. Yikes.

Overall, Joey's womanizing ways just don't sit right.

His love of casual sex with multiple partners is always played for laughs!

In fact, there were many aspects of the show that just don't feel great to a modern audience.

But now Lisa Kudra (AKA Phoebe Buffay) has spoken out in the show's defense.

Kudrow was asked what she thinks would be different about the show today.

"Well, it would not be an all-white cast, for sure," she admitted.

But Kudrow also defended the decision.

"I'm not sure what else, but, to me, it should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong."

"Also, this show thought it was very progressive."

"There was a guy whose wife discovered she was gay and pregnant, and they raised the child together."

"We had surrogacy too. It was, at the time, progressive."

"Part of what appeals about it now is that young people have this unconscious nostalgia for personal connection."

So what do you think?

Is it a show of its time - or is it too problematic for TV now? Want more Friends controversy? Scroll on for the weirdest thing the stars experienced during the height of the show's popularity.