Witness the wildly popular Friends, now starting to show its age, with dialogue lines turning towards children, marriage and leaving behind the joys of youth. Also witness the plunge in popularity of Ellen, after she decided to 'come out' as a lesbian on her long-running TV series. Although the episode in which she did had top ratings, audiences subsequently deserted her in droves. The show has since been dropped from UK television.
The popularity of American comedy shows is an intriguing insight into the collective psyche of the USA.
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