16 TV Shows That Were Actually Super Problematic

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The other weekend, sick and stuck in bed, I spent three consecutive days binge-watching Friends. The sitcom has always been one of my favorites, and it’s usually my go-to show when I can’t fall asleep at night, or I just need to veg out to something for a while, but it’s been a long, long time since I watched the series straight through. As I lay in bed with my tea and tissues, streaming through the first eight seasons, I was struck with how problematic Friends actually is.

There are storylines and plot points in the show that range from not cool to downright offensive. And as I thought more about it, I realized that Friends isn’t the only offender. Plenty of TV shows over the last two decades shows that we all love and watch regularly have some really difficult-to-stomach plot points. So here’s a look at 16 TV shows that are actually pretty problematic — next time you watch them, you’re certain to see them in a different light