I used to be in Manhattan two weeks in the past after I walked by The Associates Expertise, a museum of all issues “Associates,” if you happen to suppose such a spot can genuinely earn the title of “museum.” I didn’t know this museum existed, not to mention that it had a number of locations throughout america. Folks on twenty third Avenue have been in line for this s—t, too. The pandemic was ending and someplace on the market plenty of individuals existed whose first precedence, when free of the shackles of quarantine, was to stroll round a goddamn duplicate of the Central Perk set, which itself was by no means an actual espresso store. Did I look down on these individuals? Oh, you understand I did. Did I actually watch “Associates” religiously throughout its first season? Oh, you understand I did that, too.
So I’ve no actual proper to sneer at people who find themselves attractive to go stay inside one of many final dominant sitcoms. The leisure choices since “Associates” went off the air have change into so diffuse — particularly by way of comedy, the place just about all slapstick has been commandeered by actual individuals doing hilarious s—t of their very own—that there’ll by no means be one other collection that occupies the “Associates”/“Seinfeld”/“Cheers” territory the place tens of tens of millions of People not solely watch a community sitcom in its designated time slot, however plan their entire goddamn NIGHT round it.