The end of the Friends era of gossip, fame, and meta-spinoffs

What the final season of Matt LeBlanc's Episodes means to the world that Friends created

Dear, Friends.
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Episodes — Showtime's scathing satire of the entertainment industry starring Matt LeBlanc — started its fifth and final season on Sunday. As this angular, snippy, delightfully soulless comedy spirals to a close, it closes the brackets, not just on "Matt LeBlanc's" post-Friends life, but on the fascinating clutch of meta-spinoffs that Friends spawned — with help from the Friends themselves.

Episodes, along with other Friends vehicles like The Comeback and Dirt, deals with the grim side of stardom — and the gossip industry that came with it. It seems right that Episodes is starting to wind down right around the one-year of anniversary of when Gawker shut its doors. The age of Friends and its aftershocks is coming to a close.

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