Friends actress Lisa Kudrow says that the popular sitcom would be completely different if it was created in 2020, adding that the show, which ran from 1994 to 2004, is not longer considered as progressive as it once was. 

In a new interview, the 56-year-old actress, who starred as Phoebe Buffay on the still popular show, was asked what a Friends-like sitcom would look in 2020, and said, "Well, it would not be an all-white cast, for sure.

"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."

The cast are due to reunite for a one-off special later this year on HBO

Kudrow and her Friends co-stars, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry, are reuniting for a documentary special about the sitcom, which will be aired on HBO later this year.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, the actress said: "No audience has seen us together since the show was over.

"We will reminisce, talk about what was going on behind the scenes. It's not us playing our characters. It's not an episode. It's not scripted. It's six of us coming together for the first time in I don't know how long.

"I am really looking forward to it, because I think that I remember things, but then I talk to Matt or Jennifer, and they remember everything. It's really fun."

Kudrow also admitted that her career after 'Friends career hasn't gone entirely to plan, saying. "When we were done with Friends I thought, 'I'll just do independent films. That will be fulfilling - that's what I'll do!' But then independent films went away..."