Lisa Kudrow says Friends cast wouldn't be 'all-white' if it was made today

Lisa Kudrow says the iconic sitcom Friends would be "completely different" if it were made today, starting with the skin colour of the cast. 

Kudrow, who played Pheobe on the hit television show, told the Sunday Times she'd expect to see a more diverse cast if the series was being filmed now. 

"It'd be completely different. It would not be an all-white cast, for sure," she said. 

Still, the 56-year-old actor defended the show as "progressive" after it came under fire from critics claiming a lack of diversity and scrutinising the use of LGBTQ and overweight characters for comedy. 

"To me, it should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong," Kudrow said. 

"This show thought it was very progressive."

Referring to Ross's relationship with his ex-wife Carol, Kudrow said: "There was a guy whose wife discovered she was gay and pregnant, and they raised the child together.

"We had surrogacy too," she added, remembering her character's storyline in which Pheobe agreed to be a surrogate mother for her brother. 

"It was, at the time, progressive."

Kudrow's castmate David Schwimmer also addressed the show's critiques earlier this year, admitting he was "well aware of the lack of diversity" in Friends.

Schwimmer, who played Ross, said he campaigned for his character to date women of colour, and suggested an all-black or all-asian reboot.

However, Schwimmer didn't have time for people who dubbed the show "problematic", according to the Guardian. 

"The truth is also that show was groundbreaking in its time for the way in which it handled so casually sex, protected sex, gay marriage and relationships."