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Rare for its genre, this show featured one significant primary relationship that ended without a positive resolution and a significant secondary relationship that ended without a positive resolution.

Oral sex is performed on screen on two females during the course of the series. We don't see the oral sex, but we see the women's faces. One of the scenes ends tragically.

The series dealt with profound themes of alcoholism and drug abuse, the long term effect on multiple generations, death, depression, gambling addiction, grief and the decision to give a child up for adoption.

It's a comedy. Well, it was.

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No. I should be more clear that the show did not end on a cliffhanger. The production company knew the last of its eight seasons was its final season, so when relationships did not resolve, it was by decision, not by running out of time.

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The show's original focus was on three characters, two of whom, in the first season, could have been "the" title character. Although the identity of the title character is ambiguous, it's generally agreed that it's the oldest of the three characters.

As the show progressed, the focus shifted subtly from the household of the main characters (one of whom was eased out of the show and the subject of a previous clue) to the circle of friends that helped the main characters confront their issues.

One scene found the [presumably title] character on the set of her previous series and mocking one of that series' notable tropes, which was walking down a corridor to make a conversation look more important. 

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It was on a traditional broadcast network. 

In one episode, the original lead actress was asked to name her friends. She named the six lead characters of Friends. The actress actually did guest star on several episodes of the final season of Friends, as a different character.

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Ok, where were we.

The show ran for eight seasons on a traditional broadcast network. The seventh season was interrupted by the pandemic. It was the only season without a planned ending. When the show returned, one of the two original main characters was gone (the other having left many seasons earlier). Despite the absence of anyone who could be referred to by the title of the series, the quality of the show barely diminished (as it had become a little more of an ensemble series during the course of its run).

The vast majority of the main and secondary characters were women. The men were really there primarily to propel the women's stories.

One actress wore a fat suit to hide her pregnancy for half a season.

 

 

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It was Mom.

Anna Farris' character never reconciled with her daughter. Allison Janey never reconciled with her mother.

Both Janey and Farris received oral, on screen. Janey's partner died in the act.

One scene had Janey imagining being president, putting her on the set of her previous series The West Wing. Her scene called out the older shows habit of increasing the appearance of urgency by having a conversation take place while bustling down a hallway.

The show became less and less about Farris' household and more and more about their Alcoholics Anonymous group.

 

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For the record Janney has two n's.  Good show.  I watched it for the first 5 years.  You're right, the show did move away from the plot about Anna Farris and her Mom.  Even the opening credits which showed pictures of a family (and mugshots) became a picture of the regular group of women who meet at the diner and go to AA.

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