Well, no one really told you life was going to be this way. Maybe your job’s a joke. You could be broke. Seems your love life’s D.O.A. Such was the case with that group of six New York City folks who made their debut all the way back in 1994 on NBC and grew to become one of the biggest sitcoms of all time. And now the Friends crew of Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Ross, Joey, Phoebe are getting back together. According to Deadline, the Friends reunion is shooting next week and we will get a follow-up story to these iconic characters.
According to the report, this Friends reunion will bring the whole gang back together with the stars Matthew Perry, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, and Lisa Kudrow all reprising their roles. It’s unclear whether the special will be an actual follow-up story for the group, but supposedly, it is unscripted. Apparently, the actors will appear as themselves on the original set of the show and won’t necessarily be getting into character outside of maybe a time or two. There will be some direction, but it isn’t going to be a strict story plotline reunion of the actual storylines that were happening when the show went off the air back in 2004.
The Friends reunion will air on HBO Max with series creators David Crane and Mara Kauffman also returning for the special. There will likely be quite a few retrospective moments for the cast and crew, reflecting back on their time on the show which vaulted almost every involved into Hollywood superstardom. The reunion was originally supposed to happen in early 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic put a halt to that plan, delaying it for almost a year.
Friends lasted for 10 seasons on NBC, anchoring its Thursday lineup for a decade. It was always among the most-watched shows on television during its run and actually saw a ratings increase for its final season. Topping out at an average of 52.5 million viewers per episode, it was part of the zeitgeist for some time and has even seen a resurgence in popularity of late thanks to the availability of the show on streaming. There’s a reason this is a great time for a Friends reunion to go down. A new generation is even aware of the characters.
The Friends finale aired in May of 2004 and instantly became the fifth-most watched television episode in history. Leaving the characters all on a positive note was a key for the program and we saw a number of different storylines wrap up including the Chandler-Monica family addition and a culmination of the Ross-Rachel will-they-won’t-they that was a staple of the ten seasons. The Friends reunion is sure to make these hot topics and could even be part of surprises they have in store.
There’s no firm date on when the Friends reunion will air but with the filming set to get going, we are sure to start getting more firm news sooner than later. Until then, enjoy the entire run of episodes which is available on HBO Max.