Who doesn’t like Friends? After all, it is that show which touched the lives of so many people, and even after two decades, it is popular like it was back then. First aired in 1994, the show was received poorly during early seasons, but later went on to become one of the most popular shows around the world and established a pop culture following.
The F.R.I.E.N.D.S show ran for 10 seasons and 236 episodes, also inspired a spin-off series called Joey. Even today, we find a lot of things that are inspired by this show, whether it be restaurants, that replicated Central Perk, or the catchphrases used in the show. Everything has become so iconic, that it has set a new culture.
The show stars Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing and David Schwimmer as Ross Geller. Other casts include Maggie Wheeler as Janice, James Michael Tyler as Gunther, Paul Rudd as Mike, Reese Witherspoon as Jill, Tom Selleck as Richard, Elliott Gould as Jack Geller, Christina Pickles as Judy Geller, etc.
Even Kim Taehyung, leader of the most popular Korean boy band, BTS, has said in The Ellen Show, that his parents made him watch Friends as a kid, because of which he learned English. Also the reports suggest that people who watch Friends tend to have higher scores in IELTS, SATS and other English vocabulary exams.
Joey’s pick up line from the show, “How you doin’?” is still very popular and a lot of youths use that line. Also the line “We were on a break” by Ross, is still debated till date whether Ross and Rachel were actually on a break or not. Phoebe’s song Smelly Cat, still remains iconic that Taylor Swift once performed with her. Chandler is still considered the King of Sarcasm. And Monica’s dishes are still cooked by fans. The finale of the show was watched by 51.1 Million people.
After demanding a lot of reunions by the fans for years, and also some fan made reunion videos, it is finally happening this year in 2021. Originally it was said to happen in May of 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was further postponed. Though some reunions have taken place such as Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow in Primetime Emmy Awards 2020.
Also David Schwimmer has done a cameo in Matt LeBlanc’s show Episodes, but we haven’t seen all 6 of them together. On 15th October, 2019, Jennifer Aniston debuted on Instagram with a post of all 6 of them together that broke the records and also broke Instagram itself due to fans going crazy over it. The post has 16 Million+ likes till date.
But now, the FRIEND REUNION is finally happening and it is official. The reunion is said to premiere in HBO Max on 27th May 2021.
This special episode will be executively produced by the show’s original creators, Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane. Also the main cast of the show, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will direct the episode. And Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television will also be involved in the production.
The episode was filmed in Los Angeles, California at Stage 24, which is also known as The Friends Stage, as the original show was shot there. The filming of the reunion began in April, 2021, which was delayed from March 2020 to August 2020, and now finally to April 2021, due to COVID-19 pandemic. Like the original show, this episode is also filmed in front of a live audience but due to coronavirus restrictions, the audience is limited to mostly union extras, COVID screened and people who are hired for gigs.
On 13th May, 2021, the official Instagram page of HBO Max posted a 30 second long clip of all 6 characters walking together, that was shot from behind. The episode is named as The One Where They Get Back Together, considering the original name of episodes that started with “The One ….”
The caption of the post reads, “It’s been 17 years, but your Friends are back. Stream the #FriendsReunion on May 27 only on HBO Max”. Since this post, the fans couldn’t stop the excitement.
Also the 6 main actors posted this on their respective Instagram account.
David Schwimmer writes referencing the episode where the characters of Joey and Ross take a nap together:
Had a blast with the cast and a solid nap with LeBlanc.
The #friendsreunion premieres May 27th on @hbomax”
Lisa Kudrow writes:
“The one with us finally getting together. May 27th @hbomax #friendsreunion”
Matt LeBlanc writes:
“So great to see you everyone. #friendsreunion My 27th @hbomax @schwim @jenniferaniston @courteneycoxofficial @lisakudrow @mattyperry4
Courteney Cox writes:
“This kind of thing doesn’t happen every year, or even every 10, or 15 years. I feel so blessed to have had a chance to reunite with my Friends… and it was better than ever.
The #friendsreunion premiers
May 27th on @hbomax”
Matthew Perry writes:
“We’re back! The #FriendsReunion premieres on May 27th on @HBOMax. What are you the most excited about?”
Jennifer Aniston writes referencing one of Chandler’s popular catchphrases “Could this be any more … “
“It’s official! The #FriendsReunion premieres May 27th on @HBOMax – could we BE any more excited?! 😝♥”
Also the official Instagram page of Friends posted the same trailer with the caption:
“The One Where We Get to See Our Favorites Back Together Again. The #FriendsReunion is coming on May 27 only on @hbomax”
Maggie Wheeler who played Janice comments saying “Oh My God the secret is out ♥♥♥” referencing her very popular catchphrase “Oh My God”.
Not only this, but another surprise is that the episode will feature some of the most popular guests and we are really excited for it.
The guest list for FRIENDS REUNION includes:
- David Beckham, the footballer
- Justin Bieber, the singer/songwriter
- BTS, the Kpop Boy Band
- James Corden, the TV personality and host of The Late Late Show with James Corden
- Cindy Crawford, the American model
- Cara Delevingne, the English actress and model
- Lady Gaga, the singer/songwriter
- Elliott Gould, the actor who played Jack Geller
- Larry Hankin, the actor who played Mr. Heckles
- Kit Harrington, the actor who played Jon Snow in Game of Thrones
- Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project fame actress
- Thomas Lennon, the actor who played Randall
- Christina Pickles, the actress who played Judy Geller
- Tom Selleck, the actor who played Richard
- James Michael Tyler, the actor who played Gunther
- Maggie Wheeler, the actress who played Janice
- Reese Witherspoon, the actress who played Jill Green
- Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist
The reunion is really expected to attract a huge viewership as it is one of the most awaited events of the year. So tell us are you excited for The Friends Reunion that is finally happening?