The new revival era of television is now in full swing. After the return of shows like Full House, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and Will & Grace, TV networks are in the midst of bringing back everything under the sun, from Murphy Brown to Roseanne.
So is it too ridiculous to suggest that a Friends revival might not be far behind? For years, the idea of revisiting the classic sitcom seemed unlikely, and some felt that this was one show that shouldn’t be revived. But recently, one unexpected cast member said it could actually happen.
Here’s a look at everything that the cast of Friends has said about a potential revival, including the recent comment that made fans everywhere lose their minds.
Matt LeBlanc thinks it’s a bad idea
Star Matt LeBlanc doesn’t think a Friends revival should happen. In an interview with The Daily Beast in August 2017, LeBlanc explained, “That show was about a finite period in people’s lives, after school and before you get married. That time where your friends are your support system. And once that time’s over, that time’s over.”
LeBlanc went on to say that in his personal life, when he revisits people from his 20s, it’s just sad, as everyone has moved on. “You can never go back, you can only move forward,” he added.
LeBlanc has made this same argument in many interviews, including one with The USA Today. He did joke in that one, though, that his accountant would love it if they did a revival.
Next: How the former Chandler feels about the possibility of a reunion.
Matthew Perry says he’s afraid it would be a disappointment
LeBlanc’s co-star Matthew Perry agrees with the idea that Friends shouldn’t return. In an interview with Variety in June 2017, Perry said that his biggest fear is that the show comes back and nobody watches it; this is such a serious fear of his that he actually has nightmares about it.
I have this recurring nightmare — I’m not kidding about this. When I’m asleep, I have this nightmare that we do Friends again and nobody cares. We do a whole series, we come back, and nobody cares about it. So if anybody asks me, I’m gonna say no. The thing is: We ended on such a high. We can’t beat it. Why would we go and do it again?
Next: Lisa Kudrow’s take on whether Friends could ever come back
Lisa Kudrow says it would be fun, but doubts it will happen
In January 2018, Lisa Kudrow was on Conan, and she talked about a recent fake trailer for a Friends movie that went viral. During this discussion, she said she wasn’t sure that a Friends revival could work.
“They’re rebooting everything, but I don’t know, how does that work with Friends, though?” she asked. “That was about people in their 20s, 30s. The show isn’t about people in their 40s, 50s. And if we have the same problems, then that’s just sad.”
That wasn’t the first time Kudrow had spoken out about the possibility of a reunion. In February 2017, Kudrow admitted that a Friends reunion would definitely be fun. But again, she said she doubts it will happen. Kudrow added that she’s trying to manage expectations so nobody’s disappointed when a reunion doesn’t get made.
Next: This star also chimed in about the Friends revival talk.
David Schwimmer says it shouldn’t come back because the ending was perfect
While speaking to Megyn Kelly in January 2018, David Schwimmer didn’t express much hope for a Friends revival, either. “Look, the thing is, I just don’t know if I want to see all of us with crutches, and like, walkers,” Schwimmer said. “I doubt it. I really doubt it.”
The actor had previously said in a 2011 interview that he doesn’t want to continue Friends because the ending was so good. “I really love how it ended,” he said. “I think it was kind of a perfect ending, and I can’t see any good reason to revisit it.”
Next: This is what Courteney Cox thinks.
Courteney Cox says it’s ‘not going to happen’
Like the actor who played her brother, Courteney Cox really doesn’t think the Friends reunion is going to happen. In a 2015 interview, Cox said “Dear Lord, let it go people! We’re not doing it. It’s just not gonna happen.”
Cox previously made this same comment in a 2014 interview with David Letterman. She added that she doesn’t want to say yes because as soon as she does, the revival will start getting organized.
“Only because once you say, ‘Well, I’d like it,’ then they have to contact every other cast member and be like, ‘Courteney’s into it!’ And then I get in trouble,” she said. “It’s not going to happen.”
Next: The one cast member who actually thinks a revival could happen.
Jennifer Aniston says it’s a possibility
Friends‘ former Rachel, Jennifer Aniston, was the one who got fans excited by being the first cast member to suggest a revival could happen. She appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in February 2018 and said it’s a possibility.
“Anything is a possibility, Ellen,” Aniston said. “Anything! Right? I mean, George Clooney got married. That’s like, anything can happen.” This was hardly an announcement or an enthusiastic embrace of the idea. But it was the first time anyone associated with the show hasn’t immediately shot down the concept of doing more Friends.
Aniston has apparently come around to this viewpoint, as she had previously said she didn’t think a revival would happen because “I don’t know what we would do.”
Next: How do the creators of the show feel about bringing it back?
David Crane and Marta Kauffman have said a revival wouldn’t work
Even if Aniston were able to convince the entire cast that a Friends revival is a good idea, there are a few more people whose minds would need to be changed: creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman.
In a 2016 interview, Kauffman said she didn’t think a reunion was a good idea, saying,“They’d all be older, and it wouldn’t be the same, and people will only end up feeling disappointed, and then I’ll be embarrassed, and it would be terrible.”
Later, in 2017, Kauffman couldn’t possibly have been any more definitive when she told Us Weekly, “Not happening. Not ever.”
David Crane agrees. He told Entertainment Weekly that there’s no need for any more Friends. “We did it, and it’s done, and we did it right,” he said.
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