‘Friends’ Reunion: Everything We Know About the HBO Max Special
There have been whispers about a Friends reunion or reboot for many years. However, nothing has ever been confirmed. Now, it sounds like that’s about to change. Here’s what we know about the proposed reunion coming to HBO Max.
‘Friends’ aired from 1994-2004
The beloved sitcom aired on NBC for ten seasons. Starring David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, and Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, it followed the six young adults as they made their way in New York City.
This year, there has been even more talk about Friends than in year’s past. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the show’s premiere, there have been pop-up events, movie-theater screenings of particular episodes, and much more.
A reunion has been talked about for years
Obviously, all of their fans want a reunion. But the stars themselves have expressed differing opinions over this in the past. In 2017, Perry said, “We ended on such a high. We can’t beat it. Why would we go and do it again?” Meanwhile, Kudrow said she “didn’t see it happening,” while LeBlanc said it “wouldn’t be the same.”
More recently, Cox joked that fans would need to “go to Congress” to make it a reality, saying, “I can definitely call everyone but it cannot… I don’t think that’s gonna happen.” Schwimmer has been of a similar mind, saying, “Look, the thing is, I just don’t know if I want to see all of us with crutches [and] walkers. I doubt it — I really doubt it.”
Jennifer Aniston recently let something slip
This has been a big year for Jennifer Aniston in many other ways aside from the Friends anniversary. She has been busy promoting her return to TV with Apple TV+’s The Morning Show. She also joined Instagram with a photo of her with her former co-stars.
While speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Aniston nearly let slip that something was in the works. However, she refused to officially confirm, saying, “We would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is. So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.”
HBO Max announces a ‘Friends’ reunion in the works
The Hollywood Reporter now has the details. Apparently, the plan is for an “unscripted reunion special.” Naturally, the six core members of the group are attached. The series creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman, are also thought to be involved.
THR reports that “a deal is far from done.” HBO Max, a streaming service set to launch in May 2020, comes from WarnerMedia, which owns the rights to Friends. It was previously announced that the streaming rights to the series, which is available on Netflix until the end of 2019, were bought back earlier this year.
Here’s what we want to see
Everyone has their own hopes about the Friends reunion. Are Ross and Rachel still be together? Will Cole or Dylan Sprouse play a grown-up Ben? Will everything that happened in the Joey spinoff remain canon?
All of these are important questions, but above all, what we want to see is the six of them all back together again. It would be awesome if Paul Rudd would return, and we think it would be pretty awesome to see where all of the (now-adult) kids are now.