The 1 Thing a Potential ‘Friends’ Reunion Special Won’t Have, According to Co-Creator Marta Kauffman

It’s been more than 15 years since Friends went off the air and it seems like ever since then, fans have been requesting a reunion special. Various rumors persisted over the years with no clear indication that a reboot is happening. Even though the fans would love to have one.

The castmates are still close all these years later and have mostly expressed their willingness to participate in a Friends reunion if the opportunity came along. But even if it does happen, there’s one thing that series co-creator Marta Kauffman said she’s unwilling to do.

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Any ‘Friends’ reunion won’t be a reboot

With all the rumors over the years, no one is quite sure what a new version of the iconic show Friends would look like. But the show creators are adamant that a reunion special would focus on the past, not the future. So don’t expect to see an update on what happens after Ross and Rachel get married and Monica and Chandler plus their adopted babies move to the suburbs.

“If it was the right thing, if it were the six of them together reflecting, talking about their experiences, and the episodes, then I’m totally behind it,” Kauffman recently told reporters during an awards show appearance.

But there’s no way she’d consider signing on for a similar series set in the future. “Nothing scripted,” Kauffman confirmed. “We will not do anything scripted.”

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The new ‘Friends’ show would be on HBO Max

Though the Friends reunion is still in early stage talks, these are the most promising reunion conversations we’ve heard about so far. “There’s interest all the way around, and yet we can’t get interest all aligned to push the button on it,” HBO Max Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly said during a press tour, according to People. “Today, unfortunately, it’s still a maybe.”

Kauffman also confirmed that the idea was “still in the ether” and no writers were signed — yet. But since fans want it so badly, and since the former cast members seem willing, it won’t be too surprising if the reunion does get the green light.

A reunion special is the only way to get the ‘Friends’ back together

Though a reunion special is better than nothing, some fans wish the showrunners would do a reboot. Unfortunately, Kauffman and co-creator David Crane have held firm that it’s not even a possibility.

“We did it, and it’s done, and we did it right,” Crane told Entertainment Weekly. Kauffman expanded on this, 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.”

While the three female leads from the show all sounded enthusiastic at the prospect of a reboot, the men were much more skeptical. That’s why a reunion special with behind-the-scenes content seems like a much more likely compromise.

As long as the show isn’t scripted and focuses on Ross, Rachel, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe reflecting on their former lives, then there’s potential for the project to really work.