Can we Be any more excited? The Friends Reunion finally has a new teaser and a confirmed release date. The much-awaited reunion is all set to release later this month on 27th May.
The cast has been posting teasers and snippets for a while now on social media and the fans are more excited than ever. We have been waiting for this iconic reunion for years and now that it’s nearly here, we cannot keep calm.
Here’s everything you need to know about Friends: The Reunion –
What Is F.R.I.E.N.D.S?
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past two decades, you will probably know about Friends.
‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ is perhaps one of the most iconic shows of all time. It pioneered the sitcom genre. It is probably one of the most successful series of all time. Generations have grown up watching it. The series follows the lives of six friends – Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Ross and Phoebe, portrayed by Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow respectively. The show revolved around the comedic situations the characters often found themselves in. It dealt with various topics such as romance, friendship, finding the right job, accepting oneself, family drama and much more. The characters had their goals and motivations and each of them was very unique. No two characters were similar. All of them very relatable especially with the struggles they faced in their personal lives.
This is why the show became such a massive hit. The audience could relate to the characters. I could see myself as one of them. And that was the charm of the show. It was just a very feel-good show, which makes you feel like you are part of their friend group.
The series aired from 1994 to 2004, spanning ten seasons. ‘Friends’ nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, finally won the Outstanding Comedy Series award for its eighth season in 2002. The show has also topped various official lists and is widely considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time, rightfully so. It inspired a generation of imitators but none of them came close to capturing its essence. Even after decades, the show still sees re-runs on various comedy channels. These reruns still manage to garner millions of viewers.
What is Friends: The Reunion About?
Now you may be wondering whether the Friends reunion a movie or a series?
Well, the reunion is an episode titled ‘The One Where They Get Back Together’. And judging by the title we can guess what it will be about. Most of the story and the plotline kept heavily under the wraps, but judging by the title and the teasers, it will probably deal with the gang reuniting for maybe an occasion.
The original series finale saw Chandler and Monica moving away from their apartment building and into the suburbs to start a new life with their family. Thus, the plot of the reunion might even deal with the group becoming estranged. Even posters released featuring the gang in sailor-inspired outfits, so maybe it takes place on a cruise. It even might about the next generation, considering four out of the original six have children of their own.
The talks about a reunion have been going over for a long time. The first time the gang got back together was in 2016. Except for Matthew Perry, the rest of the cast had sat for an all-star tribute to James Burrows. The live show was not what the people had expected. The interview was rather awkward and felt phoned it. It felt more like an obligation rather than a proper reunion. It was more of an interview with the stars reminiscing about their time in the show. There weren’t many laughs to be held as the main comedian of the group was missing. Although there was a pre-taped message recorded by Perry, it was too devoid of jokes.
Friends: The Reunion Release Date, Teaser and More
Will the Friends Reunion be on Netflix?
No, the Friends reunion will premiere exclusively on HBO Max as the show is also currently available on it. There may be other affiliated streaming sites for the rest of the world, where HBO Max is still unavailable. The reunion was supposed to air in 2020, but it had to be rescheduled due to the whole Coronavirus pandemic. The shooting and the production of the special were delayed multiple times. It was initially set to begin filming in February 2020 but was only able to start filming from April this year.
The new teaser released on which was released on 13th May featured a small snippet of the cast walking together. In the background, an acoustic version of the iconic intro ‘I’ll be there for you’ by The Rembrandts can be heard. The teaser is so incredibly nostalgic. It’s a short but powerful teaser. You can check out the amazing teaser below-
Apart from the original cast, the special is also boasting an amazing lineup of guest stars. From original fan favourites like Tom Selleck and Reese Witherspoon who portrayed Richard Burke and Jill Green in the original to music royalties Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and BTS to supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Cara Delevingne to comedy legends like Mindy Kaling and James Corden and to even activists like Malala Yousafzai are set to appear in the special. The list of guest stars was really surprising. Most of the fans surprised to see the likes on BTS and Malala Yousafzai on the list. BTS fans in particular were very excited, as this would mark their first proper appearance on American television.
Fan Reaction to Friends Reunion
Fans have been asking for a reunion for a long time. Following the disastrous 2016 meet up, the demand for a proper reunion has just gone up. When news came out about a possible reunion, fans lost it. Social media flooded with the news of a reunion. ‘Friends’ has always had a very large and dedicated fan base which even include high profile celebrities including the likes of Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Benson, Jenna Dewan, Tan France and many more. Even Bollywood superstars like Alia Bhatt and Divya Agarwal have expressed their love for the show.
So it with a fan base like this, it was only fair that the teaser trailer would break the internet. The teaser which released on the 13th set the internet on fire. The teaser Instagram post has over 7 million views, while on youtube it has over 4 million views. It even trended on Twitter with #Friendsreunion. Fans were going wild on Twitter.
We are very excited about the special. It has been long overdue. F.R.I.E.N.D.S is not just seen as a show, it is our life. Everyone can connect themselves with the show. It is so real that we often forget that it’s just a show. We cried, laughed, and loved along with the characters. We lived their life while watching it and it broke our hearts when it ended. From then, every heart desired to see them again in a reunion like this. And it’s happening now! We cannot wait to see our favourites back on the screen making us cry tears of joy.
You could always prepare by re-watching the series on Netflix or HBO Max to get ready for the special. Those who haven’t watched F.R.I.E.N.D.S yet, binge it! or else, you’re missing out on a beautiful experience!
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