Friends: The Reunion sees the beloved sitcom’s cast reunite for a special you can see from this Thursday.
Friends is undeniably one of the most popular sitcoms in the format’s history, rocketing all of its lead cast to global fame. The only problem is, then, that it’s kind of tricky to bring the whole gang back together with six celebrity schedules to coordinate.
Luckily for us, the long-awaited Friends reunion (titled… Friends: The Reunion) is finally coming to our screens, an unscripted celebration of the 90s sensation that first gave us Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Ross.
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Check out the tear-jerking nostalgic trailer below for this can’t-miss event, which sees our fave Manhattanites re-reading the show’s most iconic scenes and confessing some backstage and personal history to host James Corden.
To be absolutely clear: “In order to avoid any misunderstanding about what this special is, we want to make it very clear that this is not a new, original episode of the series,” broadcaster HBO Max said. “The cast will be appearing as themselves, not as their beloved characters.”
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It’s all taking place on the same Warner Bros. Stage 24 soundstage where the show’s sets originally resided and will available on TVNZ OnDemand this Thursday from 7pm (the same time Friends: The Reunion airs on TVNZ 2).
If you need convincing just how big of a deal this is, TVNZ is [gasp] moving Shortland Street to accommodate it. “Shortland Street will air at 8.30pm on Thursday evening to accommodate the US scheduling of Friends: The Reunion. Shortland Street’s OnDemand episode will still be available from 7pm for those wanting to stick to their usual viewing routine.”
A truly bizarre and diverse selection of famous Friends superfans will appear to give thanks to the series. Seriously, where else are you going to see David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai in the same place? Goddamn Malala Yousafzai??
Since TVNZ OnDemand is the home of Friends‘ original 10 seasons and 236 episodes, it seems only fair that they screen the reunion, while over on TVNZ 2, this weekend they’ll be screening the top 25 Friends episodes (as picked by Rolling Stone) from Saturday 28 May to Sunday 29 May.