Was there truly any soul that didn’t binge on Friends during the mid-90s? The popular sitcom which featured the trials and travails of a group of best friends as they navigated the landscape of their 20s while living in New York City was must-see television and the very definition early on of a so-called water cooler show. And didn’t we all shed a salient tear when the show gave up the ghost and aired its final episode on May 6, 2004? I know I did, at least.
In those halcyon days that were pre-COVID-19, one of the main items on the pop culture bubble was the news that the entire cast of fan-favorite show Friends was set to reunite for a March 2020 one-on/one-off reunion special for new streaming service HBO Max. That’s right, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow were all set to participate in a live-studio soiree where they would reminisce and answer questions about one of the television phenomenon’s of the mid-1990s. That was jettisoned when it became too problematic (not to mention potentially dangerous) in light of world events. Now, with signs of life slowly stirring, that Friends reunion is officially back on, according to those lovely gadflies over at The Hollywood Reporter.
To illustrate just how quickly this back-on-track stroll down memory lane is proceeding, look no further than today’s stealth leak that the Friends reunion show will shoot on the fabled Warner Bros. lot as early as next week.
When can we expect to flip on HBO Max and check out the triumphant return of Friends? The same sources that let slip to The Hollywood Reporter that the filming of the special was back on are playing it coy as to an actual air date, but all signs are pointing to May 27, 2021, precisely one year after the proposed original air date.
Along with the returning original six cast members of the show, Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane will also be returning to dish on whether or not Ross and Rachel were really “on a break” during the former’s side-fling and possibly to explain to us just how Matt LeBlanc managed to fit that turkey over his head in one of the show’s famed Thanksgiving episodes. The reunion will shoot on Stage 24 at the Warner’s Burbank lot which, appropriately, also served as the home of Friends from 1994 through 2000.