It’s the news we waited more than a decade for: a Friends reunion special officially happening. Could we BE any more excited?
Last year, super fans of the hit 90s sitcom (that’ll be all of us, then) were over the moon to hear, despite all the previous denials and back and forth speculations, Jennifer Aniston et al. confirm that a one-off reunion episode would be happening.
Taking to Instagram, the star shared the following snap, alongside the caption ‘It’s happening,’ then tagging in each of her Friends co-stars, along with HBO.
Each of the other members of the Friends cast then shared the same image, with the exact same caption and tags.
However, thanks to the pandemic, its filming and subsequent airing has been postponed more times than we can count. But we can now confirm that the Friends reunion episode will be airing on HBO on 27 May in the US, and UK fans can watch it on 27 May on Sky One at 8pm.
Jennifer Aniston shared the news we’ve all been waiting for on Instagram, writing: ‘It’s official! The #FriendsReunion premieres May 27th on @HBOMax — could we BE any more excited?!’
A week before the reunion episode is set to air, Jennifer then shared the trailer for it and it turns out we CAN be even more excited.
The trailer shows the six friends sitting in Monica’s apartment, recreating games they played in previous episodes, discussing the filming process and revisiting iconic scenes. There are laughs, there are tears and most importantly of all, they finally put to bed whether Ross and Rachel really were on a break.
There’s certainly a mixed bag of celebrity guests who will be joining the original Friends stars in the reunion episode, with features from David Beckham, Justin Bieber, K-pop stars BTS, and even Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.
Former Friends actors will also be reuniting with the original crew. Elliott Gould played Monica and Ross’ dad and Christina Pickles played their mum. Larry Hankin played Mr. Heckles, who was one of Monica’s neighbours, Thomas Lennon played Joey’s identical hand twin and who can forget Tom Selleck as Dr Richard?
The loveable Central Perk manager Gunther, portrayed by James Michael Tyler, will also be returning for the reunion, as well as Reese Witherspoon, who played Rachel’s youngest sister. OH… MY… GOD… Janice (played by Maggie Wheeler) is back, too!
Earlier this year, Phoebe Buffay, sorry we mean Lisa Kudrow, revealed the good news for us all. Speaking on Rob Lowe’s podcast Literally!, she said: ‘It is not a reboot, it is not like a scripted thing, we are not portraying our characters. It is us getting together, which just doesn’t happen and has never happened in front of other people since 2004 when we stopped.’
The HBO special will be a one-off programme, and will show on the channel’s HBO Max streaming service.
Last year, the show marked its 25th anniversary. To celebrate, Jennifer Aniston – who had recently joined Instagram – shared a group selfie with her Friends co-stars, much to the world’s excitement.
American fashion designer Ralph Lauren also celebrated the special anniversary of the show by releasing an entire collection inspired by Rachel Green.
Designed to recreate some of the characters most distinctive 90s and early 00s looks, the Wear To Work collection, which was made in collaboration with Bloomingdales, included everything from leather trousers, pinstriped suits and mini skirts to polo necks and hints of leopard print.
Long live Friends!