Friends: The Reunion (2021)
Friends: The Reunion is a 2021 reunion special of the American television sitcom Friends. The special is hosted by James Corden and executive produced by the show's co-creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, Kevin S. Bright, the show's main cast, and Ben Winston (who also directed the special). The special sees the main cast revisit the sets of the original show (such as the Friends' apartments, the Central Perk coffee shop, and the signature water fountain), meet with guests who appeared on the show as well as celebrity guests, do table reads and re-enactments of Friends episodes, and share behind-the-scenes footage.
Friends: The Reunion (2021)
In November 2019, Warner Bros. Television was developing a Friends reunion special for their new streaming service, HBO Max. The special would feature the whole cast and co-stars. In February 2020, an unscripted Friends was commissioned with all original cast and co-creators returning.
The special was filmed in Los Angeles, California, at Stage 24, also known as "The Friends Stage" at Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, where Friends had been filmed since its second season. The filming of the reunion began in April 2021. Filming of the special was delayed twice, first in March 2020, and second in August 2020, both due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reunion special was originally set to be released with the launch of HBO Max on May 27, 2020, along with the 236 episodes of the original series that were available at launch; this was delayed a year later due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2021, a teaser trailer was released announcing that the reunion special was scheduled to be released on May 27, 2021, on HBO Max. The HBO Max release includes five bonus clips that were cut from the special as extras.
During the Sept. 16 episode of Literally! With Rob Lowe, Jennifer Aniston discussed filming the headline-making reunion and the toll it took on herself and her former co-stars. Per The Morning Show actress, coming together and reliving moments from the iconic NBC sitcom "really took us all down way harder than we anticipated."
Aniston compared working on Friends to taking "a happy pill every single day," so, returning for the reunion was more sentimental than she could've anticipated. "It's nostalgic in a way that's kind of also a little melancholy," she explained. "'Cause a lot has changed, and we have all gone down different roads. Some easy and some not so easy for each of us."
After calling the reunion "brutal," Aniston quipped that she couldn't stop crying even though there were cameras everywhere. Thankfully, the 52-year-old actress wasn't alone in her emotions, as she recalled, "There was a period where we were all kind of in a puddle. Maybe David didn't, I don't think we broke David."
Although the experience may've been tough for the cast, it certainly paid off, as Friends: The Reunion was nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) at the 2021 Emmys. Check out their other reunions by scrolling through the images below!
What's disappointing about the reunion is that it refuses to sit with this dynamic, which is often both sweet and funny, in favor of spending time on the one thing absolutely nobody needs: an actual retrospective extravaganza looking back at the television show Friends. Instead of being willing to accept that notes of melancholy are perfectly normal parts of reminiscing, it skitters away every time it's clear that time is stretching out for these actors in some unnerving way, and it takes shelter in something completely familiar: the clip show.
In fairness, though, the recent Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion leaned into the show's biggest controversy: the acrimonious exit of Janet Hubert as the first Aunt Viv and how hurt and angry she was, privately and publicly, at Will Smith. Some people found Smith's apology more satisfying than others, but at least they sat with the discomfort of it. Similarly, it would have been perfectly OK for this group to say "I'm so uncomfortable now when I think about some of the comedy we did, and fortunately there's no way a set of network characters would be this white and straight in 2021," or what have you, but they just ... don't. It's a choice.
Late in the reunion special, they agree that they won't wait so long to get together again. And in that moment, it's hard to doubt that they mean it, sort of, and that they might even do it in private, for free. But also in that moment, it's hard not to remember every last day of camp, every last day at a job, every last day at a school, and every other goodbye to those we become close to through circumstance. There are always promises to stay in touch. And if there's been a break in contact, there are always promises not to let it happen again. Those promises are generally sincere, and generally not kept. The cynical take is that they are false from the beginning; the more realistic take is that once your life spins away from people, it takes an awful lot of effort to spin it back toward them again.
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It has been 20 years since I graduated from high school. We wanted to have a reunion of few close buddies who are still in touch. The last such reunion we had was in 2019, when a pal from Canada and another from Australia were visiting India during the year-end holiday. Of course, soon Corona virus hit us and we all were trapped in our homes.
Anyways, its not easy to plan reunions, especially if they are not milestone based like decade or score or silver jubilee. And given the current pandemic, it becomes all the more tough. But someone managed to pull the strings and gather the six main stars of the series Friends, in the middle of such a situation, to mark 17 years since airing of the last episode of Friends. Yes, its been 17 long years since Friends went off air during prime time. Although, the re-runs are still happening in half the globe.
Friends: The Reunion was a much-anticipated official unscripted reunion of the entire main cast of Friends (Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc) for the 25th anniversary of the sitcom after near decades of anticipation. The cast will be out of character and there will be no script. It will just be the 6 of them chuckling along together, since they were not in the same room for more than a quarter of a century. It is an HBO MAX special. It streamed in Canada on Crave on the same day. The official release was May 27, 2021.
The Hollywood Reporter stated on November 12, 2019 that Warner Bros. Television was making the reunion and it would feature everyone back together.The 'unscripted' name did not turn up until February 21, 2020.
In case you missed the big old spoiler warning at the top of this article, consider this your second warning: we will be discussing the biggest Friends reunion special surprises below, so proceed at your own risk. Because trust us, there are some major revelations.
The biggest revelation in the Friends reunion special is a true shocker. During the Q&A portion of the special, moderator James Corden asks if anyone had any offscreen romances. Aniston and Schwimmer look at one another, before Schwimmer drops the bombshell.
Members of the classes of 1970 & 1971 and all Golden Alumni are invited to attend this special luncheon, honoring the 50th reunion. Help us welcome the classes of 1970 & 1971 into the Golden Alumni Family! Members of the Class of 1970 & 1971 are encouraged to attend to receive their medallion and take a class photo.
Tickets: $15 per person (separate food from tailgate village), $20 at the door The ticket price includes lunch, music and your favorite tailgate lawn games. The EBAN tailgate includes general seating and reserved areas for the following reunion groups: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Although the reunion is a one-off episode of the original cast looking back at the show and sharing some of their favourite memories, and not an actual episode (I know I am crying too) it would be fascinating to get wind of what modern day trends the characters would don, if the show had been produced in 2021.
All things aside, streaming service HBO Max has not announced an official launch date for the reunion special- but this does not stop loyal fans of the comedy series from counting the days until they can laugh with Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Joey and Chandler.
The Friends one-time special was responsible for the largest single-day sign-ups for the HBO Max streaming to date, according to Business Insider. Specifically, data released by market measuring firm Antenna confirmed that the reunion special outpaced the new sign-ups credited to both Godzilla vs. Kong and Mortal Kombat.
But to your point about being old, this reunion made me feel old! Not, like, actually old. But when ("Friends" creator) David Crane said that the show was "about that time in your life when your friends are your family" it really struck me. As a person who's coming to the end of that time in my own life it made me realize part of the reason so many people connect so deeply with "Friends" is because that time in your life is really hard. "Friends" made it seem fun and so much less scary.
I don't think you can talk about the reunion without talking about Matthew Perry. All the cast members have aged and his personal struggles since the show ended are no secret, but it was difficult at times to watch him interacting with the other five. 041b061a72