“The One Where They All Got Back Together”

Camilo Zeballos, Reporter

The long awaited “Friends” reunion is finally happening. HBO Max, a new streaming service to be released in May, has announced that along with being the only streaming service to offer all ten seasons of Friends, they will also be releasing an unscripted special with the original cast on their old set upon release of the service.

This announcement comes only weeks after Friends was removed from Netflix due to Warner Brothers, the company that owns Friends, taking away their streaming rights and giving it to HBO Max. Thanks to the show having been on Netflix, it received a massive spike in popularity with new audiences in recent years. It was the most watched, and profitable show on Netflix for the entirety that it was on there, and it is one of the shows heavily advertised with HBO Max. Kevin Reilly the chief content officer at HBO Max said, “Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library”

While the cast of Friends had been adamant that a reunion episode would probably never happen, they all took to Instagram to announce this special with an old photo of them along with the caption, “It’s happening…” So what is happening? The cast isn’t coming back to film a new episode, instead, although no details are known for sure, the word unscripted hints that this reunion “episode” will probably just be the cast members sitting together on their old sound-stage talking about their experiences and feelings towards the show.

Although this isn’t the extra episode explaining what happened to  Joey, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, and Rachel after the end of the series, it definitely gets us all excited to see them all come back together in their old apartment. While we all wished we could get that final episode that explains their lives afterwards, I believe Marta Kauffman the series co-creator and executive producer sums up the reason why an actual new Friends episode will probably never happen, “the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It’s not that time anymore. All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone.” So let’s enjoy this HBO Max special, and get ready to binge watch the show all over again.