For ten wonderful years, the cast of the TV show Friends filled our living rooms with laughs, tears and gasps. And now 17 years after the final episode was broadcast, all the Friends are back for a reunion that is going to be epic.
A trailer of Friends: The Reunion has just been released and I was once again swept away into the rollercoaster lives of Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross. The full cast has returned to the original Friends set to reminisce about their favourite episodes, most cheesy lines and share secret anecdotes.
Reminiscing at Central Perk
The teaser shows the Friends testing their trivia knowledge of the show, taking a tour through their old sets on Stage 24, on the Warner Bros Studio lot in Burbank, re-reading their lines, as well as sitting down with James Corden for an interview in front of a live audience.
Heaps of special guests will be making a cameo in the revival including Reese Witherspoon, who played Rachel’s sister Jill Green and Tom Selleck, who played Monica’s much older boyfriend, Richard Burke.
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Elliott Gould, (Ross Geller’s father, Jack) will also be making an appearance alongside his TV wife, Christina Pickles, who played Judy.
Wow, What’s Happened To Them?
It’s pretty incredible seeing the change (and in some cases no change) in the appearance of the stars. Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) looks ‘wowsers’! I have no idea how she does it but I think she looks even hotter now than she did during her Friends years. Perhaps not having kids has been that key anti-aging tonic. Courteney Cox (Monica) and Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) also look fabulous and David Schwimmer (Ross) also looks great.
It seems, though that the years have not been too kind to Matt LeBlanc (Joey) and Matthew Perry (Chandler).
“Just saw People interview and can’t believe how Matthew Perry looks like … seriously it breaks my heart,” one fan posted after seeing the video.
“Hate to say it, but I’m sad and scared like hell for Matthew Perry,” another said.
Matt LeBlanc is also appearing bloated and aged.
Perry has in the past been open with his struggles with addiction. He has admitted that he doesn’t recall filming multiple seasons and said at one stage, he was drinking vodka by the quart and showing up to work hung over.
“I don’t remember three years of it. Somewhere between Seasons 3 and 6…I was a little out of it,” he told BBC Radio 2 in 2016.
However, the star is now engaged to literary manager Molly Hurwitz, who joined him at the reunion.
It sounds like many of the cast have been through their ups and downs over the years.
“Over the years we’ve all struggled with different obstacles and challenges,” David Schwimmer told People magazine.
But despite the rollercoaster of life, the Friends cast is intact, alive and kicking and loving eachother. The reunion gives us a wonderful insight into the deep bonds the group share.
The LOVE Is Still Strong
“I love you guys so much,” one of the actors exclaimed in the middle of a group hug.
But be aware, this is NOT a Friends sequel. “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. The cast will be appearing as themselves, not as their beloved characters,” HBO said in a statement.
Where Can You Watch The Friends Reunion?
The Friends reunion, called “The One Where They Get Back Together,” starts streaming on HBO Max on Thursday, 27 May.
You can catch this show here in Australia on Binge on Thursday 27 May 5.02pm. Can’t Wait!
Were you a Friends fan back in the day? Who was your favourite character? Will you be watching the Reunion show? Tell us in the comments below.