The one where they return: Friends reunion trailer released
Unscripted episode with cast, who will not be in character, to air on HBO Max on May 27th
Friends stars Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston are to reunite. File photograph: Jon Ragel/Reuters
Streaming service HBO Max said it will show the unscripted, one-off special on May 27th following frequent delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. A date for it to be shown on this side of the Atlantic has yet to be announced.
A teaser video shared on social media showed the six original cast members walking arm-in-arm across a studio lot.
The video was accompanied by a down-tempo version of the US sitcom’s theme tune I’ll Be There for You by The Rembrandts. A caption described the special as “The One Where We Get to See Our Favourites Back Together Again”.
Cox wrote on Instagram: “This kind of thing doesn’t happen every year, or even every 10, or 15 years. I feel so blessed to have had a chance to reunite with my Friends ... and it was better than ever.”
Aniston, referencing a line from an early episode of the show, said: “Could we BE any more excited?!”
The cast will not be in character and will appear as themselves in the special, which was filmed earlier this year on Stage 24 of the Warner Bros lot in Burbank, Los Angeles, the same sound stage as the original comedy.
Friends ended its 10 year-run on NBC television in 2004 and became one of the most popular television shows synonymous with 90s culture.
The idea of a Friends reunion was originally met with mixed reactions from critics and fans.
When rumours of the reunion first surfaced in November 2019, the Guardian’s Stuart Heritage wrote: “Another shot, even for a truckload of cash, would only further diminish what Friends once was. In the still very recent words of Jennifer Aniston, a reunion won’t be even close to as good as what it was, so why do it?” –Guardian