‘Friends’ reunion premiere date has finally been announced

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The “Friends” reunion is headed our way, and it’s coming even sooner than we expected!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, we can gather together at Central Perk (via HBO Max) on May 27. The “Friends” reunion is just a few weeks away! And it’s slated to premiere on a Thursday night, just like when “Friends” used to air on NBC before streaming changed the way we watch TV.

Billed as “The One Where They Get Back Together,” this “Friends” reunion has been in the works for a while now, but it was unfortunately delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last August, Jennifer Aniston expressed disappointment at the “Friends” reunion delay to Deadline, but she said it gave the cast more time to make it even more special.

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“You know what? This has also given us more time to make it even more exciting and more fun than it would have been,” Aniston told Deadline. “So I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Look, we’re not going anywhere. You’re never going to get rid of ‘Friends,’ sorry. You’re stuck with us for life, guys.”

Hey, no complaints here! And now, our patience is finally being rewarded and the “Friends” reunion is almost here.

What Can We Expect From The “Friends” Reunion?

Stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer are going to gather together at the original soundstage — Stage 24 on the Warner Bros. Studio Burbank lot — where the show was shot for 10 seasons. This unscripted reunion will give the stars a chance to reflect, reminisce and celebrate the series as they recall their favorite memories and talk about why “Friends” has been such a special part of their lives.

We can also look forward to special guest stars, including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, Lady Gaga, Kit Harington, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.

OK, was anyone else scrolling to see if Brad Pitt was going to make an appearance?

Friends cast to appear in reunion
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Sadly, no, Pitt won’t be showing up to reprise his role as the president of the “I Hate Rachel Green” club, but fan-favorites James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther, and Reese Witherspoon, who had two cameos as Rachel’s sister Jill, will be making a comeback. And no “Friends” reunion would be complete without Janice (Maggie Wheeler), or Jack and Judy Geller (Elliot Gould and Christina Pickles).

You can watch the “Friends” reunion on HBO Max starting May 27. You can watch the trailer for the special on YouTube below:


Although the last episode of “Friends” aired in May 2004 (yes, 17 years ago!), the show hasn’t lost its touch.

“It feels somehow just as relevant now as it did back then,” Matt LeBlanc said during an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” last year.

About the reunion, LeBlanc said fans shouldn’t expect a new episode of the series but rather a fun look back at the show’s best moments and a celebration of what “Friends” has meant to fans over the years.

“It’s not a scripted thing,” he said. “It’s not like an episode. It’s more like the six of us together talking about the good old days. We got the band back together without the instruments.”

You can check out the “Friends” reunion on HBO Max starting May 27.

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