What is the reunion special?
As the name implies, the episode will see the iconic cast appear alongside show creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The episode will be unscripted, but marks the first time all six original cast members are together for a public event since the last Friends episode aired in 2004.
According to Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max, “Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together - we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courtney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library.”
He added, “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends - and audiences - gathered together in real-time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”
Courtney Cox revealed more information when interviewed recently on Ellen, telling the audience that the reunion was an emotional one for her. “It was so unbelievable, so emotional. It’s an unscripted reunion and we got to be on Stage 24 for the first time all of us in, I forget how many years. 15 years? 17 years?”
How can I watch it here in Australia?
The episode will be available to stream express from the US at 5.02pm AEST on May 27, but you’ll need to have BINGE to watch it.
Who is involved?
The original cast and its series creators will be involved, but there will also be a number of appearances from cameos and guests who appeared throughout the series. Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles, who played Ross and Monica’s parents will star, Thomas Lennon who played Joey’s identical hand twin, Tom Selleck who played Richard, James Michael Tyler who played Gunther, and of course, Maggie Wheeler who played Janice.
David Beckham is said to be appearing, randomly Justin Bieber will also make an appearance. Model Cara Delevingne will sport some of the iconic outfits from the show, while Lady Gaga will also star in the reunion special.
Where is it filmed?
The special will be filmed on Stage 24 on the Warner Bros. Studio Lot in Burbank, California, where the show was originally filmed. The set designer from the original series even gave fans an insight into the upcoming episode, sharing a glimpse at the iconic NYC apartment. Greg Grande told fans via Instagram: “Wait for it!!! Excited to be part of this project and see my work come back to life.”