PSA: The Friends reunion has finally finished filming and our favorite Central Perk gang is coming back to our screens real soon! The show’s official Instagram account teased the exciting news yesterday, April 11, in true Chandler Bing fashion, writing: “That’s a wrap! Could we BE anymore excited!?” along with a photo of the iconic Friends: The Reunion logo on set.
Set for streaming on HBO Max on a still undisclosed date, the much-awaited Friends special marks the first official reunion between the show’s six stars ever since it wrapped in 2004 with a total of 236 episodes. Take note though that while Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer are all indeed returning for the sitcom, they won’t be playing their beloved characters. "I'll be myself. I'll be David," the actor revealed during an interview on The Graham Norton Show earlier this month. "We're not in character...we're all ourselves, the real people."
However, David, who famously played Ross Geller on Friends, did hint at one segment that fans can look forward to. He mentioned, "But there is one section, I don't want to give away—where we all read something." It’s safe to say we’re definitely keeping our eyes peeled for that particular portion of the special.
As for the reunion itself, Screen Rant notes that instead of an actual scripted film-length episode, “the cast will reunite and reminisce on the years working on the show together and their friendships since.” Despite the special being a talk show of sorts, Friends fans can still expect it to take place on the TV series’ original filming set.
ICYMI, five of the show’s main cast did briefly appear on camera together in 2016 to pay tribute to American director Jeff Burrows and his extensive body of work. Unfortunately, Matthew Perry, a.k.a. Chandler Bing, was noticeably absent for the NBC special.
Get a glimpse of the mini reunion below while we wait for the real deal to launch sometime this year.