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How and when to watch
Friends: The reunion will be broadcast on May 27. After a brief teaser with the actors’ backs as they walked the Burbank set where the show and reunion were filmed, a . In it, the cast shares a lot of laughter, memories and tears.
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What we know about the reunion
Most of the plans for the show are still secret, but don’t expect a scripted reunion between the characters. This is a special in which the actors appear as themselves, presumably to share and reminisce about memories.
“Nothing is written, we have no character,” actor David Schwimmer said on The Graham Norton Show in April. “We are all ourselves, the real people.”
And then he hinted at … something. “But there’s a section, I don’t want to give it away … where we all read something.”
I don’t know exactly what that means. Are they reading something characteristic, perhaps a quick scene that summarizes where the characters might be today? We will see.
The show was filmed on the same Warner Bros. stage in Burbank where Friends have been filming since season two, in front of a live audience.
Where did we leave the friends?
The show began in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons on NBC. The six main characters remain friends and some become romantic partners as the show progresses. They live in New York City and hang out at a coffee shop called Central Perk.
Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston, the series begins by fleeing her marriage to a man she doesn’t love, and instead moves in with her high school best friend, Monica Geller. She worked at Central Perk before starting a fashion career. She eventually falls in and out and in and out of love with Monica’s brother, Ross, and the two have a daughter, Emma.
Chief Monica Geller, played by Courteney Cox, known for her cleanliness and competitiveness, lets Rachel move into her far too spacious New York apartment. Chandler Bing and Joey Tribbiani live across the hall and are friends of hers. Eventually, Monica and Chandler fall in love, get married, adopt boy-girl twins, and leave New York City for the suburbs.
Paleontologist Ross Geller, Monica’s older brother, played by David Schwimmer, is a nerdy but smart goofball. He doesn’t start the show until single, when his wife, Carol, finds out she’s a lesbian. He has a son with Carol, but most of his romantic relationships in the series involve his sister’s best friend, Rachel. Ultimately, they want them, they want Ross and Rachel to have a daughter, Emma. Ross owned a white-headed capuchin named Marcel for a while.
Chandler Bing, played by Matthew Perry, works in various (sometimes mysterious) corporate jobs during the show. He usually rooms with best friend Joey Tribbiani. Monica’s brother, Ross, is Chandler’s roommate. In the end, Chandler and Monica fall for each other and end up with twins. Before Monica, he had a memorable girlfriend named Janice Hosenstein. Could her smile be more annoying?
Actor Joey Tribbiani, played by Matt LeBlanc, is often portrayed as the adult child of the group. In between acting roles, he does everything from working in Central Perk’s Friends’ hangout to playing Santa at Christmas. He loves food and is a lady’s man, and dates Rachel for a while, and eventually realizes that they are better as friends. When the series ends, Joey leaves New York for LA to act, and LeBlanc played two seasons on the Friends spin-off show Joey.
Masseuse Phoebe Buffay, played by Lisa Kudrow, is portrayed as dizzy and wayward, and had a tougher childhood than the others. Her mother killed herself when Phoebe was young, and Phoebe eventually ended up on the street. She has a twin sister, Ursula, is a vegetarian and sings songs she wrote herself, most infamously, Smelly Cat. When the show ends, she is married to her boyfriend Mike (Paul Rudd), with boyfriend Joey who led the wedding.
Guest star bonanza
Friends had a number of famous guest stars during the 10-year period, and the reunion is no exception. Guest stars appearing at the reunion include David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon, and Malala Yousafzai.
Friends reunion director Ben Winston warned that theis letter.
“I want to manage your expectations on this – it’s a very brief moment from BTS,” he tweeted. “They’re great, of course, but they’re one of the interviews where they briefly tell you why they like friends.”
It seems likely that all guest star moments will be short as it is the six main actors fans want to see. Maybe we’ll find out what happens after they’re no longer stuck in second gear, as the theme song blared memorable.
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