“Friends: The Reunion” coming to HBO Max

Everyone’s favorite cast is finally reuniting. The early 90’s and 2000’s sitcom “Friends” will reunite on a HBO Max special episode on May 27.

As many fans know, the cast announced a reunion in 2020, but because of COVID-19, their plans to film had to be delayed.

On April 9, Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing on the show, shared a photo of himself on Instagram in a makeup chair with the caption, “Seconds before eating a makeup brush. Not to mention reuniting with my Friends.”

Perry quickly took down the post which left “Friends” fans excited to see what was to come.

Ericka Muncy, a Jupiter High teacher and self-declared “Friends” fan, watched the show when it originally aired and got back into watching it on TBS during quarantine. 

“I’m excited to see the cast back together again because they had such chemistry, and I’m also eager to see Central Perk again,” Muncy said. 

The cast, which includes Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, are all set to return, including special guests that were on the show, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Selleck, Elliot Gould, Christina Pickles, James Michael Tyler and Maggie Wheeler. 

“Aside from the six main characters, I would love to see the return of Janice and Gunther,” Muncy said. “They were such great supporting characters with distinct personalities.” 

Unfortunately, they won’t be making any “new” episodes. The cast will be acting as themselves and will revisit the sets and talk about their memories on the show. 

“At first, I wanted them to make new episodes, but now I think this is the best type of reunion for a show like Friends, one that was, and in some ways still is, a large part of our pop culture,” Muncy said. 

The cast will also look back on their favorite scenes and moments from the show.

“My favorite episode would definitely be the one where Ross tries wearing leather pants because it’s hilarious,” Muncy said

Back in 2019, Netflix removed “Friends” from their platform, and the show went to HBO Max. Since Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services, fans were not very happy about the removal.

Hayley Grimes, Jupiter High junior, was one of the fans that was upset with this removal. 

“I was upset about this decision because I really like the show and it was convenient to have access on Netflix as it does not seem to lack humor even when watched over again,” Grimes said. 

On April 10, the “Friends” official Instagram account confirmed that they have finished filming the reunion with a photo of “Friends: The Reunion” logo flashing on a big screen surrounded by lights and sound equipment with the caption “That’s a wrap!” 

This could also mean that the creators of the show, Marta Kauffman and David Crane could also make an appearance. 

“I would like to see Crane and Kauffman in the reunion because I haven’t seen them in an episode before,” Grimes said. “It would provide a more unique approach to the reunion.” 

Addison Kondik, Jupiter High sophomore, is also excited to see the return of the special guests.

“I am definitely most excited to see Reese Witherspoon as a special guest again because she brought so much joy to the show when she came in, even for the few episodes she appeared on,” Kondik said. 

The reunion is set to be an hour long event so fans will see many behind the scenes moments and conversations with the actors. 

“I love the show so much and I’m very excited to see what they do with the reunion,” Kondik said. 

Until the reunion airs on May 27, fans can still binge watch the show on HBO Max.