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Friends: The Reunion special is shown exclusively on HBO Max’s streaming service in the US. How and where to watch Friends: The Reunion Special.
In the UK, HBO and Sky have a programming deal, which is due to continue for another few years. The deal is for HBO Originals rather than those commissioned by the streaming service but Sky made a separate deal for Friends: The Reunion.
It is available on Sky On Demand and Now in the UK and Ireland if you missed it.
How many episodes will there be of Friends: The Reunion?
Friends: The Reunion is a one-off special so it’s not a series. It is 1 hour 55 minutes long.
What happens in the Friends: The Reunion special?
Spoiler alert. We’d advise you not to read this section if you don’t want us to spoil any element of Friends: The Reunion for you. We won’t go into too much detail, but the surprise is part of the fun.
What we will say is the characters appear as themselves, rather than portraying their Friends characters 17 years on. So it’s not another episode of the beloved show, but rather a look back on it with a revisit to the set, sharing of behind the scenes footage and reminiscing. The behind the scenes footage is excellent and there are a couple of secrets revealed too, including why Ross and Rachel made such an excellent on-screen couple.
A live audience was there for the filming of the Reunion show and some of the classic props make an appearance, including the iconic fountain and Monica and Rachel’s apartment, as well as Central Perk.
Along with reminiscing, the characters read from scripts of some of the best episodes and it’s pretty remarkable how well they manage to recreate scenes from years ago just sitting around a table. There’s also a quiz – like the one where Monica and Rachel lost their apartment to Chandler and Joey.
Who is in the Friends: The Reunion Special?
All six of the original cast members appear in Friends: The Reunion. That means you’ll see Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), David Schwimmer (Ross), Matthew Perry (Chandler) and Matt Le Blanc (Joey).
The original six cast members are all executive producers of the show, alongside Ben Winston, who also directs. Other executive producers include Friends’ original creators Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffma and David Crane. Emma Conway and James Longman are also involved, and a couple of the classic characters make appearances too but we won’t tell you who.
Celebrity guests include James Corden – who hosts, along with Reese Witherspoon, Kit Harrington and Lady Gaga. David Beckham also appears.
Is there a Friends: The Reunion trailer?
Yes. HBO Max released the official trailer for the show prior to it being aired, which you can watch below. It gives you a little more in terms of what to expect from the show but if you’re in two minds about whether to watch the actual show, we would say do as we thought it was great.
Where to catch up on Friends seasons 1 to 10?
You can watch all 236 episodes of Friends season 1 to 10 on Netflix in the UK.
In the US, the 236 episodes are all available to stream on HBO.
Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to watch them all in the run up to the Reunion show, they will always be there for you.