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Friends reunion will be a very real thing on HBO Max

The One Where They Got Back Together

the cast of Friends holding each other at the waist like in a prom photo Photo: David Bjerke/NBCU/Getty Images
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

That one very popular sitcom that everyone puts in their Tinder bios is coming back for one episode! No, not The Office — the other one.

Friends is getting a reunion episode that will be available exclusively on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, HBO Max, when it launches in May. When the service goes live, it will also be the home of all 236 episodes of Friends.

All six of the ’90s sitcom’s stars — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer — will return for this special. To clarify, this is not the premiere of a reboot or sequel series; it’s one very special episode. The special will also be unscripted, so expect something like a panel discussion with the actors looking back on the show, rather than a 237th episode.

“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max, in a news release. “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.”

Friends has been a hot commodity in the streaming wars. The popular sitcom, which follows the lives of six friends in New York City, was originally available on Netflix, but left the platform last month. WarnerMedia reportedly paid $425 million over five years in order to secure the rights to Friends, which was the second-most streamed show on Netflix (after The Office, of course). Even though Friends originally aired on NBC, it will not be available on NBC’s own streaming service, Peacock. The Office, however, will be on Peacock when it soft-launches on April 15.

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