“So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke
Love life’s DOA…”
I’ll be There for You, The Rembrandts
The opening song by The Rembrandts of the iconic TV series Friends (stylized as F*R*I*E*N*D*S) have quickened pulses of fans all over the world.
The sitcom, which has spanned 10 seasons and spinoff show for one the characters (the eponymous Joey which unfortunately flopped), has been so widely successful that it changes the lives of the six leads – Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer – making them multimillionaires after the 10 year run, as they commanded a whopping $1 million paycheck per episode.
Talk of a reunion has been rife since then, as fans of Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe had no choice but to make do of the reruns of the syndicated show. Other fans have resorted to making fan-made trailers of the Friends after a decade, how they, how their kids are, and how Mike the Seventh Friend ended up as Ant-Man.
But talks of the reunion get more and more remote as the Friends’ real-life counterparts are struggling with either drug addiction, failed film ventures, botched cosmetic surgeries, and relentless paparazzi documenting the latest boyfriend.
And as the years started rolling, Social Justice Warriors too lazy to actually go out in the real world to learn issues and in need of a new advocacy started complaining about how the show (which was produced in the 90’s and therefore have 90’s sensibilities – duh!) is transphobic and homophobic.
But the more rabid fans – who appreciated the show’s light humor and have an affinity for the six leads, and Gunther – are keeping their fingers crossed that one day, the cast will film one final episode.
And their prayers were granted – sort of.
HBO Max recently teased a reunion – not another season, not another episode even – but with the cast appearing as themselves and testing their knowledge about the show, a clear reference to The One with the Embryos episode.
All the cast will be executive producers, and they will appear in the same sound stage that the original Friends was shot.
It will be aired on 27 May 2021.
So it’s not another episode as certain fans hoped (it’s doubtful if Smelly Cat makes an appearance). But the sitcom – like it or not – has made such a huge impact in the TV landscape and in the fans lives that for most of them, the reunion special is more than enough.