Friends: Reunion starts tomorrow. Here’s when and where to look
The countdown is on – Friends: The Reunion premieres in Australia tomorrow after years of waiting from dedicated fans.
Australians will be able to watch the long-awaited reunion at the same time as the rest of the world, and the excitement has been growing ever since the beloved sitcom left our screens more than a decade ago.
Here’s what we know about how to watch Friends: The Reunion and what we can expect from it.
How can I watch Friends: The Reunion?
Fans of the Australian Friends will be able to attend the reunion this Thursday, May 27 via Foxtel and its streaming service, BINGE.
BINGE told his friends: the reunion would be available from 5:02 p.m. AEST Thursday.
Foxtel and BINGE are subscription-based services, so you’ll need a subscription (or use a free trial, if you haven’t already) to stream the meeting.
“The meeting will continue to be available on BINGE after Thursday, allowing people to watch on-demand when it’s most convenient for them or to watch it again and again,” said executive director of the streaming service Alison Hurbert-Burns.
Wait … 5:02 PM?
Yes, two minutes after 5 hours.
Australia will have access to the Reunion Express from the United States, where it will premiere on HBO Max.
Binge has confirmed that the stream will be triggered by the timing of the US world premiere, which will be 12:02 a.m. local time there.
Foxtel reported that the show should last almost two hours.
What do we know about the reunion?
We know all of the major cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will be there.
It’s expected to be an emotional affair at times, if the trailer is anything to go by, without missing out on nostalgic walks into the past.
But it’s not just the main cast we’ll be hearing about.
The teasers revealed cameos from other fan-favorite characters as well as appearances from big names like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, David Beckham, Malala Yousafzai and BTS.
Importantly, HBO Max made it clear that this is NOT a new episode of Friends.
“In order to avoid any misunderstanding of what this special is, we want to make it very clear that this is not an original new episode in the series,” HBO Max said in a statement.
“The actors will appear as themselves, not as their beloved characters.”
What are the stars of Friends saying about this?
Courteney Cox, who plays Monica, says Good Morning America it was an intense experience for the whole team to return to the well-known set.
“I don’t think they (or) any of us knew how emotional we would be when we got on set,” she said.
“Literally, other than the cookie jar Lisa took home and the neon coffee Jen had, other than that it was exactly the same.
“And it was so emotional we just started to cry.”
The reunion will highlight the strong bonds formed over 10 years of producing Friends, Jennifer Aniston, aka Rachel, told People.
“It goes so far beyond the job and what the show was, which itself was just a spectacular phenomenon,” she said.
“But the friendships, the family that came out of it … You can’t put words to it, really. It’s priceless.”
Why are they doing this now?
A Friends Reunion has been the subject of much discussion since the last episode aired in 2004.
The meeting was launched a year ago now, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused fans to wait a little longer than they had hoped.
But the release is almost here, and people are certainly excited about it.
“We know there is a passionate fan base of friends in Australia and we have seen an increase in inquiries and social media discussions about the reunion,” says Ms. Hubert-Burns.
“The comedy series that brought us Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Ross remains as popular today as it was when it aired.
“Friends is a unique show that appeals to fans who grew up watching it and also to a younger generation who have discovered it through streaming in recent years.”