For the past several nights, I’ve been complaining about having nothing to watch. But tonight, I didn’t have that problem because Friends: The Reunion was on and it was awesome.
After 17 years, Friends cast members Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc revisit the set of the iconic show to talk about never before heard stories about the show, its origins, casting, first impressions and relationships.
I was really nervous if I would like the Friends reunion. I loved the show when it was on and even followed it on reruns. I always had fun watching the episodes for the better part of 10 seasons.
I must say that it was refreshing to see the cast members as they were in real life. The moment they entered the set and hugged each other so tightly, I was already in tears. The moment they sat in the round table to read old scripts, I was blown away by how easily they channeled their characters and how they’ve still got it after all this years. It was perfect.
The interview portion was just icing on the cake but my favorite parts of the show were actually the parts about how the characters were developed.
While Friends skyrocketed to fame because of their perfect casting, the brilliance of the script should not be lost. Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane created these totally rootable characters that transcended generations and became well-loved members of everyone’s household.
I was a bit weirded out by how some guests were forced, particularly BTS. Nothing against the boys but of every story that was shared in the reunion special, there was really nothing new that they brought to the table because RM told that story a hundred times already. While other guests shared new information about their role in the show, their favorite episodes or how the show has impacted them, BTS’ segment fell flat because their connection to the show was old news — at least to fans. Admit it, even BTS members are already tired of telling the story over and over. Again, sorry ARMYs. This is not the boys’ fault.
I loved the surprise appearance of Janice (Maggie Wheeler) and Lady Gaga who performed Smelly Cat with Phoebe. I also loved the flashbacks to the best scenes which even included Jen’s ex Brad Pitt. It was actually one of my favorite episodes.
The thing about Friends is that it has an everlasting appeal. Even if you’ve watched it multiple times, you will still laugh out loud at their antics. It’s iconic for good reason. I hope their real life friendships grow even more stronger from here on out. More get togethers for this lot please, even if its not on cam.