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Friends Reunion: trailer, date, times & where to watch on TV or stream

One of the most beloved television series both in the US and around the world, Friends, will return for a special reunion show on 27 May.

Friends Reunion: trailer, date, times & where to watch on TV or stream
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The final episode of Friends aired on 6 May 2004, yet the series still brings in more than a billion dollars a year to Warner Brothers through syndication. During its run, the show was nominated for twenty-eight Primetime Emmy Awards and ten Golden Globes. Jennifer Anniston leads the cast in the number of awards won, eighteen in total, for her performance as Rachel. Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe is ranked second and won seven awards from forty-one nominations.

Almost two decades later the cast has been reunited for a special that will be released on 27 May 2021.

 How to watch

The reunion, produced by HBO, will be available to subscribers at 3 PM ET on HBO Max on 27 May. The streaming services which grant users access to award-wining shows like Game of Thrones is available for a monthly fee of $15.

Who will be taking part in the reunion?

All six main cast members, Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Matthew Perry (Chandler), and David Schwimmer (Ross) have come back for the special. Fans will also be happy to see appearances from guest stars including, Janice, Chandler’s ex-girlfriend, played by Maggie Wheeler, and Mike Hannigan, Phoebe's third husband, played by none other than Paul Rudd.

Fans may also be surprised to see other celebrity cameos ranging from athletes like David Beckham to Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. Korean boy-band BTS and many other music artists and celebrities will  make an appearance.

What will be the format of the special?

Based on the responses from the cast, the special is expected to be an emotional look back at one of the most iconic shows in US television history.

HBO has kept a tight lid on the show’s format. The trailer released for the reunion special begins in a place fans will quickly recognize… no not Central Perk… Rachel and Monica’s iconic apartment. The trailer opens with the main cast playing Friends trivia. Later, the group is placed in front of a live audience where they speak to their experience on the show and how their relationships have evolved since the show went off the air sixteen years ago.

Fans will also see table reads of scripts from some of the most iconic moments of the show. While reading, the actors react to how they felt the first time they read the lines and brought them to televisions around the world.