We also have a roundup of the best episodes of Friends to watch on HBO Max.
When will the Friends reunion take place?
The Friends reunion was originally planned to film in early 2020 but naturally - like many other shows and films - was postponed due to the pandemic.
We do now have confirmation from star Matthew Perry that the reunion has been rescheduled for March 2021. An exact date has yet to be confirmed.
Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that's the way I like it!— matthew perry (@MatthewPerry) November 12, 2020
Variety revealed in an interview with Bob Greenblatt (Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer) that the team hopes to film the special with a studio audience, but it all depends on the state of social distancing at that time. Filming will take place in Burbank California, at the Warner Bros studio.
What will the reunion episode of Friends be about?
Well first things first, this won’t be a typical Friends episode. The actors aren’t likely to be in character, as it’s more of a ‘reminiscing and reflecting’ type of episode. In addition, series creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman have been confirmed to appear, so don’t expect to see any continuation of the story.
Joining Crane and Kauffman will be the main six actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. There’s been no word on if any other familiar faces will join in on the fun - we’ll likely know more once the episode filming has taken place.
Greenblatt also told Variety that they want to do the reunion in front of a live studio audience for a better atmosphere, so we're expecting the crew to recreate one of the famous sets for the gang to gather in. Our bets are on Central Perk, but it could equally be Monica’s apartment. Only time will tell.
How can I watch the Friends reunion?
The Friends reunion will be exclusive to HBO Max - the new streaming platform from HBO. It would have been available upon launch originally, but sadly this isn’t possible. It was meant to be one of the biggest draws to sit alongside all ten seasons of Friends - which is no longer on Netflix US.
HBO Max costs $14.99 per month, but existing HBO subscribers (including HBO Now customers) can get the service for free.
In addition, HBO Max is currently only available in the US. However, that doesn’t mean that UK viewers will have to miss out. Lots of HBO content is syndicated to Sky and Now TV customers, which could include this Friends reunion special. If you're considering subscribing to either of these, check out our comparison of Sky and Virgin, and the best TV shows on Now TV.
Failing that, there’s still a workaround for watching HBO Max in the UK.