Friends: The Reunion will make its Australian premiere today, following years of anticipation by devoted fans.
Australians will be able to watch the long-awaited reunion alongside the rest of the world, and anticipation has been building steadily since the beloved sitcom left our screens more than a decade ago.
Here’s everything we know so far about how to watch Friends: The Reunion and what to expect.
What is the best way to watch Friends: The Reunion?
Friends fans in Australia will be able to watch the reunion on Thursday, May 27, via Foxtel and the streaming service BINGE.
BINGE stated to his friends: The Reunion will be available on Thursday at 5:02pm AEST.
Because Foxtel and BINGE are subscription-based services, you’ll need to subscribe (or sign up for a free trial, if you haven’t already) in order to stream the reunion.
“After Thursday, the reunion will remain available on BINGE, allowing viewers to watch on demand or re-watch at their leisure,” the streaming service’s executive director Alison Hurbert-Burns says.
Wait a minute… 5:02pm?
Yes, two minutes after 5 p.m.
Australia will receive access to the reunion express via a direct connection from the United States, where it will premiere on HBO Max.
Binge confirmed that the stream would be activated at the time of the global premiere in the United States, which will take place at 12:02am local time.
Foxtel has indicated that the broadcast will last nearly two hours.
What information do we have about the reunion?
We know Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer will all be in attendance.
If the trailer is any indication, it’s going to be an emotional ride at times, with plenty of nostalgic moments.
However, we will hear from more than just the main cast.
Teasers have revealed cameos from other fan favorites as well as big names like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, David Beckham, Malala Yousafzai, and BTS.
Notably, HBO Max has clarified that this is NOT a new Friends episode.
“To avoid any confusion about what this special is, we want to emphasize that this is not a new, original episode of the series,” HBO Max said in a statement.
“The cast will appear in their natural selves, rather than as their beloved characters.”
What do the Friends cast members have to say about it?
Monica’s Courteney Cox told Good Morning America that returning to the well-known set was an intense experience for the entire cast.
“I don’t believe they (or) any of us anticipated how emotional we would be walking onto the set,” she explained.
“Literally, except for the cookie jar Lisa took home and the neon coffee thing Jen took, it was identical. “
And it was so emotional that we broke down in tears.
The reunion will emphasize the strong bonds formed during the show’s ten-year run, Jennifer Aniston, a.k.a. Rachel, told People.
“It transcends the work and the show itself, which was a spectacular phenomenon in and of itself,” she explained.
“However, the friendships and family that resulted… That is truly inexplicable. It is incalculably valuable.”
Why are they doing this at this time?
Since the final episode of Friends aired in 2004, a reunion has been discussed numerous times.
The reunion was announced over a year ago, but the COVID-19 pandemic ensured that fans would have to wait a little longer than anticipated.
However, the release date is rapidly approaching, and people are understandably excited.
“We are aware that there is a sizable Friends fan base in Australia, and we have noticed an increase in social media inquiries and chatter about the reunion,” Ms Hurbert-Burns explains.
“Friends, the comedy series that introduced us to Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Ross, continues to be as popular today as it was when it first aired. “Friends is a unique show that appeals to fans who grew up watching it as well as a younger generation who discovered it through streaming in recent years.”