It has been 17 years since the most loved and immensely popular sitcom Friends last aired. Almost all of us have seen the show. We’ve loved and resonated with the perfectly fitted cast who made the show worth watching. Friends have helped a lot of people get through strenuous times.
We all have a friend who is as finicky as Monica, a fashionista like Rachel, a flirt like Joey, sarcastic like Chandler, the weird and real one like Phoebe, and an ambitious yet hopeless romantic like Ross.
The Friends reunion has indeed been one of the most anticipated events for a very long time and all the fans have been dying to see the six friends back on the screen sitting on the famous couch and drinking coffee from Central Perk.
Hold your horses because the Friends Reunion aired on 27th May 2021. It is a two-hour-long special episode moderated and hosted by James Cordon. The fans and viewers are thrilled and emotional to finally see their favorite characters after ages.
Here’s what happened at the reunion–
Reminiscing the old moments
The cast of the show returned to the old shoot location where they reminisced old moments and viewed behind the scenes of few episodes. They laughed, cried, and shared a few intimate moments and all the fun they had 17 years back. The actors also engaged in the famous quiz game and it brought back a lot of the old memories.
The casting of the Characters
Writers and producers of the show David Crane and Marta Kauffman recollect the days when they first cast the actors. David Schwimmer our favorite goofy paleontologist who played Ross Geller was the first friend to be cast. Initially, Courtney Cox was supposed to play Rachel but she related to Monica and is disciplined and a cleanliness freak in real life too.
We also met the iconic side characters from the show like our beloved Rachel lover, Gunther. Maggie Wheeler who played the role of Janice and introduced herself by saying the three iconic words ” OH MY GOD!”
Richard played by Tom Selleck who was one of Monica’s partners, Mr and Mrs Geller played by Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles. The infamous neighbour Mr Heckles played by Larry Hankin graced the show with their presence.
There were a few revelations made during the reunion
Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer secretly had a crush on each other.
That’s right, Ross and Rachel liked each other in real life too. They were often caught spooning and falling asleep on the couch together. Unfortunately, they did not act on their feelings as both of them were seeing someone else at that point and it would’ve ruined their friendship.
David Schwimmer hated Marcel the Monkey
No matter how attached Ross was with Marcel the Monkey on screen, he completely hated the monkey in real life.
Ursula was inspired by another character played by Lisa Kudrow
Ursula was inspired by a character played by Lisa Kudrow on the show Mad About You. The writers found the perfect actor to play both Phoebe and Ursula.
Ross was specially made for David Schwimmer
David Schwimmer failed being a television actor and went back to doing theatre but the writers begged him to be a part of the show and specially wrote the character of Ross for David.
Lisa Kudrow cannot watch Friends
Lisa Kudrow has not gone back and seen all of the episodes. She described the show and their performance as “traumatizing.”
Many popular and loved celebrities like David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, Lady Gaga, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Kit Harington, Mindy Kaling, Malala Yousafzai made special appearances. There was also a small fashion show by a few celebrities as they walked the ramp wearing the iconic costumes from the show.
The entire reunion episode was a rollercoaster of emotions but definitely worthwhile!
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Trailer of the Reunion