The 'Friends' Reunion Special Will Be There for You on TVNZ This Week
The show's original cast reunites for this one-off celebration, which will be available to watch in NZ on Thursday, May 27.
After more than a year of teasing — including initial hints in 2019, official confirmation in 2020, a first teaser a week ago and a full trailer a couple of days back — Friends: The Reunion will finally hit screens this month. HBO's US streaming platform HBO Max has gotten the gang back together, reuniting Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow to chat about orange couches, smelly cats and whether a couple is on a break. And, in just-announced news, Kiwi viewers will be able to get their own hefty dose of 90s sitcom nostalgia at the same time as folks in America.
Local network TVNZ has just announced that Friends: The Reunion will hit the platform at 7pm on Thursday, May 27. Kiwi fans were always going to be able to watch the special somewhere, and TVNZ was always the likely destination, but that has only been confirmed less than a week out from the show's airdate.
Dubbed 'The One Where They Get Back Together' in the special's teasers, the reunion comes 27 years since the TV sitcom about six New Yorkers made audiences a promise: that it'd be there for us. And, as well as making stars out of Aniston, Cox, Perry, LeBlanc, Schwimmer and Kudrow, Friends has done just that. Sure, the hit series wrapped up its ten-season run in 2004, but the show has lived on — on streaming platforms, by sending an orange couch around Australia, by screening anniversary marathons in cinemas and in boozy brunch parties, for example.
Friends: The Reunion promises to take pop culture's lingering affection for the show to another level, though. During the unscripted special, the actors behind Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, Ross and Phoebe will chat about their experiences on and memories of the show — all on the same soundstage where Friends was originally shot, so expect to see some familiar faces and some recognisable decor.
Aniston, Cox and the gang also have a few other famous pals for company, with the hefty guest lineup spanning folks with connections to the show and others that must just love it. On the list: David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin and Mindy Kaling, as well as Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.
Check out the Friends: The Reunion trailer below:
Friends: The Reunion will be available to watch in NZ via TVNZ 2 and online at TVNZ OnDemand from 7pm on Thursday, May 27.
Published on May 24, 2021 by Sarah Ward