HBO Max has released the official Friends: The Reunion trailer for the highly-anticipated special, giving us a preview of the epic, fun, and emotional reunion of the beloved sitcom’s iconic cast. The video teases the six stars visiting their sets and loosely recreating some of the fan-favorite moments of Friends including the quiz game, Phoebe’s reaction to first finding out about Monica and Chandler, and more. The HBO Max special will be available for streaming on May 27. Check out the full trailer in the player below!
In addition, the streamer has also organized some activities, which you can read below, in celebration of the Friends: The Reunion special which aimed to inspire friends to reunite nationwide to watch the special together.
- “Friends Reunite for Friends” Screening Events: On Wednesday, May 26th, HBO Max will invite select guests and super-fans for an exclusive screening to experience the reunion special with their friends IRL. The experience will include tailored pre-show entertainment and outdoor screenings before its HBO Max debut in two iconic locations: The Greens at Pier 17 in New York City, NY, and at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA. Fans will have the opportunity to attend through a #SuperFriendsFan UGC sweepstakes via HBOMax, HBOMaxPop, and Friends social channels.
- Scener Watch-Along Partnership: Fans can reunite with their friends virtually to enjoy the reunion special together with Scener. Starting premiere day, fans will be able to see their favorite cast reunite on their own custom virtual couches with video and chat capabilities on scener.com. Fans can share watch party experiences using the #CentralPerkWatchParties hashtag.
- Digital & Social Red Carpet: To further celebrate the long-awaited reunion special, HBO Max is hosting a live-streamed digital and social red carpet on Wednesday, May 26th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. PST. This event will feature exclusive programming, guest-star appearances and live segments from the ‘Friends Reunite for Friends’ screening events in New York and Los Angeles leading up to the reunion special.
- To celebrate the must-stream event of the summer, HBO Max will launch the “For Fans Of Friends” spotlight page on May 27, offering customized “Friends”-themed content to invite viewers to immerse themselves in curations centered around everyone’s favorite group of six. The page will include a myriad of themed episodic collections from fan favorites, guest stars, iconic moments, and fashion to custom talent-driven curations. Collections include “Best of Rachel,” “The Ones With Celebrity Guest” and the most-watched episodes.
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Friends: The Reunion reunites the beloved sitcom’s six main leads including Jennifer Aniston Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc, who had portrayed the roles of Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Ross, Chandler, and Joey. The special was taped on two locations: the iconic show’s original soundstage Stage 24, on Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, and in front of the famous fountain that was seen in the show’s opening credits.
The unscripted special will also feature the return of previous cast members including Maggie Wheeler who portrayed the fan-favorite role of Janice, Tom Selleck who played Monica’s ex-boyfriend Richard Burke, and Reese Witherspoon who appeared as Rachel’s younger sister Jill Green, along with Elliot Gould and Christina Pickles, who played the roles of Ross and Monica’s parents. James Michael Tyler, Larry Hankin, and Thomas Lennon, who respectively played the roles of Gunther, Mr. Heckles, and Randall, are also appearing. In addition, guest stars David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Kit Harington, Mindy Kaling, and Malala Yousafzai will also appear.
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The unscripted HBO Max special is directed by Ben Winston, who will also serve as an executive producer along with the original producers Kevin Bright, Kauffman, and Crane. The six core stars will also executive produce alongside Emma Conway, James Longman, and Stacey Thomas-Muir.
Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Friends had lasted over ten seasons from 1994-2004 which followed the story of six friends who lived in New York City. Even though 25 years had passed since its debut, the 62-time Emmy Award-nominated series stood the test of time and is still garnered as one of the best TV series of all time and had also become a pop culture phenomenon known to all ages.