The Friends reunion is officially a go at HBO Max, where Ross, Rachel and the gang plan to once again be there for you along with, holy cow, a very long list of celebrity guest stars. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will all be there, of course.
But so will Justin Bieber, BTS, Lady Gaga, David Beckham, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.
The reunion will be an unscripted situation on the old soundstage, so it’ll be less “The One Where They All Hang Out Again” and more of a group of actors reminiscing about the good old days of being the most popular sitcom of all time (give or take Seinfeld) with a host of their famous friends. The short trailer suggests the whole thing will be less goofy antics and more weepy sentimentality. But hey, nobody ever came to Friends for the subtley.
The show has aged poorly in a number of ways, from Chandler and Joey’s lothario antics to the embarrassing lack of racial diversity. However, true to its title, Friends did highlight the value of having people in your life you love and trust, which is harder to find on TV than it should be. And the cast chemistry, always the trickiest dynamic to land, really did work with this crew. A self-indulgent stroll down memory lane feels like superfluous viewing but, hey, watching BTS cover the Rembrandt’s “I’ll Be There For You” ought to be fun.