Friends: The Reunion

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The sitcom’s cast members return to their original soundstage for a celebration of the show.

Matt Roush

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A rapturous if overstuffed wallow in TV nostalgia, this nearly two-hour reunion of the Friends cast—in order of appearance on their fabled Warner Bros. soundstage: David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry—is worth the wait. (The reunion special was intended to launch HBO Max last year, but Covid got in the way.) With hugs, tears and plenty of laughter, they revisit old times as they wander a meticulous recreation of the set (including a beam that was removed early on). James Corden leads a spirited discussion at an outdoor Q&A in front of the iconic fountain, but the best moments are the intimate ones, when the cast recreates moments from vintage scripts, play a trivia game and reflect on how much they meant to each other during the rush of superstardom over the phenomenal 10-year run that made them all famous—and rich. Special guests drop by or offer video tributes that mostly distract from the main event, but the highlight (not to be spoiled) is a musical duet not soon to be forgotten.

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