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The New Friends 'Reunion' Sounds Like It Will Be A Painful Watch

The New Friends 'Reunion' Sounds Like It Will Be A Painful Watch

The merits of a Friends reunion special have long been debated by fans of the show.

Some felt that the original ending in 2004 was a perfect one, with adding to that storyline only having the potential to lessen the reputation of one of the most popular sitcoms of all-time if it was not done right. On the other hand, some were keen to see where the lives of the six characters had gone in the intervening years.

One thing that's for certain is that absolutely nobody asked for the version that we are getting.

A reunion special has been in the works for a couple of years now, and having been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, it will finally be coming to our screens on May 27th.

The show is being commissioned by HBO Max, who own the American streaming rights for Friends.

However, those of you expecting to get a look at what Chandler, Monica, Rachel, Ross, Joey, and Phoebe got up to after the end of the original show will be in for a massive disappointment.

While all six original cast members will be making an appearance and it was filmed on the show's original set, this is more of a nostalgic look back at Friends by the actors as opposed to a new scripted episode.

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That could go either way in terms of entertainment value, although the huge number of special guests set to appear could become a bit of an annoyance.

The special guests will include David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Tom Selleck, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.

A few of those names appeared in the original show, but we can't imagine anything much worse than hearing James Corden talk about Friends.

This sounds like it could be a painful watch.

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Gary Connaughton

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