Salto put online this morning the exceptional episode of “Friends” which sees for the first time since the end of the series the 6 actors come together to remember the most beautiful moments of the sitcom.
On May 6, 2004, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross bade farewell to the mythical apartment with purple walls. For 10 years, this group of friends have made millions of viewers laugh and cry around the world.
17 years later, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer all got together for the second time since the Friends shutdown, to look back on the highlights of this series that remains one of the most popular sitcoms on the small screen today.
It is in the sets of the series, meticulously recreated for the occasion, that this special 1:39 episode entitled Friends The Reunion begins. One by one, the actors who have become friends today meet on the legendary stage to remember these ten years which marked a turning point in their lives and in their careers. A strong moment for the actors as well as for the fans who for 17 years have watched the episodes of Friends on repeat.
HBO Max, an American streaming platform that now owns the rights to the sitcom, is at the origin of this exceptional show, a clever mix between a talk show, a retrospective fueled by tape recorders and a family reunion. In the sets of the series, the six actors recreate the highlights, embark on a quiz on Friends inspired by the legendary episode of season 4 and watch bloopers on Monica and Rachel’s television.
Friends The Reunion also offers us a behind-the-scenes window of the sitcom thanks to interviews with creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman, who tell us more about the choice of actors as well as the influence that the public had on their scriptwriting decisions (notably the Chandler / Monica couple who would not have existed without the positive reaction of the fans).
Regarding cameos, a few key supporting roles from Friends, including Tom Selleck (Richard), Maggie Wheeler (Janice) and James Michael Tyler (Gunther), came to say hello to their former colleagues. to blink at the wrong time to miss them.
HBO Max had they spent their entire budget in the salary of the main cast (we recall, each actor received almost $ 2.5 million for their presence), thus preventing them from bringing these actors for more than 5 seconds? In this case, why bother to bring them over, if not to remind us that they are all getting old …
Who says exceptional show, also says exceptional guests. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Reese Witherspoon and many others are present in this special episode for appearances of very limited interest. For example, you will be happy to learn that David Beckham is a Monica or that the series allowed the KPop group BTS to learn English.
In short, Friends The Reunion capitalizes on the nostalgia of the fans of the series by reminding them why they always like to watch the adventures of this group of friends over and over again. No new information is revealed, but we take pleasure in letting ourselves be transported in memories and remembering, at the same time as the actors, the best moments of this series which has become legendary. Once the episode is over, only one desire haunts us: to see again the complete Friends.
Find Friends The Reunion now on Salto. The show will be broadcast in prime time in a few weeks on TF1.