A few days ago the internet nearly broke after it was announced that the renowned Friends will be airing a two-hour special—possibly a Friends reunion— as a tribute to producer-director James Burrows completing his 1000th episode behind the camera. Unfortunately for all of us gaping with glee, according to David Schwimmer the term “reunion” is nothing but inaccurate with one of the main cast members Matthew Perry being out of country. Perry is currently in London working on his play The End of Longing, which begins previews on Tuesday, Feb. 2. He will still be involved in the tribute to Burrows, but he will introduce his former cast members via video.
Despite this attempt to be involved in the tribute, we can all agree that it just won’t be the same with only five out of the six characters present. “I mean, in no way is it a Friends reunion when one member is out of the country,” Schwimmer said at FX’s Television Critics Association panel. How sweet can this man get? This is exactly why we love Ross (er… I mean Schwimmer).
The last time the “Friends” cast actually reunited was in August 2014 for a skit on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Click here to watch. It is disheartening to see such great friends drift apart after the end of the show binding them together. After they lost that last tie, they got caught up in their own lives and all six characters have rarely been in a single room together since.
Co-creator of Friends Marta Kauffman will also be present at NBC’s James Burrows special, but when asked about the so called “reunion,” stated that the show was a wonderful part of her life that will not be revisited. The show has run its course. We all understand that, but this show has still not ended for me. I believe that there shall be a day when all six cast members will meet and resume where they left off in the show, reuniting once and for all both on and off-screen. At least for one last hurrah. Can I get an Amen? Keep your eyes peeled for NBC’s Friends special on February 21. You can bet I will be watching.