You may have heard of the show Friends, a show so popular that it is still talked about to this day, even though it has been over for over a decade. It’s charming characters, and witty script made it the ultimate sitcom back in the 90’s, and there’s a chance you’ve seen at least one episode of it in your lifetime.
Fans absolutely lost their mind when the original cast agreed to a reunion special after all these years. But where can you watch the special?
The Reunion sounds like it will be just that, simply a reunion. It won’t be a brand new episode, or rehash. The only similarity between the original show, and this reunion, is the fact that it will be shot in the original soundstage where Friends took place (The Warner Brothers Lot). The cast, consisting of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and David Schwimmer, will most likely tell their stories as we catch up with our favorite group of friends.
The ‘Friends’ Reunion Special will be shown on HBO Max sometime in May. HBO Max is a relatively new streaming service owned by Warner Brothers. If you own HBO already, you are set to go, all you have to do is mark your calendar, and wait for the day the reunion drops. If you don’t have HBO Max already, it will cost you 15$ a month for the platform, which is a little more than some of the others like Netflix, and Hulu, but honestly, it’s probably worth it.
As you can probably tell, the original cast of Friends were getting paid fairly well when the hit sitcom was at its prime, how does $1 Million an episode sound? If that wasn’t enough, the cast supposedly also received royalties for its continued showing (reruns) on TV after its end.
The six original cast members are set to be paid somewhere near $2-3 Million each for the Friends Reunion special, not a bad gig for a few hours of their time.
You probably recall Friends being on Netflix originally, which is true; that is until Warner Bros. saw its potential and bought the rights to the show. HBO Max content officer Kevin Reilly commented on the reunion optimistically he was “…delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends — and audiences — gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”