'Friends' Fans Probably Missed David Schwimmer's Important Update About the Reunion Special

Selena Barrientos
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Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

Friends will always be there for us. For 10 seasons, fans watched Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) work toward their big breaks, Ross (David Schwimmer) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) search for love in the most unexpected places, and Monica (Courteney Cox) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) support the group with good food and out-there music.

Now, 17 years after the last episode aired, the cast of Friends is returning for a reunion special to reminisce about their time on the hit '90s sitcom. Keep on reading for all the details about the upcoming Friends special fans surely won't want to miss:

When is the Friends reunion special airing?

HBO Max has yet to announce an official premiere date for the Friends reunion special.

Originally, it was supposed to be filmed over two days in late March 2020 and air on HBO Max in May for the streaming service's debut. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the project was temporarily put on hold. Then in November 2020, Matthew Perry shared an important update on Twitter with fans: "Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March [2021]. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that's the way I like it!" he tweeted.

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Alas, this didn't come to fruition. That said, both Deadline and David Schwimmer recently confirmed that filming for the Friends reunion will kick off the week of April 5 in L.A.

Which cast members will be in the Friends reunion special?

In February 2020, the cast of Friends all shared the same photo on Instagram to announce the reunion special. “It’s happening,” the posts all read.

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Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc are all returning to film the special on the show’s original set at Warner Bros. Studio’s Stage 24 in Burbank, California.

"The cast and producers are all very excited to go into production, as this will be the first time since the show ended that the whole cast will be together and on the original sets to reminisce,” HBO Max said in a statement in April 2020, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Series creators David Crane, Marta Kauffman, and Kevin Bright will all direct the Friends reunion alongside The Late Late Show with James Corden writer Ben Winston. In addition, the Friends stars and directors will be executive producers.

In December 2020, HBO Max released the below trailer for the special:

What is the Friends reunion special about?

The Friends reunion special will be an unscripted hour-long event where the cast will revisit the original set and go down memory lane together. Fans can also expect to see “rare behind-the-scenes footage” during the event.

HBO Max emphasized that the special isn’t a new addition to the original 236 episodes.

“In order to avoid any misunderstanding about what this special is, we want to make it very clear that this is not a new, original episode of the series,” HBO Max said. “The cast will be appearing as themselves, not as their beloved characters.”

Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images
Photo credit: NBC - Getty Images

What's more, David teased on The Graham Norton Show that there's a fun surprise in store.

“There’s nothing scripted. We’re not in character. We’re all ourselves, the real people," he said on the BBC show. "Although there is one section of it that I don’t want to give away, but we all read something.”

How can I watch and stream the Friends reunion special?

The Friends reunion special will air exclusively on HBO Max.

If you don’t have access to the streaming service, you’ll need to sign up to enjoy the special. To get started, you can download the HBO Max app and choose the free seven-day trial. After that, if you decide to keep the service, you can watch classic HBO shows and new content for $14.99 a month. If you happen to have HBO through your cable provider, you can double check to see if you already have HBO Max access. The same goes for AT&T subscribers who may have a free year of HBO Max through their phone plan.

While waiting for the Friends special reunion, you can rewatch all 236 episodes of the series on HBO Max.

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