F.R.I.E.N.D.S reunion will not be the same

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Raghav Mahajan, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Brace yourself people!!! Friends is back. Yes You heard it right. The most funniest comedy show on television is coming back to your tv screens with a two hour special episode on NBC. The special is a tribute to Friends’ legendary comedy director James Burrows who also helmed iconic series such as Taxi, The Bob Newhart Show, and Cheers. Burrows directed 15 episodes of Friends, including the pilot, and recently shot his 1,000th episode of television. While the special is about burrows but the excitement level is to the dork “Ross”, the beautiful one “Rachel”, the control freak “Monica”, the flirt “Joey”, the crazy one “Phoebe”. But here come the disappointing one “chandler” who is not going to be on the show because he is doing a play in London named  The End of Longing which is set to run in London’s West End from 2 February until 14 May. It will be directed by Lindsay Posner. The reunion is scheduled to be on 21st of February.

The reunion is not going to be the same without the presence of Mathew Perry as he is recognized as the funny one and the level of craziness he can create with his sense of humor, his dance, his sarcasm, his charismatic personality will be certainly missed by the die hard fans of friends like me. He has taken friends to a level that has made the show what it is today. The popularity of the show after 12 years of its closing is just terrific. He says he is going to introduce the five of his costars from London. But his absence will definitely be felt as this was the first time that all of them agreed to be seen on the same screen again together. Earlier there was a rumor that there will be a film named Friends reunion but David Schwimmer cleared the doubt that nothing like that is going to happen which was a major setback for fans of friends who would love to watch their favorite actors sharing a screen together.

I expect to see a lot of stuff being told from behind the scenes except the bloopers already available on YouTube as I would like to know about the real fun they had in the sets. I would like to know the changes that has been made in the show and how would have the original script would have worked out. The most thrilling factor will be if every one of them would be comfortable enough to be around each other after 12 years with one of them touching the skyline with the fame they got from the show while others had a really hard time getting shows or films.

With all this comes the great excitement as we’ll get to see the “chick” and the “duck” again telling the stories of their friendship, The most romantic couple of television history Ross and Rachael share a single screen again. All six of them want to give it back to their fans and thank them for the incredible success for their careers which is basically because of this great show only. It would be a cherry on the top to see Gunther, Mike, Richard and especially Janice in the audience sharing their invaluable experiences.

I hope to see alot many surprises in the show which would take this to another level. I wish their could have been a time where all six of them pick back their keys they left in the apartment and come back with even more spectacular season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. They all say nothing is impossible but this is impossible.


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