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Friends: The Reunion: 5 exciting moments to look forward to in the one-off special

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The official trailer for Friends: The Reunion is here, and we finally have an idea of what to expect from the hotly anticipated one-off special.

Updated 23 May: When the official trailer for the hotly anticipated Friends reunion was dropped earlier this week, UK fans were left waiting to see when and how they’d be able to get their hands on the one-off special.  

Now, however, it’s finally been confirmed: and it’s safe to say we couldn’t be any more excited.

Viewers in the UK will be able to enjoy Friends: The Reunion on Sky One on 27 May at 8pm, or stream the special via NOW. That’s the same day viewers in the US will get to watch it, too, so we won’t have to worry about getting spoiled on social media.

With that news in mind, it’s time to start looking forward to everything the reunion has in store. With appearances from previous supporting stars including Maggie Wheeler (Janice), James Michael Tyler (Gunter) and Reese Witherspoon (Jill) and reflections from the original cast, there’s plenty to look forward to – and if the official trailer is anything to go by, there are a lot more exciting moments in store.  

As reported 20 May: While up until this point the details of the show have been kept tightly under wraps (in a brief teaser trailer released last week, all we saw was the original cast walking away from the camera, hand in hand), the new trailer dives deep into the action, revealing the kinds of discussion points, guest appearances and reflective moments the reunion will feature.

In short, it’s very, very exciting stuff – and we can’t wait to see what the actual reunion has in store.

Keep reading to check out our pick of the five most exciting revelations from the new trailer.

1. The cast will be quizzed on their knowledge

Over the years, there have been plenty of Friends’ quizzes shared all over the internet designed to test fans’ knowledge of the show. And now, for the first time, the official cast is going to have their knowledge put to the test.

As the trailer opens, we see Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc gathered around the sofa in Monica’s apartment, as David Schwimmer reads out questions from the board featured in the ‘Apartment Quiz’ from The One With The Embryos, in which the Monica and Rachel take on Chandler and Joey to see who wins the bigger apartment.

However, the questions are a little different to those asked by Ross in the show.  

“Rachel wrote Ross a letter, and demanded he read it before they got back together,” Schwimmer says. “How many pages was that letter?”

“18 pages,” LeBlanc shouts, before Aniston adds “front and back!”

Got to love the enthusiasm, right?

2. The Ross and Rachel situation will be addressed

As fans of the show will know, one of the biggest controversies of Friends’ entire 10 seasons was whether Ross and Rachel were *really* on a break. And in the trailer, we see the cast share their thoughts.

Although it’s a definitive “yes” from Aniston, Cox, Kudrow and Perry, LeBlanc doesn’t seem to be so sure. Let the hilarity ensue! 

Ross and Rachel in Friends
Ross and Rachel's on-again-off-again relationship was one of the defining features of Friends.

3. There are going to be re-enactments

Friends: The Reunion may not be the complete new episode some fans hoped it would be, but we will see the cast going back to some of the most iconic scenes from the series.

At one point in the trailer, we see the original cast gathering around a table to read from one of the series’ old scripts for The One Where Everybody Finds Out, in which Phoebe spots Chandler and Monica having sex from across the street.

And if Kudrow’s re-enactment of “MY EYES” is anything to go by, it’s going to be exactly as you remember it.

4. It’s going to be emotional

You don’t need to have watched Friends to know how big a deal it was to both the cast and its fans – so it’s no surprise that the reunion will feature some seriously emotional moments. 

“We became the best friends,” Cox can be heard saying as the cast are shown reflecting on their journey.

“Oh, I’m going to cry now,” Perry responds.

Get those tissues at the ready, people.

5. We’re getting a musical performance from Kudrow herself

Throughout the show, one of Phoebe’s defining characteristics was her rather quirky musical taste – most notably, her song ‘Smelly Cat’.

And while we can’t confirm that ‘Smelly Cat’ will be making an appearance in the reunion, the trailer does show Kudrow sitting down with her old character’s guitar, so we’re not ruling anything out just yet. 

Of course, these aren’t the only moments to enjoy from the trailer, so we recommend watching the whole thing yourself to get an idea of what’s to come.

For now, then, all that’s left to do is wait and see what happens come 27 May. 

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Lauren Geall

As Stylist’s digital writer, Lauren Geall writes on topics including mental health, wellbeing and work. She’s also a big fan of houseplants and likes to dabble in film and TV from time-to-time. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenjanegeall.