Pretty much everybody who’s anybody loves Friends. But given we’re now word-perfect on every single episode, surely it’s time for Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt le Blanc and Matthew Perry to reprise their iconic roles and bring the Central Perk gang back into our lives?
Well, apparently not. Kudrow recently visited the Today show to discuss the possibilities of a reunion episode or two – and it’s safe to say that the real-life Phoebe Buffay isn’t a fan of the idea.
“I don’t see it happening. It would be fun, but what would it be about?” the 53-year-old actor told show host Savannah Guthrie.
“Think about it. The thing we liked best about the show was that they were 20-somethings and they were their own family.
“Now, they all have families, so what are we going to watch?”
“Now we’re boring middle-aged people,” suggested Guthrie.
“Right,” agreed Kudrow. “I wouldn’t want to watch me.”
While plenty of fans would happily watch the Friends lot hang out in Central Perk at any age (we quite like the idea of a group of pensioners sipping coffee together, to be honest), Kudrow makes a valid point; the charm of the show was hinged upon the fact that Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Rachel, Ross and Joey were all the most important people in one another’s lives.
We saw this in the way they celebrated Thanksgiving together, in the way they picked out their Christmas trees as a sextet and in the way they called upon one another when times were rough. At Phoebe’s wedding, each of the gang (eventually) winds up playing an important part in her nuptials; Monica and Rachel are her bridesmaids, Ross is an usher, Joey is the officiant, and Chandler proudly walks her down the aisle.
Now that the characters all presumably have families of their own (Phoebe and Mike announced their intention to start trying for a baby in the last episode, and Joey… well, maybe he hooked up with Susan Sarandon’s character in the desert) and live in different places, their priorities have probably changed.
Perhaps Kudrow is right and it’s best to finally let Friends go, safe in the knowledge that – wherever they are now – they’re happy, and occasionally dropping in on one another for coffee.
Then again… we really want more episodes. Like, lots more. Anyone else?
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