Jennifer Aniston nails the big problem with the Friends reunion

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Kayleigh Dray

The one thing that almost all strangers have in common is that they love Friends. In fact, we’re willing to bet that you could ask any person on your morning commute for their favourite quote from the show, and they’d happily tell you.

Because, let’s face, it we’re all pretty much word-perfect on every single episode by this point in our lives. And, while we’re happy to just keep watching re-runs until the end of time, we’re more than ready 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.

Unfortunately for us, however, the gang don’t feel quite the same.

Aniston – who, of course, played Rachel Green in the show – has insisted that the show just wouldn’t work in 2017.

Could she BE any more wrong?

Well, before we get too irate, it’s worth considering Aniston’s point: the 48-year-old has claimed that modern technology means Friends just wouldn’t make any sense in today’s world.

Would Friends work today? Jennifer Aniston says no

Would Friends work today? Jennifer Aniston says no

Speaking to Arianna Huffington on her Thrive Global Podcast, Aniston said: “We were jokingly saying that if Friends was created today you would have a coffee shop full of people that were just staring into iPhones.

“There would be no actual episodes or conversations.”

Aniston failed to acknowledge the fact that six people hanging out consistently in a coffee shop, as the gang did in Friends, was every bit as unrealistic: didn’t those guys have jobs to go to? But hey, whatever.

She isn’t the only member of the Friends gang to wrinkle up her nose at the idea of a plausible reunion: a few months ago, Lisa Kudrow (aka Phoebe Buffay) said that the show wouldn’t work with “boring middle-aged people”.

What do we have to do to get the gang back together?

What do we have to do to get the gang back together?

“Think about it,” said Kudrow. “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?”

She added firmly: “I wouldn’t want to watch me.”

Perhaps Kudrow and Aniston are right and it’s best to finally let Friends go, safe in the knowledge that – wherever they are now – they’re happy, content with their lives, and occasionally dropping in on one another for coffee (when they’re not, y’know, staring into the digital abyss).

Then again… well, we want more episodes. And we kind of love the idea of watching Joey try to get to grips with all the intricacies of the iPhone 7. Anyone else?

Images: Rex Features



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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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