It’s not even been five months since Friends left Netflix, but fans of the show across the globe have been missing it like nothing else, leading to article after article about how to watch the hit comedy show being published. Luckily, those dark days are now over thanks to HBO Max. Yes, Friends will return to the Internet from 27th May, when the brand new streaming service from the entertainment giant launches.
All ten seasons will be available to watch exclusively on the platform — that’s a total of 236 episodes to binge watch over a weekend or two! But unfortunately, that highly-anticipated reunion episode will take a bit longer than we initially hoped for.
Update on the Friends reunion
Originally due to be completed in time for the platform’s launch this month, the unscripted reunion episode will bring together Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, and Matt LeBlanc to reprise their roles for the first time since 2004.
Due to current world events, production has been delayed until at least the end of May, if not longer. The good news, however, is that filming for this surprise episode will take place on the original Friends soundstage on the Warner Bros. set, Stage 24.
A potential reunion has been part of Friends folklore since the series ended sixteen years ago, but this time around all six cast members have officially confirmed their participation, so it’s just a case of waiting it out until our Central Perk favorites can safely be on set again.
In the meantime, we’ve got all ten seasons to rewatch! Here are five of the funniest and most classic episodes to revisit over a hot cup of coffee.
The one with all the Poker S1 E18
This first season gem is when Rachel realized she was destined for more than just pouring coffee, and Ross’s true feelings for his teenage crush became apparent to the boys. Chandler, Joey, and Ross decide to get Monica, Phoebe, and Rachel up to speed with poker by teaching them five-card stud. After losing to the boys during their first few games, the girls turn to Monica’s aunt Iris — who happens to be a professional poker player – to help them get to grips with the rules and mechanics of the game, to hilarious effect. We won’t spoil the ending, but let’s just say Ross has got it bad for Rachel.
The one(s) after the Superbowl – S2 E12 & E13
This special double episode aired immediately after the official telecast of Super Bowl XXX, way back in 1996. It’s also the episode that brought together the starriest supporting cast of nineties television, we’re talking Brooke Shields, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chris Isaak, and Julia Roberts.
What makes these two episodes such classics is that each of the friends gets their own storyline throughout Phoebe becomes a surprise hit with her “truthful songs” about death, Monica and Rachel both compete for the attentions of Van Damme, Chandler and Joey both have to deal with the most awkward dates ever, and Ross goes on a whole road trip to reunite with Marcel the monkey — who is now a major movie star!
The One With the Prom Video – S1 E14
“See, he’s her lobster!” — is there really anything else we need to say? This episode has gone down in history for being the one where the Rachel and Ross saga officially started. The gang gets together to watch Monica and Rachel’s oh-so-tacky and oh-so-’80s prom night; we witness Ross with an afro, Fat Monica, and Rachel’s pre-rhinoplasty nose. And if your heart doesn’t melt with that jaw-dropper of an ending, you probably don’t have one in the first place!
The one where everybody finds out – S5 E14
After keeping us hooked for most of the season with Monica and Chandler’s blossoming romance, the show’s writers really go to town with this one. As the title suggests, by the end of the episode everybody knows about the twosome, but there’s some hilarious back and forth in order to get there.
Once again, Phoebe gets the best line of the episode when she declares “they don’t know that we know they know we know”, as she and Rachel try to get the lovebirds to declare their relationship. Ross has a meltdown — that sooo seasons 5 – and Miss Emma falls in love with Hugsey, Joey’s favorite stuffed penguin. And talk about that ending, all the feels!