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'Friends' Hits HBO Max Today

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and the rest of the iconic crew will reunite for a special episode, but until then, we can watch past episodes on the new streaming service.
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UPDATE: Now that HBO Max has officially launched, you can watch every episode of "Friends" all over again! As fans look forward to the reunion, Lisa Kudrow, the hilariously quirky Phoebe, told "Entertainment Tonight" she "can't wait for it to happen." The sitcom star is just as excited as the rest of us for more shenanigans from the six friends, as she assures us, "It's gonna be fun. I mean, it'll be really fun." 

Friends fans: Sad news here. Due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, which has caused the cancellation or postponement of many other cultural events, the Friends reunion special has been delayed. While filming was supposed to happen this spring, but now production will not continue until later this summer. An official date will be determined later when it's more clear when it will be safe for the Friends reunion special and all other TV programming to resume production. 

After some speculation that's been swirling since last fall, HBO Max has confirmed that the original cast of the widely beloved '90s show is getting back together for a Friends reunion special. We have known the series was leaving Netflix for a while, and though the collective panicking that has ensued failed to bring it back, it seems this nostalgia-inducing moment (along with the return of Gossip Girl) just may make trying out another streaming service in 2020 worth it.

According to Variety, the six main cast members—Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Perry—have reached a deal with the show's creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman, and will reportedly receive at least $2.5 million apiece for the Friends reunion special, which will premiere alongside the launch of HBO Max in May 2020. Though it's still developing, the news has already thrilled those who followed the group's adventures the first time around. The special might just go more viral than when Aniston celebrated joining Instagram via a selfie with the cast that proved they're all still, well, friends.

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Aniston had already hinted at the possibility of a Friends reunion special. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she mentioned "something could happen," so the new insight may just be what she was referring to. While we'll have to wait and see what happens in the special episode, it's certain that the world will be waiting patiently for the arrival of this nostalgic gift.

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