Despite being announced over a year ago in February 2020, the much-anticipated Friends reunion still hasn’t made it to our screens after filming was delayed during the coronavirus pandemic.
There is good news though as the one-off special was finally filmed last month and is set to be broadcast in the US next week after the first teaser trailer was released.
If, like us, you’re a Friends fan on the other side of the pond, you’re probably wondering how to watch the reunion in the UK. Well, here’s everything we know so far…
How can I watch the Friends reunion in the UK?
The Friends reunion will air in the US on HBO Max on Thursday 27 May, it will also be available in the UK on the same day.
What channel will the Friends reunion be on in the UK?
Sky has acquired the UK rights to the Friends reunion. It will air on Sky One at 8pm on Thursday 27 May. If you can't wait until then, the episode will be available to watch from 8am on Sky and NOW the same day.
When does the Friends reunion air in the UK?
The Friends reunion will air in the UK on Thursday 27 May, the same day as it hits screens in the US. Thank goodness for that.
CHECK OUT the Friends cast - then and now
Friends Cast: Then and Now (slider)
James Michael Taylor as Gunther, the barista holding a torch for Jennifer Aniston's Rachel Green. Taylor was the show's most frequent guest star, appearing in 148 out of 236 Friends' episodes.
Taylor is best known for his role as Gunther, but he has also appeared in episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Scrubs, and Iron Chef America.
Cole Sprouse, as Ross and Carol Willick's son, Ben.
Since starring on Friends, Sprouse acted alongside his twin brother, Dylan, on Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and its spinoff The Suite Life on Deck. Most recently, Sprouse has starred as Jughead Jones on teen drama Riverdale.
Twins Noelle and Cali Sheldon played Ross and Rachel's daughter, Emma.
According to IMBD, both twins have appeared in shorts over the years, but their biggest role to date was in horror film Us last year.
Giovanni Ribisi as Phoebe's half-brother, Frank Buffay, Jr.
Ribisi is best known for starring in TV series Sneaky Pete. He has also appeared in the films Saving Private Ryan, Avatar, A Million Ways to Die in the West and Ted.
Maggie Wheeler played Janice, a recurring character who was Chandler's long-time on-off girlfriend.
In addition to Friends, Wheeler was also a recurring character on sitcoms Everybody Loves Raymond and Ellen.
Little-known actress Jennifer Aniston played Rachel Green.
One of Grazia's favourite people, Aniston has gone on to have a very successful acting career, starring in films like Just Go With It, Rumor Has It, and The Break-Up. Most recently, Aniston starred in brand new AppleTV show The Morning Show alongside long-time friend and former on-screen sister, Reese Witherspoon, for which she won a SAG Award.
David Schwimmer as Ross Geller.
Courteney Cox as Monica Geller.
Since starring in Friends, Cox has had a successful acting career, earning a Golden Globes nomination for her role as Jules Cobb in Cougar Town. She is also still very close friends with Jennifer Aniston.
Actor Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing.
Perry is best known for his role as Chandler, but he has since appeared in 17 Again alongsideZac Efron.
Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani.
After Friends ended, LeBlanc starred in his own spin-off show, Joey, which ran for two seasons. LeBlanc received three Emmy's nominations for his role as Joey on Friends.
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay.
Kudrow is best known for her role as Phoebe on Friends and received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her work. She also gained plaudits through Web Therapy and The Comeback. She is also still close friends with former co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox.
Who is hosting the Friends reunion?
The Friends reunion will be hosted by James Corden, who will chat to the original stars of the show in front of a live audience.
Who is starring in the Friends reunion?
All six main cast members – Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Matt Le Blanc (Joey Tribbiani), David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) and Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) are returning, as are a number of recurring characters like James Michael Taylor (Gunther) and Maggie Wheeler (Janice).
There will also be a number of celebrity guest stars including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, BTS and Reese Witherspoon.
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What happens in the Friends reunion?
Although the Friends reunion has been given the title The One Where They Get Back Together, the one-off special isn’t actually a new episode. Instead, the cast are coming together to chat about the iconic sitcom and its impact.
A trailer for the reunion shows the actors answering trivia questions about the show as they recreate the episode where Monica and Rachel lose their apartment to Chandler and Joey, as well as taking part in a table read.
As well as host James Corden, there was a number of celebrity cameos including Lady Gaga singing Smelly Cat with Lisa Kudrow, as well as Justin Bieber and Cindy Crawford walking a runway in some of the show's most famous looks.
Elsewhere, Matt Le Blanc (aka Joey Tribbiani) was reunited with his hand twin and David Schwimmer dropped the bombshell that Ross and Rachel were almost a couple in real life as he and Jennifer Aniston had the hots for each other.
How to watch the Friends reunion online free
YOU CAN’T. You’ll have to wait for it to air in the UK, just like the rest of us.