Friends reunion episode release and review LIVE UPDATES: Watch the Friends special in India at this time

screenmixMay 26, 2021
friends reunion 1200Friends Reunion episode will premiere on May 27 on ZEE5. (Photo: ZEE5/Twitter)

Fans are gearing up to watch the main cast of popular American TV show Friends get together one last time for an unscripted special episode titled Friends: The Reunion. It will really be the end of an era for the actors as well as those people who have come to love the ten-season series.

The special episode, which will stream on ZEE5 from May 27, will feature a bevy of celebrities apart from the main stars Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston. Some of the guests include popular celebrities such as David Beckham, BTS, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, Malala Yousafzai, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Mindy Kaling and Kit Harington among others.

In fact, Friends actors Maggie Wheeler and Tom Selleck will also be marking their presence on the eagerly-anticipated reunion episode. Interestingly, Reese Witherspoon too had briefly appeared on Friends as Rachel Green’s (played by Jennifer Aniston) spoilt sister.

Talking about the release of Friends: The Reunion in India, Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer of ZEE5, said in a statement, “We received an overwhelming response from the audience after recently announcing that FRIENDS: THE REUNION special will stream exclusively on ZEE5 in India. We are proud to share that we will bring this event to India along with the world on May 27 at 12.32 pm! We expect high demand from users and would urge them to avail FRIENDS: THE REUNION Special unlimited viewing offer at least 12 hours in advance before the launch for a seamless experience. We are all geared up to make this a resounding success in India along with the rest of the world.”

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After 15 reviews, Friends: The Reunion special episode holds a rating of 67 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The first reviews of Friends: The Reunion are here. The special, also called The One Where They Get Back Together, has so far evoked a positive, though not a gushing reception. READ MORE

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On the eve of the Friends Reunion launch, ZEE5’s official Twitter posted, “Follow these easy steps to watch the #FriendsReunionOnZEE5 at 12:32 PM tomorrow (Wednesday) and enjoy this iconic moment along with the rest of the world. Music Credits: Tiokyon.”

Friends Reunion is set to air on ZEE5 from 12:32 PM onwards.

In an interview with Variety, Friends: The Reunion director Ben Winston said, “I felt like the take reads were really special. We shot them with four cameras around them on a track. It’s a complicated way to shoot because you can’t have the cameras get in each other’s shots. It was quite a science. It was almost like the opening scene of ‘Reservoir Dogs’ where we shoot around the backs of those mafia bosses. I really wanted it to feel like they were the only ones in the room. If you did that on a long table or a square table it wouldn’t have been as beautiful. It was all about them at that moment.”

David Schwimmer told Reuters, “No-one was going through what we were going through, except the other five. Our family couldn’t relate, our closest friends couldn’t relate… but the only other people who really knew what it was like were the other five.”

Talking to Reuters about a reboot of Friends, Lisa Kudrow said, “They ended the show very nicely. I don’t want anyone’s happy ending to be unraveled.”

IndieWire’s Ben Travers noted, “Friends: The Reunion is a special made to be as broad as possible, and it too often ignores or steps on the intimate connections fans already have with their favorite fictional friends.”

CNN’s Brian Lowry wrote in his review, “A valentine to fans, the nearly two-hour special is inevitably hard-pressed to justify the hype, working best when it lets the cast casually reminisce, while getting carried away with cameos, some of which, well, couldn’t be more random.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Fienberg opined, “Director Ben Winston — fresh off the triumph of this spring’s partially quarantined Grammys — has approached the reunion as a series of games, performances and structured bits, a relentlessly busy 104 minutes that yield an impressive array of funny and emotional moments likely to generally, if not fully, satisfy many or even most dedicated fans.”

“Whenever the action moves away from Stage 24, things start to fall apart. The celebrity testimonials add little, except to the reunion’s runtime. (In case you were wondering, David Beckham is a Monica.) Corden’s interview is banal, though he manages to unearth one (obviously thoroughly vetted in advance) revelation about two of the stars. Surprise guests are treated to awkward, hello-goodbye appearances which are made all the more uncomfortable by Corden’s over-animated cheerleading,” reads the review by Entertainment Weekly.

Deadline’s Dominic Patten wrote in his review, “If you are one of the millions of Friends fans out there, then the Friends: The Reunion special debuting Thursday on HBO Max is exactly the fix you have been craving since the NBC sitcom went off the air in 2004. However, if you don’t have a standing order at Central Perk, you’ll probably want to skip the much-hyped, almost 2 1/2-hour-long shindig that is way more filler than killer, to put it kindly.”

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In a conversation with The Late Late Show host James Corden, Hank Azaria said, “I auditioned for Joey, and didn’t get it, and I was like, ‘No, no, I have to go back, I have to try again.’ So I bullied my way back in for a second time and they were very kind and watched my audition, and then threw me out. Spoiler alert, I didn’t get the role of Joey.”

In an interview with Access, Matthew Perry shared, “There was a rule that we had, it was really important to the six of us that we kept a friendship, that we were friends. And if we were hooking up or there was any strangeness going on, that might mess with things. So we kept a friendship and we did become really good friends. And we are really good friends to this day. And we kept that going. And that was really important.”

Actor R Madhavan shared the trailer of Friends and wrote on his Instagram story, “I believe Friends has become a world religion.” The reunion will stream on May 27 on ZEE5.

Earlier, while speaking to the People magazine, David Schwimmer, who essayed the role of Ross Geller on Friends, had said, “This cast in these roles and the collaborative spirit that the writers kind of invited where we all were playing at the same level, at the highest level I think, in terms of sitcom, that we could play at. I think it was a dream come true for all of us, and I think we realised it really early on.”

David’s co-star Jennifer Aniston chimed in, “It is still to me the greatest job I have ever had. We are connected till death do us apart, no matter what.”