The 'Friends' reunion is officially underway—here's how to watch it when it airs

Isabelle Kagan, Reviewed
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The iconic cast of 'Friends' is set to return to our screens sooner than you think—but you'll need HBO Max to see the reunion.
The iconic cast of 'Friends' is set to return to our screens sooner than you think—but you'll need HBO Max to see the reunion.

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Friends fans, rejoice! You won't have to wait much longer to tune into the highly anticipated reunion, according to HBO Chief Casey Bloys. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the president of HBO Programming confirmed that the TV special, which was originally set to film in March of 2020, will finally take place this spring. Could we be any more excited?

When asked about the status of the reunion, Bloys stated that "the show will indeed see the six original stars reunite in person for a one-off TV event," adding, "The idea is that they would be together. The COVID situation has been complicated—not just for this, but for television production across the we're kind of dealing with that as it comes, but it will be this spring."

If you're wondering how exactly to watch the iconic stars reunite on-screen, read on for all the details we have so far.

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How do I stream the Friends reunion?

Since the Friends reunion special will be available exclusively on HBO Max, you'll need a subscription to the streaming service in order to tune in. The app is only available in the United States and certain U.S. territories and can be downloaded on supported Amazon, Android, Apple, Google Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung, and Xbox devices. If you already subscribe to HBO through your TV, digital, or mobile provider, or to HBO's previous app, HBO NOW, then you can get access to the current app at no extra cost.

Otherwise, a subscription costs $14.99 per month, or $69.99 a month for 6 months.

While HBO Max hasn't announced an air date for the reunion just yet, we now know it is set to film in the next few months, following multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means it could arrive on the streaming platform by late spring of 2021.

In the meantime, you can still watch all 10 seasons of the beloved sitcom, which aired from 1994 to 2004 and stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, on the HBO Max streaming platform.

What will happen during the Friends reunion?

The reunion special offers fans a rare glimpse of the six stars together on the same stage once again.
The reunion special offers fans a rare glimpse of the six stars together on the same stage once again.

Announced back in February 2020, the one-off special was set to reunite all six stars of the original cast back on the Warner Bros. soundstage for an unscripted interview. The reunion will give fans the opportunity to hear the stars chat about the popular NBC sitcom that made them household names—not to be confused with a reboot in which they would reprise their iconic roles.

During an interview on Rob Lowe's "Literally!" podcast, Lisa Kudrow explained, "It's us getting together, which just doesn't happen a lot—and has never happened in front of other people since 2004."

Sixteen years after the series finale, the comedy remains one of the most popular shows of all time, amassing a whopping 62 Primetime Emmy Award nominations during its 236-episode run.

How to sign up for HBO Max

U.S. residents can sign up for HBO Max directly through the HBO website, select digital storefronts (Amazon, Apple App Store, Google Play, or Samsung TV), a cable or satellite provider, AT&T, Hulu, Prime Video, certain internet providers, or YouTube TV.

HBO Max is home to thousands of hours of premium content, including all HBO original movies and series, such as Game of Thrones, Succession, The Undoing, and Euphoria. In addition, there's an array of licensed content available to stream such as Studio Ghibli films, the Adult Swim Collection, Cartoon Network’s catalogue, as well as popular series such as South Park and The Big Bang Theory.

Subscribers will also get access to Warner Bros. upcoming film releases the same day they air in theaters. This includes highly anticipated flicks such as Dune, The Suicide Squad, Matrix 4, Space Jam: A New Legacy and Godzilla vs. Kong, all of which will stream on the platform for a 31-day period following their releases.

As mentioned above, HBO Max is available through many TV and internet providers, which you can see here, and can be accessed through a variety of supported devices, found here.

Sign up for HBO Max

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