It may have been a beautiful part of the ’90s and early ’00s — and plenty of us would love to see the gang again — but there’s another nail in the coffin for hopes of a Friends revival.
Gathering Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe on that battered couch, Friends was about as pioneering as sitcoms can be. Sure, we’ve had the likes of The Office and The Big Bang Theory, but do they really compare to the Central Perk Six?
Speaking to Rolling Stone, co-creator Marta Kauffman explained why she won’t be working on more of the kooky comedy. Having gone on to create Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, Kauffman told the site, “There are several reasons” Friends won’t work.
Kauffman confessed, “One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It’s not that time anymore. All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone.”
She also said that she just doesn’t think it would be very good. “Two, I don’t know what good it does us,” admitted Kauffman. “The show is doing just fine, people love it. [A reunion] could only disappoint – ‘The One Where Everyone’s Disappointed’.”
There’s no denying the popularity of Friends — even in 2019. Fans are already up in arms about the possibility it could come off Netflix. Also, as finale’s go, 2004’s “The Last One” is about as great a TV finale as you’re going to get and certainly beats Lost.
Running for a full 10 seasons and an impressive 236 episodes, reports suggest Friends is on around the world 24/7, 365 days of the year. Kauffman’s right, the original is still doing pretty well. As the likes of Will & Grace and Frasier gather their cast for revival shows, Schwimmer, Aniston, Cox, Perry, LeBlanc, and Kudrow are staying put.
Kauffman’s words echo the sentiments of most of the cast. Although Jennifer Aniston has said she’d officially be down for a revival, most of the others have shied away from the question.
The likes of David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry are largely known for their directing skills these days, while the rest have all gone on to their own projects.
That being said, Courteney Cox only recently proved her love for the hit comedy when she recreated that iconic “piiiiivot” scene. It’s a case of never say never, but every day that passes, it looks less and less likely that we’ll hear an updated version of that legendary theme song.