It’s finally safe to say that we can stop hoping for a “Friends” reunion or reboot once and for all.
Speaking at a “Friends” 25th-anniversary panel at Tribeca’s TV Festival on Friday, co-creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane made it clear that there will be no re-dos of the still vastly popular ’90s sitcom.
“There are two reasons for that,” explained Kauffman of why there a “Friends” reboot, reunion or revival is off the table. “One of the reasons we won’t do a reunion is because this is a show about a time in your life when your friends are your family. And when you have a family, that changes. But the other reason is it’s not going to beat what we did.”
Added Craine: “We did the show we wanted to do. We got it right, and we put a bow on it. If you visited those characters now, it just would not be the same DNA and chances are, it wouldn’t be as good.”
While it’s true that nothing can beat the original, fans still dream of seeing the gang back together again. Crane, however, put this fantasy to rest.
This devastating news came after a screening of two restored episodes: “The One With The Embryos” and “The One Where Everyone Finds Out” – often considered the two best episodes of the series. Executive producer Kevin Bright says that these were selected because they showcase the show’s humour and emotion. The former episode involves most of the friends playing a trivia contest while Phoebe becomes a surrogate mother for her brother and sister-in-law. The latter episode is pivotal in Monica and Chandler’s relationship because their friend finally find out that they’ve been dating.
Bright and the co-creators elaborated on Monica and Chandler’s relationship on the show, revealing that it wasn’t supposed to extend further than a hookup.
“We never intended Monica and Chandler,” Kauffman explained. “But the audience reaction was so strong, and their chemistry was so good that we ultimately had to listen to the show. We knew there’s a real relationship here.”
Attending the festival was “Friends” co-star David Schwimmer. Schwimmer did not join his former bosses on stage and left before being spotted.