If you haven’t heard much about the ‘Friends reunion’ in the past few days, it’s because it aired and completely bombed. Aired by NBC and billed as ‘Must-See TV,’ five-sixths of the original main cast awkwardly arranged themselves on a lovely red sofa and began answering questions from the host, Andy Cohen.
Basically, nothing happened. There was barely any laughs and we can’t help but feel that the whole event would have been helped by the endless, self-deprecating charm of Matthew Perry.
Perry introduced his former co-stars David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox through video as he is currently running a play in the West End and, if he watched the clips afterwards, he probably breathed a huge sigh of relief that he got to ‘skip it.’
The cast didn’t even definitively confirm or deny the rumour that they were all forced to sign contracts meaning they couldn’t sleep with each other.
The Guardian’s critic Brian Moylan described the event as a ‘total car crash’ and the most intensely boring two hours he’s ever endured.
He spoke about the one moment he enjoyed, which involved the five ‘Friends’ attempting to find the correct place on the sofa.
“There was one good moment, when the five were trying to find their seats on the couch and did a little rearranging dance, with Matt LeBlanc eventually shoving Jennifer Aniston to the fore. It seemed unrehearsed and lighthearted, showing the dynamic that made this team so famous (and rich) decades ago. It was one of few funny moments in a show that was otherwise like attending the retirement party for someone you’ve never met,” Moylan wrote.
The ‘reunion’ won’t be getting a UK broadcast, so YouTube clips is the only way you’ll get to see it, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.