Is a 'Friends' 20th anniversary reunion in the works?
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Warning: This may break your heart. There will, officially, not be a "Friends" reunion.
More than 50 million viewers bid farewell to their friends on "Friends" almost 20 years ago. But with the comedy television show's 20th anniversary approaching, creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane have weighed in on the future, or lack thereof, of "Friends."
"The show is over. What was at the heart of the show is done. And let’s be honest, it’s 20 years later. Nobody looks like they did then. And you’re going to spend the whole time going, 'Wow, he’s aged. Or she’s…,'" Kauffman shares with Entertainment Weekly. "This is about finales. It’s final."
Although NBC and Warner Bros. still occasionally check in for a "Friends" revival, Kauffman and Crane's answer will never change: "No."
"We never, ever from the beginning ever wanted to do a spin-off or 'Grown-Up Friends' or 'Friends Kids' or 'Baby Friends,'" Kauffman additionally tells Entertainment Weekly (apparently forgeting about spin-off "Joey.") "We always knew and felt very strongly that not only would it never happen, we never wanted to be part of that, because it so rarely works. We just felt like this show is about a certain time in your life, and once you’re past that time in your life, the show is over."
That "certain time in your life" that Kauffman is referring to is supposedly at that transitional phase of life when "your friends are your family." That's how "Friends" began onscreen.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Kauffman further explains that, "We were very lucky. We had a show in which the last episode could be the six people who were each other’s lives saying goodbye as the audience was saying goodbye to the show. It was kind of perfect."
Kauffman concludes, "If anyone wants 'Friends,' turn on your TV! Amazingly, thank God, it’s there," reports Entertainment Weekly.
So there you have it, "Friends" reruns will "be there for you," hopefully forever.