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Friends reunion episode release and review LIVE UPDATES: Fans lap up special episode

Friends reunion episode release live updates: The main cast of Friends -- Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston -- are getting together on screen to cherish their journey on the iconic American show.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 27, 2021 9:17:04 pm
friends reunion 1200Friends Reunion episode will premiere on May 27 on ZEE5. (Photo: ZEE5/Twitter)

The main cast of popular American TV show Friends gets together one last time for an unscripted special episode titled Friends: The Reunion. It will really be the end of an era for the actors as well as those people who have come to love the ten-season series.

The special episode, which started streaming on ZEE5 from May 27 at 12:32 pm, features a bevy of celebrities apart from the main stars Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston. Some of the guests include popular celebrities such as David Beckham, BTS, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, Malala Yousafzai, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Mindy Kaling and Kit Harington among others.

Friends actors Maggie Wheeler and Tom Selleck also mark their presence in the reunion episode. Interestingly, Reese Witherspoon too had briefly appeared on Friends as Rachel Green’s (played by Jennifer Aniston) spoilt sister.

Talking about the release of Friends: The Reunion in India, Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer of ZEE5, said in a statement, “We received an overwhelming response from the audience after recently announcing that FRIENDS: THE REUNION special will stream exclusively on ZEE5 in India. We are proud to share that we will bring this event to India along with the world on May 27 at 12.32 pm! We expect high demand from users and would urge them to avail FRIENDS: THE REUNION Special unlimited viewing offer at least 12 hours in advance before the launch for a seamless experience. We are all geared up to make this a resounding success in India along with the rest of the world.”

Live Blog

Follow all the latest updates about the Friends Reunion episode.

21:17 (IST)27 May 2021
Archana Kalpathi on Friends: The Reunion

Tamil film producer and theatre owner Archana Kalpathi posted on Twitter, "Just finished watching the Friends reunion. So many memories and I still watch it when I feel low or miss my friends. #FriendsReunion #AllTimeFavShow."

20:47 (IST)27 May 2021
I have laughed and cried my heart out: Sophie Choudry

Sophie Choudry tweeted, "The #FriendsReunion has been watched & it’s overwhelming. I have laughed and cried my heart out..sometimes both at the same time! And Ross & Rachel reading out THAT scene..?!! Uff, my heart!! Still the most awesome cast from the most epic show."

20:12 (IST)27 May 2021
ZEE5 on response to Friends: The Reunion

Amit Goenka - President, Digital Businesses & Platforms, ZEE, said in a statement, “We at ZEE are extremely delighted to note the roaring response that ‘Friends: The Reunion’ received on ZEE5, by amassing 1mn+ views and counting from across the Country. We feel extremely proud to have played a part in understanding and serving the cult-loyal audience of the show, by seamlessly streaming it across millions of screens. Consumer delight and seamless user experience have been an integral aspect of our approach across platforms and this step reinstates our commitment towards our viewers and partners. As the Country’s youngest OTT platform, ZEE5 will continue to win hearts, not just in India, but across the globe. We remain committed to delivering compelling content that caters to the consumers’ unique tastes and preferences and enhances the value for our partners. We will continue to augment our offerings with a bespoke catalogue of premium and original content for audiences in India and across the globe.”

19:51 (IST)27 May 2021
Suyyash-Kishwer are high on Friends fever
 
 
 
 
 
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Kishwer Merchant shared this video revealing how she celebrated the Friends reunion day with husband Suyyash Rai.

19:25 (IST)27 May 2021
'No dating pact'

The male actors had previously shared that they signed a 'no dating pact'. David Schwimmer said, "We didn’t want to jeopardize any of the great relationships and friendships we were forming and had established. It was kind of an unspoken (rule)." Read more here

18:50 (IST)27 May 2021
Fans missed Paul Rudd

Twitter user @RafTds11 called actor Paul Rudd, "technically the 7th friend."

16:55 (IST)27 May 2021
Our verdict

"While the creators didn't choose to acknowledge the problematic areas of the show in the reunion, the nearly two-hour long special will still give much joy to the die-hard fans of the show. There are a few jaw-dropping revelations (which must be out on the internet at this point), and there is a genuine sweetness about the way Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt Le Blanc and David Schwimmer interact with each other," write indianexpress.com's Anvita Singh in her review of Friends Reunion. 

Also read | Friends Reunion review: Long, bittersweet and a teensy bit revelatory

16:39 (IST)27 May 2021
Chris Ryle Wright shared his excitement

Actor Chris Ryle Wright tweeted, "I'm dropping everything and watching the Friends Reunion now before I see another spoiler."

16:26 (IST)27 May 2021
'I can’t believe I had to feel broken that it’s all over again'

Singer, songwriter, presenter Brian Mcfadden posted on Twitter, "#FriendsReunion I can’t believe I had to feel broken that it’s all over again! Could I BE anymore loving it?"

16:10 (IST)27 May 2021
'The Friends reunion is nice'

Steven Zeitchik tweeted, "There is good stuff and there is filler in the Friends reunion, but props to the cast for sitting for a trivia game in which they, endearingly, forget key episode moments. Nice reminder it’s an obsession to us but a job to them." He also tweeted, "The Friends reunion is nice because it reminds us they’re real people with real foibles but also maybe breaks the spell a little?"

15:59 (IST)27 May 2021
In love with Rachel Green

@divineysl shared on Twitter, "No one could’ve played Rachel Green other than Jennifer Aniston #FriendsReunion."

15:27 (IST)27 May 2021
'Feeling emotional watching the Friends Reunion'

Actor Jade Morris shared via Twitter, "Definitely feeling emotional watching the #FriendsReunion it had such an impact on a few generations and also they just felt like your friends too #Friends."

15:07 (IST)27 May 2021
Gauri Khan received 'Friends' special cupcakes
(Photo: Gauri Khan/Instagram)

Gauri Khan celebrated Friends: The Reunion with a box full of cupcakes which were customised with 'Friends' effects. She shared the photo on her Instagram story.

14:20 (IST)27 May 2021
David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston had real-life crush on each other

The actors who played Ross and Rachel accepted that they crushed hard on each other during Friends’ shoot. “The first season I had a major crush on Jen – we were both crushing hard on one another, but it was like two ships passing ‘cause one of us was always in a relationship and we never crossed that boundary,” Schwimmer said. Aniston said the actor’s feelings were “reciprocated”, and said the pair would “spoon and fall asleep on the couch” together during breaks in rehearsal.

14:06 (IST)27 May 2021
Watch Friends reunion BTS cut

The famous Boy band BTS made a special appearance on Friends: The Reunion episode.

13:53 (IST)27 May 2021
'Joey wiping Monica's tears'

A fan @khayaliipulav, shared this clip from the Friends: The Reunion episode and wrote, "Joey wiping Monica's tears, We aren't ready for this #FriendsReunion."

13:49 (IST)27 May 2021
David Schwimmer revealed he actually 'hated Marcel the monkey'

David Schwimmer, in what was a hilarious outburst, revealed he actually hated Marcel the monkey. As fans would remember, the actor's character Ross couldn't be more in love with the animal.

13:49 (IST)27 May 2021
Mr Heckles makes an appearance

In a sweet and surprising move, the actor who played Mr Heckles made an appearance on Friends: The Reunion in character.

13:31 (IST)27 May 2021
Friends stars relive some of the most iconic scenes

In the ongoing Friends Reunion special episode, the actors relived some of the most iconic scenes of the show by doing a table read, which will certainly bring back memories for die-hard fans.

13:17 (IST)27 May 2021
Explained: The hype around the Friends Reunion

Today is the day that many have been waiting for the last 17 years. The sitcom, which kicked off in September 1994, is easily one of the most popular English sitcoms in the world. The story of six friends — Ross, Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Joey and Phoebe — who lived together in apartments that faced each other in New York, has never really gone out of circulation. Today, the six have come back for a reboot, and it’s an overload of nostalgia. We explain the hype and anticipation around it. READ MORE

Earlier, while speaking to the People magazine, David Schwimmer, who essayed the role of Ross Geller on Friends, had said, "This cast in these roles and the collaborative spirit that the writers kind of invited where we all were playing at the same level, at the highest level I think, in terms of sitcom, that we could play at. I think it was a dream come true for all of us, and I think we realised it really early on."

David's co-star Jennifer Aniston chimed in, "It is still to me the greatest job I have ever had. We are connected till death do us apart, no matter what.”

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