Marta Kauffman, who created Friends with David Crane, is the latest person to explain why there shouldn’t be a reunion episode for the beloved NBC sitcom. Here’s what she said…
Friends originally ran for 236 episodes across 10 seasons, showcasing the mid-twenties to early-thirties of its iconic cast: Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, and David Schwimmer as Ross Geller.
Since the show wrapped up its run in 2004, with the eponymous friends finally vacating their famous apartment, fans have wondered whether a reunion episode could ever happen. We’ve seen the odd comedy sketch and TV appearance from the cast, but never a proper reunion episode.
And now, speaking to Rolling Stone, co-creator Marta Kauffman has made it clear that she’s still very much in the ‘a reunion wouldn’t be a good idea’ camp.
“There are several reasons”, Kauffman explained. “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. Two, I don’t know what good it does us. The show is doing just fine, people love it. [A reunion] could only disappoint. ‘The One Where Everyone’s Disappointed.’”
Basically, then, don’t hold your breath. Friends isn’t on a break, after all; it finished its run at a natural point and probably won’t return for a reunion.