Bookmakers Right About A Friends Reunion

By Ben Hamill - November 21 2019

Bookies have been running a special betting market on a yes/no question that’s pretty much grown into an unhealthy obsession for many people ever since the word first started doing the rounds back in 2015 that Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer; aka the Friends cast; weren’t at all opposed to getting back together for a reunion show of sorts. The good news is that all bets have been called off now that its been confirmed that talks of a 25-year anniversary unscripted reunion special have already entered an advanced stage between Warner Bros, creators Martha Kauffman and David Crane, and HBO Max.

When Netflix started re-running the entire series in 2015 was when the tongues really started to wag. And the fact that all 10 seasons continue to trend on the platform nearly 5 years later really does say a great deal about the popularity of the show. A little bit like a good news gospel, those of us now in our 30’s and 40’s are only too happy to on the off-again on-again catch younger siblings and children binge-watching the show that pretty much consumed our days – our hairstyles even! – in the late 1990s / early 2000s.

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But Then What?

Now that a reunion show looks more likely to actually happen than not, some of us are left feeling a bit like a dog chasing a car that has suddenly started to slow down and is showing signs of stopping soon. Because what, after all, do we plan on doing with or to the once its parked?

On the other hand, the very essence of the show has always been that of pretty much doing as little as possible whilst shooting the breeze on a couch in downtown Manhattan. Central Perk. Many of us enjoyed the show for exactly the fact that it appeared to be so damn easy to sit around jabbering about love and heartbreak and love again and still be able to afford an apartment and a life in one of the world’s trendiest cities by far.

We Just Want Them Back

Also, when you really think about it, does it even matter that the stars of our favourite show are older, wiser, and in the case of “the boys”, gray-er? The answer is a definite “NO”. In fact, it only adds to the appeal of being able to “catch” up with a group of people who very much defined a big part of who we once were.

And when you really think about it, isn’t that what Friends are for?

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