Lots of chatter and a little joke: After 17 years, “Friends” are standing up and sitting together in front of the camera again. Fans will be happy.
“Friends” is a very special genre of television phenomena: the sitcom that was one of the most watched series around the world during its TV broadcasts (1994 to 2004) and since then has become even more popular.
Since the advent of streaming services, a new generation has spotted the show about six young New York friends for themselves. The generation that is as familiar with the concept of “linear TV” as with Discman, the phone book or several days of mobile phone battery life.
The resounding success of “Friends” also explains why no one seriously questions the timing of this reunion show: 27 years after the first episode and 17 years after the final episode. In this country, “Friends: The Reunion” has been on the “Sky Show” since May 27th.
Die-hard fans of the series will enjoy seeing the six actors plunge into memories through recreated sets or reading old scripts.
However, the sequence of group interviews in front of the audience hardly highlights any new knowledge. Possibly due to late-night casting questioning of James Corden. He is as good at the art of constructive conversation as Kim Jong Un at the craft of diplomatic appeasement.
Marta Kaufman and David Crane, whose concept is based on the series, are also less desirable than the actors. Kaufman compares the hype that surrounded the series in the mid-1990s to the “beetle obsession” of the 1960s.
For his part, Crane claims to have created the first sitcom group with “Friends”. Interesting was what the creators of “Cheers” or “Seinfeld” had to say about it.
Hardly any sounds from the comic scene
In general, it is remarkable that hardly any voices from the American comedy scene have an opinion. Or rather: one. Comedy theater writer and actress Mindy Kaling (including The Mindy Project) explains why “Friends” works so well in the first place as a farce.
Elsewhere, people prefer to let David Beckham, Reese Witherspoon, Lady Gaga or K-pop combo “BTS” talk about the series. In fact, “Friends” was never subversive, adventurous, or disrespectful enough to be a comedy geezer skit.
In fact, Crane and Kaufman openly admit that their primary goal was to meet the audience’s expectations. One story or the other has already been adapted. Accordingly, “Friends: Reuniting” also follows this motive.