Where to watch 'Friends: The Reunion' and five little known facts about the show

Also known as "The One Where They Get Back Together", the upcoming special airs on the 27 May, 2021 -- and MIME provides the scoop you'll need to watch it.
Where to watch 'Friends: The Reunion' and five little known facts about the show

Most of us grew up with the gang from Friends. We loved with Rachel and Ross, laughed with Joey and felt along with Monica and Chandler. Even Phoebe's adventures felt familiar to most. The show ran for 10 seasons and is still available to stream, in its entirety on Netflix.

But wait, because on the 27th of May, Friends: The Reunion is airing on HBO Max in the US, to mark the show's 25th anniversary. The official trailer, released a week ago, shows the cast getting back together on the original Friends studio, testing their trivia knowledge of the show, revisiting key sets, re-reading their lines, and joining James Corden for a joint sit-down interview in front of a live audience.

So where can fans watch the show in the Middle East? 

OSN will begin streaming it on the same day Friends: The Reunion drops in the US and you can access it by subscribing to the service here. You can even enjoy a free trial of OSN streaming, imagine that!

Now onto the little known facts about your favourite Friends.

"Friends" wasn't the first choice for the title of the show

Actually, it wasn't even the second choice! In an article on Mental Floss, writer Meredith Danko discloses that in the early 1990s, Friends co-creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman wrote a seven-page pitch for a new sitcom titled Insomnia Café. After NBC bought the pilot, the title became Friends Like Us, which then turned into Across the Hall and Six of One, before landing on the catchy Friends.

Lisa Kudrow didn't know how to play the guitar

Phoebe Buffay's iconic “Smelly Cat” would have been played on bongos had Kudrow had her way. She even took guitar lessons to get it right, but ended up not picking it up even with the coach. She announced that Phoebe should only know how to play a couple of chords and that choice made her playing legendary -- and almost as funny as her running style.

James Michael Tyler who played Gunther, was really a barista when he was cast

Tyler, the actor who played Central Perk's Gunther, was working as a barista in real life when he was cast on the show. He had been working at a coffee shop called The Bourgeois Pig in Hollywood since 1990.

No one in the cast really liked the opening song

Fans of the show may love to hum along to the Rembrandts' "I'll Be There for You," but the actors in the show never really liked dancing around in a fountain. It was as odd as you'd imagine in fact.

Justin Timberlake really wanted to guest star in the show

Crane and Kauffman got a call from the star, who loved the show. Although he was great, the two could not think of a part for him to play. Thank goodness they figured out how to cast Bruce Willis, Robin Williams, and Julia Roberts, who all had guest cameos on Friends.

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