It seems like everyone’s favorite and classic television shows are getting reboots. Gilmore Girls returned on Netflix, Queer Eye got rebooted, Will and Grace is back, Jersey Shore got brought back from the dead and The Hills is making a return.
So what about Friends? Will Friends be getting the reboot treatment or a reunion?
A few months ago Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey, revealed that Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow would be down for a revival.
While on The Late Late Show, Matt said: “Listen, the girls always say we would love to do it again, and the boys are a little less excited for some reason. I don’t know.”
But the show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman has opposing feelings about a reboot or reunion.
Kauffman spoke to Rolling Stone about why she doesn’t want a Friends reunion.
“There are several reasons,” Kauffman stated. “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 it 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,'” Kauffman concluded by naming the reunion episode.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a Friends reboot or spinoff in the works either.
Despite being off the air for 15 years, there is still a huge and active fan base for the franchise. This partly thanks to it being on Netflix.
In December 2018 news broke that the show’s 10 seasons would be pulled from the streaming platform. Fans went crazy and convinced Netflix and WarnerMedia to reach a deal to let the show stream from another year for a whopping $100 million.
Kauffman is right, the show is doing just fine. Friends typically earns $1 billion a year from syndication. The six stars of the show, Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, get 2% of the syndication income. Meaning they each earn $20 million a year from friends. The Netflix deal gave each cast member an additional $1.4 million for the year.
Friends was on air for 10 seasons and had the fifth most-watched series finale ever. The show launched the careers of Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry and Schwimmer.
Unfortunately, there will only ever be 10 seasons of Friends.