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"Friends" is coming back with a new episode to show what has become of the old friends

The streaming service HBO Max wants to show a one-time reunion episode of “Friends” in May. What can viewers expect in this special?

With “Seinfeld”, “Friends” is one of the most successful sitcoms in television history. While NBC pulled the plug on “Seinfeld” after nine years in 1998, when the Internet was still in its infancy, the same radio and television network “Friends” stayed loyal for a year longer: 2004 was the last of a total of 236 episodes broadcast. Now the new streaming service HBO Max is supposed to show a one-time reunion episode as a treat in May, a so-called special.

Duration: 1 hour. Then the fans will find out what has become of the friends of yore and where they have developed. And by “developed” we mean primarily how they have aged. How much did Hollywood beauty docs snip on them, what was inflated, injected, vacuumed, ironed, and transplanted? Will we recognize the sextet or will the friends in 2020 look like wax figures from Madame Tussaud?

Social change can be demonstrated on “Friends”

With the help of “Friends”, social change can be exemplified. In 1994 the first episode flickered across the screen, which was not a flat screen at the time - the first plasma devices did not come onto the market until 1999 and cost a small fortune, around 13,000 euros. Hardly anyone knew about the Internet. To get to know someone, you had to go to the door, and if you were too lazy or too shy to do so, you would place a personal ad in the "Trust" newspaper: z. B. in the "FAZ" or in the NZZ.

Today, dating sites are tapping into the lonely hearts of the newspapers, especially young people no longer advertise in the expensive lead desert. A six-month subscription with Parship promises more, and you can also store photos of yourself there at no extra charge.

The series depicts real life

Why did “Friends” become a cult series? Formally, it does not stand out from other sitcoms, but the audience made seemingly intimate acquaintance with a group of young, good-looking people whose faces they hadn't seen enough of and who pretended to have the same problems as the viewers: Falling in love with the wrong person, separation or divorce, annoying parents, jealousy, all that emotional hoopla.

It goes without saying that men and women are basically incompatible, and yet they cannot keep their hands off each other. Almost like in real life, only that the series actors are prettier to look at than the average viewer. And as long as a Courteney Cox or Jennifer Aniston stumble awkwardly through love life, there must be a glimmer of hope for a long time. Not to mention the three sweet idiots.

Typical clothes of the «Friends» actors

Then, of course, the six returned to fashion, which was only slightly less hideous than in the eighties, with its high-backed hairstyles and cupboard-like armpit cushions. David Schwimmer, for example, wears a denim shirt with an open collar over a white T-shirt and a wide tie, a combination that should drive every female, no human being, to flee immediately.

Not so the ladies from “Friends”, they generously overlooked it. Which may have been because Rachel also had a weakness for blue denim. The bare arms looked out of a tight-fitting vest. Monica also liked to wear a gilet and nothing under it, maybe a small bra. But hey, compared to grunge, the style that was considered hip thanks to Nirvana and Marc Jacobs, the "Friends" looked almost slick.

A good two more months, then we'll see how Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica (Courteney Cox) have held up . And where love leads. And how big the children have become. Mamma mia!