How to watch the Friends Reunion special right now

Friends reunion trailer
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Friends Reunion date and time

The Friends Reunion started streaming on HBO Max on Thursday, May 27 at 3 a.m. ET / midnight P.T / 8.02 a.m BST. In the U.K., it's available right now on Now TV.

That "break?" It's over. It's time to watch the Friends Reunion online on HBO Max, and catch up with the six New Yorkers who hogged the best couch in Central Perk for years. The special will be a mix of pre-taped scenes where the group is older, and reunion-style content where the cast chats about it all — and we've already ranked the Friends Reunion's 5 best and worst moments for when you're done.

So even if no one told you life was gonna be this way, with your social life DOA from all the social distancing, we have the Friends Reunion to enjoy. Even some of our staff who mocked it plan on tuning in. How else would we want to spend some time than to watch the cast of the hit '90s show reunite over 17 years after it went off the air?

The special will also include a table-read of the episode "The One Where Everybody Finds Out!" which seems to have the cast in stitches.

How to watch the Friends Reunion on HBO Max

In the U.S., the Friends Reunion started streaming on May 27 at 3 a.m. ET on HBO Max. Want a taster? Well, we've got a preview trailer below.

The HBO Max app is available on Roku, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and Android TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Playstation 4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, as well as Samsung TVs (2016 and later) and Chrome, Firefox and Safari web browsers. 


HBO Max is one of the new kids on the streaming block but it's already got a ton to offer, including all of HBO's prestige series, like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and The Wire. Plus, the service has its own originals like American Pickle and The Flight Attendant. HBO Max costs $15 per month.

How to watch the Friends Reunion in Canada

How to watch the Friends Reunion in Canada

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Good news for our neighbors in the Great White North! You're not stuck out in the cold waiting for Rachel to leave her shift — Crave will have Friends: The Reunion on May 27 — the same day it's airing on HBO Max.

How to watch the Friends Reunion in the UK

how to watch the friends reunion in the UK

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If you're in the U.K., you can watch Friends: The Reunion right now via NOW, where it was made available at 8.02 a.m. BST. Sky One will also have a 'live' airing of the Friends special at 8 p.m. BST today (May 27), but the Now showing was brought forward so that U.K. viewers could avoid spoilers coming out of the U.S.

How to watch the Friends Reunion in Australia

Looking to watch the Friends Reunion down under? Binge has the event starting May 27.

The Friends Reunion trailer

In the Friends Reunion trailer, we see the cast emerge to applause from a live audience, and enter a set with the fountain and couches from the original theme song and opening credits. Yes, "I'll Be There for You" by the Rembrants is still there for the Friends cast all these years later. 

The Friends Reunion cast

This is where things get weird. Sure, the main six cast members (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer) are coming back, but look at the big list of special guests to feel very confused very fast. And then wonder where Paul Rudd (who played Mike Hannigan, Phoebe's third husband) is.

  • David Beckham
  • Justin Bieber
  • BTS
  • James Corden
  • Cindy Crawford (who was on Chandler's five celebrities "freebies" list)
  • Cara Delevingne
  • Lady Gaga
  • Elliott Gould (Jack Geller)
  • Kit Harington
  • Larry Hankin (neighbor to Monica and Rachel)
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Thomas Lennon (Joey's "identical hand twin")
  • Christina Pickles (Judy Geller)
  • Tom Selleck (Dr. Richard Burke)
  • James Michael Tyler (Gunther)
  • Maggie Wheeler (Janice)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Jill Greene)
  • Malala Yousafzai
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