They’ll be there for you: The cast of Friends is reuniting for an exclusive special on HBO Max.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will return to the original Friends soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank to celebrate the long-running series, which ended its run in 2004.

Last fall, the WarnerMedia-created SVOD platform HBO Max secured the streaming rights to the show from Netflix in a deal with Warner Bros. Television. All 236 episodes of Friends left Netflix at the end of 2019 and has not been available to stream in the U.S. during the past calendar year. However, the special, as well as all 10 seasons of the Emmy-winning 1994-2004 NBC series, will be available upon the streaming service’s debut. Though the sitcom aired its series finale over 15 years ago, third-party market researchers have said Friends was one of Netflix’s most-watched shows.

Rumors of a reunion have been floating around since Jennifer Aniston posted a picture of the former cast members on Instagram last year. It should be noted the reunion will not be a special episode or reboot of the show, but an unscripted reunion special.

“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire ‘Friends’ library,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer at HBO Max and president of TBS, TNT, and truTV, in a statement. “I became aware of ‘Friends’ when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”

Ben Winston will direct the special and executive produce alongside “Friends” executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane. Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television and Fulwell 73 Productions are behind the program. Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, and Schwimmer are also executive producing the special, with Emma Conway and James Longman on board as co-executive producers.

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