Friends reunion probably won't be available in UK – and fans are devastated

The internet had a general meltdown last night as it was announced the long-awaited Friends reunion is indeed happening.

Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer are getting the gang back together and sitting down for an unscripted interview to help launch the streaming service HBO Max.

This will mark the first time all six friends have appeared on-screen together since the iconic sitcom ended in 2004.

But a worry that emerged since the announcement broke is that the much-touted reunion special may not even be made available to watch in the UK.

First and foremost, the special is being made by HBO Max, a new streaming service for American premium channel HBO, which doesn’t have a presence in the UK – most of its shows air on Sky Atlantic and HBO Max will not be launching in the UK.

Secondly, the biggest draw for HBO Max over the other side of the pond is the fact that it will be the only place in the US where you can stream Friends; over here, the series is still available for binging on Netflix.

In practice, the reunion is basically taking place as an advert for HBO Max, which makes its existence in the UK also seem doubtful.

Ever since the news broke, fans around the world have been celebrating the momentous occasion – with celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Kris Jenner leading the charge.

And in terms of what we want the reunion to cover and answer for long-standing fans, we’ve broken down all our demands here. has reached out to reps for comment and clarification.

Friends is available to stream on Netflix in the UK.

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