Guess we’ll all have to continue watching our Friends disc sets from our homes, as creator Marta Kaufman nixes the idea of a reunion. Rumors that NBC had green lit a brand new season of the beloved show hit the internet yesterday getting die hard fans all worked up in anticipation. Hey, it worked for Arrested Development!
However, Friends had a long run its first go around, a full ten seasons. An 11th season just seems greedy. Kaufman told US Weekly, “I’m going to clear this up right now — no, it’s not happening!” She and co creator David Crane finished their stints as show runners well over a decade ago and have no intention of returning.
“Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore,I’d rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can’t believe you did that. It was horrible.'”
This is not the first time rumors of a reunion have infiltrated the cast. Jennifer Aniston discussed the option for a film version and showed obvious disliking of the idea, telling The Hollywood Reporter last year:
“I can’t imagine how you would do it, unless you did it years from now,I can’t imagine what that would be. It’s not normal. Friends is in your living room; Friends is not in a movie theater. It doesn’t make sense to me. I think it would be going against its authentic self.”
We agree. We’d hate to see the cast and writers come back together if they’re hearts weren’t in it. Not to mention we kind of like imagining for ourselves what happened to Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Rachel, Ross, and Joey. Matthew Perry remarked on the show’s longevity in reruns:
“I think people just loved it, you know? It was really good writing, really good acting, over a very long period of time, and that’s rare, it was just a different era in television. Thirty million people were watching it every week which, you know, is insane. That will probably never happen again.”
There probably won’t be another show as beloved as Friends was, and that’s alright with us!