After a year of isolation, we were all blessed with the reunion we’ve been waiting for. Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Anniston, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer reunited on that classic fountain-side sofa to reconnect over their A-list solidifying show. Marked as one of the most-viewed shows of all time, this cast did more than entertain us every week — they shaped culture.
‘How you doin?’ became an all-too-common phrase, masses of women requested the ‘Rachel’ from their local salon, and ‘Smelly Cat’ may as well have been a chart-topper with how quickly it stuck in our memories. But rather than revive this beloved series with a one-off film or another twelve episodes, the cast and crew, opted to simply gather together to reminisce about the past — and were joined by over 2 million households across the United States.
While clearly, this reunion was longer than the 1 hour 44-minute runtime, the HBO Max edit showcased a variety of moments from that evening. Everything from the cast seeing the set after 15+ years, to bringing back the girls vs boys gameshow with Friends’ trivia, to a close-knit conversation with James Cordon. The producers packed as many memories as possible into the special.
The reunion was filled with celebrities who rose to fame with the show in the late 1990s. However, several others came shared the impact that Friends had on their life. With interviews taken from folks around the world — including appearances from Malala Yousafzai, David Beckham, Kit Harington, and Mindy Kaling — numerous people explained what the sitcom meant in their lives. Many mentioned iconic moments, like the classic “pivot” scene when Ross, Chandler, and Rachel are moving the couch upstairs. Yet they all spoke of the deep comfort felt when watching the popular series.
Friends’ was unique because it was a true ensemble. There were no headliners when it came to cast or characters, rather the audience was equally invested in each of the six friends’ stories. All of the actors were relatively ‘unknown’ prior to the pilot. This detail let viewers feel like they too, were a part of this story. Friends’ audience supported the hit show’s journey every step of the way.
The fact that television was a weekly event, also gave audiences a way to connect. When half of the world is watching the same episode, every Thursday evening on NBC, tuning in can feel like a shared experience. Each viewer felt like they were part of a collective. And while streaming networks have certainly changed the game when it comes to how we watch new series, that feeling of community doesn’t have to go away.
It’s the same reason we may quickly skip a song that comes across our Spotify, but will stop to listen when it’s on the local radio station. Sharing experiences help us feel connected — even on a subconscious level. So outside of weekly movie nights, how can we continue to have this communal feeling around television?
By intentionally connecting with our community.
This is where Birdie comes into play — we’ve designed an app that allows you to stay connected with your Flock around the common love of tv shows and movies. You Chirp about that new Jen Anniston movie you loved, or get a recommendation on which Netflix series to stream next. And now you can now share your streaming status with the Flock! With our new “Watching” feature, you can notify your network of shows you’re currently viewing (and see what they’re watching as well. Birdies get all of the benefits of modern streaming services while connecting with your Flock in the process.
We can’t tell you whether Ross and Rachel were on a break, but we can help you discover your next favorite binge-watch without spending hours scrolling. But if you choose to rewatch ‘The One Where Everybody Finds Out’, we won’t hold it against you. It’s television gold.
But if you’re looking for something new to watch — while connecting with your friends — we’ll be there for you.