Friends Reunion Video

Friends Reunion: First Extended Footage From James Burrows Tribute

Could we be any more excited about NBC’s quasi-Friends reunion? Not likely, especially after viewing this first extended clip of the Central Perk Crew getting their ’90s reminisce on during Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows (airing Feb. 21 at 9/8c).

The 90-second clip kicks off with David Schwimmer explaining to host Andy Cohen how Burrows took him under his directorial wings during the show’s near-decade run, but it’s Lisa Kudrow who livens things up by sharing how the sitcom vet assigned iconic nicknames to each member of the cast. That, in turn, leads to a discussion about the Friends casting process, and a hilarious revelation about who did — and did not — have to audition.

The special, which commemorates Borrows’ 1,000th episode of TV, also brings together the casts of classic Burrows-helmed sitcoms Cheers (Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Bebe Neuwirth, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt are confirmed to appear), Frasier (Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce), Will & Grace (Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally), Taxi (Tony Danza, Danny DeVito, Marilu Henner, Judd Hirsch, Carol Kane and Christopher Lloyd) and The Big Bang Theory (Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Jim Parsons).

Press PLAY below and then hit the comments with an answer to this question: Do you plan to catch up with old Friends on Feb. 21?


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  1. jj says:

    Schwimmer doesn’t look like he’s aged.

  2. Gail says:

    Debra Messing was unable to appear in person because her flight from New York was cancelled due to the east coast blizzard the weekend the show was taped.

  3. Tabitha says:

    Where is Matthew Perry? :(

    • London, he’s in a play.

    • Patrick says:

      Perry was, ostensibly, working in London on a play and couldn’t make it. Just like Messing was working and couldn’t leave NYC due to the blizzard. Even though this was scheduled way out in advance and MP could have missed a single (or, ok, 2) performance(s), and Messing is powerful enough to have rejiggered her schedule and taken an earlier flight, especially for a special that airs on the same net was the show she’s shooting.
      The reality is that the Friends, and Will and Grace, casts were too savvy to be in the same room, at the same time. It’s worth too much. At some point, and its probably rapidly approaching, NBC will be willing to pay each friend 2-5 million for a TV movie, or a theatrical release, as a reunion. I’m not sure that same value is available to W&G, but still many millions for a reunion there as well. The cast of Friends has always worked in tandem, and this reeks of it as well. By not being together, they retain the immense value of people WANTING to see them together. Eventually, and it’ll be within 5-10 years, there will be some sort of project. WB and NBC will make it work for the millions in profits that are available.

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  4. Eva says:

    What a nice tribute, all about NOT James Burrows…

  5. pinky says:

    Stop calling this a friends reunion! It’s no more a friends reunion than it is a frasier reunion, a will & grace reunion, a cheers reunion or a taxi reunion

    • Ugh says:

      THIS! It is a Friends’ CAST reunion. So annoying …

      • muffinman says:

        Exactly! And why just highlight Friends all the time? There’s a reunion for tons of other awesome shows just as deserving of mentioning, and yet no one is calling this the Frasier reunion (which I’m personally way more excited about)

  6. Belle says:

    Heck yea I’ll be watching!!

  7. Chandler says:

    I was in Yemen

  8. ninamags says:

    I’m most ineterested in the Cheers and Frasier reunion. Those shows were comic GOLD.

    It’s great that the Taxi cast is there as well. Don’t really care about the Friends. I’m sick of them.

    “How can we miss you if you won’t go away?”

  9. Mr Heckles says:

    I was there this night and anyone who thinks it’s a Friends reunion is in for a BIG disappointment. First of all, the 5 Friends don’t appear until the very, very end of the show. The clip of Lisa Kudrow saying “David, say something!” was not in reference to the Friends signing “a contract” saying they wouldn’t sleep together. It was after several minutes of Schwimmer not partaking in the conversation, that Lisa finally said “David, say something!” It’s all such a sleezy ploy by NBC to get ratings. By the way, Mathew Perry was so slurry in his taped introduction that the producers are going to try to retape it.

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  11. Raquel Alves says:

    Is it possible to make this video available out of the Us? I am in Austria and unfortunately cannot watch it :-/

  12. Lorraine says:

    Wouldn’t miss a second….my husband thinks I’m nuts cuz I watch the reruns of Friends every day.

  13. Lucille McClure says:

    i have the 10 season set and have watched all episodes several times. I can almost recite the lines, but I catch something new that I’ve missed every time. They’re all like family to me. Thanks for the memories!

  14. tanishka says:

    how to watch this episode in india?