Friends cast pay homage to iconic opening credits fountain scene in HBO reunion special


The cast of Friends hark back to their iconic I’ll Be There For You opening credits fountain scene in the HBO Max reunion special, 17 years after the final episode aired. 

In a photo released ahead of Thursday’s show, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow gather on the famous brown Central Perk sofa, while Matt Le Blanc and David Schwimmer sit in an adjacent chair.    

The legendary six are reportedly earning a staggering $2.25million each for The One Where They Get Back Together, which follows them reminiscing about the hit sitcom.

Memory lane: The cast of Friends hark back to their iconic I’ll Be There For You opening credits fountain scene in the HBO Max reunion special, set to air on Thursday

Jennifer, 52, Courteney, 56, and Lisa, 57, look glamorous in black ensembles, while Matthew, 51, David, 54, and Matt, 53, dress up for the occasion in suits.   

Other photos tease that viewers will be taking behind-the-scenes of Central Perk cafe, which was the popular stomping ground for the characters, and Monica’s apartment. 

The stars returned to the show’s original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros Studio lot  in Los Angeles to film the one-off special. 

I'll be there for you: The series ran for 10 seasons, premiering in 1994 (pictured). The final episode, which aired in 2004, broke records with more than 50 million viewers.

I’ll be there for you: The series ran for 10 seasons, premiering in 1994 (pictured). The final episode, which aired in 2004, broke records with more than 50 million viewers.

It comes after the cast revealed on Good Morning America on Tuesday how emotional it was for them to be back on the set of the iconic sitcom. 

‘I don’t think they – the – any of us had any idea how emotional we would be when we walked onto the set,’ Courteney, who played Monica, said. 

‘To see it exactly the way it was, the – literally besides the cookie jar that Lisa took home and the neon coffee thing that Jen took. Besides that, it was exactly the same. And it was so emotional that we just started crying.’

Matthew added: ‘Reuniting this cast again – I knew it was gonna be a really seriously emotional experience. And it has been.’

‘Truth is, I didn’t cry walking out onto the set,’ Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay, admitted. ‘And now I can’t stop.’  

Coffee anyone? Other photos tease that viewers will be taking behind-the-scenes of Central Perk cafe

Coffee anyone? Other photos tease that viewers will be taking behind-the-scenes of Central Perk cafe

Nostalgia: Monica Bing's apartment will also be explored in the one-off special

Nostalgia: Monica Bing’s apartment will also be explored in the one-off special

The series ran for 10 seasons, premiering in 1994. The final episode, which aired in 2004, broke records with more than 50 million viewers. 

And on Sky News on Wednesday, Michael Skloff, who is the co-writer of the iconic Friends theme tune, performed the intro. 

Michael received an Emmy Award nomination for the catchy song which became synonymous with Friends and went on to create additional music for the run of the entire series. 

The actors admitted that they have been watching reruns, Cox and Aniston revealing that they recently watched the one were Ross (Schwimmer) and Rachel (Aniston) get together.

‘Court and I watched it the other day just to catch up on some stuff,’ Jennifer said.   

Singalong: And on Sky News on Wednesday, Michael Skloff, who is the co-writer of the iconic Friends theme tune, performed the intro

Singalong: And on Sky News on Wednesday, Michael Skloff, who is the co-writer of the iconic Friends theme tune, performed the intro

Smash hit: Michael received an Emmy Award nomination for the catchy song which became synonymous with Friends

Smash hit: Michael received an Emmy Award nomination for the catchy song which became synonymous with Friends

‘We laughed and cried and – yeah. Their first kiss, Ross and Rachel, that was – ugh! It was so powerful,’ Courteney said. 

Matthew. meanwhile, who played Chandler Bing, revealed his favorite episode was The One Where Everybody Finds Out, which was the one where the gang discovered Chandler and Monica’s relationship with some very amusing scenarios playing out.  

 The HBO Max special called The One Where They Get Back Together, will be available for streaming on Thursday May 27.

This week! The HBO Max special called The One Where They Get Back Together, will be available for streaming on Thursday May 27

This week! The HBO Max special called The One Where They Get Back Together, will be available for streaming on Thursday May 27

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