Jennifer Aniston’s Take on Friends

The hit series Friends premiered on September 22nd, 1994. 10 years later on May 6th, 2004 the series came to an end. After 10 successful seasons, Friends is in syndication on TBS, MTV, and many other networks. Friends is arguably one of the most successful comedy series in American history. Many fans hope that another series will emerge with similar qualities to Friends, or even a possible reunion. Jennifer Aniston has her own thoughts on a possible replication of the series.

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The cast members of Friends are often asked about a possible reunion. Aniston’s most recent response to the repetitive question was that it is impossible, and won’t happen. Many people criticized this response from Aniston, but here is how she explained herself. Aniston told the Huffington Post “It just wouldn’t work nowadays. We were jokingly saying that if Friends was created today you would have a coffee shop full of people that were just staring into iPhones, There would be no actual episodes or conversations.” Many fans were disappointed to hear this from their beloved Rachel. Follow up comments from other cast members also agree with Aniston’s opinion.

As a huge fan of Friends, and full supporter of a reunion, I am disappointed to hear this from the cast members. However, I cannot help but to agree with Aniston. She talks about devices disrupting our lives, and what our society was like before them. It’s difficult to think about a time before iMessage, Snapchat, and Instagram.

Aniston continues her discussion with the Huffington Post describing how her life has been affected by devices. I think that the point Aniston was attempting to make about Friends, is that it was a show that is impossible to replicate. It was so special because of the powerful bonds between six friends, which occurred before the technological era that disrupted human interaction. Reluctantly, I agree with Aniston’s point. How can we go back to a series where six friends meet in a coffee shop every morning without the disruptions of our technological devices? It is simply impossible. Friends is special for this reason, and nothing will be able to change that.

To read more about the interview with Aniston on the reunion subject, check out this link.

Kat Huber

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8 Responses to Jennifer Aniston’s Take on Friends

  1. mediaphiles says:

    Though I agree the show wouldn’t be the same, I disagree that the show couldn’t take place in the technological age we now live in. Shows like “Master of None” and “The Big Bang Theory” in large part focus on the dynamics amongst friend groups and are able to incorporate elements of and the disruptions in device-driven world without letting it dominate FRIEND(s)ly discourse. In today’s “Golden Age” of TV, where ungodly amounts of money and complete creative control are being handed over to directors, producers and actors, I wouldn’t be surprised if a “Friends” remake makes itself onto a Netflix or Amazon in the next five years.

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I agree with you and reluctantly agree with Aniston. While the show would not be the same if a reunion occurred, it could still be successful and convey similar messages that Friends did. Yes, the characters on a reunion would not meet in a coffee shop every day for hours, that is simply not done today anymore. However, the characters could engage in other activities that are more common today and people engage in and create meaningful relationships, like fun workout classes or late night activities. I think the success from Friends came from the meaningful relationships between the characters, not because of the activities and experiences they endured. As long as meaningful relationships were created in the new show, and the characters engaged in activities and experiences relevant to today’s society, I think a reboot would be very successful. It never would, or could, be the same as the original show, but I argue it would be very successful and would engage a large and loyal audience just as the original show did. -Sam Ostmann

  3. mediaphiles says:

    I agree with Aniston. I think if you walk into any coffee shop today, you rarely see people sitting down and enjoying a cup of coffee without their iPhones. Many times people are in a rush and are not even staying at the coffee shops; rather they get coffee to go. In addition, technology is such an invasive thing. People are so obsessed with social media and their phones, that there is rarely a meal that is uninterrupted by technology. There is such a lack of face-to-face conversations in today’s, technologically driven world. Thus, I am not sure that Friends would be the same if it were recreated today.

    Isabelle Jeffrey

  4. mediaphiles says:

    As much as it pains me to say it, I agree that a Friends reunion will never happen, and I’ll go the extra step and say that it shouldn’t happen. With a sitcom as successful as this, which are hard to come by, I live by the motto, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” If the series ended so well and has been able to live on almost fifteen years after its conclusion, then why would there be an attempt to bring back the show? There is nothing else that the characters or the producers need to accomplish for the show, because it already accomplished so much. I feel like spinoffs are never as good as the original and remaking it would leave too much room for error, which could end up ruining the show and the awesome ending that was created in 2004. If the series was recreated, the whole gist of the show would be different, causing the original lovers of Friends to feel different about the newer episodes.

    Jane Schaefer

  5. mediaphiles says:

    I definitely agree. I would love to see a reunion but we will never be able to see the characters all hangout nearly as much as in the show. Dinners would be planned via phone for example, a modern version would involve a groupchat where the characters wouldn’t even need to be in the same room and many of the hijinks and events would just be settled online. However, I don’t think this is the sole reason why we don’t see a reunion. Friends belongs to a group of sitcoms that center around a friend group, HIMYM, New Girl, Seinfeld, Cheers, Friends from College all do the same and the ages of the friends all range from around 24 (just after college) to around 34 (the time when people are starting families and making careers). Put very bluntly, people with families and careers do not have time to be constantly hanging with their friends in the same place and taking part in hijinks. Every sitcom needs an ending and when people move on is a good place for an ending.

    Jack Kountouris.

  6. mediaphiles says:

    I agree with everything you mentioned in your post! Friends is one of my favorite shows, and Rachel is my favorite character, so I obviously would love for the show to have a reunion, but at the same time it definitely would be problematic. I think in addition to the obsession with technology people have today being a barrier, the age group of the characters in Friends during the series’ run was really important to the show; they are all in their late 20s/30s and figuring life out, so if they made a new season it might just be awkward. Sometimes it’s better to leave the series preserved and ending on a good note than trying to recreate the success of the past and leaving fans feeling disappointed.

  7. marymdalton says:

    Good approach to give an old topic new life!

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