HBO Max’s upcoming Friends reunion special promises to be as star-studded as the show itself — with 18 celebrity guest stars already confirmed. On NBC in 1994, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Friends premiered with a perfect pilot episode. Earning impressive ratings from the outset, the show still managed an upward trajectory to become one of the most successful and popular television shows of all time. It ultimately ran for 10 seasons, culminating in 2004 with a two-part series finale watched live, globally, by over 50 million people. With the announcement of the HBO Max streaming service, a special event celebrating the sitcom’s legacy was commissioned.
Friends followed the meme-worthy exploits of a titular friend group as they navigated life, love, and career ambitions in New York City. The show made household names out of its stars and characters — including David Schwimmer’s Ross Geller, Jennifer Anniston’s Rachel Green, Matthew Perry’s Chandler Bing, Courteney Cox’s Monica Geller, Matt LeBlanc’s Joey Tribbiani, and Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe Buffay. As well as the various romantic entanglements – especially the relationship between Ross and Rachel – fans were gripped by the revolving door of high-profile guest-stars the show secured.