We are witnessing the golden age of reboots and revivals, with so many beloved classic TV shows getting a second life on the small screen. And in a recent interview with Instyle, Jennifer Anniston fueled the reboot fire in a major way when she hinted that she would be open to a Friends revival.
“Before that show ended, people were asking if we were coming back. Courteney (Cox) and Lisa (Kudrow) and I talk about it,” said Aniston. “I fantasize about it. It really was the greatest job I ever had. I don’t know what it would look like today, but you never know. So many shows are being successfully rebooted.”
Aniston is right about the recent success of reboots. In fact, one of the biggest “news” comedies of the last few years has been the revival of Will & Grace, which brought the two beloved characters back to NBC a full decade after their initial run. So long as the original cast is willing, it’s hard to imagine NBC would say no to a second helping of Friends.
Aniston admitted that Matt Leblanc, who played Joey on the show, doesn’t like discussing a possible reboot in interviews but she said, “maybe we could talk him into it.” And if that plan doesn’t work out, Aniston says she has another reboot idea (with a slight twist) that sounds like a sure-fire hit.
“Or we just give it some time and then Lisa, Courteney, and I could reboot The Golden Girls and spend our last years together on wicker furniture,” she said.
During its 10-season run on NBC, Friends became a cultural touchstone, as tens of millions of viewers tuned each week to watch six 20-somethings try to figure out their love lives, careers, and, of course, friendships while enjoying a cup of joe at the Central Perk.
But if the show were to come back now, it obviously couldn’t focus on that same era of life, as most of the stars are in their late 40s and early 50s. And considering that four of the six main characters were parents by the series finales, it wouldn’t be surprising if a hypothetical Friends revival had more of a familial vibe. Let’s just hope this time around, Ross isn’t such a shitty dad.