Well over a decade since Friends ended with its final tenth season, to this day the American sitcom is constantly bringing in streams of fans, old and new. A Friends reunion has been long anticipated, and is now available on-demand. Here's how to watch Friends: The Reunion online and catch up on the one -off special episode.
Aptly titled 'The One Where They Get Back Together', Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer are squeezing back onto that ratty old coach in an unscripted episode that promises to be full of laughs and some tears, too.
Long overdue, Friends originally found its place in our hearts over 10 years as a heart-warming snapshot of life as a 20/30-something in Manhattan, New York, experiencing the trials and tribulations of relationships, careers, family, and - above all else - friendship.
The HBO Max reunion was originally confirmed for release a year ago in May 2020. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, filming had to be postponed. Friends fanatics won't have to wait much longer, though, with a release date confirmed and international broadcasts available.
Catch up with old friends for this extra-special episode, featuring special guests, including familiar faces from the series, as well as table script readings of some of the most iconic scenes - "They don't know that we know that they know" etc...
Keep reading our guide to be in the know of how to catch up and watch Friends: The Reunion online where you are.
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How to watch Friends: The Reunion if you're out of the country
Found yourself abroad and want to catch up on the Friends: The Reunion? You may face geo-blocks with your home country's streaming service. The only alternative that we know is to use a VPN to appear as if you're within the country, allowing you to watch back on demand no matter which streaming service you use, whether HBO Max, or if you're Down Under and want to use Binge.
The software is perfect for this as it allows you to change your IP address and appear to be in a completely different location - and all through a safe, encrypted connection. Here's how to get started.
Use a VPN to watch Friends: The Reunion anywhere
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How to watch the Friends reunion online in the US
Friends: The Reunion arrived exclusively on HBO Max in the US, in the early morning of Thursday, May 27, sitting alongside all 10 seasons of Friends. That's 236 episodes, for the record.
The HBO Max price is $14.99 a month, sadly with no HBO Max free trial to speak of. That said, its expansive library is full of great-quality content. Fans of Friends, for example, can also enjoy other popular sitcoms, like The Big Bang Theory and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
HBO Max is compatible with a variety of devices, including Apple TVs, Amazon Fire TVs, Fire Sticks, Samsung TVs, Roku devices, Google Chromecast devices, Chromebooks, iPhones, iPads, Android phones/tablets, Xbox consoles (Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Series X), Sony PlayStation consoles (PS4 and PS5), PC computers, and Mac computers.
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Can I watch the Friends: Reunion online in the UK?
Oh. My. God. The UK didn't have to wait long to get a slice of Rachel's trifle. Sky TV announced that it would broadcast the special Friends episode twice on Thursday, May 27 on Sky One, and is now available to watch back on Sky Go.
For those already subscribed to Sky, you're all set. If not, we'd suggest you take a look at our full guide to today's best Sky TV deals and packages.
Your other option is to grab a Now Entertainment membership, which costs £9.99 a month but is also available with a free 7-day trial if you've not used it before.
How to watch Friends: The Reunion for FREE in Australia
Down under, Binge came through with exclusive rights to Friends: The Reunion. The unscripted, one-off episode landed on the platform on Thursday May, 27, and is now available to watch back at your leisure. That's the kind of precision that Monica would just love!
If you're not yet familiar with the service, Binge is the place where Australian TV fans get most of HBO's output (so think The Wire, Watchmen, The Sopranos, Succession) and much, much more. It's effectively a way to get the best TV from Foxtel, but on a cheaper and flexible basis.
Binge is available from just $10 a month and also offers a FREE 14-day trial, so you can check out the service (and Friends) for yourself.
How to watch Friends: The Reunion online in Canada
Most HBO Max titles find their way onto Crave when it comes to Canadian viewing. The same goes for Friends: The Reunion. You can subscribe to Crave for CA$9.99 a month, and it comes with a seven-day free trial.
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Alice is eCommerce Editor at Future with a focus on streaming services, such as Disney Plus and HBO Max, and VPN. She predominantly writes buying and streaming service guides, as well as how to watch articles. Previously a Commercial Content Writer at Trusted Reviews, Alice has five years experience giving online buying advice, and over two years writing about consumer tech.