A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about loyalty, care for others, and, naturally, friendship.
Positive Role Models
The actors themselves clearly care for each other and are supportive. Very few people of color appear to have been involved with the making of either Friends or The Reunion.
Violence & Scariness
Brief clips of very light slapstick comedy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Clips contain sexual content: a couple in bed together, in the bath together, taking off each other's clothes, etc. A few jokes are made during the reunion that involve sexual innuendo.
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The "F" word is said but bleeped out a few times. "S--t" and "bulls--t" are both said and not bleeped out.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen drinking alcohol in clips. No alcohol is seen at the reunion or in backstage clips.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Friends: The Reunion is a variety show special that reunites the cast of the popular sitcom Friends and celebrates the show's 10-season run (1994–2004). The primary focus is on the six-person ensemble cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. They visit the reconstructed set, remember their favorite episodes, and talk about their experiences working on the show. The special jumps between interviews hosted by James Corden, pre-taped testimonials about the impact of the show, and footage of the cast hanging out in the present day. There are guest appearances by Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, David Beckham, and plenty of people who had popular cameos or were recurring characters on the series. The reunion and clips of Friends feature some sexual content (a couple in bed, in the bath, taking off each other's clothes, etc.), jokes with sexual innuendo, slapstick comedy, a few uses of profanity (some bleeped out, some not), and alcohol consumption.
Is It Any Good?
This special is an exciting idea: Viewers were as invested in the lives of Friends' six actors as they were in the show, but it's often awkward to watch these stars get reacquainted in public. They never seem to quite get completely comfortable with one another or with being on camera together. The special tries to make up for this by cramming a lot into a large amount of time: interviews, clips, bloopers, testimonials by celebrities, musical performances, and even a fashion show. It stays mostly positive throughout, avoiding topics that were a big deal at the time, like the million-dollar-an-episode negotiations or Matthew Perry's struggles with addiction, or even Rachel's game-changing haircut. It's designed to appeal to a broad range of people, like Friends itself. So there will be highlights throughout, which will be different for viewers depending on what they loved about the original, but the whole thing doesn't fly by the way an episode of Friends itself would.
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