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'Friends' cast to reunite in HBO Max special

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Don't worry if it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year: The cast of Friends is making a comeback to your TV screen.

[NEW YORK] Don't worry if it hasn't been your day, your week, your month or even your year: The cast of Friends is making a comeback to your TV screen.

Fifteen years after audiences last saw Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey on network television, the gang is returning for an untitled, unscripted exclusive special for HBO Max, a new streaming service.

In addition to the special, subscribers will also have access to all 236 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series when the streaming service makes its debut in May, executives said in a statement Friday.

"Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire 'Friends' library," said Kevin Reilly, the streaming service's chief content officer.

On Instagram, cast members posted a Rolling Stone cover photo from the show's early days.

"It's happening," they wrote.

The announcement of the unscripted special comes just weeks after the show's removal from Netflix.

"Friends" has enjoyed a rich cultural afterlife, as audiences rediscovered — or, for younger viewers, discovered for the first time — the show in reruns or on streaming services.

In 2014, a replica of Central Perk, a fictional coffee shop that figured heavily as a setting in the show's 10-season run, was set up in the SoHo section of Manhattan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut.

NYTIMES