As of tonight, a 'Friends' reunion is reportedly in the works! And before the massive barrage of fans bombard every social media platform with 'Could it BE any better?' let's just warn you that nothing has been confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that all protagonists are in the talks of returning for a reunion special of the hit NBC sitcom that just celebrated its 25th anniversary. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are going berserk with the buzz but certain critics have less than positive things to say about the show that has, over the years, received flak for being unfunny, racist, sexist, and pretty much a scam in the name of inclusivity.
Albeit 'Friends' was a hilarious show for its time, over the years, it was slammed on social media and our generation got more and more 'woke.' Be it Ross's constant whiny, unfunny, self pitying character who prefers his son to not try feminine stuff, or Chandler's acute transphobia under the pretext of his dad leaving his family to be a cross-dressing diva - there's a lot that people have labeled problematic and toxic about a show that entertained the masses for over a decade, and quite successfully at that.
Sadly, while the sitcom and its six main characters managed to become household names with their quirks, social media critics will have every one reminded the not-so-pleasant aspects of the show in the wake of a reunion being finally announced - yet again. Taking to Twitter to express their disappointment over the rumored and somewhat official reunion, a person wrote: "I hope y’all realize how unfunny Friends really is if they end up doing the reunion on HBO Max." Another one chimed in with the hopelessness that comes with these repeated announcements of an alleged reunion happening to no action eventually, saying: "Can they stop saying a Friends reunion is going to happen? Every year someone gets our hopes up and it’s always false."
One particular critic, however, pointed out that all of this could be HBO's expert attempt and one-upping Disney's newly launched streaming platform - Disney+, as the TV network is gearing up to arrive at the streaming scene with its very own HBO Max. They wrote: "How to overshadow the Disney+ launch? Let's bring up a potential Friends reunion for the 200th time."
So we guess it's official - while the confirmation is still pending official announcements, critics are less than thrilled about the idea of watching the six friends lounge around in Monica's apartment or Central Perk for the majority of their lives yet again.