Some big fans of Friends might want to see a reboot of the classic comedy series, but star Jennifer Aniston doesn't seem too thrilled about the idea. During a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Aniston spent some time speaking about the beloved '90s sitcom.
She also revealed that she still hangs out with her fellow co-stars as the crew remains what you could call a tight-knit family. Still, though the actress admits they all miss the show every day, it's not looking like she's eager to get back on the set for a modern take on the series. When asked directly if she would be willing to return for a Friends reboot assuming the money was right and everyone else was on board, Aniston had this to say about the concept.
"I really think there is an idea, that if there is a reboot of the show, it won't be even close to as good as what it was, so why do it? It would ruin it."
First premiering in 1994, Friends starred Jennifer Aniston alongside Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, and Matthew Perry. It followed the lives of six friends living in the Manhattan area, exploring their relationships between each other and others.
The series quickly became tremendously popular, establishing itself as one of the most memorable sitcoms of all time and pulling in 62 Primetime Academy Award nominations in the process. The series came to an end in 2004 after ten seasons and 236 episodes, with its series finale pulling in over 52 million viewers. By the final two seasons, Aniston and her co-stars had all been earning a whopping $1 million payment for every single episode.
Although it's not spoken about nearly as often, Friends did have a sequel series immediately following the end of its run. The spin-off series Joey featured Matt LeBlanc reprising his Friends role of Joey Tribbiani, following the character's move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career in Hollywood.
While ratings were decent, they had fallen significantly from the numbers Friends had been pulling in, and NBC wound up putting an end to the spin-off after two seasons on the network. Given what happened with Joey and Aniston's unenthusiastic response to the idea, it would seem that a Friends reboot or another spin-off isn't very likely.
It's not exactly surprising that the topic of a Friends reboot has come up as often as it has. Both on the big and small screens, modern remakes and reboots have been serving as the creative trend for many years. Other '90s shows have proven themselves to be worthy of revisiting, as Full House had a successful reboot on Netflix and a new version of Mad About You is coming later this month. Kelsey Grammar has also publicly expressed his interest in reviving Frasier for some kind of sequel series. Given how popular Friends was and still is, it's easy to see why the idea would be proposed.
We may not be seeing a new version of Friends coming to television anytime soon, but the classic series will forever exist for fans to always enjoy. As of now, the show is streaming in its entirety on Netflix, but it will move to its new exclusive home on HBO Max in early 2020. Aniston's comments on a possible Friends reboot come to us from The Howard Stern Show on YouTube.