Despite the number of ’90s TV hits coming back to life lately, from Will & Grace to Roseanne, one classic that sadly shows no signs of being revived is the NBC sitcom Friends. This weekend, though, a Friends: The Movie trailer started circulating online, and while it wasn’t the real deal, it had people feeling all the feels.
A YouTube channel named Smasher, which frequently edits and shares fake “concept” trailers for fun, posted the trailer last week, and has racked up almost four million views from fans desperate for a glimpse of the gang getting back together again.
The description for the video (titled “The One With the Reunion”) reads, “This picks up a few years [after] where the final season left off, with Ben and Emma grown up. Mike and Phoebe have trouble with marriage, Monica and Chandler are getting a divorce, Joey couldn’t find someone, and Ross and Rachel have trouble after many years of not being together!”
The clips were taken from other projects the stars have done over the years, such as Courteney Cox’s Cougar Town, Matt LeBlanc’s Episodes, and Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy (with a special appearance from David Schwimmer). The latter shows some seemingly romantic tension between Schwimmer and Kudrow, but given that the context of the fake movie trailer means it would be between Ross and Phoebe, we’re a little weirded out.
In any case, fans were quick to scream in excitement about the discovery.
Once reality set in, though, some felt betrayed by the fake clip.
NBC executive Bob Greenblatt recently named some of the network’s most-loved titles, such as The Office, 30 Rock, West Wing, and ER, as shows he’d love to bring back, but unfortunately for us, Friends didn’t make the list. For the time being, this trailer is all we have — and yes, we’re totally watching it on a loop.
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