Friends cast to celebrate season finale’s 20th anniversary; But this time without Matthew Perry

Friends is an American television sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman that aired on NBC for 10 seasons, from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004.

The beloved NBC show Friends, which followed the lives of six friends—Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross, and Joey — evolved into a sensation over time. The show debuted over three decades ago and is now approaching the 20th anniversary of its final episode.

While all six Friends cast members did attend the much-anticipated reunion special in 2021, Matthew Perry’s absence appears to have shortened the 20th anniversary celebration. It had been over 20 years since they had all worked together, yet the equation, chemistry, and camaraderie remained intact, as seen by the reunion episode.

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From cracking jokes on and off camera to recalling good recollections from their shoot days, the actors engaged in hours of talk and enjoyed it throughout.

Friends’ core theme was to show how Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey continued to support each other’s lives despite their ups and downs, finding love, growing, and maturing.

Now, it appears that the former co-stars have adopted the same approach in their real lives, particularly following Perry’s unexpected death.

Apart from staying in frequent contact, they are preparing to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Friends finale.

According to a US Weekly story, while the idea of a reunion without Matthew (Perry) is heartbreaking because it will leave a large vacuum, the co-stars feel “Matthew would’ve wanted them to carry on and celebrate the show. So that’s very much on their minds as they move forward.”

According to a person close to the development, the actor’s death reminded them of the value of life and the significance of staying in touch more frequently. “It underlined the unbreakable bond they share and the need to look out for each other.”

Noting that they are more in touch nowadays through group conversations, personal chats, and regular meet-ups, the source revealed that the cast has had “ongoing discussions” about how to commemorate the finale anniversary.

“They will most certainly be commemorating it somehow. Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, and Schwimmer might post something on social media and get together privately,” it stated.

While the world is aware of the deep friendship between the on-screen and real-life friends, Matthew Perry’s unexpected death last year broke the group. From sharing tribute cards for their late buddy to accompanying him on his final voyage, the group stood strong to say goodbye.