Central Perk No More: How ‘Friends’ Characters Would Actually Be Doin’ Today (If We Got The Scripted Reunion Everyone Wanted)

“How You Doin’?” It’s a question as old as season 4 Joey Tribbiani. Now that Friends: The Reunion has finally arrived, it’s one we’re asking the sitcom’s characters. Similar to last year’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion, Friends‘ reunion is an unscripted event featuring the core cast, supporting, and random celebrity cameos. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer return to familiar sets, reminisce in front of a live audience, and sing a “Smelly Cat” duets with Lady Gaga. It’s probably the last time we’ll see them all together on television…unless we get that scripted episode or movie everyone keeps asking for.

As you know, Friends has remained hugely popular since “The Last One” aired in 2004. The showrunners have since said that it was important to end the series with everyone in a good place; checking in with them 17 years later would be unraveling those happy endings to appease the masses. During the reunion, James Corden (of all people) asked the cast where they thought their character would be today—which is also something the showrunners have commented on in the past. Their answers essentially reiterated the finale when, in reality, it’s unlikely Central Perk would’ve survived 2020. Without further ado, here’s the one where we ask how Friends’ characters would be doin’ today as they continue to complain about how no one told them life was gonna be this way.

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