'Friends' Is Leaving Netflix at Midnight Tonight | 22 Words

Anyone who is anyone loves Friends... Even those who claim that they've never watched it or simply don't enjoy it. Yes, you have watched it, and yes you do enjoy it. Stop lying to yourselves.

Anyway, it's been an awfully quiet fifteen years since the final episode of Friends aired and we said our tearful goodbyes to the 6 friends we all grew to know and love.

However, much to our luck, the streaming service, Netflix, has had us covered for the last 2 years by having all 10 seasons readily available to binge whenever we fancy. But, those 2 blissful years are set to come to an end... Keep scrolling for the full story.

Friends is arguably one of the most successful sitcoms of all time.

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We were first introduced to the Friends gang back in 1994, when Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica, (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) first burst onto our screens.

It was an instant hit.

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Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the comedy follows the friends, who live in the same New York apartment block, as they together navigate through the turbulent years of their late twenties.

And we grew to become incredibly attached to these characters.

The show truly made us feel like a member of the Friends gang, even when we were conflicted over whether Ross and Rachel really were on a break or not... FYI they totally were on a break.

The final episode aired in September 2004...

And we watched through our tears as the gang said their final goodbyes to the apartment we had all grown to know and love for the past decade.

It was an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least.

Monica and Chandler were starting a family, Phoebe was newly married, Rachel had a new job in Paris... As with a lot of friendships, the gang had grown apart and were embarking upon their separate journeys.

Oh, and Rachel got off the plane.

Fans rejoiced as Ross and Rachel finally put their differences aside and got back together.

But, fifteen years on from Rachel getting off the plane...

We have never found out what happened to the gang. Did Rachel and Ross stay together? Would Monica and Chandler ever get divorced? Did Joey ever make it as a big actor?

Over the years, there have been a few low-key reunions and a lot of false hope...

Apart from the occasional reunion on talk-shows, fans have had their fair share of disappointments when it comes to waiting for a Friends reunion.

A trailer for a Friends movie went viral last year, giving superfans false hope that the sitcom was hitting the box office...

But it wasn't to be. The trailer was quickly confirmed to be fake and, again, our dreams were shattered.

And even the cast have confirmed that a reunion is incredibly unlikely...

Matt Le Blanc left fans heartbroken last year as he rejected calls for the show to return, saying the sitcom simply “wouldn’t be the same" in an interview with the Mail Online. He added, “People want to know what happened to them. But it was about a finite period in a person’s life after college, before you settle down and start a family."

And it isn't just the cast who have their doubts...

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The show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman, says she constantly gets “nagged" by fans to bring the sitcom back. “Watch the old ones – there is no way we could win that. And there’s no way it would be satisfying and it’ll never happen. We’ll never do it," she said in an interview with Deadline.

So, yeah. Things haven't been looking too great on the reunion front.

Many worry that, because Friends was about a group of people in their twenties and thirties, it just wouldn't work following the gang through their forties and fifties.

However, initial excitement peaked a couple of weeks ago...

Jennifer Aniston finally joined Instagram, and her first post was a selfie of her and the rest of the Friends gang. “And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. HI INSTAGRAM," she captioned the post.

All the cast back together...

Surely this could mean a Friends reunion?!

We have been waiting for an official confirmation...

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To our delight, Jennifer dropped a major hint while appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The actress was asked whether there would be a reboot of the show, to which she swiftly replied, "No," prompting a mass sigh from the audience...

However, not all hope is gone...

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Because Jennifer hastily added: "Listen, we would love for there to be something, but we don't know what that something is. So we're just trying really, we're working on something."

Ellen eagerly attempted to get more information out of Jen, delicately asking whether the "something" is going to be a movie.

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Aniston then sarcastically replied, "A huge, huge, huge, movie." But, then taking a more serious tone, she said, "No, we don't know. I don't want to lead people on."

The damage is done, Jen.

Because people are now very excited.

But, even without a reunion...

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We have been lucky enough to be able to enjoy and bine the entire 10 seasons of the show, all thanks to the online streaming service, Netflix.

Back in the new year of 2018...

Friends landed onto our Netflix accounts, starting an era of epic lazy days in front of the television.

Things couldn't have been better...

And we were all delighted when, last year, Netflix announced that they had renewed the contract, therefore keeping the show where it belonged... On our screens.

But, all good things must come to an end...

Yep, our 2 years of bliss are coming to a close.

Friends is officially being taken off Netflix at midnight tonight.

I know, 2020 has got off to the worst start.

But why?!

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Why are you doing this to us, Netflix?

You can blame Warner Brothers.

Warner Media now owns the 90s series and is planning to put all 236 episodes on its new streaming service, HBO Max, which is due to launch next May. It's going to be a long couple of months... If you need something else to watch to take your mind off this whole, horrible, thing, keep scrolling! Netflix does have some treats in store for us next month! Not that we forgive them...