Friends continues to live, in all of its Gen X glory, in reruns and on Netflix, introducing new generations all the time to “Smelly Cat,” the Rachel cut, and entirely unrealistic portrayals of New York real estate. But Jennifer Aniston, the show’s high priestess, is now saying she’s open to reviving the show in the present, joining the ever-growing number of ’90s sitcoms—from Will & Grace to Roseanne(RIP) and Murphy Brown—that are being rebooted.
“Before that show ended, people were asking if we were coming back. Courteney [Cox] and Lisa [Kudrow] and I talk about it. I fantasize about it. It really was the greatest job I ever had,” Aniston tells InStyle. “I don’t know what it would look like today, but you never know. So many shows are being successfully rebooted.”
On the one hand, of course it was Aniston’s best job ever: making $1 million per episode to hang out with your real-life friends is a pretty once-in-a-lifetime kind of gig. But as she also points out, not all members of the Friends cast share her enthusiasm about a potential revival. “I know Matt LeBlanc doesn’t want to be asked that question anymore,” Aniston noted, presumably referring to LeBlanc’s comments earlier this year that the juggernaut is better left in the past and his (fair enough) doubts that the now forty- and fiftysomething group of characters would keep their must-see TV magic. “I don’t think anyone wants to see Joey at his colonoscopy,” LeBlanc joked. “I think it’s better for people to just leave it.” LeBlanc, of all people, has a right to this opinion, considering he was the one who starred in NBC’s original effort to extend the life of Friends, the ill-fated spin-off Joey. Still, Aniston notes, “Maybe we could talk him into it.”
Helping Aniston’s case is the fact that none of the cast, with the exception of, uh, her, has quite retained their A-list status (as stunning as David Schwimmer’s portrayal of Robert Kardashian was on American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson). As such, perhaps they’d be willing to drop their price, because, on the con side, its doubtful that NBC can afford to pay them their previous rate of $1 million each per episode. In a very 2018 twist, this reunion just might depend on Netflix or Amazon ponying up for the rights. Or, as Aniston suggests: “We just give it some time and then Lisa, Courteney, and I could reboot The Golden Girlsand spend our last years together on wicker furniture.” The One With the Early Bird Special? We’ll look forward to it.