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The One Where They All Get Back Together: Friends Reunion Is Officially Happening

Friends is by far one of the most iconic and popular sitcoms to ever grace television screens. Ever since its ten year run came to an end in 2004, die-hard fans have only had one question: when are we getting a reunion? 

Old school television shows and movies making a comeback within the past few years is nothing new. The market for reboots and sequels is arguably the highest it’s ever been; with shows like Full House, Boy Meets World, Saved By The Bell, and other 90’s favorites already making a comeback in the new digital age, it only makes sense that one of the most popular out of all of them is getting its moment again in 2020. 

Well, the now classic show starring Jennifer Aniston, Coutney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc is making its much-anticipated return to HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s newest streaming service set to launch in May of this year. 

“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together. I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans.”  said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max, in the official release statement.

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Along with the reunion special, all 10 seasons and 236 episodes of the Emmy award-winning sitcom will be running exclusively on HBO Max. The stars of the show will be returning back to the sound stage that they originally filmed at in the Warner Bros Studio Lot, Stage 24. Stage 24 gave audiences the origin story of six adults trying to navigate all the trials and tribulations that comes with living in New York City back in 1994 and now, nearly 26 years later, they’re all back and ready to catch up with where they’re at now!

Friends made its original streaming service debut back in 2015 when the entire series was uploaded onto Netflix. The show was removed from the platform at the beginning of the New Year as WarnerMedia’s TV Studio, which owns all the rights and licensing to the show, wanted to give exclusivity rights to HBO Max. 

HBO Max reportedly paid upwards of $425 million to carry the series for at least five years, and they hope that all the work that Netflix did by holding the series for the past five years will grant them an entirely new generation of viewers ready to subscribe to the service. 

The concept of reboots paralleling the “streaming wars,” that a multitude of networks are joining in on, are making the entertainment industry one of the most competitive, and lucrative, markets out there. CBS, NBC, HBO, Disney, Apple, and so many more have all released their own monthly paid-subscription streaming platforms; with that much competition these corporations know that they need to target specific large audiences to receive viewership. 

The easiest way to target these large audiences is by bringing back shows that everyone has already known and loved with a modern lens, to keep it relatable and fresh. Other reboots being used as a “weapon” in these streaming “wars” includes NBC announcing a Saved By The Bell reboot, which will be exclusive to their new Peacock streaming service. Netflix also rebooted certain classics such as Full House and Sabrina The Teenage Witch, both of which are exclusive Netflix originals.

So when HBO Max acquired the rights to Friends, along with a new deal that would guarantee a reunion amongst the six original stars, they knew that that would bring major audiences to the platform once it’s launched in May of this year. So while no one told you life was going to be this way, you can now relax with a cup of Central Perk coffee knowing one of your favorite groups of pals is making their way back to your screens very soon. 

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For All Of Your Loved Ones

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’re single or taken this year, it’s never a bad idea to celebrate love. If you’re single, the cynic in all of us can take over, causing a month-long wave of self-pity and loneliness. However, who said that Valentine’s Day is only for those in relationships? It’s a holiday built around love and as we know, there is more than one way to love. We love our parents, siblings, friends, pets, co-workers, etc. so let’s celebrate all of the love in our life, and what better way to do that than with a gift? 

This year, go beyond just chocolates and flowers; while those are classic options that will always work, it’s nice to add some unique flare to an otherwise predictable holiday in terms of gifts. 

One of the best gifts you can give a loved one is the gift of comfort. What do they do in order to unwind from their hectic lives? Amazon has a million options for comfortable clothing, pajamas, and blankets that anyone would love to get cozy in after a long day of work. Throw in some customizable heart-shaped tea bags for comfort they can ingest and you got a whole mini care package! If they’re looking for a more adult form of comfort, Amazon also offers a deal on a customizable 6-pack for your loved ones. 

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Customizable anything is always a great option that will warm the hearts of anyone. Regardless of what it is, custom elements that show you went the extra mile to make something specific for the recipient always takes a gift to the next level. Etsy is one of the best websites for custom anything. From wine labels, to guitar picks, Etsy offers hundreds of thousands of products that you can make specific to fit the needs of all your loved ones. Other examples of customizable items that make great gifts include jewelry, candles, picture frames, portraits, mugs, and more!

One of the better ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, especially if you are maybe feeling a little lonely, is to celebrate Galentine’s Day! The coveted pre-valentines holiday that was coined by Amy Pohler’s character, Leslie Knope, in the show Parks and Recreation, is meant to celebrate all the wonderful women and friendships that one has in their life. What better way to do that with some wine. 

Wine and alcohol in general is an amazingly universal gift that anyone (who enjoys drinking legally and responsibly) will enjoy. The best part? Unless you’re a real wine-head, all of it tastes the same regardless of how much you spend, so it’s a great way to show your love for someone on a budget as well. 

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Going along with the theme of comfort and Galentine’s Day; self-care is always in season, so why not make it a little easier for your loved ones to love themselves with some basic self-care needs? Jade Rollers have become extremely trendy in terms of skin-care, and thanks to the massive demand there’s plenty of affordable options. 

When it comes to self-care gifts, don’t overthink it, what would you want for yourself? Face masks, eye masks, nail polish, trashy magazines, fancy desserts, and scented anything, all create an environment of being in the present, and appreciating yourself and those around you. 

Finally, when it comes to gifts you can give to your loved ones, think about their everyday needs. So often when we have to get a gift for someone, we think more about what they’ve been saying that they want, over what they actually need. But when we buy our loved ones something they say they’ve been meaning to get to or do for a while, it shows that we’re always listening and care about the way their lives are running. 

Gifts that cover everyday needs can be as simple as a portable phone charger, for the friend who’s phone is always dead, or a subscription to a monthly shaving razor club, for the friend who never has time to go to the store because their regular lives are so busy. Other gifts can even be as boring as car mats or a monthly planner, both of which show that you care. 

Regardless of what you decide to get for any of your loved ones, pick something else up for yourself as well. The biggest, longest, and most important relationship that we all endure is the one with ourselves, so don’t forget to take yourself out every once and a while and buy yourself some flowers, you deserve some special treatment too.