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Let's get this out of the way up front: A Friends reunion is not happening.
Reunion rumors took off this week, after StarMedia reported that NBC had confirmed that a comeback season would be happening in 2014. Social media was buzzing with the news -- until Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman stepped up to officially shoot it down. And you know what? We're pretty happy to hear it.
Sure, we loved watching Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc drink coffee in Central Perk every Thursday night. And we may have had this poster hanging up on our bedroom wall. But bringing the beloved show back for an 11th season would just be a bad idea.
Friends worked marvelously at the time, and it perfectly encapsulated the '90s. But here's why it just wouldn't work today:
1. Joey's womanzing ways were charming at 30 -- but at 45? Not so much.
2. Central Perk would probably be a Starbucks by now.
3. Chandler's fashion was so bad, we're scared to see what he would be wearing today.
4. Instead of randomly stopping by each other's apartments, they would just text.
5. Their kids would all be growing up, so the whole focus of the show would have to shift. (Can you believe Emma would be 11 and Ben would be 18?!)
6. Speaking of age, Lisa Kudrow is turning 50 this summer. Something about a 50-year-old Phoebe being under-employed and singing goofy songs in the coffee shop seems a little sad.
7. The series ended with Monica and Chandler moving to the suburbs, so the whole friends group would be out of whack.
8. Someone likely would have gotten divorced, and we really liked everyone with their nice happily-ever-afters.
9. Friends is too optimistic. We live in the Girls era of shows about New York City now, and having Friends age itself up to that mentality would be too much of a bummer.
10. We have our reasons, but Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman said it best when she told E! News, "Friends was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there's no need anymore. I'd rather people go, 'Oh, please! Please!' than 'I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.'"