It’s long been rumoured, but it now seems all-but certain that hit sitcom Friends will soon be available to stream on Netflix in the UK.
Friends has been available on Netflix in the US and Canada since 2014, but those in the UK have been missing out.
While the show used to be a fixture on Channel 4, and then Comedy Central, fans have often wanted to watch whatever episode they choose without having to buy them on DVD or download.
Netflix UK subscribers will likely have that opportunity next year, if this teasing tweet from the broadcaster is anything to go by.
“The One with the Show Everyone’s Been Asking Us to Add,” read a message on the Netflix UK & Ireland Twitter account yesterday (December 30).
The clue is seemingly a nod to (almost) all 236 episodes of the show, whose titles usually started ‘The One with…’.
In fact, the only exceptions were ‘The Pilot’ and the two-part finale ‘The Last One’.
Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Friends ran for ten seasons from 1994 to 2004.
It centred on the New York lives of Ross Geller (David Schwimmer), Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow).
Despite repeated calls from fans, the show’s creators have ruled out the possibility of a spinoff movie.
“There will never be a Friends reunion movie,” said Kauffman last year.
“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.”
That doesn’t mean the cast don’t ever reunite, as Lisa Kudrow revealed earlier this year that they have had dinner together in private.
Claims that a more public reunion was planned for 2018 were quickly discovered to be a hoax.
The gang, without Matthew Perry, did get together for a reunion of sorts in 2016, when they appeared on An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows.