Friends fans were treated to a very star-studded trip down memory lane on Thursday after the sitcom’s reunion special was finally released online and on apps ahead of airing in the UK and US tonight.
During the episode, supermodel Cindy Crawford slipped into those tight leather trousers which left Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) struggling in season five and Justin Bieber rocked the character’s famous potato themed Halloween costume.
While David Beckham also made an appearance to reveal he’s a ‘clean freak’ like Monica Gellar (Courteney Cox) as he joined Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, BTS and Mindy Kaling to celebrate the show.
Showing him how it’s done! Cindy Crawford slipped into those tight leather trousers which left Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) struggling in season five as she appeared in the very star-studded Friends: The Reunion special on Thursday
Famous costumes: The supermodel, 55, looked sensational as she walked the runway (left) in the leather pants and a black shirt, the same look worn by Ross in the show (right)
Cindy, 55, looked sensational while rocking the catwalk in the skin-tight pants, which Ross tried to get into for a date in episode The One With All The Resolutions, and a black shirt for the fun episode.
She exuded confidence while strutting her stuff in the infamous costume piece, with the six Friends cast members appearing delighted as they clapped for her from the side of the runway.
Another star who paid a visit to the Friends’ costume department was singer Justin Bieber who appeared in the reunion wearing Ross’ potato costume from episode The One With The Halloween Party in season eight.
Justin threw up a peace sign while modelling the look, which Ross entertainingly based on the Russian satellite Sputnik paired with a potato to become a SPUD-nik.
Funny: Justin Bieber also channelled Ross by sporting his famous potato themed Halloween costume as he made his way
SPUD-nick: The singer (left, during the reunion special) threw up a peace sign while modelling the look, which Ross (right, on Friends) based on the Russian satellite Sputnik
Clean freak: David Beckham surprised fans by revealing he’s more of a Monica, because he is also a ‘clean freak
And proving that it’s not just the Americans who fell in love with the long-running sitcom, David Beckham made a cameo while rewatching old episodes.
David also surprised fans by revealing he’s more of a Monica, because he is also a ‘clean freak,’ adding his favourite episode was infamous bottle ep The One Where No One’s Ready.
He also cited the episode where Chandler and Joey fight over an armchair: ‘It makes you smile almost to the point of crying.’
Cara Delevingne was another celeb seen trying on some of Friends’ costumes as she donned the hideous pink bridesmaid’s dress worn by Rachel in season two, with her even having part of the dress tucked into her knickers.
Here she comes: Cindy seemed to be having a wonderful time as she modelled one of Ross’ most famous ensembles
Going for it: She moved around her arms while showcasing the trousers and shirt combo for the audience, which included all six members of the Friends cast
And Matthew Perry also once again donned Chandler’s clothes to recreate the season two scene where he uttered the phrase: ‘Look at me, I’m Chandler, could I BE wearing anymore clothes?’
Elsewhere, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai told viewers that she reckons she’s like Joey, because she loves making her room-mate laugh with unexpected quips.
And Reese Witherspoon, who guest starred as one of Rachel’s sisters Jill, also made a flying visit in the reunion. So did Elliott Gould, who played Monica’s dad, and Tom Selleck, her first serious boyfriend Richard.
Others stars were seen only in flashback, such as Ben Stiller and Danny DeVito. And viewers even glimpse a young Brad Pitt – though Jen refers to her ex-husband by his surname only.
Standout: Cara Delevingne was another celeb seen trying on some of Friends’ costumes as she modelled the hideous pink bridesmaid’s dress worn by Rachel in season two
Strutting her stuff! Cara looked rather unimpressed with her gown, which Rachel had to wear when she attended the wedding of Ross’ ex-wife Carol and her partner Susan Bunch
Getting in the laughs: The model even walked with part of the dress tucked into her knickers
Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) and David Schwimmer (Ross Geller) – reunited on the Warner Bros. studio lot, where the original show was filmed, for a night full of laughs, tears and everything in between.
Lady Gaga also guest appeared and put her own spin on Phoebe Buffay’s infamous song Smelly Cat during the Friends: The Reunion special on Thursday.
The singer, 35, appeared delighted to be performing a duet with Lisa as she rocked out to the tune and gushed over the actress’ character, all while wearing a colourful ensemble inspired by Phoebe’s quirky style.
Not holding back, Lady Gaga belted out the lyrics while playing her guitar and sitting on the yellow coach next to Lisa who hilariously told Gaga she wasn’t ‘too bad’.
Celebrity fans: Mindy Kaling said one of her favorite parts of the show was Monica and Chandler hiding their relationship during Season 5
Characters: Malala Yousafzai revealed that if she were to be any Friends character, she would be, ‘totally a Joey,’ with a bit of Phoebe as well, while also revealing her favorite moment is ‘The Routine,’ the iconic dance between Monica and Ross
International fans: Boyband BTS also shared their thoughts and favourite bits from Friends during a guest appearance
Getting involved: Lady Gaga also made a star-studded cameo, heading into Central Perk with a guitar in hand to perform the famous song Smelly Cat alongside Lisa
Starting off their segment, Gaga- real name Stefani Germanotta- asked: ‘Mind if I take Smelly Cat for a spin?’
Lisa happily agreed and was left nodding after hearing the hitmaker’s impressive vocals on the first few lines, telling her: ‘Not bad… that was really, really good.’
The actress, who performed the fan favourite song several times throughout Friends’ run on TV, then took over the next few lines.
Adding an extra twist to the usually acoustic song, Gaga and Lisa were then joined by several gospel singers donning long blue robes for the final few lyrics.
Once the applause died down, Lisa delighted fans some more as she joked: ‘That was so great… I still think it’s better when it’s just me.’
And once their entertaining duet was complete Gaga took the opportunity to reflect on Friends and tell Lisa how important her character was.
So good: The singer, 35, appeared delighted to be performing a duet with Lisa Kudrow as she rocked out to the tune
Guest appearance: The duo were even joined by a gospel choir as they recreated the fan favourite song on the yellow couch
She sweetly gushed: ‘Thank you for being the person for all of us on Friends who was, I’m not sure if this is the right way to say it, but the different one or the one who was really herself.’
Gaga looked sensational during the performance donning patterned trousers and a bright yellow jacket which boasted a feathered red trim.
The singer also opted for a red guitar, while Lisa strummed a classic wood instrument just like she did on the show two decades ago.
Lisa’s character Phoebe is known for singing the catchy song while playing her acoustic guitar in numerous episodes from the series. It was written for Phoebe by Lisa with Adam Chase, Betsy Borns and Chrissie Hynde.
The song is said to have been conceived in 1995 by Friends writer Borns, who had intended for the lyrics to be about a foul-smelling dog entitled ‘Smelly Dog’.
The special was filmed over a three-day period on the Warner Bros. lot, using the iconic fountain from the show as a backdrop for the cast’s main discussion, hosted by James Corden.
At last! The long-awaited Friends Reunion finally made its debut on Thursday, with the sitcom’s cast heading back to the iconic set to reminsce on the show’s history, 17 years since its conclusion
I’ll be there for you: The series ran for 10 seasons, premiering in 1994 (pictured). The final episode, which aired in 2004, broke records with more than 50 million viewers
The Late Late Show host – whose choice was quite controversial among fans – delved into the making of the show in a lively discussion, and reflected on the moment each actor landed their iconic part.
The special kicked off with all six actors heading back to the sitcom’s legendary set, and Jennifer struggled to hold back her tears as she embraced Courteney, clearly overwhelmed at returning to the series almost two decades since its conclusion.
The cast visited the original soundstage – Stage 24 – where Friends was filmed, where it took over three weeks to re-construct the iconic set 17 years since the final scenes were filmed.
‘Where’s the tissue box?’ Jennifer asked while visiting the living room set, while LeBlanc wonders if Cox’s lines are still written on the kitchen table.
Corden also brought over Ben Winston, who serves as showrunner on The Late Late Show, to serve as the director and producer of the reunion special. Though the Q&A did garner some criticism for failing to delve too deeply into topics that most Friends super-fans weren’t already familiar with.
Finally! The six iconic stars – Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston , Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer – reunited on the Warner Bros. studio lot for a night full of laughs, tears and everything in between
Candid: During an interview with James Corden, the cast reflected on some of the sitcom’s most iconic moments (Jennifer and Courteney left, and David and Matt right), from Ross and Rachel’s first kiss to the legendary final episode