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‘Friends’ Cast to Reunite For NBC Special


The entire cast of “Friends” will reunite next month, not for the long-rumored movie, but rather to pay tribute to director James Burrows.

TVLine reports NBC will celebrate the career of the television director, who recently helmed his 1,000th episode, with a two-hour special the casts of such Burrows series as “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “Will & Grace,” “The Big Bang Theory” and, yes, “Friends.” All six stars — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — will be on hand for the tribute.

The co-creator of “Cheers,” Burrows has worked in television since the 1970s, directing episodes of such classic shows as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Laverne & Shirley.”

The NBC special will be filmed later this month to air Sunday, Feb. 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


  • David

    The article title is misleading – “a Friends reunion!” Friends is one of the lesser projects James Burrows had a hand in.

    Anyway – congratulations to Mr. Burrows on such a monumental career. Easily one of the most important creators in television comedy history.

    His work on the MTM show, Taxi and of course Cheers stand the test of time. He co-created Cheers with the brilliant Glen & Les Charles, and directed 240 of its 275 episodes. His later work on Frasier and Will & Grace was also quite good.

    Cheers may be the greatest American sitcom of all time, by any reasonable standards – the awards, the critical success, the ratings, the fame, the cast. But most important to its success was its behind-the-scenes talent – the Charles bros. assembled the greatest writing staff of any sitcom, and had one of the mediums greatest directors at its helm – Jimmy Burrows.