Could we BE any more excited? Friends fans sent into a frenzy as Netflix bosses hint that sitcom will be streamed in the UK in 2018
The final episode aired 13 years ago, but the British public‘s appetite for US sitcom Friends has been lost.
Fans of the cult Nineties series went wild on Saturday when streaming service hinted that it was acquiring the show.
Posting a cryptic message from the Official account, the service-provider prompted speculation that they would be the new outlet in 2018.
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The tweet read: ‘The One with the Show Everyone‘s Been Asking Us to Add‘ and provided no other explanation to the 41k followers.
Avid fans picked up on the not-so subtle reference to episode naming, which was consistently prefixed ‘The One With‘ – the most famous of which included The One With Ross‘s Wedding, The One With The Proposal and The Last One (Parts 1 and 2).
‘Friends at last?‘ asked one fan. ‘It’s like Netflix knows that it’s been missing the greatest!!!‘ said another enthused fan on Saturday.
Another said: ‘Yippppeee .. but when is it available?‘ and another replied: ‘Yes yes yes!!!!!! They are going to add friends!!!! I am dying‘
Some skeptical readers questionned it at first, asking: ‘Is this a drill?‘ and another said: ‘OMFG you better not be playing us.‘
‘OH MY GOD PLEASE DONT PLAY WITH ME. ARE YOU FINALLY DOING IT?!‘ said another fan.
The show – set around their local coffee shop Central Perk – followed the lives of six New York-based pals, Ross and Monica Gellar, Chandler Bing, Joey Tribbiani, Rachel Green and Phoebe Buffay.
Over 10 series, fans were gripped by Joey, Rachel and Ross‘ love triangle as well as the unexpected relationship between Monica and Chandler and the six friends‘ journeys into parenthood, as well as – reluctantly for some – their thirties.
But more than a decade after the final season wrapped, on its 236th episode, fans are still switching on in their droves.
As some social media users pointed out, the sitcom is currently shown on Comedy Central in the UK.
However free-TV users, such as those with Freeview or formerly terrestrial TV, have not been able to watch the show since it left Channel 4 in 2011.
One fan said: ‘No. Seriously? I fricking LOVE Friends, BUT it is literally on UK tv every single day. There is absolutely no need for this monstrosity. BRING. BACK. THE. OFFICE. ASAP. AS. POSSIBLE.‘
Another user replied: ‘Everyone‘s saying “but Friends is on TV every day” y‘all clearly don‘t know the struggle of only having freeview‘
The original home of Friends in the UK, Channel 4 lost the rights to show the sitcom six years ago, having shown repeats on E4 since 2001 and premiered some of the original episodes.
Friends launched the careers of actors Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica) and David Schwimmer (Ross), who have gone on to star in Hollywood hits.
More recently, Matt LeBlanc (Joey) has crossed the pond to star in British motoring show Top Gear and Matthew Perry (Chandler) has been on the West End stage.
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) has also just joined Netflix elsewhere as a new character on the popular show Grace And Frankie, which will debut its fourth season in 2018.