I was a teenager in the mid-1990s, which means that I was bound by an unwritten contract to watch Friends: The Reunion when it aired earlier this week. I was not disappointed — but only because my expectations had been low.

What purpose could such a contrivance possibly serve? Surely the cast of six are all wealthy enough and didn’t need an extra couple of million dollars (they earn $20m annually in syndication payments). Was this primarily a platform for James Corden and other celeb fans to gush about the show? A chance for unkind observers to compare the toll that age has taken on the Friends’ faces? ..

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