When the clock strikes 12 tonight, it will be more than the end of the decade; it’ll be the end of Friends‘ golden era on Netflix. That’s right, people: You have less than 24 hours to binge watch as much Friends as humanly possible before it leaves the streaming service on January 1. Forget the New Year’s party out because once it’s 2020, you’ll have to wait five(!!!!!) months to watch it on another streaming service: its new home, HBO Max, which doesn’t launch until May. The wait is almost cruel.
People provided a handy little guide on how to get your fill of Rachel, Ross, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, and Joey until then…and it’s not exactly ideal. Since the show won’t be on any streaming service, you will only be able to watch individual episodes that you buy on YouTube or iTunes. For $1.99 an episode or $19.99 a season, you can watch the show on YouTube. For $140, you can own the complete series on iTunes. Or you can just wait and subscribe to HBO Max when it comes out for whatever the rate is per month.
HBO Max is also where any Friends revival would be, so it may be a very good investment. Earlier this year, The Hollywood Reporter broke news that sources told them a Friends reunion is in the works at HBO Max, and the entire cast is in.
At the beginning of December, Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green on the show) weighed in on the reunion prospect. It’s not a done deal yet, but she wants it to happen. She said she knew “nothing” about the HBO Max reunion special report but “I will just continue with…we’re trying. It’s a never ending question, isn’t it? What else could make a group of six actors feel more proud. It’s bringing people joy on a daily basis.” So it’ll happen sometime next decade.
But it’s still 2019 right now. Go turn on Netflix and get your fill of your favorite episodes. The clock’s ticking.