‘Friends’ Thanksgiving episodes are coming to movie theaters


FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2002 file photo, the stars of “Friends,” from left, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc pose after the show won outstanding comedy series at the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. If you’re a “Friends” superfan, there are lots of ways to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary on Sept. 22, 2019. Warner Bros. has partnered with a range of companies to celebrate the quarter-century mark. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)

There’s no Thanksgiving like Friendsgiving — and this month, “Friends” fans will be able to watch all the show’s Thanksgiving episodes in movie theaters.

The hit NBC sitcom, which marked its 25th anniversary last month, followed six friends through their life in New York. The show ran for 10 years — and in that decade, we got to see Joey, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Monica, and Chandler share lots of Thanksgivings together.

There was the time Chandler forlornly made jokes from inside a box. There was the time Rachel tried and failed to make trifle, proving yet again that Joey will eat anything and everything. And, of course, everyone’s favorite — the time Monica put a turkey on her head, prompting Chandler to accidentally profess his love.

Fans can rewatch all of these beloved moments on the big screen in the lead-up to Turkey Day. Eight classic Thanksgiving episodes, which have been newly remastered in 4K resolution, will be screened at 700 movie theaters across the United States on November 24 and 25. The two-day screening will show four episodes a day.

Tickets go on sale Friday on Fathom Events, which is owned by AMC Entertainment.

The Thanksgiving screenings are the latest in a series of special events — there was a pop-up “Friends” experience in New York last month, and nationwide screenings on the 25th anniversary, which attracted more than 230,000 viewers, according to Fathom Events.

“Fans showed up in full force for our initial ‘Friends’ screenings, so we know there is demand for more,” said Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events, in a press release. “We’re excited to put eight classic episodes on the big screen for fans to celebrate with their friends, just in time for Thanksgiving.”

“Friends” has a huge international fan base too — there was a special anniversary theater screening in Canada last month, and UK cinemas will show 12 iconic episodes in December.


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