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TV reunions: Why we’re rarely ‘on a break’ from our favourite shows

TV reunions: Why we're rarely 'on a break' from our favourite shows

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Back in 2002, an episode of Friends saw the gang record a video message for Rachel’s daughter Emma to watch on her 18th birthday… in the distant year 2020.

When the future came, it brought a global pandemic in real life – and audiences who were stuck in lockdown looked to the past for the familiar comforts of old TV favourites.

This was reflected in programming itself. Actor Josh Gad’s web series Reunited Apart, which launched last May amid the first Covid wave, brought old co-stars of fan favourite shows and films back together (originally through the magic of video calls) to reminisce.

The trend has continued this year. Following high-profile Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Friends reunion specials, streaming service Hayu picked up E!’s Reunion Road Trip – in which cast members from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Scrubs and All My Children travelled down memory lane.

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