‘Friends’ Complete Series Hits Netflix On New Year’s Day

Friends: The Complete Series will hit Netflix on New Year’s Day, according to the latest schedule from the streaming giant.

Friends, during its 10-season run from 1994 to 2004, occupied the same prominence of Seinfeld, and did about as much to define the 90s.

While it doesn’t quite achieve the critical esteem of its contemporary, its six main characters — Joey, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica, Ross, and Rachel — nevertheless earned their place in pop culture and the show’s following is equally as rabid.

There had been rumors that Friends would soon arrive on Netflix throughout most of the year, but it wasn’t until October that the streaming service actually confirmed it.

Of course, TV shows and movies leave the service all the time, and it’s unclear how long you can expect it to stay around, so it may be a bit premature to throw out those DVDs.

However, one improvement from your discs that you will notice when you fire up Season 1, Episode 1, “The First One,” is that each of these episodes will stream in high definition.

It’s about as good as fans of the show can expect. After all, in 2013, hope for a long-rumored Friends movie or reunion was squashed for good.

That’s when co-creator David Crane said there would “never” be a Friends reunion movie. (And the other co-creator, Marta Kauffman, agreed.)

“‘Friends’ was about that time in your life when your friends are your family and once you have a family, there’s no need anymore,” Crane said.

Might want to rethink that, guys, because the demand is certainly there, at least if you’re browsing through Twitter.

How excited are you for the arrival of Friends on Netflix? And is Kauffman right to dismiss demand for a Friends reunion?