If you haven’t yet seen the skit from last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Show in which the dry-humored host reunites the female characters from the hit show, Friends, it was pretty elaborate for a late-night stunt.
Jennifer Aniston was making a guest appearance on the talk show to promote her new film, when Kimmel led her to a partial replica of the Friends set and began feeding her lines from a script of fan-fiction he’d ostensibly written. Lo and behold, in come Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow to pseudo-reluctantly reprise their roles as Monica and Phoebe, respectively.
Those sorts of things don’t just happen by accident, of course. It just so happens that September marks the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Friends. That’s great and all, but, back in the day, most shows debuted in September. Friends ran for 10 years and is probably one of the most iconic programs to ever appear on NBC, but it’s hardly the only one.
Another quintessential half-hour of Must See TV that leaps instantly to mind happens to be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this fall and is ripe for a reunion. Getting together three Friends who are reportedly already friends was a neat hat trick, Kimmel. But how about a far more difficult challenge?
We’re, of course, talking about Cliff, Claire, Theo, Rudy, Denise, Vanessa, and Sondra — the original characters of The Cosby Show. Kimmel claims to have been a big fan of Friends. Well, who wasn’t a fan of television’s legendary Cosby family? I’d love to see if the snarky but good-natured Kimmel can pull enough industry strings to regroup even half of the Cosby’s. (Jimmy Fallon had Cosby and Tempestt Bledsoe on his couch last year. Lame.) I’m talking about a majority stake. Raven Symone counts toward the total; that guy who played Elvin does not. Double points for somehow, miraculously getting Bill Cosby and Lisa Bonet into the same room together.
There it is, Kimmel. The gauntlet has been thrown. It’s your move.