Here’s How to Watch All the ‘Friends’ Christmas Episodes For Free to Marathon Them This Holiday

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If you miss Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross on your TV screens as much as we do, you may want to know how to watch Friends online for free to experience all 10 seasons over and over again.

Friends—which starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer—premiered on NBC on September 22, 1994. The comedy, which ran for 10 seasons and aired its series finale on May 6, 2004, followed six friends in New York City: Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Phoebe Buffay, Chandler Bing, Joey Tribbiani and Ross Geller. Since its premiere, Friends has become an international phenomenon, with six Emmys, 62 nominations and millions of fans across the world.

In 2021, the show’s six original stars and and creators, David Crane, Marta Kauffman and Kevin S. Bright, all all come together for the first time for a Friends reunion on HBO Max. The special was titled “The One Where They Got Back Together” as a nod to the show’s episode title format. “We all miss it every day,” Aniston told Howard Stern in October 2019 of Friends‘ legacy. “I would be nothing without it.” She went on to say that “not much” would be required for her to play Rachel again but she isn’t sure if a reboot would be right for the show. I honestly think we would love it,” she said at the time. “I really think there is an idea that if there is a reboot of the show, it won’t be even close to as good as what it was, so, why do it?”

Reboot or not, there’s no doubt that Friends is one of the most quoted and beloved TV shows of all time. Ahead is how to watch Friends online for free.

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How to watch Friends online for free

After years on Netflix, Friends left the service in December 2019 and moved to HBO Max, which costs $9.99 for its ad-supported plan and $14.99 for it’s ad-free plan.  Unfortunately, there isn’t a free trial for HBO Max, but there are a couple roundabout ways to watch Friends at no cost. Read on for how to watch Friends online for free.

Watch Friends With Hulu’s HBO Max Free Trial

While HBO Max doesn’t have a free trial, customers can still try out the service for free via Hulu’s HBO Max free trial. The service allows users to try both Hulu and HBO Max for free for seven days, which is enough time to watch your favorite Friends episodes. Just be sure to set a reminder to cancel your subscription before you’re charged. After the trial ends, the service will cost $14.99 to add HBO Max to one’s Hulu account.

Watch Friends With AT&T’s Free HBO Max Subscription

If you’re an AT&T customer (or know someone who is), you may be eligible for a free HBO Max subscription. The first step is to check if your AT&T plans includes a free HBO Max subscription. Eligible plans include: AT&T Unlimited Elite, AT&T Unlimited Plus, AT&T Unlimited Plus Enhanced, AT&T Unlimited Choice, AT&T Unlimited Choice II, AT&T Unlimited Choice Enhanced and AT&T Unlimited &More Premium. If you have one of these plans, you’re eligible for a complimentary HBO Max account. There are FAQs with instructions on how to claim your free HBO Max subscription here and here.

What are the Friends Christmas episodes?

See the list of all 10 Friends Christmas episodes below to stream them this holiday season.

  • “The One With the Monkey” – Season 1, Episode 10
  • “The One With Phoebe’s Dad” – Season 2, Episode 9
  • “The One Where Rachel Quits” – Season 3, Episode 10
  • “The One With the Girl From Poughkeepsie” – Season 4, Episode 10
  • “The One With the Inappropriate Sister” – Season 5, Episode 10
  • “The One With the Routine” – Season 6, Episode 10
  • “The One With All the Candy” – Season 7, Episode 9
  • “The One With the Holiday Armadillo” – Season 7, Episode 10
  • “The One With Ross’s Step Forward” – Season 8, Episode 11
  • “The One With Christmas in Tulsa” – Season 9, Episode 10

Who is in the Friends cast?

The Friends cast included Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer. Aniston and Kudrow were the only cast members to win Emmys for their roles, while every cast member, except for Cox, has been nominated. Read on for the full Friends cast and who each actor plays.

  • Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green
  • David Schwimmer as Ross Geller
  • Courteney Cox as Monica Geller
  • Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay
  • Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani
  • Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing

Will there be a Friends reboot?

Will there be a Friends reboot? The answer is no. While there was a Friends reunion in 2021 with the original cast and creators on HBO Max, there is no reboot planned. “If it’s about that time in your life when your friends are your family, once you have a family of your own, it’s no longer that time,” co-creator Marta Kauffman said in a past interview. “We set out to make a show about people in their 20s,” Kevin Bright, another co-creator of Friends, told the New York Times in 2019. “And I hate to break the news to you, they’re not 20 anymore. They’re 50.” David Crane, another co-creator, added of the original series, “It’s that time in your life when your friends are your family.”

Greg Malins, an original writer on the series, also explained the pressure to re-create the magic of the sitcom in a reboot. “You’re just going to get slammed, criticized and hated,” he said. “The headline for every review [would be] ‘This Is No Friends.’” That said, Bright does have ideas if the show was ever to revisit the characters again. “What happened to the twins? Is one of them a drug addict?” he said. “Is one of the six of them divorced? Because they have to be. No 100 percent of friends’ marriages last.”

Still, Crane noted that it’s best to leave Friends as it is. “Look, I feel so blessed in terms of the success the show has had and continues to have,” he said. “If it all ended today, I couldn’t be happier.” Bright added, “People have to accept that creative people do want to do other things. At a certain point, going backward, they didn’t want to do the show anymore.”

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