The ultimate sitcom photo has been taken with the principal members of two of network TV’s most beloved comedies coming together Sunday night. At the highly anticipated event to honor director James Burrows, the “Friends” and “Big Bang Theory” casts took the time to take a photo together and make everyone’s comedy dreams come true.
It was previously reported that the “Friends” cast will reunite on screen for the first time since the show ended its 10-season run roughly 12 years ago. The cast came together at a major event to honor Burrows and his body of work for an NBC special titled “Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows.”
Despite the massive hype surrounding the so-called reunion, Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing on “Friends,” had to announced that he would be unable to attend the event due to a prior commitment to a play wrote in London. However, that didn’t stop the remaining five “Friends”— Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer — from showing up in their best formal outfits to mingle with the stars of TV’s current hot series, "The Big Bang Theory." Cuoco posted the group shot on Instagram. Besides the cast of "Friends," the photo features Cuoco's co-stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Simon Helberg.
Each cast was down a member or two, but it was certainly a worthwhile moment for fans of either show. It also marks the first glimpse of the “Friends” cast partially back together at the special event. Although many fans are still holding out hope for a properly scripted reunion of the “Friends” characters, a cast event with the members of the country’s current most popular sitcom isn’t anything to scoff at.
As TV Line notes, although getting the “Friends” crew back together was the most exciting reunion of the night, it was by no means the only one going on at the event. Burrows’ career spanned across many different beloved sitcoms, including “Will & Grace,” “Frasier,” “Cheers” and “Taxi.” Celebrities from some of those shows attended the ceremony as well and snapped a few reunion photos of their own.
"It’s going to be a good time,” Schwimmer told E! News prior to Sunday's ceremony. “We’re all going to be there honoring someone we love very much, Jimmy Burrows, the great director.”
NBC’s tribute to Burrows will air on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. EST.