David Schwimmer, known for his role as Ross in the hit sitcom Friends, recently expressed his desire for an all-Black or all-Asian reboot of the show. While Friends enjoyed immense popularity during its 10-year run, Schwimmer acknowledges that it lacked diversity. He admits to advocating for Ross to date women of color during the show's run, and even succeeded in introducing a few diverse characters. However, if a reboot were to happen, Schwimmer hopes it would feature a cast that represents these underrepresented communities.
Although fans would undoubtedly be thrilled to see a Friends revival, recasting the show with a different cast and addressing diversity issues now may be seen as insincere and pandering. It may be more effective to give people of color the opportunity to tell their own stories and be properly represented in media. Additionally, the show's success was largely due to the chemistry among its original cast, so a reboot without the original actors may not resonate with audiences in the same way. Ultimately, if the essence of Friends cannot be captured in a revival, there may be no point in revisiting the show.