“Friends” fanatics are going a bit old school to get their Central Perk fix.
“At the beginning of the year, it was the top-selling catalog-TV franchise in home entertainment,” a rep for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment told the outlet. “We were seeing strong sales across both physical and digital, and we’ve seen a particularly strong uptick in digital.”
So while we’ve all become accustomed with Netflix and chill, it appears many have rediscovered the simplicity of watching television without the necessity of high-speed internet as sales have “roughly tripled” since the show’s exit from the streaming platform was first announced last summer.
“If you think of DVDs as the original bingeing mechanism, it’s a way to collect and adds permanence and repeatability to be able to watch the show,” the rep added.
Those looking to get physical copies of all 236 episodes of the '90s series can expect to drop about $55 for the collection, while Blu-ray copies will require spending just under $95. But if you want to keep it all digital, iTunes is selling the ten seasons for $139.99.
As far as being able to stream the likes of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey again, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer until the launch of HBO Max in May.
In addition to viewing the classic episodes, HBO Max is nearing a deal for an hour-long reunion special with David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc, according to Deadline.
In honor of the show’s 25th anniversary last fall, various brands like Pottery Barn, LEGO and Ralph Lauren offered “Friends”-themed merchandise.
Premiering in 1994, the Must See-TV series aired for ten seasons on NBC until signing off in May 2004.