Nostalgia. It doesn't get better than that - which is probably why TV cast reunions are all the rage. You know that feeling when you see your favorite TV casts reassembled 20 years later? Part of you probably sighs, "Remember the good old days?" Meanwhile, another part thinks (with a smidgen of guilt, because you're 20 years older too), "Wow, they look... older." Ah, the beauty of TV show reunions.
It seems that at some point, every TV show cast is reunited. Whether it's to receive an award, pose for a magazine spread, or just relive old times and have a meal, there's no better marketing ploy than getting the team back together one last time.
Sure, cast members have often remained friends, but others have pursued their own careers (some not even in show business at all, like Paul Pfeiffer from The Wonder Years, who became a lawyer).
Here's a list of some of the most memorable and nostalgia-filled television reunions.
One of the most successful sitcoms of all time, Friends aired from 1994 to 2004 and made the cast into (super rich) superstars.
Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Number of Seasons: 10see more on Friends
After the show, much of the Friends cast remained, well, friends. Many went on to critically acclaimed roles in movies and TV shows, and in 2016, the Television Critics Association announced the group would finally (and for the first time) stage the reunion fans had been hoping for. They planned to reunite to honor legendary TV director James Burrows. Unfortunately, Matthew Perry's rep announced he wouldn't be able to make it.
Three years later, on October 15, 2019, Jennifer Aniston broke Instagram when she joined the site and posted a reunion photo of the whole group - Perry included. She wrote, "And now we're Instagram Friends too. Hi Instagram."
So many people tried to follow Aniston's account that the site crashed and fans were redirected to an error page. Within five hours, the reunion photo had 3.8 million likes, and even Courtney Cox's official account commented, with a "love you" for her age-old friend.
Good old Bayside High - the place where cell phones weighed about 5 pounds, jocks hung out with nerds, and it was perfectly natural to talk to the audience directly as if no one else could see.
Saved by the Bell was such a hit with Generation Y that it followed the characters into their college years (and who can forget their trip to Hawaii?).
Actors: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond
Number of Seasons: 4see more on Saved by the Bell
Thirty years after Saved by the Bell first aired, cast members Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, and Tiffani Thiessen, with their spouses, got together for a celebratory reunion dinner.
On April 20, 2019, Zack Morris, AC Slater, Kelly Kapowski, and Jessie Spano reunited and "ate an obscene amount of food," according to Lopez's Instagram. The cast appears to have had a great time catching up - until the credit card roulette round Lopez openly teased about.