Now we can imagine how it feels like to lose a friend. The death of Matthew Perry was not just the passing of a celebrity or a movie star; it felt personal.
Friends, equally loved and criticised sometimes for its choice of dialogues and actions and storytelling, still needed the reunion. Not for the cast, or for the makers, but for those who find hope in those six friends who became family, who made them feel that beyond difficulties, there's a home in a show. Somewhere the sitcom broke its glass barrier and became one with its audience.