Like the rest of us, Hollywood stars are doing a lot more group Zoom calls these days. And many celebrities have found a way to make the best of the situation by reuniting the casts of our favorite shows and movies, often for charity or political organizations.
The cast of The X-Files reunited to sing a version of the show's iconic theme song, and the cast of Pitch Perfect performed a number of their own. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air cast came back together on Will Smith's Snapchat show. The stars of Parks and Recreation put out a whole new remotely filmed episode, and the cast of That Thing You Do! got the band back together, too. And there's more, including some Office reunions, a High School Musical singalong, a reunion of most of the members of the cast of My So-Called Life, the Glee crew enjoying a chat, Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton hosting a mini Harry Potter reunion, and the Sonny With a Chance gang hanging out. Even the star-studded cast of Victorious found time to be together, apart. And though it's not quite a cast reunion, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston did reunite for a virtual Fast Times at Ridgemont High reading. Everyone's rekindling old connections these days.
Check out some of best cast reunions, featuring the stars reminiscing on the good ol' days, below. Plus, find out which casts are planning to get back together soon, including the recently-announced Father of the Bride cast reunion at Netflix.
The cast of Father of the Bride got back together for Part 3... sort of. The gang reunitede for a special virtual table read written and directed by Nancy Meyers and benefitting World Central Kitchen. The special featured the return of the first two films' stars including Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Martin Short, Kieran Culkin, and George Newbern. The reunion showed what the Banks family was up to during the pandemic, with Ben Platt and Florence Pugh playing the now grown-up babies from the second film. It premiered on Sept. 25 at 6/5c on Netflix's YouTube and Facebook channels.
Even though it wasn't technically a cast reunion, several Hollywood A-listers converged to deliver a lively (and very memeable) reading of the script for Fast Times on Sept. 17, including Jennifer Aniston, Dane Cook, Morgan Freeman, Henry Golding, Jimmy Kimmel, Shia LaBeouf, John Legend, Ray Liotta, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts. The event benefited the COVID-19 relief organizations CORE and Reform Alliance, and it featured some hilariously awkward moments, including one steamy scene between now-friendly exes Aniston and Pitt.
The cast of The Princess Bride reunited on Sunday, Sept. 13 to do a live virtual reading of the classic film's script for the benefit of the Wisconsin Democrats. Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, and Christopher Guest joined director Rob Reiner for the event, which raised $4.25 million for the organization.
We've finally solved the biggest X-File of all: What's the best way to sing along to the show's iconic theme song? The X-Files cast's video reunion, first reported by Variety, began as a challenge from executive producer Frank Spotnitz to fans to come up with lyrics for the show's instrumental theme. Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and plenty of other members of the cast and crew of The X-Files then reunited to sing the winning tune. The music video, a fundraiser for World Central Kitchen, is packed with familiar faces, including Mitch Pileggi, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish, James Pickens Jr., Laurie Holden, William B. Davis, Nicholas Lea, Cary Elwes, along with creator Chris Carter, executive producer and writer Vince Gilligan, composer Mark Snow, director Michelle MacLaren, and more.
Guess what, pitches? The cast of Pitch Perfect reunited, and they did it the only way they could have: They performed an a cappella take on Beyoncé's "Love on Top." With all the proceeds going to UNICEF, the Bellas were given an in-character introduction from John Smith (John Michael Higgins) and Gail Abernathy-McKadden (Elizabeth Banks), before Hailee Steinfeld kicked it all off. She was quickly joined by Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Kelley Alice Jakle, Wanetah Walmsley, and Shelley Regner.
The Proud Family
As part of the NAACP ACE Festival, the Prouds got together for a family reunion. Proud Family members Kyla Pratt, Cedric the Entertainer, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker, and Jo Marie Payton were joined by creator and executive producer Bruce Smith and executive producer Ralph Farquhar to look back on the beloved cartoon. Keke Palmer, who will star in the upcoming spinoff series, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, was there to moderate, and let's just say you can't miss the story about how much Solange loves the show's iconic theme song.
The cast of Happy Endings came back together for a whole new quarantine themed episode over Zoom, and it was a-mah-zing. Done fully in character, all the characters checked in from where they've been holed up: Max (Adam Pally) is "outhouse sitting" and eating only weed-based foods; Penny (Casey Wilson) is holed up with her new boyfriend, a doctor; Jane (Eliza Coupe) is disinfecting her home, though Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) is stuck in Florida after a business trip; Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) is... somewhere, and also a COVID-19 denier, of course; Dave (Zachary Knighton) just got back from a tech-free retreat in Joshua Tree. It was a very silly time with the gang, and in the Q&A that followed, the cast reflected on the show's legacy. "I think it's pretty cool when you think about [how] this show started small and people didn't know a lot of people involved in it," Pally said. "Now the creative people behind it — all the writers, directors — have gone on to amazing jobs and things that have changed the culture. I think that is one of the coolest testaments to the whole thing."
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Josh Gad had one more trick up his sleeve for the final episode of Reunited Apart, and it was a pretty major one: a Ferris Bueller's Day Off reunion. Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, and Mia Sara reminisced about their favorite memories from filming the classic comedy, and Gad ended it all with a sweet tribute to director John Hughes.
Just Shoot Me!
On June 24, the gang got back together for a Just Shoot Me! reunion. David Spade, Wendie Malick, George Segal, Enrico Colantoni, Laura San Giacomo, creator Steven Levitan, and director Pamela Fryman took a walk down memory lane, answered questions from fans, and relived some of their favorite episodes from the series.
#Watchmen star Regina King on the shift in awareness of the Tulsa massacre: “When it premiered, people went online to see if it really existed, and they were able to discover that Tulsa wasn’t the only massacre" https://t.co/VpxoxAvFOY | #VarietyStreamingRoom presented by @HBO pic.twitter.com/gPZqQMW7GT— Variety (@Variety) June 24, 2020
The Watchmen cast reunited to talk about everything from the show's ongoing relevance to the way the HBO series educated many in the audience — and the cast — about the history of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Regina King, Damon Lindelof, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Irons, Hong Chau, Louis Gossett, Jr., Jovan Adepo, and directors and executive producers Nicole Kassell and Stephen Williams all sat down to look back on the drama, and even walked through some key episodes.
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones actors Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Gemma Wehlan (Yara Greyjoy), Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne), and Natalia Tena (Osha) reunited on Saturday, June 20 to play a game of Dungeons & Dragons. The stars made each other laugh, did some very silly accents, and leaned into their fantasy alter egos, all to raise money for Red Nose Day.
Josh Gad simply cannot stop reuniting beloved casts, and on Monday, June 15, he added Ghostbusters to his impressive roster. The cast of the 1984 comedy — including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and director Ivan Reitman — sat down with Gad to look back on their favorite memories from set and remember their late co-star, Harold Ramis.
On June 10, Variety got the cast of Succession back together weeks after production on Season 3 of the HBO drama was shut down. The event, part of the outlet's Streaming Room series, included Brian Cox (Logan Roy), Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy), Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy), Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy), Alan Ruck (Connor Roy), Nicholas Braun (Greg Hirsch), Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wambsgans), and J. Smith-Cameron (Gerri Kellman).
Lord of the Rings
In the fourth episode of the charitable web series Reunited Apart, Josh Gad assembled the gang from Peter Jackson's fantasy epic for a long-awaited group video chat which dropped on Sunday, May 31. While the setting wasn't as luxurious as Rivendell, it was still great to see members of the Fellowship — including Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, and Sir Ian McKellen — back together again. The chat also featured director Peter Jackson, screenwriter Philippa Boyns, composer Howard Shore, and additional cast members, including Andy Serkis, Karl Urban, Miranda Otto, and Liv Tyler. Highlights include all of it.
Fresh Off the Boat & Kim's Convenience
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the casts of Fresh Off the Boat and Kim's Convenience hosted a joint table read of each show's pilot episode on May 30. The event kicked off with Kim's Convenience, and stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Simu Liu, Andrea Bang, Andrew Phung, and Nicole Power participated. Fresh Off the Boat then followed, with Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, and Ian Chen in attendance. The reunion raised money for Asian non-profit arts organizations in the U.S. and Canada, and if that wasn't enough of an incentive to give, all viewers who donated at least $10 were invited to participate in a Zoom Q&A with both casts after the readings.
The Actors Fund and People teamed up to make Smash fans' dreams come true! On May 20, a never-before-seen Bombshell performance from 2015, in which the cast sang songs from the Marilyn Monroe bio-musical within the show, streamed online for the first time, followed by a Zoom reunion with the cast, including Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Leslie Odom Jr., Jeremy Jordan, and more.
We got six seasons and no movie (yet), but at least got a virtual table read. The cast of Dan Harmon's Community got together on May 18 to raise money for coronavirus pandemic relief. Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, and Harmon all gathered around their laptops to read the Season 5 episode "Cooperative Polygraphy," and they also participated in a Q&A in which they talked about where their characters are now and the possibility of returning for a Community movie.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager, Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley brought the whole gang together on their YouTube show, Stars in the House. Kate Mulgrew, Jeri Ryan, Roxann Dawson, Robert Beltran, Robert Duncan McNeill, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, and Garrett Wang assembled to reminisce about some of their favorite on-set memories and how their iconic characters have impacted pop culture. The hour-long episode benefited the Actors Fund which provides emergency financial assistance, affordable housing, and other types of aid for those who work in the performing arts and entertainment.
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The original cast of BBC America's thrilling sci-fi series Orphan Black reunited for a two-episode table read on May 17, featuring Tatiana Maslany, Evelyne Brochu, Kristian Bruun, Jordan Gavaris, and more. The chat aired live on the show's Facebook page and benefited CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers and Sistering 24 Hour Drop In.
Josh Gad continued to make magic happen with his #ReunitedApart series. Following up his epic Goonies reunion, Gad got the Back to the Future cast back together on May 11. The reunion, which coincided with the first film's 35th anniversary and encouraged donations to support Project Hope, featured series stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Shue, and Claudia Wells, along with director Robert Zemeckis, screenwriter Bob Gale, composer Alan Silvestri, and more.
NBC gifted us all with a virtual trip back to Pawnee on May 1. The special, from series creator Mike Schur, featured the entire cast of the hit comedy series reprising their roles — including Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones, Retta, Rob Lowe, Adam Scott, Ben Schwartz, Aziz Ansari, and more — for a perfect take on how their characters would keep connected in the age of coronavirus.
Some of the ladies of Desperate Housewives, including Eva Longoria, Vanessa Williams, Brenda Strong, Dana Delany, and Marcia Cross, had a long chat with Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley about the show to benefit The Actors Fund.
Friday Night Lights
A few Friday Night Lights alums shared their favorite memories of working on the show. Clear eyes, full Zoom connections, can't lose.
Schitt's Creek may have only recently ended, but that just makes us miss it more. But don't worry, bebés, because the Roses themselves recently came together again to thank health care workers.
Hey, baby, I hear the Zoom chats a'callin'. The Frasier crew took a walk down memory lane and even entertained what a revival of the show would look like.
The cast of The Nanny put their own spin on the reunion and did a virtual table read of the pilot episode that even included a performance of the iconic theme song.
The cast of Melrose Place dished on the best gossip in their reunion, including their opinions on the show's many romances and Kimberly's memorable wig removal.
Still to come...
The cast of the iconic Nickelodeon comedy Zoey 101 are coming back together on Friday, July 11 at 9/7c during a new episode of All That. Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher, Sean Flynn, Kristin Herrera, Chris Massey, Erin Sanders, and Matthew Underwood are reuniting, though it won't be one of the traditional Zoom reunions we're used to seeing. They'll be doing a new sketch together, so be sure to get excited.
The former teens of Teen Wolf will become the latest cast to virtually reunite — this time on the newly launched MTV Reunions (and yes, that does mean there are even more reunions in our future. Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Arden Cho, and more will participate, all in honor of raising money for the First Responders First Charity. The reunion, originally supposed to air on Friday, June 5, has now been postponed out of respect for the Black Lives Matter movement.