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How to watch Friends online and stream each season around the world

How to watch Friends online and stream each season around the world
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Comfort-watching is exactly what we need at the moment, so knowing how to watch Friends online is a question you may need answering ASAP. As luck would have it, we've got the answer right here (could we BE any more psyched?).

In fact, the guide you're reading right now will tell you everything you need to watch Friends online. Scroll down to the relevant section and find out how to stream Friends in your region.

Set in downtown New York during the 90s and early 2000s, Friends is about a group of... well, you know. Its ten seasons follow the misadventures of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe as they try to navigate the pitfalls of love and work in the Big Apple. Although a few of its jokes and attitudes haven't aged so gracefully, it's still a hilarious and heartwarming sitcom that deserves its long legacy.

Want another comedy to break things up a little? You can find out how to watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine online via our handy guide - we'd highly recommend it.

Watch Friends online - USA

Direct TV | From $49.99 per month
Want to stream Friends? It's not as easy as it used to be - unless you're catching repeats, it's not readily available to stream anywhere but Direct TV. A variety of packages are available, and some include access to HBO. Because that allows you to stream Westworld online and more, it's not a bad offer.

Still, it's a little expensive nonetheless. Because of that, we'd suggest picking up a VPN via our guide below and heading over the UK or Canadian version of Netflix. They've got every single episode of Friends there for you to binge.View Deal

Watch Friends online - Canada

Netflix | From $8.99 per month
The one place to stream Friends in Canada is Netflix. It has every single episode of the hit series in tow, and subscriptions aren't all that expensive. Better still, Netflix is well-stocked with other big names like The Witcher and Stranger Things.

Prices for Netflix start at $8.99, but if you want higher quality resolutions (like 4K) or multiple screens, you'll need to pay a bit more.View Deal

Watch Friends online - UK

Netflix | From £5.99 per month
For those looking to stream Friends online in the UK, we have good news - it's as easy as booting up Netflix. That's because all ten seasons and every single episode of the popular sitcom are available there. Happily, that also includes expanded versions of certain scenes and a wider aspect-ratio so you don't have to put up with black bars on-screen.

In other words, you can binge the series from start to finish on Netflix. And because Netflix is relatively cheap/you probably have it already, that's a win for all involved!View Deal

Watch Friends online - Australia

Stan | From $10 per month
So, where's Friends in Australia? Stan - that's where. All ten seasons can be found on the service, and prices start at $10 per month. More importantly, there are no lock-in contracts or ads.

If Stan isn't your style, there are currently five seasons available on Tenplay. However, we'd recommend getting a VPN instead and watching via the UK version of Netflix. It has all episodes and you probably already own a Netflix account to boot.View Deal

Watch Friends online from anywhere else

ExpressVPN | From $6.67 / £5.50 per month
For those who can't easily stream Friends - or are lumbered with expensive, unappealing deals - a VPN is your best option. 

What is a VPN, though? It's a 'Virtual Private Network' that tricks your internet into thinking you're somewhere else. That gives you a way around region restrictions, letting you watch shows that aren't normally available where you are. We'd argue that ExpressVPN is the best and easiest one to go with.

When it comes to Friends via VPN, we'd suggest using a UK server and the UK version of Netflix. That one has every season and episode, letting you binge the whole lot as and when you like.

There are three simple steps to follow:

1: Get a cheap VPN installed. There are plenty of options, but we'd point you in the direction of ExpressVPN. There's even an offer on right now where you can get an additional three months FREE on a 12-month package and save 49%. Happily, ExpressVPN is also compatible with pretty much everything.

2: Connect to a UK server. Because the UK version of Netflix has all of Friends, we'd suggest connecting to a UK server to access it.

3: Head over to Netflix. Once you set your location, visit Netflix, sign up as normal or log in, and start watching!View Deal

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