Cast Reunions, Social Distancing Style: See Your Favorite Stars Reunite by Computer
The original casts of your favorite shows getting together over video chat will instantly warm your heart
Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell virtually reunited to reenact scenes for their holiday hit movie.
"Thank you to everyone who joined the #ElfforGeorgia livestream! So excited we were able to reach our goal of over $400k! Loved reuniting with the cast and all our very special guests," the actress wrote.
The pair got together for a fundraiser for the Georgia runoff election, benefiting Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock.
The cast wanted to give fans a taste of the live theater performances they've been missing out on during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a PEOPLE exclusive, the cast — puppets and people! — reunited virtually to sing one of Avenue Q's most popular numbers, "Only for Now," which is about how life's struggles eventually pass.
The video includes some 2020 updates, including one of the stars wearing a face mask, another dealing with an interruption from their child while on the video call, and a puppet receiving results from their COVID-19 test.
The New Girl
Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, Lamorne Morris and Damon Wayans Jr. reunited to chat all things New Girl during A Night With the New Girl Boys Presented By Roku at Vulture Festival 2020. Damon dished on all the fun the guys have on set, explaining, "Before we started shooting we’d be laughing at the joke and would continue even after we started filming."
Everybody Loves Raymond
The Princess Bride
The stars of the iconic 1987 fantasy film reunited on Sept. 13, 2020 for a virtual table read benefiting the Wisconsin Democratic Party as the 2020 presidential election approaches.
Moderated by Patton Oswalt, the 3-hour virtual reunion included director Rob Reiner and actors Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn and Christopher Guest.
According to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, more than 110,000 people donated at least $1 each to tune into the virtual reunion.
The Good Place
Kristen Bell shared a photo from the cast's Zoom reunion, writing, "We got to celebrate the epically delicious @marcevanjackson 50th birthday on zoom, the belated bday of the kind and steamy @mannyjacinto, AND officially begin referring to @darcycarden and @williamjacksonharper as the EMMY NOMINATED darcy and will!"
Phineas and Ferb
Dee Bradley Baker, Dan Povenmire, Bob Bowen, Maulik Pancholy, Ashley Tisdale, Vincent Martella and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh of the upcoming Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe got together for a July 25 ComicCon@Home Panel. The movie exclusively premieres on Disney+ Friday, August 28.
The Real World: Boston
The beloved crew from Beantown came together again on April 20, 23 years after their 1997 season ended. Castmates Jason Cornwell, Montana McGlynn, Sean Duffy, Kameelah Phillips, Genesis Moss, Elka Walker and Syrus Yarbrough caught up on Zoom in a meeting documented on Cornwell's Instagram. "love my people....all so different, all still connected..... xoxoxo" he wrote alongside a screenshot.
This Is Us
Though the fate of production on season 5 has yet to be announced, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia reunited with their TV family via Zoom.
Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley joined their onscreen parents along with Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Jon Huertas.
"I miss my Pearson family SO much and seeing these faces really lifted my spirits. #thisisus," Moore said.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
From the comfort of his garage, Will Smith took a walk down memory lane with his former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air costars in an episode of his new series Will From Home (streamable on Snapchat as part of the platform's slate of Snap Originals).
"It's a beautiful pause button for us to stop and think about what's really necessary," reflected the Bad Boys for Life star at the start of the episode 12 chat. "How often do we even pop on a call and say 'Hey, how you doing?'"
"This is actually the first time!" joked Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton on the series, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.
Other cast members on the video call included Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Vivian), DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz), Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary) and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey). The cast also paid tribute to their late costar, James Avery, who famously played Uncle Phil.
"Of all the things I have ever done," Smith said, "nobody brings up things more than they do about The Fresh Prince."
Sonny with a Chance
Demi Lovato, Tiffany Thornton and their Disney Channel costars reunited virtually to reminisce about their time on the Sonny with a Chance set.
On April 22, Shenae Grimes-Beech got the 90210 crew back together for the first time since the show ended back in 2013, in hopes of making "day 193682 in quarantine a little brighter for ya!"
The group — which included co-stars Dustin Milligan, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup, Michael Steger, Jessica Lowndes, Matt Lanter and Josh Zuckerman — tackled questions about the show, ranging from the possibility of (another) reboot to what happened to Milligan's character Ethan after the first season.
Daryl Sabara and Alexa PenaVega virtually reunited on April 20, nearly 20 years after costarring in the 2001 Robert Rodriguez hit, thanks to Sabara’s wife, Meghan Trainor.
The singer staged the remote get-together during an Instagram Live on her account after she and her husband rewatched the original movie — the first of four Spy Kids films — and were answering questions for about 40 minutes before PenaVega appeared as a surprise special guest. The former costars then reminisced about filming, and each showed off their keepsakes from the set.
BuzzFeed’s Jen Abidor captured the reunion, sharing video of it on Twitter.
High School Musical
Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale and director Kenny Ortega were all in it together during a recent video conference. "Guess who’s back," Hudgens wrote. Noticeably missing was Zac Efron.
The crew came together to perform on the ABC Disney Family Singalong, which aired April 16 and brought a number of Disney-adjacent stars together (virtually!) for some Disney favorites.
Grace & Frankie
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were joined by cast members Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Baron Vaughn and Ethan Embry for a live table read of an unreleased episode from the show’s next season. The joyous reunion was not only held to delight fans, it was also done to raise funds to help the Meals on Wheels' COVID-19 relief efforts.
Kyle MacLachlan and Mädchen Amick shared a cup of coffee as they talked about their time on the series and answered fan questions, in honor of the show's 30th anniversary.
"Thanks to everyone who joined in the #TwinPeaksWatchParty yesterday for the 30th Anniversary of the show," MacLachlan captioned his April 9 post, which included their Instagram Live conversation. "After the Live Tweet of the pilot, @madchenamick and I talked about our time on the show, answer some of your questions, and had some damn fine coffee ☕️👍"
In honor of the show's eighth anniversary, Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn joined forces on Instagram Live to encourage their #ScandalFam and fellow #Gladiators to fill out the 2020 census, while discussing their favorite moments from the show.
"Filled out my Census with the President today," Washington captioned her clip of their Live session before adding, "Happy #Scandalversary, love you @TonyGoldwyn! Love you #ScandalFam! Love you #Gladiators ❤️"
You weren't the only one devastated that you had to keep your social distance while watching the tearjerker finale of the beloved comedy. The show's cast reunited on Zoom to watch, drink and cry together, as seen in a photo shared by costar Rizwan Manji.
John Krasinski orchestrated the most perfect Zoom surprise for one young Hamilton fan.
On the second episode of his YouTube show, Some Good News, the actor gave 9-year-old megafan Aubrey a special treat when he and the original Broadway cast surprised her with a virtual performance of her favorite song, “Alexander Hamilton,” the opening number for the musical.
Krasinski was joined by his wife, Emily Blunt, to deliver the happy news to a speechless Aubrey.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the show and played Hamilton, kicked off the performance via video conference before he was joined by his former castmate Leslie Odom Jr., who portrayed Aaron Burr, and Anthony Ramos, who portrayed the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.
Then, Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) jumped in, followed by Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton) and Christopher Jackson (George Washington).
The group was also accompanied by Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Jonathan Groff (King George) and Javier Muñoz, who was Miranda’s understudy before later headlining as Hamilton.
Before the surprise Hamilton performance, Krasinski told Aubrey he would send her and her mother to the Broadway show in New York “when it’s all over.”
Paige Davis, Ty Pennington, Carter Oosterhouse, Genevieve Gorder, Doug Wilson, Laurie Smith, Hildi Santo-Tomas, Vern Yip, Frank Bielec, Andy Obeck, Rob Marish and Randall Tang were all present for the fan-favorite home decorating series online reunion.
“My favorite Brady Bunch,” Gordon captioned the screenshot from the virtual call, before giving a birthday shout-out to Santo-Tomas, who turned 59 on April 4.
“Happy Birthday @hildisantotomas. And to my Trading Spaces Fam….I beat my chest and bow. I LOVE YOU!” Gordon added.
Trading Spaces originally aired on TLC from 2000 to 2008 and launched multiple spinoff series throughout its run. In 2018, a revival series began airing on Discovery Channel with Davis as the sole host and many former cast members returning.
“NANNY FANS ALERT,” Drescher captioned the heart-warming photo of the cast, including onscreen love Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy). “It’s happening!!!! MONDAY 4/6 the original cast of The Nanny together AGAIN in a virtual read of the pilot episode!!! Link and time soon!”
Kaya Scodelario posted a photo of herself video chatting with all of your favorite Maze Runner stars during their online reunion, to send a word of encouragement to fans.
"We survived the Glade, the Scorch & whatever the third one was about," Scodelario quipped in the caption. "We got this... 🔫⛏💡😚❤️💯"
The cast didn't let anything put a damper on their 10-year reunion. Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice and the stars from the Nickelodeon show shared their virtual meetup on Instagram so fans could witness the fun.
"10 Years of Victorious!" Justice captioned the clip of their catch-up session. "🙏🏼♥️🙏🏼 we love you!! Thank you!!"
For the 15th anniversary of the fan-favorite sitcom, John Krasinski and Steve Carell got together over video chat to talk about their favorite moments from the show. The chat was filmed as part of Krasinski's new YouTube show Some Good News.
“So Steve, this week marked a huge anniversary for you and I. We were on a little show called The Office and it turned 15 years old this week,” Krasinski said.
“I was a waiter when I got that job, I was 23 years old. After the pilot, I went back to waiting tables because I was sure nothing was going to happen with it. We all kind of came into it with that vibe. I remember none of us had done anything huge,” the actor added as Carell laughed on.
“It’s such a happy surprise that after all these years people are still tuning in and finding it today, it’s pretty cool,” Carell said.
Miley Cyrus and Emily Osment woke up the Hannah Montana hive when they got together on an episode of Cyrus' daily Instagram Live talk show, Bright Minded: Live with Miley.
Cyrus called the virtual meet-up "the reunion of the decade" as they talked about embarrassing photos and long days on set.
After reminiscing over good times, Cyrus went on to explain that she wanted Osment to be a part of her talk show because she knows the star is an animal lover and together they could encourage people to help foster pets during the coronavirus outbreak.
“It’s a really great time for those in situations that are able to provide. It’s a good time to adopt or foster — but it’s really important to talk about financial responsibility and the strain a pet can cause on a family during this financially challenging time,” she said. “The best way to draw attention to man’s best friend is to bring in the best friend duo that always encouraged people to do what’s best and do what’s right.”
Cyrus ended the livestream by thanking Osment for coming onto her show.
“I just wanted to say thank you so much," she said. "Your music is badass, thank you for what you do with animals, thanks for bringing up the idea to make sure we highlight animal care at this time, and you are the best.”
Nothing can keep the Malfoy family apart — not even the coronavirus.
Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton, who starred in the Harry Potter films as father-son duo Lucius and Draco Malfoy, reunited during a video call to catch up while social distancing in their respective homes.
Isaacs posted the video, which was put together in support of the Red Cross, to his Instagram, writing, “Malfoy Family Reunion. Sharing lockdown life.”