No Friend ever made more money doing the show than any others. They started out making $22,500 per episode and ended up making $1,000,000 per episode. All negotiations were done in unison. Kudrow said, "The six of us are far stronger than just one person."
Joey's statue of a white dog was originally given to Jennifer Aniston as a good luck present from her best friend when she started acting. She offered to lend it to the show for the episode where Joey became rich and bought a lot of stuff. After that episode, the producers decided to keep it.
The original idea for the show was going to focus on four characters with Phoebe and Chandler in supporting roles. In the early stages the creators toyed with the idea of Chandler being gay. They changed their mind when they met Matthew Perry. They did, however, insert many jokes about Chandler having gay mannerisms (not knowing about sports, loving show tunes, etc.).
Matt LeBlanc, who plays Joey in Friends (1994), admitted in the exit interview for the book 'Friends...Til' the End', that he had a crush on Jennifer Aniston who plays Rachel. He said "Now I had a little crush on Jen in the very beginning, but I think the whole world did too, so what are you going to do?"
30-second commercial spots to take place in the final ever episode sold in the UK for £1.2 million (approx $1.8 million), the most expensive commercial slots of any TV program in the UK with the exception of sports.
Giovanni Ribisi plays Phoebe's brother, Frank Jr in later episodes, but he also had a small different part in the earlier seasons. He plays a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe's guitar case instead of a coin.
Hank Azaria auditioned for the role of Joey. After being rejected, he begged to audition again. He auditioned again and was rejected again, but he later appeared as David, Phoebe's scientist boyfriend.
The refrigerators in Monica's and Joey's apartments actually worked. Monica's was filled with water and other drinks for the cast and crew. Joey's was usually virtually empty, unless the inside of the fridge was going to be seen in a specific scene.
It is frequently said that Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe Buffay. DeGeneres denied this in a 2015 Howard Stern interview, citing confusion with Friends (1994) and her show at the same title which was then titled These Friends of Mine which was already on the air.
The opening credits sequence in which the stars dance in a fountain was shot in the Warner Bros LA lot at 4am. The water was kept heated through a pump. The group was given the words to the Rembrandts song but it was not playing in the background because the song had not been recorded. Jennifer Aniston is the only cast member seen lip syncing in the opening credits, and this can be seen on the opening credits of 'The Pilot'. It is not seen again after that episode in the beginning credits. However, on the last episode of each season they show at the end an extension of the friends dancing in the fountain and sometimes again including her mouthing the words.
Courteney Cox added Arquette to the end of her name after her marriage to David Arquette between seasons five and six. Her father, Richard L. Cox, died in 2001 and during the midst of the seventh season, she dropped the Arquette in her father's memory.
On the set, Matt LeBlanc was known as "LeBlanc" by all the cast and crew, and Matthew Perry was known as "Matthew" or "Matt". This was started by the crew to avoid confusion. Additionally, David Schwimmer was referred to as "Schwim" among the crew.
When Courteney Cox was on The Tonight Show she told Jay Leno a story about filming Friends (1994). During filming one day, Cox kept reciting a line by Anthony Michael Hall which goes, "Chicks cannot hold their smoke, dat's what it is." Matthew Perry thought it was from Weird Science (1985) but Cox was adamant it was from The Breakfast Club (1985). After asking around (sound men, production staff e.t.c.), they couldn't come up with a definitive answer. They began betting starting off with $20 then making it larger. Perry actually joked that if he won Cox would have to sleep with him and if she won he would have to sleep with her. They then heard Judd Nelson (Hall's cast-mate in The Breakfast Club) was filming Suddenly Susan (1996) in a nearby stage, so they went over and asked him and found out it was Breakfast Club. Leno asked her what the bet was to which Cox sneezed and then rang a bell. Perry walked out from backstage with a tissue in his hand. Cox then told Leno, Perry was going to be her man slave for five more months.
Jennifer Aniston was a cast member of the CBS series Muddling Through (1994) when she was cast in Friends (1994). NBC executives did not want Aniston because if Muddling Through (1994) was picked up for a second season, the Friends (1994) episodes with Aniston would have to be re-filmed at a high cost to the network. But NBC vice president Warren Littlefield wanted to work with Aniston so much that he offered to pay for the re-filmed episodes himself. Muddling Through (1994) was canceled and Aniston was free to star in Friends (1994).
Ursula Buffay, Phoebe's twin sister, is a waitress in the TV show Mad About You (1992). Fran (Leila Kenzle) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) visit the coffee shop and mistake Phoebe for Ursula in one episode of Friends.
As with most sitcoms, episode titles are not shown. As a joking reference to this, the official names of Friends episodes take the form "The One Where..." (or some variation). The only exceptions to this are the series finale (Friends: The Last One: Part 1 (2004)) and the third episode of season 5 (Friends: The One Hundredth (1998)), though these episode titles are distinctly similar. "The Pilot" is often incorrectly regarded as an exception. However, it has two official alternate titles: "The One Where It All Began" and "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate".
The show debuted at a time when networks were beginning to eliminate theme songs during the opening credits; however, with the popularity of this theme song, "I'll Be There for You" which went to #1 on the "Billboard Hot 100" and had incessant play on both the radio airwaves and television video channels, the show helped quell that trend.
The characters' full names are: Rachel Karen Green - Phoebe Buffay (in Friends: The One Where They All Turn Thirty (2001), she says that never knew her middle name since she had never seen her birth certificate and her twin sister, Ursula, had sold it to a Swedish runaway) - Joseph Francis Tribbiani Jr. - Chandler Muriel Bing - Ross Eustace Geller - and Monica Elaine Geller (it is revealed that Monica's initials are MEG but her middle name is never actually specified).
The love story between Rachel and Joey was badly received from the moment creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane pitched it, from both much of the others writers to the cast itself. Whenever someone told Kauffman and Crane how wrong they found that story, they would reply: 'That's exactly why we're doing it. Sometimes friends fall in love, even though it's wrong'.
The original plan for the season 9 Thanksgiving was to bring back Reese Witherspoon as Jill Green, however Witherspoon was unavailable so the writers re-wrote the role as Amy Green and cast Christina Applegate in the role.
The main characters from the show are named after All My Children (1970) characters. Ross for Ross Chandler, Joey for Joey Martin, Chandler for the Chandler family, Monica for Monique/Daisy Cortland, Rachel Green for Janet Green, and Phoebe for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.
The story line of Phoebe having her brother's babies was thought up when Lisa Kudrow announced her real-life pregnancy. However, as she was not big enough to be having triplets, and the show was shot in "TV time", the costumers had to pad her to make her look bigger for the show.
The episode where Phoebe thinks her dead mother has been reincarnated as a cat was written by Marta Kauffman at the time when her own mother recently passed away (the episode was dedicated to her). In an interview with one of the other writers, they admitted that said this would have gotten shot down at the table read, but nobody felt comfortable saying "no" under the circumstances.
Helen Baxendale, who played Emily, became pregnant between seasons 4 and 5. Her character had to be written out of the series much earlier than was planned as she was unable to continue traveling from England. In her last few appearances, Baxendale is wearing heavy clothes to hide her pregnancy.
In the first couple of episodes, Chandler and Joey's apartment number was #4 and Monica and Rachel's apartment number was #5. However, in the later episodes, they are 19 and 20 respectively because the producers noted that 4 and 5 corresponded to apartments on lower floors while the two apartments were supposed to be higher up the building.
Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres asked Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) during an interview in Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) about the idea of doing a "Friends" movie, to which she answered: "Yeah, it would be really fun, but I don't think it's happening. I don't think it's really been a plan." She also asked Courteney Cox about the same thing during another interview to which she joked: "Has that Sex and the City (2008) movie come out yet? We'll see how that does!".
Executive producer Marta Kauffman attended Marple Newtown High School in Broomall, PA. When she was asked to come back and give a speech at graduation, she decided to attend and proceeded to berate the school system because her teachers told her she wasn't a good writer. She wasn't asked back.
Jon Cryer was originally offered the role of Chandler Bing. Cryer was later cast in the sitcom Two and a Half Men (2003) alongside Charlie Sheen who guest starred on this same show as Ryan in season 2.
Ross, Chandler and Joey all watch Die Hard (1988) and talk about this film in several episodes. The star of Die Hard (1988), Bruce Willis, appears in later episodes as Paul, Ross's student girlfriend's father.
Out of the six friends, Chandler is the only one to not have any siblings. Rachel has two sisters, Monica and Ross are brother and sister, Phoebe has a twin and a half-brother, and Joey has seven sisters.
Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc pitched to the writers a story line in which it was discovered that Phoebe and Joey would occasionally have sex and had been doing it for years, but they turned it down, arguing it didn't really matched the tone of the show.
Occasionally, NBC would air "Super-sized" episodes of their most popular sitcoms, including Friends. These episodes would run 40 minutes including commercials (or just around 30 minutes without). In syndication, a majority of the "Super-sized" episodes were cut down to fit a 30-minute time slot, except for the rare case where there was both too much plot info essential to the episode or series, and there were enough deleted scenes to make a two-episode story arc.
At some point throughout the 10 seasons, all 6 Friends lived in Monica and Rachel's apartment, except Ross. Ross lived there one summer with his grandmother. It is also true that they once all lived in Chandler and Joey's apartment.
Jennifer Aniston agreed to return for the series' 2003-04 season, which was the series' 10th and final season, only if production on the show would be finished by January, 2004, so she could focus on her film career.
Of all the titles, the Friend's names appear individually as so: Rachel (21 times), Ross (19 times), Joey (13 times), Phoebe (10 times), Chandler (9 times), and Monica (7 times). Also, Ross and Rachel appears 4 times, Joey and Rachel appears 3 times, Monica and Chandler 2 times, and Ross and Monica appears once in the episode titles.
In the episode where Monica Buys her wedding gown she is seen wearing one dress in the botique. When she goes to get the dress on sale she shows Phoebe and Rachel a picture of a different dress to find. Then she fights over a completely different dress, but when the dress is shown later in her apartment it is the original dress from the botique.
The number 27 is used a lot throughout the series. Rachel tells a date that Monica labels her cups and uses the example cup 27, in one episode Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe wear 3 men's firemen's hats that have 27 on them. Monica mentions 27 is a dangerous eye age. The girls believe they're at a rest stop off Route 27 while enlisting on a ski trip. Chandler gives Ross $27 when he feels guilty that he's seeing Monica, Joey tells everyone that he weighed 27 pounds when he was born. When Chandler needs to replace Monica's broiling pan she tells him to order it from page 27 of their catalogue. Chandler had to pay a pizza delivery girl $27 exactly for three pizzas.
While only alluded to in a few episodes, Central Perk is not in a separate building from Monica and Joey's apartments but rather they live in the same building and their apartments are directly above the coffee house.
Is filmed on the same soundstage that was used for the filming of the sitcom Full House (1987) during the last two seasons (1993-1995) of its eight year run (1987-1995). The pilot of Friends (1994) was shot on stage 33 (the same stage as Living Single (1993)) at the Warner Ranch, and the first season was shot is Warner Bros Stage 5, now the home of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)) from 1996-2005.
Phoebe's boyfriend David is a scientist who moves to Minsk. Lisa Kudrow's relatives originate from this part of Belarus. According to Lisa Kudrow's Wikipedia page, she discovered that her ancestors immigrated from a village in Minsk.
Phoebe's mother who committed suicide is the only parent not ever be seen or shown. All the parents of the friends were seen or shown through out the series. However, Phoebe's birth mother is seen 3 times (first appearance: Friends: The One at the Beach (1997)) and real dad only 1 (Friends: The One with Joey's Bag (1999)).
The poster in Joey's room during season 7 says "Grand Prix af Frankrig", and is a Danish poster celebrating a double victory by Mercedes-Benz cars (driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling) in the French Grand Prix (later Formula 1) in 1954.
Kate Miller is a spaced out, commonly used name in the show. Dina Meyer, guest starred as Joey's co-star / girlfriend. Much later in the seasons, during Friends: The One in Barbados: Part 1 (2003), Rachel is with Joey and he picks up a card with the name Kate Miller and Rachel pretends to be her. In 2013, Jennifer Aniston played Rose/Sarah Miller as a fake mom in the movie, We're the Millers (2013).
Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc both guest-starred on the sitcom Just the Ten of Us (1988), Perry in the second season and LeBlanc in the third season, . They both dated sister Wendy Lubbock, played by Brooke Theiss. Additionally, Perry and Theiss starred together in a short-lived sit-com of their own in 1993 entitled Home Free (1993).
All six of the Friends have all sang in public. Phoebe was a singer, Monica and Chandler sang karaoke at the bar where Mike played piano, Joey sang in a musical about Sigmund Freud (in which he played Freud), Rachel sang Copacabana (At the Copa) at her ex-fiancée's wedding and Ross sang with his keyboard at Central Perk. Kudrow doesn't like singing.
When there was a discussion about ending Joey and Phoebe up together, the writers needed to leave a little mystery with Joey that audience could decide if Joey had ended up alone like Mr. Heckles or found someone. In that way, they thought that the show would remain in viewers' mind for so long.
While their idea to incorporate it into the show was rejected, creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman have both said in DVD extras and interviews that they liked to imagine that Joey and Phoebe were hooking up off screen through the course of the show.
According to Paget Brewster, who played Kathy the girl dating Joey that Chandler falls in love with and ended up dating for a while, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow advocated for her character to be written out making clear that it was Chandler who messed up the relationship by being overly jealous, not Kathy by cheating on him in the first place.
Sean Penn and George Clooney are the only guest stars to win 2 Oscars after appearing on the show. Penn won the Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscars for his roles in Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008); Clooney won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar for his role in Syriana (2005) , as well as the Best Picture Oscar for Argo (2012), as one of the producers.
A Soviet propaganda poster on a wall of #19, with two people over a book, says in Russian: "To build, one must know. To know, one must learn." An antique-looking advertisement poster on a wall of #20 says in French: "Toys and Boxing-day presents".
During the audio commentary for "the last one", co-creator David Crane revealed that in between "the one where Estelle dies" and "the one with Rachel's going away party", there was going to be a story arc involving Ross and Rachel briefly going to Paris and Ross falling in love with her again. Unfortunately, they didn't have enough time due to only being given 18 episodes rather than 24.
When dubbed and aired in the Czech Republic, the Czech voice actors would say their names out loud every time one of the six particular actors would appear on the screen with his or her name superimposed.
Even though the "Friends" universe did not experience the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack that happened at the World Trade Center, the show expressed support for New York City in several ways. On the Doodle Board in Joey's apartment, there were several messages expressing support for the city and the FDNY and several cast members wore FDNY T-shirts.
All the Friends have catchphrases, Rachel's is shouting the word "no", Monica's is saying "I Know" when she's excited, Phoebe's "Oh, no" when something bad happens, Joey's "How You Doin'", Chandler's is emphasizing the word "be" when asking a rhetorical question or emphasizing any word. Ross's is saying "hi" when something bad happens.
At the beginning of the show, Gunther asked Rachel about her birthday data she answered "May 5th" but when she drove Monica's Porsche with Ross and got stopped for her speed, the officer asks her about her horoscope sign she answered "Aquarius".
Before NBC decided to add this show to its lineup, they considered another pilot produced by Matthew Broderick's production company. It centered around a motley group of friends who spent a lot of time hanging out at a coffee shop. The name of the coffee house and the proposed series was Maxwell House.
In the episode where Joey accidentally sets Chandler up with Janice, Chandler yells at Joey to pee; in the one with the Jellyfish, Joey yells at Chandler to pee. Both times the yell is "Do it! Do it now!"
Richard Crosby and Joey Tribianni don't get on at first because Richard, as a Classically Trained Actor, spits when he talks in order to enunciate. There are outtakes of this being a real problem between other actors on the Friends (1994) set.
In the one where Chandler doesn't like dogs we find out that Ross hates ice cream. But one season earlier however we see that Ross and Elizabeth are enjoying ice cream on a date. In another episode, it's revealed Chandler once owned a dog .
Almost every episode title begins with "The One Where..." because when people usually refer to episodes, they say "the one where...". Since no one remembers the actual titles of episodes, describing an event in the title makes it more memorable.
Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) has two sisters: Amy (Christina Applegate) and Jill (Reese Witherspoon). While it was never stated whom was oldest and youngest of the three, one could assume that Rachel is the oldest since, in real life, Jennifer Aniston is the oldest of three actresses followed by Christina Applegate then Reese Witherspoon. Also, of the three sisters, Rachel is the only one who matured as the other two remained immature.
In both seasons 7 and 9, Ross (David Schwimmer) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) both got into love triangles between them and another woman. Coincidentally, both love interests were African-American women: Kristin (Gabrielle Union) and Charlie (Aisha Tyler).
Being mistaken for Gay has been a problem for all the Friends. Monica's Maid thinks she's Gay when she is trying to identify her stolen jeans, Ross tells off a student for trying to charm better grades out of him and it looks like a break-up, Rachel tries to relive her wilder days with Melissa, Joey has a Huge Gay Fanbase, Phoebe is driven to pretending to be one of Ben's Mommies when she's trying to get free Sting tickets and it is the bane of Chandler's life.
The reason Monica is a chef is because she made Chandler mac n cheese one Thanksgiving. To get Monica to stop bugging him and asking him if he likes the mac n cheese, Chandler says it's really good and she should be a chef.
There are fifteen Cats in the Friends series: 2 Smelly Cats, the Cat that's a Reincarnation of Phoebe's Mother, Phoebe's Cat Skull she found while mugging people, Chandler's Secretary's three Cats Mittens, Fitzhugh and Chinkies, Ugly Naked Guy's Cat that got squashed, Rachel's Cat that died when it ate her Tarantula, the Cat Sebastian was named after, Rachel's ex-boyfriend's Cat which didn't like her, Fluffy-Meowington the Geller family Cat, Mrs Whiskerson a Minion of the Antichrist, Paolo's Cat and Monica dressed as Catwoman. Not only that, David Schwimmer is also allergic to cats. There's also the cats Mr. Heckles could have, and the kittens that licked on Rachel's tattoo.
Every main character on the show has smoked before, regardless of whether it was tobacco or marijuana. Rachel smokes in "The One Where Rachel Smokes", as she tries to fit in with her colleagues at Ralph Lauren because the others do. Monica smokes a cigar in "The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy", as she continues to get over Richard, who regularly smokes. Phoebe smokes in "The One That Could Have Been", even though this was an alternate personality of herself. Joey smokes in "The One with the Thumb", as Chandler assists him how to do it for a play he's starring in. Chandler has a history of smoking and is occasionally seen doing it. Ross was revealed to have smoked marijuana in "The One Where Ross Got High." The portrayers of all main characters have been a regular smoker at some point of their lives, except for David Schwimmer.
Joey's play, which Kate Miller describes as a perceptive deconstruction of the middle-class, ends with him leaving Earth on a Spaceship. Matt LeBlanc did divide his time between Friends and Lost in Space.
Every friend has lived in Chandler and Joeys place. Monica lived there after she lost a bet. Rachel lived there; after the bet, when her and Phoebes apartment burned, and after she had a fight with Ross. Phoebe lived there briefly after her and Rachel's apartment burned. Ross lived there after he moved out of his apartment and he broke up with the girl who's cousin he would be moving to. Joey and Chandler lived there regularly.
All six friends have a fixation with a childhood toy. Rachel had her Weebles, Chandler has his bath-time battleship, Joey has Hugsy his Bedtime Penguin Pal, Phoebe has her tricked-out bike, Ross has his baby doll and Monica has the play house.
There are fifty-four Dogs in the Friends series: the Threshold Guardian Dog Phoebe runs over, Ross's Dog Cheechi who was dead not playing down on the farm, the Happiest Dog in the World that Joey breaks, Margha's Dog, a Pitbull Chandler moves Mike's sofa past, the Bloodhound Monica has a nose like, Phoebe's Neighbour's Dog Satan that she used to run away from, the Dog in the Street Monica's going to be shot like for going shopping with Julie, Ginger's annoying dog Pepper Joey wishes he'd burned instead of her artificial leg, the talking Dog from Joey's Dogfood commercial, Ugly Naked Guy's Dog that wears a sweater, a Blue Dog on some Central Perk Pop Art, two dogs Chandler sees going at it when visiting a house that's for sale, Mischa's Dog that he says goodbye to in seven languages from half a World away, the four Dogs in Ohio Joey puts Chandler's Sweater Vests on, the Puppy Phoebe's given in Montauk, LaPooh the Green family Dog that got hit by an ice-cream truck, the yapping Dog from the toy race, Cujo, the purebred Phoebe thinks Mike's girlfriend Precious might be, Cash's Dog Wally, Chandler's incontinent Dog Molly, the Dog who mauled the actor who was going to audition for Mac and CHEESE, the five Dogs Chandler runs into while trying to say Hey to Kathy, Old Yeller, the three Puppies that turn out to be the triplets when Chandler and Monica have to babysit, Jill Goodacre's Dog Dexter that panics during the blackout, Frank Junior's old Dog Tumour, the St Bernard from Rachel's vivid birthing metaphor, the Seeing-Eye Dog that Cliff decides not to eat, the Dog that was too big for the Dollhouse because it was built on toxic waste, the rabid Dog that was nearly feasting on Ross's danglers, the lost Puppy Monica used to follow Rachel around like, the Dog Chandler has to knock off Monica's head playing ping-pong in Barbados, the Dog that keeps running off with Rachel's presents, the ornamental Big White Dog, the three Puppies Joey uses to cover up the Director's swearing, Chandler's Barking Slippers, Clunkers the Dog that Chandler's terrified of, a Dog Joey pretends to see to get out of answering Janice's questions & Mike's family dog, Chappy, who he uses as his 3rd groomsman (while Ross ends up carrying Chappy down the aisle because of the snow) in his and Phoebe's wedding. There's also an unspecified number of puppies that Chandler wants to run over because it would be easier than dumping Janice.
The French text on the apartment's prominent poster means "To Chaumont Hillocks(a Parisian toy store named after the 19th arrondissement park), Toys and Objects for New Year Gifts" and then the address: "Villette boulevard, at the corner of Faubourg St. Martin".
Biting: Rachel was bitten by one of her sisters, Phoebe bites a massage client, Joey threatens to bite Phoebe for stealing his muffin when he's hungry, Monica is stung by a jellyfish, Chandler compares his roommate Eddie to Hannibal the Cannibal and Ross is bitten by one of the monkeys Phoebe freed from a Lab with her ex-boyfriend.
Estelle's other client who eats paper and the guy who interrupts Phoebe breaking the rules with a massage client are played by the same actor, who has also appeared in the real Days of Our Lives (1965).
When Friends (1994) first played on Portuguese television, it was dubbed. In Portugal, dubbing is usually applied only to children cartoons, series or films. As such, the public was not satisfied by this and complained. After just three or four episodes, the channel in question changed to the original soundtrack with Portuguese subtitles.
In season one Phoebe's guitar was tuned to an open E major chord. She played A and B chords by forming a bar straight across the 5th and 7th frets with her first finger and the other fingers on top. In all other seasons she played in standard tuning with basic A, D and E major chords. Every song she then played was only these three chords.
The theme "I'll Be There For You" was written by two producers of Friends and offered to several bands before they decided to go with the Rembrandts. When a radio station DJ at WYHY in Nashville played it looped it into a full length song the response was so great that Rembrants recorded the single version. They added one more verse, a vocal bridge and repeated the chorus four more times (once as instrumental). The song ranked high on several charts from more than ten countries including four number 1 positions.
Most of the friends have been in love triangles with each other. In Season 2: Rachel-Julie-Ross, Rachel-Jean Claude Van Damme-Monica. Season 4: Joey-Kathy-Chandler. Season 7: Joey-Kristin-Ross. Seasons 8,10: Joey-Rachel-Ross. Season 9: Joey-Charlie-Ross.
While Ross is the only friend who has been on sabbatical from his job, the others have either got fired from their job or quit, Rachel quit her job at Central Perk in Season 3 and was fired from her job at Ralph Lauren in Season 10, Monica was fired in Season 2, Phoebe was fired in Season 4, Joey was fired in Season 2, and Chandler quit his job in Season 9.
There are fifteen Bunnies in the Friends series: the Bunny that got away from Joey's Top Hat, the Sock Bunny, the Big Pink Bunny that maxes out Chandler's embarrassment, six Bunny Hop dancers at the Geller's Anniversary Party, a Bunny from the toy race, the two bunnies when Ross and Monica Bunny Up for the Football game, the rabbit Whitney was going to cook for Ross, the Velveteen Rabbit and the Bunny that Chandler's related to whose cuteness he inherited.
There are twenty-seven Monkeys in the Friends series: Ross's pet Monkey, Dr Monkey from the Joke, Curious George, the Monkey from Leonard Hayes' commercial, the Monkey Monica starts chattering like, the Raspberry Monkey Joey thinks comes with his cheesecake, the Hungry Monkey from Bamboozled and twenty Monkeys Phoebe freed from a research lab with her ex-boyfriend. It's not clear whether the Hungry Monkey and the Golden Monkey from Bamboozled are the same Monkey or not. The Giant Stuffed Gorilla is an Ape, not a Monkey.
Every time Joey wears pants he doesn't have a belt except in Friends: The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (1994) and in the episode where he asks Ross to help him with notes to make him sound smarter when he takes Charlie (Aisha Tyler) to the MET- and he's wearing TWO belts. Also, he wears a belt in the one where Ross brings Julie back from China, in the one where he and Chandler snoop around Richard's apartment and in the one where he thinks Monica is having an affair while Chandler is in Tulsa.
The show guest stars several people from Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Maggie Wheeler plays Janice in Friends and played Linda in Everybody Loves Raymond. Fred Stoller plays Stew, a chef that works with Monica on Friends and plays Raymond's cousin Gerad on Everybody Loves Raymond. Phil Leeds plays Uncle Mel on ELR and plays the old man who was married to the woman that Phoebe belives has entered her spirituality
Ross congratulates Isabella Rossellini (playing herself, visiting the Coffee House) for Blue Velvet while he's trying to woo her as one of the Celebrities on his list of people it's okay to cheat on his girlfriend with, until he bumped her for Winona Ryder. Blue Velvet is a very disturbing film and not a good ice-breaker at all.
Phoebe's Doctor when she's giving birth to triplets is Dr. Harad, the joke being that it sounds like the Biblical King Herod, who ordered a wave of infanticide in an attempt to kill the King of Kings. Even more ominously, the Doctor is obsessed with a character from Happy Days.
Twice in the series, Ross suggests a baby girl name that ends up being the name of a future romantic partner. When Ross and Rachel have an argument about their future, Ross says that he was considering the name Emily for their daughter. He would later date Emily Waltham (Helen Baxendale).
Earlier, when Ross is suggesting names for Ben with Carol and Susan, he throws out the name Julia- a version of Julie, who he would later date that season (Lauren Tom).
There are sixteen chickens in the Friends series: Little Yasmine, the Chicken that poops on Julie in China, the traumatizing Plastic Chicken Hopper Paul's parents got him instead of a Big Wheel, nine Chickens on a piece of Central Perk Pop Art, Rooster the other member of the Band Numbnuts, the Chicken Suit that won't go with Monica's New Boots, the Chicken Suit Chandler might have to wear to get a new job and Chick Jnr.
There are seven Pigeons in the Friends series: the Giant Pigeon that poops on Phoebe's heart, the Pigeon Phoebe sees a man kicking in the street, the Gross Pigeon Monica talks about to kill the mood between Mike and Phoebe, the Scary Pigeon that knocks away the Lottery Tickets, the Pigeon Phoebe's Psychic said would kill her, the other Scary Pigeon that swoops at Rachel when she's on the phone and a Big Pigeon Joey says he saw to fend off Rachel's raging hormones.
All of the Friends have had Claw Hand. Chandler develops a Claw Hand playing Ms PacMan. Ross has a Claw Hand bandage after missing Joey and punching a metal post. Phoebe and Joey hold up Bear Claw Hands while learning the guitar. Monica gives a clawingly bad massage. Rachel is Ross's Lobster.
Joey, Chandler and Phoebe have all, in their own ways, had problems with UFOs. Joey has to ride one out of an otherwise mundane play, Chandler has flashbacks when he sees Rachel's big hat and Phoebe thinks her beeping smoke alarm might be one.
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In the last few months of shooting Friends (1994), Courteney Cox became pregnant, but, seeing as Monica wasn't supposed to be able to have a baby, they covered up her pregnancy by making her wear baggy clothes while shooting the show so no one could tell.
Phoebe's wedding is not attended by any of her relatives, such as her twin sister Ursula, her father (played by Bob Balaban), her biological mother (Teri Garr), her brother (Giovanni Ribisi) or the nieces and nephew she gave birth to.
June Gable who plays Joey's agent, Estelle Leonard, also played the nurse who handed the baby to Carol (Leah Remini - who originally auditioned for the role of Monica) in the episode where Carol gives birth to Ben. Joey assisted his future agent by being the breathing coach during labor.
All the friends have kissed each other, though one kiss is fictional (Monica and Joey in Friends: The One with the Truth About London (2001)), and two of the kisses appear off-screen (Rachel and Monica kiss to retain their apartment and Chandler kisses Ross at Joey's birthday party before making out with Joey's sister). Monica and Ross's on-screen kiss is a quick peck. They also kissed off camera in Friends: The One Where the Stripper Cries (2004). In season 1-at the New Year's Eve party-Joey kissed Chandler.
During the course of the series, all six of the friends change their jobs at least once. However, Chandler is the only one who never involuntarily left his job. Rachel, Monica, Phoebe and Joey were all fired at some point during the series and Ross was required to take a temporary (later permanent) sabbatical from the museum following his divorce from Emily.
Joey is the only one not to get married at some point, except in a fantasy sequence where Monica found him in London, instead of Chandler, and Joey has become huge because he likes Monica's cooking. He will however get married in the series finale of his own spinoff show. Aside from this, Matthew Perry is the only principle cast member who hasn't been married. Phoebe mentions a fiendish plan that ends up with her married to Joey.
When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica's wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston's family name.
All of the friends have lived in Monica's apartment at some point. Phoebe lived with Monica first, then Rachel moved in on the first episode. Chandler and Joey both lived in the apartment after winning a bet against Monica and Rachel. Chandler moved in with Monica when they fell in love and got married. Then when Phoebe and Rachel's apartment had to be renovated after a fire, Rachel moved in with Monica and Chandler. Soon after, Rachel moved in with Joey, and Phoebe moved in with Monica and Chandler. In the series finale, it was revealed by Monica that Ross once lived in the apartment with his and Monica's grandmother while he was trying to make it as a dancer.
While Jack and Judy Gellar (Monica and Ross's parents) show up at the hospital when Ross and Rachel have Emma (Judy came before the birth and Jack came afterwards), none of Rachel's family members, her mom Sandra (Marlo Thomas), her dad Leonard (Ron Leibman) or her two younger sisters Amy (Christina Applegate) and Jill (Reese Witherspoon) show up.
Each of the main characters move at least once throughout the series. Monica lived in the guys' apartment after she and Rachel lost the bet. Rachel moved with Monica across the hall, lived with Phoebe in her apartment, lived with Joey after Monica and Chandler moved in together, and with Ross after living with Joey. Phoebe lived, albeit briefly, with Gary the cop in his apartment, until he shot a bird. Chandler lived in the girls' apartment twice, once after he and Joey won the bet and after he and Monica moved in together. Joey lived across the hall after winning the bet and into his own apartment after starring on 'Days'. Ross moved briefly into Emily's cousins apartment before they got married, into Chandler and Joey's after getting kicked out of the previous apartment, and into ugly naked guy's apartment after that.
When Chandler is working in Tulsa, a member of the board tell him that it is legal to smoke in offices with less than 15 people. This is not true. Oklahoma smoking laws apply the same as the rest of the US.
In S5, E14: The One Where Everybody Finds Out, whenever one of the characters is discussing about the knowledge of Monica and Chandler's relationship, the word "know" and its variants is spoken 37 times.
The time of Rachel's pregnancy in the show (and all of season 8, of that matter) is mixed up. Monica and Chandler got married May 15th, which means Rachel and Ross conceived their baby sometime in April. A few episodes later, it is Halloween, and there is a party, which would make Rachel around 6 months pregnant, but another episode or two later, Rachel tells her father that she is pregnant and (lied) saying they were getting married on February 2nd. That same episode, Monica says that for their 2 month anniversary, she hired a stripper for Chandlers bachelor party (which he didn't get before the wedding) which would put them in late July.
There are ten Ducks in the Friends series: The Crystal Duck Ross bought for Carol, the pet duck that was brought in season 3, seven rubber ducks swimming in the fountain by Rachel during the credits and Duck Jr. that was brought in the series finale.