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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."
When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role he only had $11 dollars to his name. When the cast got their paychecks, the first thing that Courteney Cox bought was a car. Matt LeBlanc bought a hot dinner.
In the opening credits to Friends: The One After Vegas (1999), all of the names in the opening (actors and crew) were changed to have "Arquette" at the end of them, a gag on Courteney Cox Arquette who had just recently married David Arquette.
Because of a bet between Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis on the set of The Whole Nine Yards (2000) (which Perry won), Willis appeared in his three-episode guest role for free.
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.
Before the show was cast, the main love interest was intended to be Monica and Joey.
Matt LeBlanc actually speaks French fluently.
Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.
Matt LeBlanc, who plays Joey in Friends, 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?"
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.).
Gunther didn't have a name until the middle of the second season.
The orange couch used in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Brothers studio.
Joey's pick-up line, "How *you* doin'?" was ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue).
Lisa Kudrow was terrified of the duck that showed up in Season 3.
At least four performers, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Christina Applegate and Paul Rudd have guest-starred on episodes of the show after doing a film with one of the regular cast members. Willis and Applegate won Emmys for their guest turns.
Monica says the first lines of the series and Chandler says the very last lines of the series.
Giovanni Ribisi plays Phoebe's brother, Frank Jr in later episodes, but he also has a small cameo in the earlier seasons. He plays a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe's guitar case instead of a coin.
Matt LeBlanc showed up on the day of the audition with a large ugly cut on his nose resulting from a tumble and a land on the edge of a sharp toilet seat.
Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe R. Buffay.
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.
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.
Kathleen Turner (Chandler's father in the show) revealed that 'Matthew Perry', "still calls me Dad."
The golden frame around the peephole was originally a mirror which Ricky Parker, a crew member, accidentally smashed. Because it looked good, they decided to leave it there.
The show's original theme song was "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M., but was changed later on to "I'll Be There For You" by The Rembrandts.
David Schwimmer directed 10 episodes of the show.
The artwork in Central Perk is changed every three episodes.
In most episodes, the word "friend" or friends" is said at least once.
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.
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.
When Tom Selleck made his initial on-set appearances, he received standing ovations. These would render his entrances unusable, prompting the need for later re-shoots without the audience.
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.
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").
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.
Lisa Kudrow based her hippie character Phoebe on her co-star Jennifer Aniston - because of the actress' interest in "spiritual" subjects.
There have been eleven Oscar winning actors/actresses who have appeared on Friends: Fisher Stevens, Charlton Heston, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Helen Hunt, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Robin Williams, George Clooney, Jim Rash and Brad Pitt.
When Courteney Cox was on The Tonight Show she told Jay Leno a story about filming Friends. 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 etc), 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.
Gunther was not originally a speaking part.
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 Greene for Janet Green, and Phoebe for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.
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.
Season Two is the only season of Friends where there is no episode on Thanksgiving Day.
Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon were both on Ross' "celebrity list." They both later guest-starred on the show as Melissa Warburton and Cecelia Monroe.
Ranked #7 on Empire magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).
The characters' full names are: Rachel Karen Green - Phoebe Buffay (in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" 7.14, 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).
Jennifer Aniston was a cast member of the CBS series Muddling Through (1994) when she was cast in "Friends". NBC executives did not want Aniston because if "Muddling Through" was picked up for a second season, the "Friends" episodes with Aniston would have to be refilmed 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 refilmed episodes himself. "Muddling Through" was canceled and Aniston was free to star in "Friends".
Jon Favreau was offered the role of Chandler Bing. He later returned as a guest star during the 1997 season as Pete Becker, Monica's millionaire boyfriend.
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.
Columbus State University has a paleontologist called Dr. David R. Schwimmer.
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 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.
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) is the oldest out of all six, being born in 1963, then Courteney Cox (Monica) born in 1964, David Schwimmer (Ross) born in 1966, Matt LeBlanc (Joey) born in 1967, Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) born in Feb. 1969, and Matthew Perry (Chandler) being the youngest, born in August 1969.
The highest rated episodes are "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" and "The Last One: Part 2".
Matt LeBlanc admitted to dying his hair through out the show.
For almost the entire first season, there wasn't a street outside of Central Perk, just a painted backdrop. They made the window a little blurry and put many plants in front of the window to hide it.
When Pheobe was pregnant with the triplets, she was actually pregnant in real life with her son.
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!".
In Friends: The One with Frank Jr. (1996), when Chandler makes out his "celebrity list", the fifth and final spot on his list was Jessica Rabbit. Jessica Rabbit was the fictional love interest in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) and was voiced by Kathleen Turner, who later played Chandler's trans-gender father Charles in the series.
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 and the Friends' apartments were higher up the building.
Other titles considered for the show were "Friends Like Us", "Six of One", "Across the Hall", and "Insomnia Cafe."
James Michael Tyler was actually working in Bourgeois Pig, a coffee shop in Hollywood, when he got the part of Gunther. He kept his coffee gig for the first four seasons of Friends.
The "plot hole" - how could they get the same seats every time - has been debunked. There is in fact a reserved sign on their usual table.
James Michael Tyler, Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles are the only non-Friends who were in all 10 seasons. Maggie Wheeler had a voice-over role in the episode where Chandler and Monica make Valentine gifts for each other in Season Six, but she had no camera time for the entire season.
Courteney Cox is the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for their work on the show.
Joey's seven sisters are Veronica, Mary Angela, Mary Theresa, Gina, Dina, Tina, and Cookie.
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'.
Matt LeBlanc's character 'Joey Tribbiani' plays Dr. Drake Ramoray in a fictional version of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives (1965). In real life, Jennifer Aniston's father, John Aniston, plays 'Victor Kiriakis' on the real Days of Our Lives.
Each of the main six stars has hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live (1975) apart from Matt LeBlanc.
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.
Season three is the only season without an episode with two parts.
In the last season, Phoebe introduces herself to Chandler and Monica as Princess Consuela Banannahammock, saying that her friends can call her Valerie. Valerie is in fact Lisa Kudrow's middle name.
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.
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.
Season 1, episode 7, the one with a blackout Turns out that was the first time, the term 'friend zoned' was used.
"A Joey Special" is when you order two pizzas at the same time.
Matthew Perry is actually missing the tip of one of his fingers. In S5 E8, the one with all the thanksgivings, Chandler loses the tip of one of his toes.
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.
Monica has eleven categories for towels. They include: "everyday use", "fancy", "guest", "fancy-guest", but the rest are not mentioned due to Chandler and Joey running out of time.
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.
The creators of the Portuguese show "Gato Fedorento" say that the inspiration for the name of the show was the song "Smelly Cat".
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.
Phoebe's address is 5 Morton St. Apt. 14, New York, NY 10014
Monica's address is 90 Bedford St. Apt. 20, New York, NY 10014.
The theme song performed by The Rembrandts became a #1 single on the American pop charts.
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.
Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) picture on the wall of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is a still from the short Leave 'Em Laughing (1928).
After Rachel left her fiancée, Barry, at the altar in the pilot, her best friend Mindy then became engaged to Barry. Mindy was played by Jennifer Grey. Both Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Grey played Jeanie Bueller in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). Grey played her in the movie, Aniston played her in the television series.
Joey's address is 90 Bedford St. Apt. 19, New York, NY 10014.
Emma was played by twins - Cali Sheldon and Noelle Sheldon.
In S3. E21 "The One with a Chick. And a Duck" (at around 17 mins) Little Yasmine (the baby chick) poops on the Lazy Boy while Joey is speaking to Chandler about why he did not get rid of the chick.
In the pilot Barry's surname is Finkel. In later episodes, his name has been changed to Barry Farber.
In Chandler's and Joey's room there is a poster with boxing kangaroos which says "Kangaroo Boxer" in Russian.
The role of Phoebe was originally offered to Janeane Garofalo, but she turned it down. Phoebe was originally written to be a "goth" girl. Garofalo and Kudrow would go on to star in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997).
Three cast members from The Simpsons (1989) make guest appearances in the series: Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2004, Jennifer Aniston said she ordered Cobb salad for lunch almost every day of shooting during the ten years that the show lasted.
Out of the total 238 episodes, only 6 episodes are rated below the 8 in the individual rating of each episodes.
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.
Chandler's parents, Charles and Nora Bing, were named after the favorite Thin Man series character Nora Charles; one half of a very famous movie detective couple of the thirties.
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.
First choice for Rachel was Téa Leoni.
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" 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.
Joey and Chandler's apartment is 97 steps from Central Perk
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.
The final episode aired on 6 May 2004.
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. 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 and when Chandler needs to replace Monica's broiling pan she tells him to order it from page 27 of their catalogue.
In the fourth season episode "The One With Chandler in a Box", Joey utters an Italian phrase ("Va fa a Napoli!") to Chandler, which Chandler claims is a profanity. It actually translates loosely to "Go to Naples!"
Chandler's father's gay Las Vegas burlesque show is named Viva Las Gaygas.
Phoebe's alias name is "Regina Phalange." Phalanges are the small bones that make up the fingers and toes.
Kate Miller is a spaced out, commonly used name in the show. Dina Meyer, played Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) co-star / girlfriend during the episodes, "The One with The Screamer, The One with The Dollhouse, and The One with the Tiny T-Shirt. " Much later in the seasons, during "The One in Barbados" Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) 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."
Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc pitched to the writers a storyline 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.
Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Rachel.
At some point during the series each one of the friends was unemployed If we include Ross's enforced sabbatical as well
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.
Anita Barone played Ross' ex-wife Carol in her first on-screen appearance. By the character's second appearance, Jane Sibbett had replaced her, and would remain in the role for the rest of the series.
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.
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.
This was first time Teri Garr played the mother of Lisa Kudrow's character. She later portrayed her mother in Kabluey (2007).
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).
Jami Gertz also turned down the role of Monica.
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.
Pheobe's mother who committed suicide is the only parent not ever seen or shown. All the parents of the friends were seen or shown through out the series.
Bob Balaban and Teri Garr who played Phoebe's parents both starred in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Ghost World (2001)
Pheobe says that she does like girls but was never actually seen dating one.
Leah Remini auditioned for the role of Monica. She guest starred as Lydia in season one.
Rachel had a nose job during her time at college.
Rachel's favorite flowers are lilies.
Ross is Monica's older brother, but in real life, David Schwimmer is 3 years younger than Courteney Cox.
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.
George Clooney, Elliott Gould, Sam Anderson, Conchata Ferrell, Jason Alexander, Noah Wyle and Corinne Bohrer appear in episodes of Friends as well as E/R years earlier.
In the earlier episode Friends: The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister (1997), when you see all of Joey's sisters, Marla Sokoloff the woman who plays Dina his younger sister from Season 9 is not played as a sister in that episode.
Other than Gunther who didn't have any lines in the first season, Maggie Wheeler (Janice) is the only other, non-major character who has appeared in every season.
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".
Besides Sara Ferguson making a surprise appearance in the London episode, Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin Airlines, also made a quick appearance as a tourist hat salesman.
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) is the only one of the six main cast members to have been nominated for a Primetime Emmy so many times until she won on The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1998).
Rachel and Joey are the only two friends who worked at Central Perk at one point.
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.
According to Paget Brewster, who played Katy 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 Katy by cheating on him in the first place.
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In season 4 episode 16 "The One With The Fake Party", the sign on the door in Joey and Chandler's apartment reads "Joey eats little V"
In Friends: The One with the 'Cuffs (1997), where Chandler gets handcuffed in Rachel's boss' office. There's a framed picture in the bookcase behind Chandler of a topless woman.
A recurring joke within the series is that whenever Phoebe is driving her grandmother's taxi cab, those seated in the back must brace to avoid smashing into the window divider when ever Phoebe stops.
Thomas Lennon appeared as the a blackjack dealer and Joey's "identical hand twin" in Season 5 episode 23, Lennon would later co-star with Matthew Perry in "17 Again" and "The Odd Couple"
In season 10 episode 13, Joey begs Phoebe to teach him French, whereas in real life Matt LeBlanc speaks French fluently.
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The role of Emily was offered to Patsy Kensit but she politely turned it down
Ross and Monica are Jewish. Lisa Kudrow who plays Phoebe and David Schwimmer who plays Ross are both Jewish.
Lar Park-Lincoln turned down the role of Phoebe.
At least 3 people who started in Dazed and Confused guest stared on Friends. Adam Goldberg played Eddie in season two, Nicky Katt played on of the bullies that kicked Ross and Chandler out of the coffee shop in The One With The Bullies and Marissa Ribisi is one of Rachel's friends in The One With The Flashback
Since Ross (David Schwimmer) is Monica's (Courteney Cox) older brother and Chandler (Matthew Perry) was Ross' college roommate, it is clear that Chandler is older than Monica like Ross is when in reality Courteney Cox is five years older than Matthew Perry and two years older than Schwimmer.
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In S7:E2 (The One With Rachel's Book), Ross claims that he came up with the idea for Jurassic Park. In S9:E15 (The One With the Mugging), Jeff Goldblum makes a guest appearance. Jeff Goldblum plays one of the main characters in that movie and is the star of the sequel.
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Rachel and Joey have kissed all of the other friends.
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Ross, Monica and Rachel all went to Lincoln High School.
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".
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Jennifer Aniston's father had a role in the real tv-show Days of Our Lives (1965), a show where Joey plays Dr. Drake Ramoray in friends
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In the episode where Chandler and Joey's stuff gets stolen the magnetic drawing board on their door says "Thanks for your stuff".
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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.
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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.
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Christina Pickles and Courtney Cox who play mother and daughter previously worked together on Masters of the Universe (1987).
Ross' first wife carol the lesbian was portrayed by two different actress. The Carol shown in season 1 when Ross finds out Carol is pregnant is different from the Carol who gives birth and is present in the rest of the series.
Each of the six main stars has hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live apart from Matt LeBlanc.
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While Chandler is the only friend whom doesn't have any siblings, the majority of the friends have sisters. Monica is Ross' sister, Phoebe has a twin sister, Ursula, Rachel has two sisters, Amy and Jill, and Joey has seven sisters, Veronica, Mary Angela, Mary Theresa, Gina, Dina, Tina, and Cookie.
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Ross, Monica and Rachel are all from Long Island.
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Throughout the series, in the opening credits no one is wearing any color. All of their clothes are black and white.
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This show was distributed by Warner Bros. which owns DC Comics, the comic book company that publishes Batman comics. Batman actor Michael Keaton was in a relationship with Courteney Cox (Monica) from 1989-1995 and was parodied by Matthew Perry (Chandler) on Saturday Night Live (1975). Danny DeVito, who portrayed the Penguin in Batman Returns (1992), guest starred as Roy, the stripper, at Phoebe's bachlorette party in Season 10. In season 7, Ross rents a tux that was worn by Val Kilmer (he believes Kilmer wore the tux in Batman Forever (1995) when really he wore it to the premiere of At First Sight (1999)). Both Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox had starred in film with Jim Carrey who played The Riddler in Batman Forever (1995). George Clooney, who played Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman & Robin (1997), guest starred as a doctor in season 2. Gary Oldman, before playing Comissionor Gordon in The Dark Knight Trilogy, guest starred on the two part episode of Chandler and Monica's wedding as an actor doing a war movie with Joey in season 7. In season 3, the friends make a list of celebrities they would sleep with. Chandler puts Kim Basinger (Vickie Vale in Batman (1989) and Halle Berry (Catwoman in Catwoman (2004)), Ross puts Catwoman and Poison Ivy actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman and Rachel puts Robin/Dick Grayson actor Chris O'Donell.
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Spanish voices of the main stars of the series are dubbed by Concha Valero (Monica), Albert Mieza (Ross), José Posada (Chandler), Alicia Laorden (Rachel), Daniel García (Joey) and Alba Sola (Phoebe).
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.
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All the Friends have lived in both apartments (Chandler & Joey's & Monica & Rachel's).
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Joey is a big fan of the New York Knicks.
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Jennifer Aniston's birthday is February 11 (02/11), while David Schwimmer's birthday is November 2 (11/02).
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In the Thanksgiving 1996 episode, "The one with all the football", Phoebe is wearing a "That Girl" t-shirt. It has a caricature of Marlo Thomas on it. "That Girl" was a 1970s TV series starring Marlo Thomas. Marlo played Rachel's mom.
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Chandler is an only child.
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The reason Monica is a chef is for her love of food for when she was a kid. It is to show that she still loves food but can maintain a great body still.
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(May 2009) In a poll conducted by The O'Reilly Factor (1996), host Bill O'Reilly revealed that this sitcom was voted the 3rd worst TV show in broadcast history. Other dubious nominees included: (1) My Mother the Car (1965) / (2) The Jerry Springer Show (1991) / (4) The Gong Show (1976) and (5) Cop Rock (1990).

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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the last few months of shooting Friends, 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 a nurse who delivered a baby for 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.
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.
Early in Season 7, Monica mentions her wedding being on May 15. Later, after it's revealed that Rachel is pregnant on Monica and Chandler's wedding day, Ross and Rachel reveal that they conceived their baby about a month before the wedding (April). But as season 8 continues, you see Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas pass with Rachel only having a bump. In The One with the Creepy Holiday Card (8.11), Pheobe mentions that Rachel is four months pregnant. She should be in her third trimester at that point.
While Ross and Rachel were thinking of baby names he suggested Emily, which is the name of one of his ex wives.
Phoebe and Joey are the only ones not to have children of their own (despite Phoebe being a surrogate for her brother and sister-in-law's triplets).
In the last moments of "The One With Monica and Chandler's Wedding, Pt. 2" (the seventh season finale), the string quartet plays a classical rendition of "Everlong" by the Foo Fighters.
Paul Swain was behind the Magna Doodle drawings on the door in Joey and Chandler's apartment.
Of the three girls, Monica is the only one not to give birth.
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. And lastly, Chandler moved in with Monica when they fell in love and got married. 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.
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In season 5, Phoebe gave birth triplets as a surrogate for her brother and sister-in-law. In season 10 (the series finale), Monica and Chandler had twins via adoption

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