The final episode drew an audience of 52.5 million people, when it was first shown in the USA. This was the fourth most watched finale in U.S. television history. Interestingly, "The One After The Superbowl" (aired 28 January 1996) in season two had higher figures with 52.9 million viewers.
The end credits play over stock footage of New York City's skyline and streets, all of which was used at various points in episodes throughout the series. This is the only episode in which this occurs; all other episodes without an epilogue scene use the opening credits footage of the cast around the fountain.
When his short-lived spinoff show "Joey" began production, Matt LeBlanc noted that he experienced a strong sense of nostalgia because several of the sets used were on the exact same soundstages that had been used for filming "Friends".
In October 2016, Matt LeBlanc appeared alongside Lady Gaga on CBS' "The Late Late Show", and she asked Matt who he would have preferred to sleep with on the show, Courteney Cox's Monica or Jennifer Aniston's Rachel. Matt gave it some thought and said his answer was neither of them: he felt he would have wanted to sleep with Phoebe, played by Lisa Kudrow.
From: John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, NY 11430, United States To: Newark Liberty International Airport, 3 Brewster Road, Newark, NJ 07114. 42 min (33.2 mi) via Belt Pkwy and I-278 W. Ross would have made the flight.
9.64 million people have watched the tenth series finale of Friends in the UK. Since then, it made three records. First, it was the highest rated programme of 2004 for Channel 4 (UK's distributing Channel). Second, it was the highest rated non-British programme for Channel 4. Finally, it was one of the highest rated ever for Channel 4 (excluding films, sports and special events), alongside the third series finale of UK's Big Brother (2000), which attracted 10 million viewers - which was the highest rated for Channel 4.
In 2017, Matthew Perry was asked during an interview if he'd ever clashed with the show's producers over story lines. Perry said that while it wasn't a full on fight, he had refused just one story idea: the producers wanted to do a story where Chandler keeps going to an all-male dancers' strip club because they serve great sandwiches, and he simply didn't find the idea funny and asked them to nix it. They agreed to do so.
To get off the plane, Rachel says that she thinks there's something wrong with the plane's "Phallange", which is part of the silly name Phoebe sometimes goes by. It sounds like the engineering term "flange". Phalanges are also the technical term for the bones of the fingers and toes.
Monica reveals that Ross spent a summer living with their grandmother to try and make it as a dancer. During the season 5 finale "The One In Vegas", Ross almost tells Phoebe his nan used to "lurk" to pay for his dance lessons, before changing mid-sentence to "dance-karate" lessons.
Both of this story's Part 1 & 2, (known separately as episode 10.17 & episode 10.18) in the 2 part edited version, confusingly becomes the alternate double length episode "The Last One" known as (phantom) episode 10.19. If the broadcast run the viewer is watching has series 10.01-10.18 then its all the 30 minute versions. If the run is indicated as 10.01-10.16 (seemingly skips 10.17 & 10.18) and then shows 10.19, that indicates the series finale is the alternate double-length episode version. (For example, Comedy Central UK & Ireland showed version 10.19 in late 2015 as part of their entire run).
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When Rachel first goes through the gate at the airport to fly to Paris, after Ross and Phoebe realize they are at the wrong airport, the guitar riff that plays is "Yellow Ledbetter" by Pearl Jam, which is the song that they play as a finale at the end of some of their live shows.