Friends (1994–2004)
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The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate 

Monica and the gang introduce Rachel to the "real world" after she leaves her fiancé at the altar.



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Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Cynthia Mann ...
The Guy In The Coffee House (scenes deleted) (as Barry Hine)


In a New York City coffee house called Central Perk, we're introduced to six friends: chef Monica Geller, data controller Chandler Bing who lives across the hall from Monica, Chandler's roommate/actor Joey Tribbiani, Monica's brother Ross Geller, new ageist Phoebe Buffay, and "born to be a wife" Rachel Green. One of the friends is just getting into a relationship and two are just getting out of one each. Monica is in the former category, going on a real/not-so-real date, dates with guys she's interested in being a rare occurrence. But she is excited by her upcoming one with Paul the Wine Guy from her place of work. Out on their date, their intimate conversation includes the fact that trauma from his last relationship has left him sexually incapable, something that only the right woman like Monica can fix, and she apparently does. Later however she finds that it was just a line to get her into bed, and thus her streak with the "wrong guy" continues. Ross is one of the two in the ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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22 September 1994 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The idea of the six lead actors negotiating as a single unit has been credited by the rest of the main cast, especially Matt LeBlanc, as the brainchild of David Schwimmer. Ironically, Schwimmer later annoyed the other regulars because on two occasions the rest of the cast all agreed to sign long-term deals to continue the show but he hesitated and both time was (by a fair margin) the last cast regular to agree to continue; however, the decision to make a Season 10 the last one was a prompt and unanimous one from all six that was made late in Season 9. See more »


The door to Monica's bedroom is shown open, then closed, then open, and then closed during the scene in which Paul arrives for their date. See more »


Joey: [Monica has slept with Paul the Wine Guy on the first date] That 'wasn't a real date.' What the hell do you do on a real date?
Monica: Shut up and move my table back.
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The beginning of a journey of 10 years !
28 September 2014 | by (Brasil) – See all my reviews

This pilot episode manages to present a clear and competent structure of the series that would last 10 years and that would be a major phenomena in the history of world television. All characters can bring their characteristics that would last throughout the series. Manias Monica , style silkworm cricket Phoebe , Ross and his loving insecurity , the power of Don Juan 's Joey , the mess of Chandler and Rachel preppy charm of the hardworking . The episode , and present the main characters , has as its central line adaptation of Ross and Rachel after the end of their romantic relationships, despite happen for different reasons , and the relationship Monica with Paul , the wine guy . With a longer duration than the following episodes , this pilot is worth being seen and revised .

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