Friends: Season 1, Episode 1

The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (22 Sep. 1994)

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After running out on her wedding, Rachel is taken in by her old friend from high school and is forced to stand on her own two feet.



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Episode cast overview:
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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The inside of Joey and Chandler's apartment isn't seen until the third episode. See more »


At the end of the episode when Chandler says "I'm in Las Vegas" Rachel starts to pour his coffee. In the next shot they have moved apart instantly and Chandler is putting his cup down. See more »


Monica: Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You're going to love it.
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References Pinocchio (1940) See more »


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The one where the myth began!!!
25 August 2006 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

And that's how the greatest comedy of TV started! It has been 12 years since the very first episode but it has continued with the same spirit till the very last season. Because that's where "Friends" is based: on quotes. Extraordinary situations are taking place among six friends who will never leave from our hearts: Let's say a big thanks to Rachel, Ross, Monica, Joey, Chandler and Phoebe!!! In our first meet, we see how Rachel dumps a guy (in the church, how ... (understand), Monica's search for the "perfect guy" (there is no perfect guy, why all you women are obsessed with that???), and how your marriage can be ruined when the partner of your life discovers that she's a lesbian. Till we meet Joey, Phoebe and Chandler in the next episodes... ENJOY FRIENDS!

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