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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First episode with Monica's name in the title See more »


At the end of the episode when Ross picks up his jacket, there is a blue bowl on the small table by the pillar and nothing on the main kitchen table. In the next shot, the blue bowl has moved to the large table. See more »


Chandler: Look, Gippetto, I'm a real live boy.
Joey: I will not take this abuse.
[Walks to the door and opens it to leave]
Chandler: You're right, I'm sorry.
[Burst into song and dances out of the door]
Chandler: Once I was a wooden boy, a little wooden boy!
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Referenced in Friends: The One Where Rachel Finds Out (1995) See more »


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Music by John Stafford Smith
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Signs of Things to Come
10 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Pilots are never easy, especially for comedy shows, but Friends starts off really solidly and shows glimpses of its future brilliance. The dialogue is fantastic from the very first scene, with Chandler being immediately hilarious and the back and forth between the characters flowing really well. Monica's subplot establishes her ongoing struggle to find romance nicely and is helped by Courtney Cox's great performance, which stands out from the rest of the cast. Twenty minutes isn't really long enough to properly establish 6 characters in depth, with Phoebe and particularly Joey being the ones who are sidelined in this opening episode, and Rachel's introduction is done somewhat awkwardly. Ultimately I may be looking back on this episode with rose-tinted glasses due to my attachment to the characters and knowing what is to come, but I genuinely believe that its a good, funny pilot that lays the groundwork for the rest of the series and immediately endears you to some of the characters.

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