When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role of Joey, he had eleven dollars to his name. When the cast got their first paychecks, the first thing that LeBlanc bought was a hot dinner. Courteney Cox bought a car.
During the first season the six leads were paid $22,500 an episode, but for the second season only Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer received a pay raise, to $40,000 an episode. For the third season and onward, the cast decided to conduct all salary negotiations in unison to ensure equal pay, an unusual practice at the time. According to an Entertainment Weekly profile Lisa Kudrow was the "group leader" in salary negotiations. By the final two seasons the six leads earned $1 million an episode.
Joey's (Matt LeBlanc'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.
Matt LeBlanc admitted in the exit interview for the book "Friends...Til' the End" that he had a crush on Jennifer Aniston. 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?"
Giovanni Ribisi played Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow ) brother, Frank, Jr., in later episodes. He also had a small role in an earlier season, as a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe's guitar case instead of a coin.
The original idea for the show was going to focus on four characters, with Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) in supporting roles. In the early stages, the creators toyed with the idea of Chandler being gay, but they changed their minds when they met Matthew Perry. They did, however, insert many jokes about Chandler having gay mannerisms (not knowing about sports, loving show tunes, et cetera).
The refrigerators in Monica's (Courteney Cox's) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc'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.
Hank Azaria auditioned for the role of Joey. After being rejected, he begged to audition again. He auditioned and was rejected again, but he later appeared as David, Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) scientist boyfriend.
In the last few months of shooting this show, 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.
Thirty-second commercial spots to take place in the final episode sold in the UK for 1.2 million pounds (approximately 1.5 million dollars), the most expensive commercial slots of any television program in the UK, with the exception of sports.
After filming Friends: The One with the Lesbian Wedding (1996) the producers hired 200 people part-time to take calls from all of the complaints they assumed they'd get because of the lesbian wedding. They received 11 calls in total.
When the show debuted, networks were starting to eliminate theme songs during the opening credits. "I'll Be There for You" went to #1 on the "Billboard Hot 100" and played incessantly on radio and television video channels, putting the brakes on that trend.
On the set, Matt LeBlanc was known as "LeBlanc" by all the cast and crew, and Matthew Perry was known as "Matthew" or "Matty". This was started by the crew to avoid confusion. Additionally, David Schwimmer was referred to as "Schwim" among the crew.
The storyline of Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) having her brother's babies was thought up when 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.
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 are season five, episode three, "The One Hundredth", and the series finale, "The Last One Part 1" and "The Last One Part 2", though the titles are distinctly similar. The pilot episode, "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate", often incorrectly regarded as an exception, has two official alternate titles: "The One Where It All Began" and "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate".
Helen Baxendale (Emily Waltham) became pregnant between seasons four and five. She couldn't continue travelling from England, so her character had to be written out much earlier than planned. In her last few appearances, she is wearing heavy clothes to hide her pregnancy.
A popular rumor stated that Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe Buffay. DeGeneres denied it in a 2015 Howard Stern interview. Her show, Ellen (1994), was already on the air when this show premiered.
Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc pitched a story idea in which it was discovered that Phoebe and Joey had been in a casual sexual relationship since the beginning of the series, and an episode would reveal it by restaging the show's most memorable scenes and revealing that Joey and Phoebe were in coitus immediately beforehand. The writers turned it down, arguing that it didn't match the tone of the show.
The love story between Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) was badly received from the moment Creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane pitched it, from many of the other writers, as well as 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."
Lisa Kudrow had already been guest-starring on Mad About You (1992) as Ursula Buffay for two years before this show debuted. They decided to make Phoebe a twin to create a crossover between the two shows.
All the three of the female leads were given unconventional ways of pregnancy on purpose, so as to spread social messages, that, surrogacy, single motherhood and infertility are nothing of which to be ashamed. Rather, it's as beautiful as normal child birth.
When Courteney Cox was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), she told Jay this story about filming Friends (1994). On-set one day, Cox kept reciting a line by Anthony Michael Hall which goes, "Chicks cannot hold their smoke, that'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 among sound men, production staff, et cetera, they couldn't come up with a definitive answer and they began betting on it, starting at twenty dollars then raising the stakes. Perry joked that if he won, Cox would have to sleep with him, and if she won he would have to sleep with her. When they heard that Judd Nelson (Hall's castmate in The Breakfast Club) was filming Suddenly Susan (1996) on a nearby stage, they went over and asked him and found out the quote was indeed from The Breakfast Club. Leno asked Cox 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 told Leno that Perry was going to be her man slave for five more months.
The episode where Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) 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 this concept would have been shot down at the table read, but nobody felt comfortable saying "no" under the circumstances.
When Jennifer Aniston was cast, she was already on the CBS series Muddling Through (1994). If her other show was picked up for a second season, this show's episodes with Aniston would need very expensive re-shoots. NBC Vice President Warren Littlefield wanted to work with Aniston so much, that he offered to pay for the re-shoots. Muddling Through (1994) was cancelled, leaving Aniston free to star on this show.
In the first couple of episodes, Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) apartment number was #4, and Monica's (Courteney Cox's) and Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston'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, while the two apartments were supposed to be higher up the building.
In season four, episode two, "The One With the Cat", where Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) stuff gets stolen, the magnetic drawing board on their door says, "Thanks for your stuff."
In season eight, episode thirteen, "The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath", in the beginning, we see Joey (Matt LeBlanc) wearing a shirt with the name "Captain Billy Burke", the name of a firefighter who died on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.
Even though the "Friends" universe did not experience the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack that happened at the World Trade Center, the show expressed support for New York City in several ways. On the Doodle Board in Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) apartment, there were several messages expressing support for the city and the FDNY, and several cast members wore FDNY t-shirts.
Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) wedding is not attended by any of her relatives, such as her twin sister Ursula, her father (Bob Balaban), her biological mother (Teri Garr), her brother (Giovanni Ribisi), nor the nieces and nephew to whom she gave birth.
Executive Producer Marta Kauffman attended Marple Newtown High School in Broomall, Pennsylvania. When she was asked to come back and give a speech at graduation, she berated the school system because her teachers told her she wasn't a good writer. She wasn't asked back.
Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres asked Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) during an interview on 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!"
The exact location of Central Perk is never revealed. A few episodes have characters referring to it as being "downstairs", but exterior shots of the apartments show the first floor of their building being occupied by a restaurant with red trim, while the Central Perk has a green trim. Another episode has Joey (Matt LeBlanc) mentioning it's ninety-seven steps away from his apartment. Given that the exterior shot is an apartment building on the corner of Grove Street and Barrow Street, and given the amount of foot traffic and automotive traffic outside Central Perk, the most likely location would be on Hudson Street within a block of Grove Street.
All of the Friends have catchphrases: Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston's) is saying the word "no"; Monica's (Courteney Cox's) is shouting, "I know!" when she's excited; Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) is saying, "Oh, no" when something bad happens; Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) is, "How YOU doin?"; Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) is emphasizing the word "be" when asking a rhetorical question or emphasizing another word; and Ross' (David Schwimmer's) is saying, "Hi" in a really depressing way when something bad happens.
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.
Anita Barone played Ross' (David Schwimmer's) 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.
Most of the Friends have kissed each other, though one kiss is fictional (Monica and Joey in season seven, episode sixteen, "The One With the Truth About London"), and two of the kisses appear off-screen (Rachel and Monica kiss to retain their apartment, and Chandler kissed Ross at Joey's birthday party before making out with Joey's sister). Monica and Ross' on-screen kiss is a quick peck. They also kissed off camera, in a memory, in season ten, episode eleven, "The One Where the Stripper Cries". In season one, episode ten, "The One With the Monkey", at the New Year's Eve party, Joey kissed Chandler. Joey kisses Phoebe thinking it's Ursula. Phoebe kisses Rachel to find out "what the big deal is". Phoebe kisses Ross in a flashback episode. The only two that didn't kiss was Phoebe and Monica
Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) mother, who committed suicide, is the only parent to never be shown. However, Phoebe's birth mother (Teri Garr) is seen three times, and her biological father is shown only once.
In high school, Matthew Perry's teacher said that with his jokes and foolishness, he would never get anywhere in life. When Matthew was featured on the cover of People Magazine for the first time, he sent a copy of the cover to the teacher.
One of the more difficult scenes to film was when Rachel hears Ben's first words. Ross, desperate to hear Ben speak, is constantly asking him, "Can you say 'Dada'?" The baby was supposed to stay quiet, but kept responding.
At some point throughout the ten seasons, all six Friends lived in Monica's (Courteney Cox's) and Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston's) apartment except Ross (David Schwimmer), who previously lived there one summer with his grandmother. It is also true that everyone apart from Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), once lived in Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) apartment, though she did stay there briefly.
All six main actors and actresses appear in every episode. James Michael Tyler, as Gunther, is the only other cast member to appear in over one hundred episodes, appearing in one hundred fifty-one of them.
During the audio commentary for season ten, episode seventeen, "The Last One Part 1", and season ten, episode eighteen "The Last One Part 2", co-Creator David Crane revealed that in between season ten, episode fifteen, "The One Where Estelle Dies", and season ten, episode sixteen, "The One with Rachel's Going Away Party", there was going to be a story arc involving Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) briefly going to Paris, and Ross falling in love with her again. Unfortunately, they didn't have enough time because they were given eighteen episodes rather than twenty-four.
Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) address is 90 Bedford St. Apt. 19, New York, NY 10014, which is the address of a real restaurant in New York City called "The Little Owl". It is the restaurant beneath the Friends apartment building located on Grove Street and Bedford Street. (You can see the friends' full address on Rachel's invitation to Ross and Emily's wedding)
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 three firemen's hats that have "27" on them. Monica mentions "27" is a dangerous eye age. The girls believe they're at a rest stop off Route 27 while enlisting on a ski trip. Chandler gives Ross twenty-seven dollars when he feels guilty that he's seeing Monica. Joey tells everyone that he weighed twenty-seven pounds when he was born. When Chandler needs to replace Monica's broiling pan, she tells him to order it from page 27 of their catalogue. Chandler had to pay a pizza delivery girl exactly twenty-seven dollars for three pizzas.
In season two, episode four, "The One with Phoebe's Husband", Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) queries what is in a Cobb salad. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2004, Aniston said she ordered Cobb salad for lunch almost every day of shooting during the ten years that the show lasted.
When Rachel is trying to find a new officiant for Chandler and Monica's wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis and Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston's family name.
Monica's (Courteney Cox's) address is 90 Bedford St. Apt. 20, New York, NY 10014, but was originally Apartment 5 until writers realized 5 would not represent an apartment on an upper level. ***The street address for the apartment building is never mentioned in the show.***
When this show first played on Portuguese television, it was dubbed. In Portugal, dubbing is usually applied only to children's cartoons, series, or films. As such, the public was not satisfied by this, and complained. After just three or four episodes, the channel began airing the original audio with Portuguese subtitles.
Occasionally, NBC would air "Super-sized" episodes of their most popular sitcoms, including this show. These episodes would run forty minutes including commercials (or just around thirty minutes without). In syndication, a majority of the "Super-sized" episodes were cut down to fit a thirty-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.
When there was a discussion about Joey and Phoebe ending up together, the writers decided to leave a little mystery about Joey. That way, the audience could decide if Joey ended up alone like Mr. Heckles, or found someone. They thought that the show would remain in viewers' minds for a longer time that way.
Joey is the only main character to never have married. (In one fantasy sequence, he is married to Monica, portraying their lives if she found him in London, instead of Chandler.) Matthew Perry is the only principal cast member who never married.
In all of the episode titles, the Friends' names appear individually as so: Rachel (twenty-one times), Ross (nineteen times), Joey (thirteen times), Phoebe (ten times), Chandler (nine times), and Monica (seven times). Ross and Rachel appeared four times, Joey and Rachel appeared three times, Monica and Chandler appeared twice, and Ross and Monica appeared once.
Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) boyfriend David (Hank Azaria) is a scientist who moved to Minsk. Lisa Kudrow's relatives originate from this part of Belarus. According to her Wikipedia page, she discovered that her ancestors immigrated from a village in Minsk.
According to Paget Brewster (Kathy, the girl dating Joey with whom Chandler falls in love and dates), Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow advocated for her character to be written out, while making it clear that it was Chandler who messed up the relationship by being overly jealous, not by suspecting Kathy of cheating on him in the first place.
Besides Sarah 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. Hugh Laurie appeared as a tetchy passenger on Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston's) plane to London.
All six of the Friends have performed in public on the show. 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-fiancé's wedding, and Ross played his keyboard at Central Perk. Lisa Kudrow has said doesn't like singing.
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 (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) were hooking up off-screen throughout the course of the show.
Chandler and Monica were meant to be just a one night thing. But fans in the audience liked it so much that they cheered the bedsheet scene for twenty-seven seconds. It led the makers to make them a couple.
Gunther called Ross an "ezel" (donkey). Ross looks up the word "ezel" in the dictionary and retorts to Gunther "You're an ezel". Gunther easily overrules Ross by saying "jij hebt seks met ezels" (you have sex with donkeys).
Season three is the only season without an episode with two parts. However, season three, episode sixteen, "The One with the Morning After", is a continuation of season three, episode fifteen, "The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break".
In season one, episode fourteen, "The One with the Candy Hearts", where Joey (Matt LeBlanc) accidentally sets Chandler (Matthew Perry) up with Janice (Maggie Wheeler), Chandler yells at Joey to pee. In season four, episode one, "The One With the Jellyfish", Joey yells at Chandler to pee. Both times the yell is, "Do it! Do it now!"
There were rumors that the reason Reese Witherspoon did not return was because she and Jennifer Aniston did not get along. Aniston asked the writers not to ask her to return and to write a "new sister", which ended up being Christina Applegate, who appeared in two episodes.
In Joey's and Chandler's apartment, there is a Haudenosaunee ("Iroquois Confederacy") False Face displayed beneath the blue wall sconce. These masks were carved from living trees, included medicine bundles, and were used in healing ceremonies. They are extremely sacred in Haudenosaunee culture. Because the one displayed here had horse hair, it means it was made after 1646. Haudenosaunee False Faces were collected by museums and universities until the Haudenosaunee demanded their repatriation in the 1970s. It is extremely unusual to see Haudenosaunee False Faces in films or on non-documentary television shows, and it is never explained why Joey and Chandler would have one.
This show was filmed on the same soundstage that was used for the filming of Full House (1987) during the last two seasons of its eight year run. The pilot episode of this show was shot on stage 33 (the same stage as Living Single (1993)) at the Warner Ranch, and the first season was shot on Warner Brothers Stage 5 (the home of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)).
In season seven, episode eight, "The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs", we find out that Ross (David Schwimmer) hates ice cream. But one season earlier, we see Ross and Elizabeth (Alexandra Holden) enjoying ice cream on a date. In another episode, he shares a soft serve with Marcel. It's also revealed that Chandler (Matthew Perry) once owned a dog.
In season seven, episode seventeen, "The One With the Cheap Wedding Dress", where Monica buys her wedding gown, she is seen wearing one dress in the boutique. 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, and when the dress is shown later in her apartment, it is the original dress from the boutique.
The poster in Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) room during season seven 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.
Since Ross is Monica's older brother and Chandler was Ross' college roommate, it is clear that Chandler is older than Monica, when in reality, Courteney Cox is five years older than Matthew Perry, and two years older than David Schwimmer.
James Michael Tyler (Gunther) had his hair dyed the day before his audition because his friend, who had studied to become a hairdresser, experimented on his hair. When Tyler showed up, the producers liked it so much, that they decided to keep it.
The theme song "I'll Be There For You" was written by two producers of this show and offered to several bands before they decided to go with The Rembrandts. When a radio DJ at WYHY in Nashville looped it into a full length song, the response was so great that The Rembrants recorded the single version. They added one more verse, a vocal bridge, and repeated the chorus four more times (once as instrumental). The song ranked high on the charts in more than ten countries, including four number one positions.
Richard Crosby (Gary Oldman) and Joey Tribianni, Jr. (Matt LeBlanc) don't get along at first because Richard, as a classically trained actor, spits when he talks in order to enunciate. There are outtakes of this being a real problem between the other actors and actresses on this show's set.
Joey is the only character who went on to have his own spin-off sitcom, Joey (2004). The show followed him as he relocated from New York City to Hollywood, in which he moved into an apartment, which he shared with his twenty-year-old nephew Michael. The show lasted only two seasons.
Matt LeBlanc had a fever and flu the first day. He was at one hundred two degrees Fahrenheit (38.8 degrees Celsius) during the pilot episode, and had to repeatedly use a variety of remedies to attempt to cure it.
Marla Sokoloff played Joey's youngest sister, Dina, in season eight. Earlier, in season three, episode eleven, "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister", when we first see all of Joey's sisters, Dina was played by a different actress.
Rachel is the only character who never lived alone during the series. Monica lived alone until Rachel moved in during the first episode, and Ross lived alone for the majority of the show, and Joey and Chandler briefly lived alone after Joey moves into his own apartment after he gets a part in Days of Our Lives (1965).
Fraternal twins Giovanni Ribisi and Marissa Ribisi have appeared on this show. Giovanni played Phoebe's half brother, and Marissa played one of Rachel's old friends in season three, episode six, "The One with the Flashback".
The series was remastered in 16:9 high definition and 5.1 Surround Sound in 2011. Unlike most 4:3 conversions to widescreen, which involve cropping the top and bottom of the frame, this show was generally filmed with wider frames than were broadcast, so the widescreen version opens up the sides of the frame, rather than cropping.
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 and actresses would appear on-screen with his or her name superimposed.
In season three, episode nine, "The One With the Football", Phoebe is wearing a That Girl (1966) t-shirt in reference to the series starring Marlo Thomas. Phoebe's t-shirt features a caricature of Marlo, who also plays Rachel's mom.
Season three, episode two, "The One Where No One's Ready" takes place entirely in Monica's apartment, because the show didn't have a big enough budget for guest stars or additional sets. It is considered as one of the funniest episodes of the series.
Friends Casting Director Ellie Kanner told Huffington Post that when Vince Vaughn auditioned to play Joey, though he was "handsome and tall" and a "good actor", he just didn't fit the part as well as Matt LeBlanc did.
James Michael Tyler took home some of Gunther's wardrobe, and a piece of Central Perk. When the series ended, the cast and crew got pieces of the sidewalk outside of Central Perk, he requested to keep the last tie Gunther wore in the scene where he professes his love for Rachel.
In season one, episode four, "The One with George Stephanopoulos", Chandler and Joey buy hockey tickets for Ross' birthday and he says, "funny, my birthday was six months ago". He notes it is October 20 from the date on the tickets. In season nine, episode two, "The One Where Emma Cries", Ross breaks his thumb after trying to punch Joey and they go to the hospital. While there, Joey fills out his medical forms and guesstimates Ross' birthday as "May-tember", to which Ross shouts back, "October 18th". However, in season four, he tells Gunther his birthday is in December.
A recurring joke within the series is that whenever Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is driving her grandmother's taxi cab, those seated in the back must brace to avoid smashing into the window divider whenever Phoebe stops.
The Rembrandts' band members, Phil Solem and Danny Wilde were struggling musicians, but once they were hired by the producers to write and perform the theme song, since the show was a massive success, it helped increase album and singles sales of the theme song. Solem and Wilde, stated in an interview, they were able to send their children to college.
Before NBC decided to add this show to its line-up, they considered another pilot produced by Matthew Broderick's production company. It centered around a motley group of friends who spent a lot of time hanging out at a coffee shop. The name of the coffee house and the proposed series was "Maxwell House".
A Soviet propaganda poster on a wall in apartment #19 shows two people over a book and 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".
The reason Monica is a chef is because she made Chandler macaroni and cheese one Thanksgiving. To get Monica to stop bugging him and asking if he liked it, Chandler said it was really good and she should be a chef.
The time of Rachel's pregnancy in the show (and all of season eight, for that matter) is mixed up. Monica and Chandler got married on May 15, which means Rachel and Ross conceived their baby sometime in April. A few episodes later, it is Halloween, and there is a party, which would make Rachel around six months pregnant, but another episode or two later, Rachel tells her father that she is pregnant and lied, saying they were getting married on February 2. That same episode, Monica says that for their two month anniversary, she hired a stripper for Chandler's bachelor party (which he didn't get before the wedding) which would put them in late July.
In the episode where Rachel smokes to impress her boss, she accidentally slips that her doctor-father always warned her of the dangers of smoking. However, earlier in the series, Mr. Green is revealed as a smoker when Ross gets him his cigarettes from Monica's apartment when they're trying to keep Mr. and Mrs. Green separate at Rachel's two birthday parties.
Being mistaken for being gay has been a problem for all of the Friends. Monica's maid thinks she's gay when she is trying to identify her stolen jeans. Ross tells off a student for trying to charm better grades out of him and it looks like a break-up. Rachel tries to relive her wilder days with Melissa. Joey has a huge gay fanbase. Phoebe is driven to pretend to be one of Ben's Mommies when she's trying to get free Sting tickets, and it is the bane of Chandler's life.
Co-Creator David Crane revealed he initially wrote the role of Monica with Janeane Garofalo in mind. It was only when Courteney Cox nailed the audition that they changed the character a bit. "When we originally wrote the role, we had Janeane Garofalo's voice in our head", he told Vanity Fair. "Darker and edgier and snarkier, and Courteney brought a whole bunch of other colors to it. We decided that, week after week, that would be a lovelier place to go."
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. Chandler moved in with Monica when they fell in love and got married. Then when Phoebe and Rachel's apartment had to be renovated after a fire, Rachel moved in with Monica and Chandler. Soon afterward, Rachel moved in with Joey, and Phoebe moved in with Monica and Chandler. 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.
Matthew Perry is related to three of his cast-mates. He is a distant cousin to Jennifer Aniston through the English couple Roger Conant and Sarah Horton. He's related to Courteney Cox through their common descent of the English Baldwin family, and is related to Matt LeBlanc through their common descent to fourteenth century King James of Scotland and his wife Joan Beaufort.
Kathleen Turner, who had the recurring role of Chandler's transgender father, Charles Bing a.k.a Helena Handbasket, complained in recent interviews that the Friends cast wasn't very friendly to her. "I'll be quite honest, which is my wont: I didn't feel very welcomed by the cast", Turner tells Vulture. "I remember I was wearing this difficult sequined gown, and my high heels were absolutely killing me. I found it odd that none of the actors thought to offer me a seat. Finally, it was one of the older crew members that said, 'Get Miss Turner a chair.' The Friends actors were such a clique, but I don't think my experience with them was unique. I think it was simply that they were such a tight little group that nobody from the outside mattered."
U2's "With or Without You" plays as Ross' requested song to try making up to Rachel about a list he made with Chandler and Joey to help him decide between her and Julie. It also plays when he is kissing the woman with whom he cheats on her when they are on a break.
At the beginning of the show, Gunther asks Rachel about her birthday and she says it's May 5. However, when she drives Monica's Porsche with Ross and gets stopped for speeding, the officer asks for her horoscope sign and she answers "Aquarius". Jennifer Aniston's real birthday is February 11, which makes her an Aquarius.
When his short-lived spin-off show Joey (2004) began production, Matt LeBlanc noted that he experienced a strong sense of nostalgia, because several of the sets used were on the same sound-stages that had been used for filming this show.
Kate Miller is a spaced out, commonly used name on the show. Dina Meyer guest starred as Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) co-star and girlfriend. Much later on the show, in season nine, episode twenty-three, "The One in Barbados Part 1", Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is with Joey when he picks up a card with the name "Kate Miller", and Rachel pretends to be her. Jennifer Aniston played Rose/Sarah Miller as a fake mom in We're the Millers (2013).
At least three people who starred in Dazed and Confused (1993) guest starred on this show. Adam Goldberg played Eddie in season two, Nicky Katt played one of the bullies that kicked Ross and Chandler out of the coffee shop in season two, episode twenty-one, "The One With the Bullies", and Marissa Ribisi is one of Rachel's friends in season three, episode six, "The One with the Flashback". Also, Goldberg appeared on Joey (2004) as Jimmy.
In season eight, episode seventeen, "The One With the Tea Leaves", when Ross comes in asking if anyone has seen his "salmon colored shirt", he is wearing a t-shirt with the American Sign Language sign for "friend".
When Chandler was working in Tulsa, a member of the board tells him that it is legal to smoke in offices with less than fifteen people. This is no longer true. Oklahoma smoking laws apply the same as the rest of the U.S.
When asked in 2009 by heatworld.com what Gunther would be doing "now", James Michael Tyler joked, "He'd probably have a very traditional marriage, with lots of white-haired babies running around with hair brighter than the sun."
There's a white dog statue identical to Joey's white dog statue featured on Family Matters (1989) season six, episode thirteen, "An Unlikely Match", where Carl buys the dog at a police auction. Both shows were filmed at Warner Brothers.
Warner Brothers attempted to turn Cameron Crowe's Seattle-based film Singles (1992) into a television series, but Crowe turned it down. Some time later, Crowe saw the news in The Hollywood Reporter that Singles (1992) would become a television show, from David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the people who ended up doing this show. Crowe called his lawyer and tried to stop this, but NBC went ahead with the idea anyway, incorporating many of the elements of that proposed series into this show. Crowe told Rolling Stone Magazine in 2017 that his mother still says, "You really screwed up on Friends! All you had to do was say yes! You would be living in a castle right now!", and Crowe said, "I don't need to live in a castle! I'm happy I made the choices I made. But in my mind at least, you can partially draw a line from the genesis of Friends to our little Seattle film."
As of 2019 the series was generating more than a billion dollars a year from syndication and streaming royalties, with the six leads earning roughly $20 million a year, roughly the same as their salaries during the final seasons (albeit less when accounting for inflation).
In a television interview circa 1995 David Schwimmer was asked who was his least favorite friend from the show, and who would he most like to see leave. After much hemming and hawing, Schwimmer replied that Marcel, Ross' pet monkey, who was a regular on the show during the first season, was his least favorite Friend, and that he was glad to see him leave. Many critics agreed, saying that taking out the Any Which Way You Can/BJ and the Bear gimmick of having a pet monkey seriously improved the quality of the shows from then on.
In season three, episode thirteen, "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends", Joey and Rachel discuss the book "Little Women". The 1994 film version starred Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, and Claire Danes. Sarandon and Ryder were on Ross' "celebrities he would sleep with" list, and both guest-starred in the seventh season. In season ten, Rachel told Ross that she would cast Claire Danes to play her in a movie about an incident that happened in her life.
Estelle's (June Gable's) paper-eating client, and the man who caught Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) breaking the rules with a massage client, were played by the same actor, who appeared in Days of Our Lives (1965).
Despite being set in New York City, almost the entire series was filmed in Los Angeles on the Warner Brothers lot, with only establishing shots of buildings shot in New York City. The only scenes filmed outside of Los Angeles were the exterior scenes shot in London for the two-parter "The One with Ross' Wedding" from season four.
In the opening sequence, the names of the six main cast members are shown in alphabetical order. As a coincidental result, the ladies' names appear before the men's, and the names also appear from the shortest person to the tallest.
The opening sequence of the cast dancing and frolicking in the fountain randomly alters between episodes, sometimes mid-season. All of the fountain scenes were filmed sometime during production of the pilot episode, which can be distinguished by the casts' hairstyles. For example, Lisa Kudrow's hair remains frizzy in the opening sequence even though she eventually has straight hair as the series progresses.
We're the Millers (2013), starring Jennifer Aniston, the rest of the cast played a prank on her by playing this show's theme song instead of the proposed one, following which, Aniston remained surprised and emotional. This scene is added in the bloopers.
The writers wrote a three-part episode where they were all flying somewhere and the plane crashed, and they were all stranded on an island. However, they never went through with the idea, and never filmed it.
In season eight, episode five, "The One with Rachel's Date", Phoebe meets a sous chef and he tells her that it means "under" in French. But, in season ten, episode thirteen, "The One Where Joey Speaks French", she is fluent in French, and teaches Joey the language. So, she would know what "sous" meant, and was probably just being gracious and respectful.
In season five, episode eight, "The One with All the Thanksgivings", during the flashback of Joey with the turkey on his head, he says "Well, then help me get it off. Plus, it smells really bad in here." Phoebe replied, "Of course it smells bad, you have your head up a dead animal." Later on, in season ten, episode ten, "The One Where Chandler Gets Caught", the same flashback happens, but instead of "Of course it smells bad, you have your head up a dead animal", Phoebe said, "Of course it smells bad, you have your head inside a turkey's ass."
In 2009, budding actor and fan Steve Muskura watched every episode of this show back to back and stayed awake for eighty-four hours, smashing the then existing world record of seventy-two hours of watching television non-stop.
The same time she appeared as Emily Waltham, Helen Baxendale was playing the lead role in British comedy drama Cold Feet (1997), which was deemed by many to be the "British Friends". Both shows feature three male and three female characters, and both have lead characters named Rachel.
In season seven, episode two, "The One with Rachel's Book", Ross claimed that he came up with the idea for "Jurassic Park". In season nine, episode fifteen, "The One With the Mugging", Jeff Goldblum made a guest appearance. He played Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).
Throughout the series, we met Ross' and Monica's parents, Chandler's parents, Joey's parents, Rachel's parents, and Phoebe's birth parents. We also met two of Joey's grandmothers, Monica's and Ross' grandmother, and Phoebe's grandmother.
Although Ross says in the very last episode that they made it ten years without them ever bringing up the fact that Ross took dance lessons, in the episode "The One In Vegas: Part 2", when Ross and Pheobe are talking about lurkers by the slot machines, Ross almost lets it slip, but covers it up quickly and says "that's how my nana paid for my dance-karate lessons".
All six Friends have a fixation with a childhood toy. Rachel had her Weebles, Chandler has his bath-time battleship, Joey has Hugsy his Bedtime Penguin Pal, Phoebe has her tricked-out bike, Ross has his baby doll, and Monica has the play house.
All the episodes' names start with "The One With" or "The One Where". This is because when people usually recall an episode, they do not remember its name, but instead remember the incident that happened in it.
Ross' age is inconsistent throughout the series. In the pilot episode, he says he is twenty-six, implying he was born in 1968. In season three, episode thirteen, "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends", he says he is twenty-nine. In season four, episode nine, "The One Where They're Going to Party!", he again says he's twenty-nine, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in season five, episode four, "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS", he says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still twenty-nine and born in 1969. Also, in season eight, episode four, "The One With the Videotape", he claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983, then whispers to himself "I was thirteen?" implying he was born in 1969 or 1970.
In season eight, episode thirteen, "The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath", Joey is seen wearing a t-shirt with the emblem for the FDNY with the name "Capt. Billy Burke". Captain Billy Burke (William F. Burke, Jr.) was a New York City Firefighter who lost his life on 9/11 at the World Trade Center.
The idea of the six lead actors and actresses 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 times was (by a fair margin) the last cast regular to agree to continue; however, the decision to make season ten "The Last One" was a prompt and unanimous one from all six that was made late in season nine.
Rachel says that Doctor Bobby Bobby has her believing that one of her legs is longer than the other. This is a well-known healer's scam, where holding the legs at an angle and then moving them together creates the illusion that they are changing in length relative to each other.
Most of the friends have been in love triangles with each other. In season one: Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) - Monica (Courteney Cox) and the guy in a coma. Season two: Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) -Julie (Lauren Tom) - Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel - Jean-Claude Van Damme - Monica. Season four: Joey (Matt LeBlanc) - Kathy - Chandler (Matthew Perry). Season seven: Joey - Kristin - Ross. Seasons eight and ten: Joey - Rachel - Ross. Season nine: Joey - Charlie - Ross.
The French text on the apartment's prominent poster means "To Chaumont Hillocks (a Parisian toy store named after the 19th arrondissement park), Toys and Objects for New Year Gifts" and then the address: "Villette boulevard, at the corner of Faubourg St. Martin".
In season ten, episode eighteen, "The Last One Part 2", Ross mentions that they made it ten years without ever talking about him trying to make it as a dancer, but in season five, episode twenty-four, "The One in Vegas Part 2", when talking about slot machine lurkers, Ross almost lets it slip that he took dance lessons, but covered it up with "dance-karate" lessons.
In season two, episode nine, "The One with Phoebe's Dad", Phoebe's grandmother shows her a picture of her real dad, who she would have recognized in the episode with Phoebe's grandmother's funeral when Frank Buffay showed up. Also, in season two, episode nine, Phoebe's grandmother calls Frank Buffy a "irresponsible deadbeat who knocked up my daughter and bailed". We later find out that Phoebe's mom who died, isn't her birth mom, so her grandmother couldn't be upset that Frank knocked up her daughter.
After receiving criticism for the lack of diversity for its supporting characters, the writers and producers created the part of Charlie Wheeler and cast Aisha Tyler for the role. The producers and writers saw the chemistry between Ross and Charlie, a love triangle storyline was introduced, and Joey was chosen to be the other male interest.
When Chris Isaak appeared in season two, episode twelve, "The One After The Super Bowl Part 1", he starts to sing his song "Wicked Game" at the end of the episode, while singing "Smelly Cat" with Phoebe. In season two, episode fifteen, "The One Where Ross and Rachel ... You Know", the same song is playing when Rachel and Ross are in the planetarium.
Mount Tibidabo near Barcelona, Spain is real. Its name derives from the Latin for "I will give to you", as local folklore has it that this is the mountain from which Satan showed Jesus the kingdoms of the world, as one of the three temptations.
In the pilot, Monica forgot the name of the guy with whom she slept, worried the audience would not like her character, they handed out a survey to the studio audience and asked if they wanted the plot to be changed, which they denied.
Marlo Thomas has said in inteviews that the Rachel Green character is very much a "That Girl" type character; modern, liberated, trying to make it on her own; et cetera. That's why Thomas agreed to play Rachel's mother.
When Monica is planning her and Chandler's wedding, she said that for music she got the band "The Swing Kings". In season seven, episode twenty-four, "The One With Monica and Chandler's Wedding Part 2", the name of the band on the drum is "Jungle Swing".
Glee (2009) spoofed this show in season five, episode thirteen, "New Directions", by having their teen stars dress up like the Friends and romping through the iconic fountain in Central Park, just like this show's opening, with the show being called "Chums".
In the episode where Rachel is trying to impress Danny, she tells him she's going to a regatta gala. He asks if she sails, to which she replies no, but she supports it. Later in the series, Rachel teaches Joey how to sail, and says she's been doing it her whole life, so much so that her father bought her her own boat.
In season one, Phoebe's guitar was tuned to an open E major chord. She played A and B chords by forming a bar straight across the 5th and 7th frets with her first finger and the other fingers on top. In all other seasons she played in standard tuning with basic A, D, and E major chords. Every song she then played was only these three chords.
One day on-set Courteney Cox was doing an imitation of Anthony Michael Hall, saying one of his famous lines: "Chicks cannot hold their smoke, that's what it is." Matthew Perry said the line was from Weird Science (1985), but Cox was sure it was from The Breakfast Club (1985). Most of the crew got involved in the debate until they realized that Judd Nelson was at a nearby soundstage, so they ran over and found out that it was indeed The Breakfast Club (1985). Perry's punishment for losing the bet was to be Cox's "man slave" whenever she wanted.
In season three, episode eight, "The One With the Giant Poking Device", Ben (Cole Sprouse) calls Monica (Courteney Cox) "Monica Bang". This name is almost the same as Chandler Bing foreshadowing Monica marrying Chandler in season seven.
In Friends: The One with the Thumb (1994), in the background behind Chandler, a Toronto Blue Jays baseball hat is visible. Matthew Perry holds both Canadian and American citizenship (his mother was a journalist in Canada and eventual Press Secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau) and was raised in Canada's capital city of Ottawa. He is also a Toronto Blue Jays fan.
In the series finale, 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 was the only episode in which this occurred. All of the other episodes without an epilogue scene used the opening credits footage of the cast around the fountain.
While most people agree the Spanish telenovela and the English soap opera are two different genres, for translation purposes, they are considered the same. Therefore, in the Spanish version of this show, Days of Our Lives (1965) is regarded as a telenovela.
In season nine, episode fifteen, "The One With the Mugging", Ross explains that as a kid he used to frequent St. Marks Comics in New York City, which would be in downtown Manhattan on St. Marks Street, nowhere near any commuter hubs from the suburbs. Ross and Monica are from Long Island, and it wouldn't be realistic that a young school-aged kid would be regularly shopping in downtown Manhattan. It would be at least an hour journey.
Maggie Wheeler (Janice) was in Seinfeld (1989) season three, episode sixteen, "The Fix-Up", where Elaine and Jerry help to set her up with George. Jason Alexander appeared on this show in season seven, episode thirteen, "The One Where Rosita Dies" in which he played Earl, a suicidal man that Phoebe called to ask to buy toner in her telemarketing job.
In season nine, episode twenty-two, "The One With the Donor", Zack (John Stamos) asked Chandler (Matthew Perry) for a coaster, because he didn't want to leave a ring, but when he got up to use the bathroom, he did not use the coaster. Oops!
Jane Krakowski auditioned for the role of Rachel, and joked in an interview with Giuliana Rancic on the 2015 Emmys red carpet that her "business manager is very sad" she didn't get a call back. She revealed: "Well, I, like almost every actor in the world, auditioned for Friends. I wish I had gotten that one. I actually auditioned for Rachel, and I didn't go very far."
The couch was almost always free for the six because it was reserved. There was always a reserved sign on the coffee table. Except for when Ross and Chandler were bullied, and Chandler's hat was taken. Fans questioned why it was always available to the gang. It was later added in an episode where they said it was permanently reserved for them.
Ross liked to form the team of Friends to move his stuff, but was never successful. In one episode, he organized the movement of his newly bought couch together with Chandler and Rachel by "Pivot!" Until they could not pivot anymore, and the couch was stuck on the stairway. Another episode the friends did a flashback of how they spent their 30th birthday and Ross bought a car. All of the Friends helped try to move the car from the street parking by Ross yelling "Lift! And slide!" But it didnt work.
Throughout the series, Rachel is the only leading female to have retained some sort of relationship with all three leading men at some point. She and Ross dated at different times throughout the series, and had a baby together, she and Joey date very briefly in season ten after making out in Barbados, and it is revealed in a flashback that she made out with Chandler while at a college party with Monica when they went to visit Ross at school.
In the pilot episode, after Monica finds out that Paul lied to her in order to sleep with her, she asks if she has a "beacon that the only dogs and men with severe emotional problems can hear". She ends up marrying Chandler, who has severe emotional problems.
MsMojo called Ross Geller the "worst Friends character" due to the character having terrible traits, and WhatCulture voted the character as the eighth most awful character in an awesome television show, and that he didn't deserve all of his friends and relationships, mostly due to the fact that Ross started an "I Hate Rachel" club in school, which he sabotaged all relationships and got together with her, which he got possessive, causing them to break up, which he slept with another woman, and that he constantly condescended Joey, he was constantly judgmental towards Phoebe, and he lorded his status with his parents over Monica.
After season eight, episode twelve, "The One Where Joey Dates Rachel", Ben Geller never appeared in the sitcom again and was only mentioned once, and he never met his half-sister Emma. It's theorized that Carol was awarded full custody of Ben and stopped Ross from seeing him due to Ross' manic behavior that got worse over the series.
There are eleven ducks on this show: The crystal duck Ross (David Schwimmer) bought for Carol (Jane Sibbett), the pet duck that was brought in season three, seven rubber ducks swimming in the fountain by Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) during the credits, and Duck, Jr., that was brought in the series finale. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) also played Dr. Drake Ramoray in Days of Our Lives (1965), a drake being a male duck.
Every friend has lived in Chandler's and Joey's place. Monica lived there after she lost a bet. Rachel lived there; after the bet, when her and Phoebe's apartment burned, and after she had a fight with Ross. Phoebe lived there briefly after her and Rachel's apartment burned. Ross lived there after he moved out of his apartment and he broke up with the girl whose cousin he would be moving in with. Joey and Chandler lived there regularly.
Every Friend has either had a baby or assisted in a delivery. Ross has two children, Monica and Chandler have twins, Phoebe gave birth to her brother's triplets, Rachel has a daughter and stepson through Ross, and Joey helped deliver Lydia's baby in season one, episode twenty-three, "The One With the Birth".
Of all of the complaints about this show, the character and plot thread that has derived the most criticism is Kathleen Turner's portrayal of Chandler's father, who they referred to as Mr Bing, and which is perceived as transphobic.
Two members of the main cast have acted in a scene opposite themselves, playing multiple characters: Lisa Kudrow simultaneously played Phoebe and Ursula Buffay several times throughout the series, and David Schwimmer played Ross and Russ in season two, episode ten, "The One with Russ".
There are sixteen cats on this show: two Smelly Cats, the cat that's a reincarnation of Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) mother, Phoebe's cat skull she found while mugging people, Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) secretary's three cats Mittens, Fitzhugh, and Chinkies, Ugly Naked Guy's (Jon Haugen's) cat that got squashed, Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston's) cat that died when it ate her tarantula, the cat Sebastian was named after, Rachel's ex-boyfriend's cat, which didn't like her, Fluffy Meowington, the Geller family cat, Mrs. Whiskers on a Minion of the Antichrist, Paolo's cat, and Monica dressed as Catwoman, and the cat that Ross and Julie almost got together before Rachel reveals she has feelings for Ross. Not only that, Jennifer Aniston is also allergic to cats. There's also the cats Mr. Heckles could have, and the kittens that licked on Rachel's tattoo.
While Ross is the only Friend who has been on sabbatical from his job, the others have either gotten fired from their jobs or quit, Rachel quit her job at Central Perk in season three, and was fired from her job at Ralph Lauren in season ten, Monica was fired in season two, Phoebe was fired in season four, Joey was fired in season two, and Chandler quit his job in seasons one and nine.
In season three, episode fifteen, "The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break", Phoebe asks Monica if she has a globe to identify the country her non-English speaking boyfriend is from. Monica tells her she does, and brings out a very small globe that doubles as a pencil sharpener. In season eight, episode fourteen, "The One With the Secret Closet", Chandler discovers a messy closet in the apartment, and a regular sized globe is seen in the background.
Twice in the series, Ross suggests a baby girl name that ends up being the name of a future romantic partner. When Ross and Rachel have an argument about their future, Ross says that he was considering the name Emily for their daughter. He would later date Emily Waltham (Helen Baxendale). Earlier, when Ross is suggesting names for Ben with Carol (Jane Sibbett) and Susan (Jessica Hecht), he throws out the name Julia- a version of Julie, whom he would later date that season (Lauren Tom).
The series debuted six months after the release of Reality Bites (1994), which centered around a group of friends who were of Twentysomethings/Generation X. During the lead-in to this show's debut, many critics and previews referred to the show as "Reality Bites: The TV Series".
The interstitial music and city scene after Rachel is shown sitting at the bay window, to her preparing coffee for Joey and Chandler in the pilot episode, originally featured a shot of the Brooklyn Bridge with the World Trade Center towers prominently in the background. After the September 11 attacks, the interstitial scene was changed to a shot of the exterior of the building where Monica. Joey, and Chandler live. However, the original scene can be seen on DVD releases published prior to the attacks.
In Friends: The One with the Stoned Guy (1995), there is a scene at Chandler's job with a conversation between he and a co-worker at his cubicle. If you look closely, you can see a Toronto Bluejays baseball hat. Matthew Perry is originally from Toronto.
On April 3rd, 2018, MsMojo uploaded a video about Ross Gellar called "Top 10 Times Ross Was the Worst", which explored the character's flaws as he was the worst out of the 6 main characters in the sitcom and 10 times in the show which he was at his worst such as destroying Chandler's relationship with Ross and Monica's parents. Co-founding the "I Hate Rachel" Club. Cheating on Rachel and telling Rachel not to date Mark out of jealously.
Phoebe, Monica, Rachel, and Joey have dressed up as science fiction heroes. Supergirl, Catwoman, Princess Leia, and Superman, respectively. Ross lost a fight with G.I. Joe, and Chandler disarmed Krung.
The name "Rachel" followed Helen Baxendale in her three major television roles. Rachel Bradley, her character in Cold Feet (1997). In this show, her character was involved in a love triangle with Ross and Rachel. In Cuckoo (2012), her character has a daughter called Rachel.
The book Eddie (Adam Goldberg) is reading, before he tells Chandler (Matthew Perry) about the girlfriend who tore his heart out and smeared it all over his life, seems to be a Prop Gag. It's blurred in freeze-frame, but the title can just be made out as "The Book of the Film".
In season four, episode seven, "The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line", on the Magna Doodle, Mr. Treeger's name is spelled as "Mr.Treager", but in the credits, it is given as "Mr. Treeger", which means that a character misspelled his name.
In season two, episode twenty, "The One Where Old Yeller Dies", Carol (Jane Sibbett) told Ross (David Schwimmer) that Ben's first word sounds like Yemen. Later in the series, Chandler (Matthew Perry) buys a ticket to Yemen to escape from Janice (Maggie Wheeler) at the airport. Chandler's girlfriend Aurora (Sofia Milos) visited Yemen as part of her Military Tour of Duty.
This show did receive negative criticism while it was on the air for not being inclusive enough (not just later-as some have claimed). In 1995, during the first season, Oprah Winfrey said "I would like to see there be a black Friend."
At some point, all the friends have lived in both apartments. Monica's apartment: Monica (lived there for almost the shows entire run). Rachel (was Monica's roommate before Chandler moved in, she then shared an apartment with Phoebe). Phoebe (was Monica's roommate prior to the events of the series and later moved in when her own apartment was damaged in a fire). Chandler (moved in after he and Joey won a bet and the apartment. He later moved in with Monica, who he later married) Joey (see Chandler) Ross (lived there with his grandmother prior to the events of the series). Joey's apartment: Joey (Chandler's original roommate) Chandler (Joey's original roommate) Monica (Moved in after losing her apartment in a bet with Joey and Chandler). Rachel (See Monica. Also lived there on two other occasions) Phoebe (only very briefly, after her and Rachel's apartment was badly damaged in a fire she agreed to move in with Joey after thinking that fire was her fault. It soon transpires that it was actually Rachel's fault and so Phoebe gets to move into Monica's nicer apartment while Rachel has to "slum it at Joey's", Ross (moved in with Joey and Chandler following the end of his brief marriage to Emily).
There are twenty-seven monkeys in this series: Ross' pet monkey, Dr. Monkey from the Joke, Curious George, the monkey from Leonard Hayes' commercial, the monkey Monica starts chattering like, the raspberry monkey Joey thinks comes with his cheesecake, the Hungry Monkey from Bamboozled and twenty monkeys Phoebe freed from a research lab with her ex-boyfriend. It's not clear whether the Hungry Monkey and the Golden Monkey from Bamboozled are the same monkey or not. The giant stuffed gorilla is an ape, not a monkey.
Joey, Chandler, and Phoebe have all, in their own ways, had problems with U.F.O.s. Joey has to ride one out of an otherwise mundane play, Chandler has flashbacks when he sees Rachel's big hat, and Phoebe thinks her beeping smoke alarm might be one.
The show guest starred several people from Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Maggie Wheeler played Janice on this show, and Linda on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Fred Stoller played Stew, a chef that works with Monica, on this show, and Raymond's cousin Gerad on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Phil Leeds played the old man who was married to the woman that Phoebe believed had entered her spirituality on this show, and Uncle Mel on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
Just Go with It (2011), also starring Jennifer Aniston, when Danny says the line "There's one problem, she's not you", is a reference to this show, when Ross says about Julie, "There's one problem, she's not Rachel".
In Just Go with It (2011), the scene where Danny and Katherine pretends to be husband and wife to Devlin and Ian is similar to this show, in which Ross and Rachel also pretend to be husband and wife in front of Ross' relatives and make up stories.
There are fifty-four dogs on this show: the Threshold Guardian dog Phoebe ran over, Ross' dog "Cheechi", who was dead, not playing, down on the farm, the Happiest Dog in the World that Joey broke, Margha's dog, a Pitbull Chandler moved Mike's (Paul Rudd's) sofa past, the Bloodhound Monica had a nose like, Phoebe's neighbor's dog "Satan", from which she used to run away, the dog in the street Monica's going to be shot like for going shopping with Julie, Ginger's annoying dog "Pepper" Joey wishes he'd burned instead of her artificial leg, the talking dog from Joey's dog food commercial, Ugly Naked Guy's dog that wears a sweater, a blue dog on some Central Perk pop art, two dogs Chandler sees going at it when visiting a house that's for sale, Mischa's dog, to whom he says goodbye in seven languages from half a world away, the four dogs in Ohio on whom Joey put Chandler's sweater vests, the puppy Phoebe's given in Montauk, LaPooh the Green family dog that got hit by an ice cream truck, the yapping dog from the toy race, "Cujo", the purebred Phoebe thinks Mike's (Paul Rudd's) girlfriend Precious might be, Cash's dog "Wally", Chandler's incontinent dog "Molly", the dog who mauled the actor who was going to audition for Mac and CHEESE, the five dogs, into whom Chandler runs, while trying to say "Hey" to Kathy, Old Yeller, the three puppies that turn out to be the triplets when Chandler and Monica have to babysit, Jill Goodacre's dog "Dexter" that panics during the blackout, Frank, Jr.'s old dog "Tumor", the St. Bernard from Rachel's vivid birthing metaphor, the seeing-eye dog that Cliff decides not to eat, the dog that was too big for the dollhouse, because it was built on toxic waste, the rabid dog that was nearly feasting on Ross' danglers, the lost puppy Monica used to follow Rachel around like, the dog Mike has to knock off Monica's head playing ping-pong in Barbados, the dog that keeps running off with Rachel's presents, the ornamental Big White dog, the three puppies Joey uses to cover up the director's swearing, Chandler's barking slippers, Clunkers the dog, of whom Chandler's terrified, a dog Joey pretends to see, to get out of answering Janice's (Maggie Wheeler) questions, and Mike's (Paul Rudd's) family dog, Chappy, who he uses as his third groomsman (while Ross ends up carrying Chappy down the aisle because of the snow) in his and Phoebe's wedding. There's also an unspecified number of puppies that Chandler wants to run over because it would be easier than dumping Janice.
Just Go with It (2011) also starring Jennifer Aniston, the scene when Katherine comes to know that Danny and Palmer are getting married, but she loves him is similar to this show, where Rachel becomes upset after knowing that Ross and Emily are getting married, and she still loves him.
There are eight pigeons on this show: the giant pigeon that pooped on Phoebe's heart, the pigeon Phoebe sees a man kicking in the street, the gross pigeon Monica talks about to kill the mood between Mike (Paul Rudd) and Phoebe, the scary pigeon that knocks away the lottery tickets, the pigeon Phoebe's psychic said would kill her, the other scary pigeon that swoops at Rachel when she's on the phone, the scary pigeon on the balcony that prevents Chandler from climbing down the fire escape in the episode where Chandler comes home from Oklahoma, but doesn't tell Joey, and a big pigeon Joey says he saw to fend off Rachel's raging hormones.
A critic Noel Holston of Newsday, who had dismissed the pilot as a "so-so Seinfeld wannabe" in 1994, repudiated his earlier review after rewatching the episode and felt like writing an apology to the writers.
Rachel has kissed all of the 'friends' during the run of the series Monica- 4.19 TOW All the Haste Phoebe- 7.20 TOW Rachel's Big Kiss Chandler- 5.02 TOW All the Kissing Joey- 5.11 TOW All the Resolutions, 9.24 TOW in Barbados, 10.01 TOW After Joey and Rachel Kiss, 10.02 TOW Ross is Fine, & 10.03 TOW Ross's Tan Ross- throughout the series
In 1 show, when Joey is talking to Rachel at Central Perk, Rachel is seen holding a Fit Pregnancy magazine which actress Alex Kingston appears on the cover. Alex Kingston is best known for playing Elizabeth Corday in ER (1994). Other ER cast members George Clooney and Noah Wyle appeared in (#1.17) playing similar roles to their roles in ER.
At one point, Phoebe has lived with all the friends except Joey and Chandler. Although in season six after a fire in her apartment, she briefly moves in their apartment, but ends up in Monica's and then Ross's.
Except Jennifer Aniston, all the other main characters have appeared in guest roles in Lisa Kudrow's show Web Therapy (2011). Aniston had also agreed to do so, but that show ended in with its fourth season and her cameo never came to be.
Rachel is introduced to Chandler in the coffee house in the first episode. However as the show would pan out, the two characters had in fact met several years earlier and had conversed with each other on at least four occasions (even making out with each other at a party).
The episode Friends: The One with the Flashback (1996) was partly the idea of the cast to see how audience responded to certain couplings, the main one of these being Rachel and Chandler. The audience didn't like seeing these two together, so they never were. It also shows the only make out scene of Ross and Phoebe, and Joey and Monica getting attracted to each other.
Phoebe would never be able to be a surrogate without having a child of her own first. All reputable surrogacy agencies in the US require their surrogates to have had at least one full-term, live birth before becoming a surrogate.