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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.
Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel. She asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.
The artwork in Central Perk changed every three episodes.
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Before the show was cast, the main love interest was intended to be Monica (Courteney Cox) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc).
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?"
Lisa Kudrow was terrified of the duck that showed up in season three.
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In the opening credits to Friends: The One After Vegas (1999) the names of all of the actors, actresses, and crew were changed to include "Arquette" at the end of them, a gag on Courteney Cox Arquette, who had just recently married David Arquette.
Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Christina Applegate, and Paul Rudd guest-starred on the show after doing a movie with one of the regular cast members. Willis and Applegate won Emmys for their guest roles.
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Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) pick-up line, "How YOU doin'?" was ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (August 21-27, 2005 issue).
When Courteney Cox dressed as fat Monica for the first time, Matthew Perry walked right past her without recognizing her.
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The orange couch in Central Perk was found in the Warner Brothers studio basement.
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.
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Gunther didn't have a name until Friends: The One Where Ross Finds Out (1995) just before Rachel and Ross kiss.
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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.
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Matthew Perry has admitted he barely remembers filming three seasons of the show roughly midway through its run due to his drug problems.
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The golden frame around the peephole was originally a mirror which Ricky Parker, a crew member, accidentally smashed. Because it looked good, they decided to leave it there.
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Kathleen Turner (Chandler's father in the show) revealed that Matthew Perry still calls her "Dad".
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Matt LeBlanc showed up on the day of his audition with a large ugly cut on his nose after he fell and landed on the edge of a sharp toilet seat.
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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.
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When Tom Selleck made his initial on-set appearances, he got standing ovations, which made his entrances unusable. They were re-shot without the audience.
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The show's original theme song was "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M., but was changed later on to "I'll Be There For You" by The Rembrandts.
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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.
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Monica said the first lines of the series and Chandler said the last lines in the series finale. The last line Chandler says is "where", and then there is no dialogue for the rest of the episode.
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.
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Jon Favreau was offered the role of Chandler Bing. He later returned as a guest star, as Pete Becker, Monica's millionaire boyfriend.
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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.
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Joey was originally written as a jerk. When Matt LeBlanc questioned why the others would be friends with him, the character was changed.
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Lisa Kudrow based her hippie character, Phoebe, on Jennifer Aniston, because of the actress' interest in "spiritual" subjects.
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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.
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The original plan for Friends: The One with Rachel's Other Sister (2002), was to bring Reese Witherspoon back as Jill Green. Witherspoon was unavailable, so Christina Applegate was cast as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston's) other sister, Amy Green.
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In the first season, due to budget reasons, there was no street outside of Central Perk, just a painted backdrop. The window was a little blurry, with many plants in front of the window, to hide it.
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Friends was offered an eleventh season, but the cast turned it down because they felt it would ruin the reputation of the show.
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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.
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The main characters from the show are named after All My Children (1970) characters. Ross (David Schwimmer) for Ross Chandler, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) for Joey Martin, Chandler (Matthew Perry) for the Chandler family, Monica (Courteney Cox) for Monique/Daisy Cortland, Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) for Janet Green, and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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Jennifer Aniston dated Tate Donovan (Joshua) for three years. They got engaged, but unfortunately split in the same year he landed a part on the show, as her boyfriend.
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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.
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The highest rated episodes are season five, episode fourteen, "The One Where Everybody Finds Out", and season ten, episode eighteen, "The Last One Part 2".
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One fan of the series has calculated that over ten seasons, Joey amassed a total of 119,760 dollars in debt to Chandler.
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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.
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The characters' full names are: Rachel Karen Green (Jennifer Aniston ), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow ) (in Friends: The One Where They All Turn Thirty (2001), she says she never knew her middle name because she had never seen her birth certificate and her twin sister, Ursula, sold it to a Swedish runaway), Joseph Francis Tribbiani, Jr. (Matt LeBlanc ), Chandler Muriel Bing (Matthew Perry ), Ross Eustace Geller (David Schwimmer ) (this was only mentioned in a magazine article by one of the creators back in the 90's), and Monica E. Geller (Courteney Cox) (her middle name is never specified).
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Matt LeBlanc admitted to dyeing his hair throughout the show.
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Columbus State University has a paleontologist named David R. Schwimmer.
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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.
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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.
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Matthew Perry's wit is so legendary that the script writers have included many of his own made-up jokes.
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Ursula Buffay, Phoebe's twin sister, was a waitress on Mad About You (1992). Fran (Leila Kenzle) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) visit the coffee shop and mistake Phoebe for Ursula in one episode of this show.
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Ranked #7 on Empire magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).
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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.
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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.
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Gunther (James Michael Tyler) was not originally a speaking role.
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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."
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There is a special feature on the DVD box set that lets the viewer play Bamboozled, confusing rules and all.
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James Michael Tyler was actually working in Bourgeois Pig, a coffee shop in Hollywood, when he got the part of Gunther. He kept his coffee gig for the first four seasons of Friends (1994).
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Other titles considered for the show were "Friends Like Us", "Six of One", "Across the Hall", and "Insomnia Cafe".
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) and Matthew Perry (Chandler) were long-time friends before the show.
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Courteney Cox is the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for her work on the show.
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Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) seven sisters are Veronica, Mary Angela, Mary Therese, Gina, Dina, Tina, and Cookie.
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Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) PIN is 5639, which spells out "JOEY" so he could remember it.
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The actors and actresses, led by David Schwimmer, held an "intervention" for Jennifer Aniston because of her lateness to the set.
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Lisa Kudrow wore a wig for a large portion of season six after cutting her hair for another role.
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Matt LeBlanc's character, Joey Tribbiani, Jr., plays Dr. Drake Ramoray in a fictional version of Days of Our Lives (1965). In real-life, Jennifer Aniston's father, John Aniston, played Victor Kiriakis on the real Days of Our Lives (1965).
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In Friends: The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS (1998), the scene where Ross picks up a lamp and hands it to Chandler, for no reason, wasn't scripted. David Schwimmer just randomly handed it to Matthew Perry. Matthew's reaction is one hundred percent genuine.
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It was Joey's use of the phrase "going commando" that eventually got it into the Oxford English Dictionary.
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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.
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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!"
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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.
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Unlike his character, Matt LeBlanc can speak fluent French.
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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.
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James Michael Tyler, Elliott Gould, and Christina Pickles are the only non-Friends who were in all ten seasons. Maggie Wheeler had a voice-over role in season six, episode seventeen, "The One With the Unagi", where Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courteney Cox) make Valentine's gifts for each other, but she had no camera time for the entire season.
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Matthew Perry is actually missing the tip of one of his fingers. In season five, episode eight, "The One with All the Thanksgivings", Chandler loses the tip of one of his toes.
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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.
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After Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) left her fiancé, Barry (Mitchell Whitfield), at the altar in the pilot, her best friend Mindy (Jennifer Grey) then became engaged to Barry. Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Grey played Jeanie Bueller. Grey played her in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), and Aniston played her on Ferris Bueller (1990).
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The creators of the Portuguese show "Gato Fedorento" say that the inspiration for the name of the show was the song "Smelly Cat".
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In the last season, Phoebe introduced herself to Chandler and Monica as Princess Consuela Banannahammock, saying that her friends can call her Valerie. Valerie is in fact Lisa Kudrow's middle name.
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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.
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Ben Geller (Cole Sprouse) and Emma Geller-Green (Noelle and Cami Sheldon) never had a scene together.
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Each of the main six stars has hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live (1975), apart from Matt LeBlanc.
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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
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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.
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After the show ended, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hosted a dinner party at their house. They served bottles of wine that Producer Kevin Bright saved from 1994, when the first season aired.
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Out of the six friends, Chandler (Matthew Perry) is the only one to not have any siblings. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) has two sisters, Monica (Courteney Cox) and Ross (David Schwimmer) are brother and sister, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) has a twin sister and a half-brother, and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) has seven sisters.
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The writers used a pie chart to track how many lines and jokes each character said, to make sure each actor and actress had the same amount.
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Ross (David Schwimmer ), Chandler (Matthew Perry ) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc ) all watch Die Hard (1988) and talk about it several times. The star of Die Hard (1988), Bruce Willis, appears later as Paul, Ross' student girlfriend's father, due to Willis stating in an interview that he and Perry had so much fun on The Whole Nine Yards (2000), not due to a bet as was widely, but erroneously, reported.
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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.
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When Phoebe was pregnant with the triplets, Lisa Kudrow was pregnant in real-life with her son, though she had to wear additional pregnancy pads to emulate being pregnant with triplets.
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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.
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At one point, Monica (Courteney Cox) worked as a line cook at the Moondance Diner, the same diner at which Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) worked, in Spider-Man (2002) as a waitress.
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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.
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Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) framed picture of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is a still from the short Leave 'Em Laughing (1928).
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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.
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The role of Phoebe was originally offered to Janeane Garofalo, but she turned it down. Phoebe was originally written to be a "goth" girl. Garofalo and Lisa Kudrow appeared in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997).
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In the pilot episode, "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate", Barry's (Mitchell Whitfield's) surname is Finkel. In later episodes, his name has been changed to Barry Farber.
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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.
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Lisa Kudrow and her best friend wrote "Smelly Cat" one night when they were drunk, and it eventually got written into the show.
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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)
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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.
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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.
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Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) is a vegetarian, just like her character.
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Three cast members from The Simpsons (1989) made guest appearances on the show: Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer. Lisa Kudrow would later be a guest star on an episode of The Simpsons (1989).
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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.
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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.***
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In Chandler's and Joey's apartment there is a poster with boxing kangaroos which says "Kangaroo Boxer" in Russian.
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David Schwimmer was the first of the six to be cast. Jennifer Aniston was the last.
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Emma Geller-Green was played by twins, Noelle and Cali Sheldon.
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Matthew Perry lost forty-seven pounds during the end of season six going into season seven due to dealing with pancreatitis.
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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.
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James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther, because he was the only extra who could competently work the coffee machine on the Central Perk set.
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Jennifer Aniston agreed to return for the series' final season, only if production on the show would be finished by January 2004, so she could focus on her film career.
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Paul Rudd got the part after the casting director just wrote one word during his audition: "dreamy".
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Friends Creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane are also co-writers of the show's theme song, "I'll Be There for You" by The Rembrandts.
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It was believed that Mike Hagerty played Mr. Treeger and Ugly Naked Guy, but Ugly Naked Guy was actually Jon Haugen.
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Monica has eleven categories for towels. They include "everyday use", "fancy", "guest", and "fancy-guest", but the rest are not named due to Chandler and Joey running out of time.
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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.
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The show did not win an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series until its eighth season.
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Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) parents, Charles (Kathleen Turner) and Nora Bing (Morgan Fairchild), were named after the favorite The Thin Man (1934) film franchise character "Nora Charles".
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Joey uses the Tuscan insult "Va fa Napoli" the Tuscan equivalent of "Go to Hell", which literally translates as "Go to Naples!"
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Courteney Cox experienced a miscarriage just a few days before filming Friends: The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 2 (2002).
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First choice for Rachel was Téa Leoni.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The six friends are billed in alphabetical order by their last name during the opening credits. By a bizarre coincidence, it is also the order of their height from shortest to tallest. Jennifer Aniston is 5'-4½", Courteney Cox is 5'-5", Lisa Kudrow is 5'-8", Matt LeBlanc is 5'-9½", Matthew Perry is 6', and David Schwimmer is 6'-1".
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When the show ended, each main cast member was given a piece of the sidewalk from outside Central Perk as a keepsake.
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Paul Swain was behind the Magna Doodle drawings on the door in Joey's and Chandler's apartment.
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Courteney Cox revealed that it was Matthew Perry who really helped her make Monica into the character who she became on the show.
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At some point during the series, each one of the Friends was unemployed, if Ross' forced sabbatical is included.
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James Michael Tyler bleached his hairs every week for ten years for the role of Gunther. His natural hair color is brown.
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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.
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Jon Cryer was originally offered the role of Chandler Bing. Cryer was later cast in the sitcom Two and a Half Men (2003) alongside Charlie Sheen, who guest starred on this show in season two.
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Ross (David Schwimmer), Monica (Courteney Cox), and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) are all from Long Island.
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Phoebe's address is 5 Morton St. Apt. 14, New York, NY 10014.
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Phoebe's alias is "Regina Phalange". Phalanges are the small bones that make up the fingers and toes.
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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.
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In Friends: The One with Phoebe's Wedding (2004) the song that is playing while Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow ) is walking down the aisle is an instrumental of "Here, There, Everywhere" by The Beatles.
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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.
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Despite his womanizer character on the show, Matt LeBlanc was shy around girls.
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Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Rachel.
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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).
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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".
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The final episode aired on May 6, 2004.
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Ross is Monica's older brother, but in real-life, David Schwimmer is two years younger than Courteney Cox.
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Cynthia Mann (Jasmine) serves coffee in the pilot, and then later is a colleague of Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) at the massage parlor. When Ross (David Schwimmer) is trying to keep Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) from finding out about Chloe (Angela Featherstone), he talks to Jasmine, and she says that Gunther (James Michael Tyler) is her roommate. This would explain how they know each other.
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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!"
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Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) agent Estelle (June Gable), plays a nurse in the first season, when Carol (Jane Sibbett) is in the hospital.
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The actor who plays Joshua Burgin's (Tate Donovan ) father is Matthew Perry's real-life father, John Bennett Perry.
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Before the pilot aired, the cast was taken to Caeser's Palace in Las Vegas to enjoy their "last shot at anonymity". They later returned to the location to film for Ross and Rachel's wedding.
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A fan named Du Xin legally changed his name to Gunther, married a woman named Rachel, has a son named Joey, owns a pet named "Smelly Cat", and runs Central Perk Café.
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There is outtake footage of the duck and the rooster having a little fight.
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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.
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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.
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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)).
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One of the most profitable television shows in history, as of 2017, it was earning Warner Brothers over one billion dollars a year from syndication and streaming royalties.
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Even though Monica is the only girl not to give birth, Phoebe is the only one not to have any children.
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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.
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Maggie Wheeler's portrayal of Janice is a parody of Fran Drescher, who starred in The Nanny (1993).
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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.
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Courteney Cox was a neat freak just like Monica, and would clean others' dressing rooms.
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The actors and actresses were rumored to have signed an agreement to not sleep together.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica (Courteney Cox) are Jewish. Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe, and David Schwimmer, who plays Ross, are both Jewish.
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This was the first of two times Teri Garr played the mother of Lisa Kudrow's character. She later portrayed her mother in Kabluey (2007).
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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.
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Monica and Chandler's wedding anniversary is May 15.
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While Jack (Elliott Gould) and Judy Geller (Christina Pickles) (Monica (Courteney Cox) and Ross' (David Schwimmer's) parents) show up at the hospital when Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) have Emma (Judy came before the birth and Jack came afterwards), none of Rachel's family members, her mom Sandra (Marlo Thomas), her dad Leonard (Ron Leibman), nor her two younger sisters Amy (Christina Applegate) and Jill (Reese Witherspoon) show up.
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Leah Remini auditioned for the role of Monica. She guest starred as Lydia in season one.
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There's a sign in Joey's and Chandler's room that reads "Nice Guys Don't Finish Last".
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Courteney Cox had a special place called "Courtney's Candy Cabinet" on the set.
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Lisa Kudrow was considered the smartest by the other actors and actresses, despite the "ditzy" character she played.
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Joey and Chandler both sing David Bowie's "Space Oddity", but in different episodes.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A reunion film was planned and there was an eighty percent chance of it to being made. It was dropped due to David Schwimmer, the only cast member who declined it.
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Even before they became a couple on the show, Courteney Cox said that if Monica had to "do" a Friend, she would choose Chandler.
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Ross and Rachel's relationship starts with Rachel trying to get Ross at an airport, and the series ends with Ross trying to get Rachel at an airport.
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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.
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The Duck is never given a name.
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Phoebe can't speak Italian when she meets Paolo (Cosimo Fusco), but can speak Italian when she meets Joey's Nonnie (grandmother).
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Jami Gertz turned down the role of Monica.
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Bob Balaban and Teri Garr, who played Phoebe's parents, appeared in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Ghost World (2001).
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Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston became real-life best friends. Though they have gone through many difficulties, they never cease to support and encourage each other.
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Allegedly, Friends: The One with Rachel's Other Sister (2002) was supposed to focus on Jill (Reese Witherspoon), just like an earlier episode did, but Jennifer Aniston didn't get along with Reese during the first go-round, so they decided to create another sister, Amy, played by Christina Applegate. Rachel's Other Sister was such a success, Christina Applegate won a Best Supporting Actress Emmy Award for it, that they brought her back for another episode.
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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).
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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".
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The table the group sits at is always vacant for them. If you look closely, you will see there is a reserved sign on the table to explain this.
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It's a myth that Phoebe has kissed every one of the Friends but Monica. Monica kisses Phoebe goodbye in season four, episode twenty-three "The One With Ross' Wedding Part 1".
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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.
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The cast had a huddle before filming each episode to wish each other luck.
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The term "Friend Zone" was popularized from season one, episode seven, "The One With The Blackout", when Joey said Ross was the "Mayor of the Friend Zone" because he liked Rachel for so long.
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Rachel's favorite flowers are lilies.
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Lisa Kudrow is the only one of the six main cast members to have been nominated for a Primetime Emmy so many times until she won on The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1998).
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Phoebe and Rachel are the only ones who have lived with Ross in his apartment at some point.
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It has been revealed that the chick and duck died of old age.
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Eric McCormack auditioned for the role of Ross, and had he gotten it, there would have been no Will & Grace (1998), which would have made NBC's reign of ratings last only from 1982 to 2004.
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Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc guest starred on Just the Ten of Us (1987), Perry in the second season and LeBlanc in the third. They dated Wendy Lubbock (Brooke Theiss). Additionally, Perry and Theiss starred together in a short-lived sitcom of their own, Home Free (1993).
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Rachel had a nose job during her time in college.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Like Monica and Chandler, Courteney Cox and her husband David Arquette found it hard to conceive in real-life. However, during the last season, Courtney got pregnant and is seen wearing baggy clothes.
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Jennifer Aniston later stated that she hated the now-iconic "Rachel" haircut.
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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.
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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.
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The writers and producers stated they include a comedic line in every dramatic or emotional scene to ease and break tension.
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Lisa Kudrow is the only left-handed main cast member. However, she plays guitar right-handed.
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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.
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Leading up to the episodes of Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) getting pregnant, you can notice slight weight gain in her face because Kudrow was actually pregnant.
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George Clooney, Elliott Gould, Sam Anderson, Conchata Ferrell, Jason Alexander, Noah Wyle, Jonathan Silverman, and Corinne Bohrer appeared on episodes of this show, as well as ER (1994).
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Joey's famous catchphrase "How YOU doing?" was not used until the fourth season and is now the most repeated line from the show.
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Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston starred in a Microsoft Windows 95 video guide.
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Matthew Perry is actually very similar to Chandler's character, due to which many of his friends who auditioned for the role took his help.
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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.
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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.
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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".
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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".
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When Ross and Rachel were viewing their videotape of them making Emma, "Blue's Clues" was actually played on the screen.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The magic erase board inside Joey's and Chandler's apartment always says something different.
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The stage on which Phoebe performs at Central Perk is not there when she is not playing. It is replaced by regular seats.
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Matthew Perry dated Chandler's favorite Baywatch (1989) actress Yasmine Bleeth in 1996, but they broke up after a year and a half.
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Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer played video games between takes.
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In Friends: The One with Russ (1996), David Schwimmer plays Russ, yet the character is credited as being played by "Snaro", apparently as a tribute to a friend.
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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."
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Lar Park-Lincoln turned down the role of Phoebe.
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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.
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The Ross and Rachel "will they or won't they?" plot was arguably the show's longest running storyline, running from the first episode to its conclusion in the series finale.
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Rachel and Chandler quit their jobs on Christmas episodes in different seasons. Rachel in season three and Chandler in season nine.
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Ross was twenty-nine for three years. In one season, he even had two birthdays.
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Matthew Perry auditioned for the role of Chandler on a Friday, and started work the next Monday.
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According to Jennifer Aniston, none of the cast members were fans of the theme song.
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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.
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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."
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The role of Emily was offered to Patsy Kensit, but she politely turned it down.
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Tom Welling auditioned for the role of Tag Jones. It eventually went to Eddie Cahill.
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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.
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In season five, episode fourteen, whenever one of the Friends is discussing the knowledge of Monica and Chandler's relationship, the word "know" and its variants is spoken thirty-seven times.
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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.
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Ross, Monica, and Rachel went to Lincoln High School.
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Rachel and Joey are the only Friends to work at Central Perk, not counting Phoebe's music.
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Appearing on Good Morning America (1975), Matthew Perry revealed that his favorite joke by Chandler is when he told Joey, "Okay, you have to stop the Q-tip when there's resistance!" from Friends: The One with Ross's New Girlfriend (1995).
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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.
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In 1994, the cast bonded by playing poker together. Season one, episode eighteen, "The One With All the Poker", is based on it.
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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).
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This show is among the five legendary media that released the same year with Forrest Gump (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and The Lion King (1994).
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In Friends: The One with the Late Thanksgiving (2003), where Joey's head gets stuck in the door, was written after Matt LeBlanc actually got his head stuck in the door. The writers had to change the script to fit the stuck head.
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All of the Friends have lived in both apartments (Chandler and Joey's, and Monica and Rachel's).
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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.
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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".
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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.
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In seasons seven and nine, Ross and Joey got into love triangles between them and another woman. Both love interests were African-American women: Kristin (Gabrielle Union) and Charlie (Aisha Tyler).
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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."
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Phoebe and Joey are the only ones not to have children of their own (despite Phoebe being a surrogate for her brother and sister-in-law's triplets).
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This show was distributed by Warner Brothers, which owns DC Comics, the comic book company that publishes Batman comics. Batman (1989) actor Michael Keaton was in a relationship with Courteney Cox (Monica) from 1989 to 1995, and was parodied by Matthew Perry (Chandler) on Saturday Night Live (1975). Danny DeVito, who portrayed the Penguin in Batman Returns (1992), guest starred as Roy, the stripper, at Phoebe's bachelor party in season ten. In season seven, Ross rents a tux that was worn by Val Kilmer (he believes Kilmer wore the tux in Batman Forever (1995) when really he wore it to the premiere of At First Sight (1999)). Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox appeared in a film with Jim Carrey, who played The Riddler in Batman Forever (1995). George Clooney, who played Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman & Robin (1997), guest starred as a doctor in season one. Gary Oldman, before playing Comissionor Gordon in The Dark Knight Trilogy, guest starred on the two-part episode of Chandler and Monica's wedding as an actor doing a war movie with Joey in season seven. In season three, the Friends make a list of celebrities they would sleep with. Chandler puts Kim Basinger (Vickie Vale in Batman (1989)) and Halle Berry (Catwoman in Catwoman (2004)), Ross put Catwoman and Poison Ivy actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman, and Rachel put Robin/Dick Grayson actor Chris O'Donnell.
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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.
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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."
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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).
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Chandler lists Elle Macpherson as one of his mental images when he accidentally "shares too much" with Ross. Elle McPherson later played Joey's roommate Janine on the show.
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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.
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When the show premiered, Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston were twenty-five, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer were twenty-seven, Courteney Cox was thirty, and Lisa Kudrow was thirty-one.
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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.
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When Phoebe is at the library singing about parents lying to their kids about dead grandparents moving to Peru, Peru is visible behind her on the Globe.
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Lisa Kudrow, who according to an Entertainment Weekly profile was "the group leader", stated, "The six of us are far stronger than just one person."
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Monica, Joey, Phoebe, and Rachel have all broken something in Ross' apartment. Chandler gets Ross' laptop infected with a virus in Barbados. Monica broke Ross' nose.
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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).
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At one point on Roseanne (1988) the family is watching The Facts of Life (1979) and Dan says "You know, this is really like the 80s version of Friends!"
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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.
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In Friends: The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding: Part 1 (2001), Ross (David Schwimmer ) states while walking down the aisle that it's the first time he has, knowing it can't end in divorce for him. However, he walked Carol (Jane Sibbett ) down the aisle in Friends: The One with the Lesbian Wedding (1996).
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Alec Baldwin, who played Lisa Kudrow's boyfriend Parker for two episodes in season eight, worked with her in The Boss Baby (2017).
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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.
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When Courteney Cox debuted on Instagram on January 29th, 2019, she used the picture of Fat Monica for her profile picture.
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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.
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Jennifer Aniston's birthday is February 11 (02/11), while David Schwimmer's birthday is November 2 (11/02).
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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.
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Ross and Rachel weren't meant to be the two central characters of the series. They were Joey and Monica, but the makers changed it, due to the chemistry between Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer.
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The actor who came closest to play Chandler Bing (except for Matthew Perry ) was Craig Bierko. The creators later found out that he was coached by Matthew Perry.
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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.
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Of the six Friends, Phoebe is the only one whose bedroom we never see.
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Lisa Kudrow was almost cast as Roz in Frasier (1993) before being re-cast as Phoebe. She has stated that this is the best thing ever happened to her.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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Throughout the series, in the opening credits, no one is wearing any color. All of their clothes are black and white.
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Every main character on the show has smoked before, regardless of whether it was tobacco or marijuana. Rachel smoked in Friends: The One Where Rachel Smokes (1999), as she tries to fit in with her colleagues at Ralph Lauren, because the others do. Monica smoked a cigar in Friends: The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy (1996), as she continued to get over Richard (Tom Selleck), who regularly smoked. Phoebe smoked in Friends: The One That Could Have Been (2000), even though it was an alternate personality of herself. Joey smoked in Friends: The One with the Thumb (1994), as Chandler assisted him on how to do it for a play in which he's starring. Chandler has a history of smoking, and was occasionally seen doing it. Ross was revealed to have smoked marijuana in Friends: The One Where Ross Got High (1999). The actors and actresses portraying the main characters have been regular smokers at some point of their lives, except for David Schwimmer.
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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.
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David Schwimmer was the first one to get cast in show and Jennifer Aniston was last. In the opening sequence, Jennifer's name comes first and David's comes last.
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A poll taken by 60 Minutes (1968) and Vanity Fair Magazine named this show the third greatest sitcom of all time.
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Phoebe, Rachel, and Monica had crushes on Joey at one point.
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Tom Selleck's character's name is Richard, which the same name as Courteney Cox's father and older brother in real-life.
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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).
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Maggie Wheeler auditioned for the role of Monica Geller before been selected for Janice. Both of them turned out to be Chandler's long time girlfriends.
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Matthew Perry's favorite episode is Friends: The One with the Blackout (1994).
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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.
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Matt LeBlanc (Joey) & James Michael Tyler (Gunther) worked together again on episode 2.6, Episodes: Episode Six (2012), of Episodes (2011), both playing themselves.
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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".
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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.
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Except for Friends: The One with the East German Laundry Detergent (1994), Friends: The One with Chandler's Work Laugh (1999), and Friends: The One with Unagi (2000), Janice's (Maggie Wheeler ) first words on-screen are always: "OH! MY! GOD!"
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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.
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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.
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While having the most popular hair in the television industry, Jennifer Aniston kept a tiny pair of scissors in the glove compartment of the car so she could cut her split ends whenever.
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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.
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Jennifer Aniston revealed in an interview that after the girls' reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Jennifer Aniston/Chef Adam Perry Lang/Bob Mould (2014), they created a group chat with themselves on text afterwards.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ross' doctor and his divorce lawyer claimed they had been in both of their fields for twenty-three years and had never dealt with someone as unusual as him.
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In Friends: The One with the Dozen Lasagnas (1995) the gang whistles the theme from The Odd Couple. Matthew Perry starred in The Odd Couple (2015).
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The name that Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt used to check in hotel is "Mr. & Mrs. Ross Vegas".
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There's a sign in Joey's and Chandler's room that says "Five Card Charlie Pays 5 to 1".
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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.
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Originally, Phoebe and Chandler were supposed to be only semi-regular characters.
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Aside from the main cast, the only characters to appear in every season are Gunther (James Michael Tyler), Jack Geller (Elliott Gould), Judy Geller (Christina Pickles), and Janice (Maggie Wheeler).
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Ross' favorite beer is Red Stripe. He is seen drinking it in many episodes.
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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.
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Chandler (Matthew Perry) drinks eleven espressos before accidentally hitting Janice (Maggie Wheeler) in the eye.
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Lisa Kudrow beat out Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch for the role of Phoebe.
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Chandler's haircut during his first visit to Ross' parents resembles the style made popular by 1980s band, Flock of Seagulls.
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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.
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There was a story-line where Chandler goes to a male strip club because he really liked the sandwiches. However, Matthew Perry asked the writers to scrap it.
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Joey and Chandler were originally going to visit a McDonald's in London, but it got replaced with Joey going into the map.
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There was originally going to be an older father figure, Pat the Cop, who was on hand to give the group advice on their life choices. He never made it as far as the pilot episode.
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It is the favorite television series of various celebrities including Emma Watson and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt.
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Ross' monkey Marcel was the first one in the cast to get a role in a Hollywood film, Outbreak (1995).
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Matthew Perry appears for only one minute and forty seconds in Friends: The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin (2001), which is the least for any cast member in any episode.
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In October 2016, Matt LeBlanc appeared alongside Lady Gaga on CBS' The Late Late Show with James Corden: Matt LeBlanc/Jeffrey Dean Morgan/Lady Gaga (2016), 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.
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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.
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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".
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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".
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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.
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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.
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During the first season, the lower half of the Central Perk windows were tinted. From the second season on, the windows became see-through.
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Chandler and Joey have two Furbies, but never switch them on.
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In every episode that Monica's apartment is featured, her pottery bowl in the kitchen is filled with a different type of produce.
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Kristin Davis, Evan Handler, Willie Garson, and Eddie Cahill appeared on this show and Sex and the City (1998).
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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.
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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.
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The names of the Friends during the intro appear in alphabetical order. This remains true even after Courteney Cox married.
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NBC initially thought that the cast was too young, and asked writers to include an older character to give advice.
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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.
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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.
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The DVD of the final episode was released a week after it aired.
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The painting behind the couch in Central Perk changes every six episodes.
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Hugsy the Penguin's Friend is Marvin the Martian from the Warner Brothers cartoons.
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In season one, episode fifteen, "The One With the Stoned Guy", the stoned guy is the same character who Phoebe later sets up on a date with Rachel in season nine. He was played by Jon Lovitz.
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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.
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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.
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Rachel's parents on the show were never seen together. The closest they came to each other was in season two, episode twenty-two, "The One With Two Parties".
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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.
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When Christina Applegate guest starred as Rachel's other sister, it would have been a reunion of sorts with Matt LeBlanc, who had made a couple of appearances on Married with Children (1986).
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Ross is Jewish, just like David Schwimmer.
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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!
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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."
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Lisa Kudrow when first read the script, she thought Chandler's character was gay.
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The writers and producers stated that they include a comedic line in every dramatic or emotional scene to erase and break tension.
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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.
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According to the DVD extras, show Creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane like to believe that Joey and Phoebe were hooking up off-screen throughout the entire course of the show.
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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.
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Matthew Perry dated Julia Roberts after her appearance in Friends (1994).
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The pilot episode has two official alternate titles: "The One Where It All Began" and "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate".
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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.
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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.
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Ross Geller was voted online as the most disliked character in the sitcom.
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Ross has one more win than Monica in the Geller Bowl. Ross won in 77', 78', 80', and 83'. Monica in 79', 81', and 82'.
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Gunther didn't have a line until season two, episode nine, "The One with Phoebe's Dad", in which he only had one word to say: "Yeah".
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After the horrifying events of 9/11, viewers could see tributes to the disaster in some episodes.
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Joey and Phoebe are the only ones of the six friends to start the show as friends and end the show as friends.
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Joey claims his grandmother was the sixth person to spit on dictator Benito Mussolini's dead hanging body. Even though he was hung in Milan, and all of Joey's family are from Naples.
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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.
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Chandler and Ross are the only characters throughout the series who hadn't kissed each of the other main characters; as they did not kiss each other.
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Every time Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) agent Estelle (June Gable) is seen, she is smoking a cigarette.
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Spanish voices of the main stars of the series are dubbed by Concha Valero (Monica), Albert Mieza (Ross), José Posada (Chandler), Alicia Laorden (Rachel), Daniel García (Joey), and Alba Sola (Phoebe).
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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.
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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.
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In almost every episode, the phrase "Oh My God!" is spoken at least once.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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The Friends have a fridge magnet for a while that reads "Hand Grenades".
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In the real Days of Our Lives (1965) there is no character named Dr. Drake Ramoray.
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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".
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Chandler's and Joey's bracelets that they started wearing in season two, episode fourteen, Friends: The One with the Prom Video (1996), were never shown since then.
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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.
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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.
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Lisa Kudrow is six years older than Jennifer Aniston.
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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.
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The actor who plays the strange tomato-obsessed chef Monica (Courteney Cox) interviews for also plays an Award Show MC in the spin-off series Joey (2004).
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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).
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Nancy McKeon read for Monica. She gave a terrific performance", Lori Openden, head of casting for NBC at the time, said. "Warren (Warren Littlefield, the then NBC President) let Marta (Marta Kauffman ) and David (David Crane ) make the call. They went off for a walk and came back and said Courteney Cox.
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In the last season when Monica and Chandler are trying to adopt a baby, you can notice slight weight gain in her face because Courteney Cox was pregnant.
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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".
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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.
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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.
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Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer appeared on Episodes (2011) season four, episode five, "Episode 405".
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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.
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The episode Friends: The One with the Flashback (1996) can be considered as the earliest episode while watching chronologically.
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In 1997, the episode Friends: The One with the Prom Video (1996) was ranked on number 100 on the "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" list by TV Guide.
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One of the reasons why audience laughed so much when Joey told Pheobe it wasn't the first time he opened a blouse was because it actually took Matt Leblanc twelve takes to get it open.
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Lisa Kudrow hated playing the guitar and she said that she hasn't touched a guitar since the show ended.
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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.
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Phoebe and Chandler shout "Ah! My Eyes!", but in different episodes.
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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.
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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".
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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.
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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.
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Rachel is reading "The Art of Happiness" by The Dalai Lama in one episode.
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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."
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An Indian adaptation named "Hello Friends" was made in 1999, but it unsuccesfully ran for only one season consisting of twenty-six episodes.
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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).
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The climax of the Bollywood film Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), is a rip-off of the climax of this show.
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The inside of Joey's and Chandler's apartment isn't seen until season one, episode three, "The One With the Thumb".
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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.
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In Friends: The One with the Joke (2000) Phoebe wore the same gold pendant Monica wore in Friends: The One After Vegas (1999), a round gold pendant with a rune motif.
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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.
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Except Phoebe and Monica, all the six characters have kissed each other at one point during the series.
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Monica is one year younger than Chandler, although in real-life, Courteney Cox is five years older than Matthew Perry.
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Janice's (Maggie Wheeler ) nickname for Chandler (Matthew Perry ) is "Bing a-Ling".
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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).
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There was a love square in one episode: Ross, Ross' cousin, Chandler, and Phoebe. All of it unrequited.
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Courteney Cox is two years older than David Schwimmer, but in the show, he is supposed to be older than her.
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The branding on Phoebe's jock boyfriend's shoes is digitally blurred out for the opening credits montage.
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Courteney Cox was asked to play Rachel, but she wanted to play Monica, as she thought she could do better with the character.
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Lisa Kudrow's favorite episode is Friends: The One Hundredth (1998).
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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".
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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.
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Twenty-eight episodes contain Rachel's name in the title, which is the most.
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Twenty-four episodes contain Ross' name in the title, which is second highest.
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"Smelly Cat" was first introduced in season two, episode six, "The One With the Baby on the Bus".
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Chandler and Rachel are the last two characters to get last names, in Friends: The One with Mrs. Bing (1995). Ironically, earlier in the season (Friends: The One with the East German Laundry Detergent (1994)), Chandler describes himself as "the bing-bing-bing" when he breaks up with Janice.
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Phoebe drank 227 cups of coffee in all 10 seasons, which happened to be the most drank out of the six friends. Rachel drank the least, drinking 138 cups.
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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.
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In May 2009, a poll conducted by The O'Reilly Factor (1996), host Bill O'Reilly revealed that this sitcom was voted the third worst television show in broadcast history. Other nominees included: (1) My Mother the Car (1965) / (2) Jerry Springer (1991) / (4) The Gong Show (1976), and (5) Cop Rock (1990).
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Though "Remoray" is an exotic sounding name, it is reminiscent of the "Remora", which is a kind of parasitic fish.
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The fridge magnet of a face with sunglasses says "Chunky B. Wear" in the closing shots.
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Monica (Courteney Cox) is the only Friend to have had a brother while growing up.
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It is revealed by Joey that Rachel's favorite movie is Weekend at Bernie's (1989). In season one, Rachel hits on Carol's (Jane Sibbett) doctor, Dr. Franzblau, who was played by Jonathan Silverman.
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All three of the guys have proposed to a woman. Joey proposed to Phoebe in season eight, Chandler to Monica in season six, and Ross proposed to his second wife Emily.
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Gunther (James Michael Tyler) gets called "Gunter" at one point.
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Courteney Cox was the first of the six to be cast.
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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.
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Ten episodes contain Phoebe's name in the title, which is second lowest.
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Eleven episodes contain Chandler's name in the title, which is the third lowest.
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Sixteen episodes contain Joey's name in the title, which is the third highest.
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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.
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Dina Meyer (Kate Miller) worked on the show between DragonHeart (1996) and Starship Troopers (1997).
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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.
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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
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Anna Farris plays Chandler and Monica's surrogate in the last season. She is also seen shortly giving birth in the finale of season 8, while Rachel is waiting to give birth to Emma.
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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.
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Chandler's character was written awkward around women, because Matthew Perry told the producers that he himself was.
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The makers wrote the character of Ross while keeping David Schwimmer in mind. Yet he declined the role for the first three times, eventually accepting it.
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At one point, Rachel has lived with all the friends except Chandler.
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At one point, Chandler has lived with all the friends except Rachel and Phoebe.
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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.
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Unlike the show, where Joey never gets into a serious relationship, Matt Leblanc got married and had a daughter by the end of the show.
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The episode titles were decided to be started with "The One Where/With", after the makers realized that the title would not appear at the start of the episode, and hence would not spoil the plot.
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The chairs around the dining table in Monica's apartment keeps changing.
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The show was shot in front of live audience, apart from the cliff-hanger episodes.
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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.
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This does not occur in all season openers, but when the Friends cast open their colored umbrellas at the same time...Jennifer Aniston's umbrella does not pop open all the way.
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As an episode would take 5 hours to shoot in the studio, the makers hired a comedian during the shoot of pilot to entertain the studio audience.
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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).
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In the Friends: The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (1994), the barista in Central Perk who asks Rachel if she can get her anything when Rachel comes in in the wedding dress is Jasmine, the woman who works with Pheobe at the massage parlor in later episodes. Jasmine is Gunther's roommate, who told Gunther about Ross sleeping with Chloe in Friends: The One with the Morning After (1997) making Gunther to tell Rachel about Ross and Chloe. She is also the massage therapist that Frank Jr mistakes for a Hooker in Friends: The One with Frank Jr. (1996).
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Since season 4, all the season finales are of two parts.
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Except 'The One with Two Parts' and 'The One After the Superbowl', all the other seven two-parts episodes are season finales.
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Joey is the only character who has kissed all the friends on-screen.
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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.
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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.
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Chandler is the only character who doesn't have a separate birthday episode. The only time his birthday is shown in the episode Friends: The One Where They All Turn Thirty (2001).
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Rachel has four birthdays in all the seasons which is the most than any cast member. This episodes are: Friends: The One Where Rachel Finds Out (1995) in season 1, Friends: The One with the Two Parties (1996) in season 2, Friends: The One Where They All Turn Thirty (2001) in season 7 and Friends: The One with Phoebe's Rats (2003) in season 9. She also gets a surprise party one month before her actual birthday in Friends: The One Where Rachel Smokes (1999) in season 5.
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David Schwimmer's favorite episode is Friends: The One with the Prom Video (1996).
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The show ranked no. 21 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
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The series was ranked no. 5 on Empire magazine's The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
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In 2014, the series was ranked by Mundo Estranho the Best TV Series of All Time.
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The series was ranked no. 24 on the Writers Guild of America's 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time
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