During the first season, the principal actors were paid $22,500 per episode. During the second season, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer's pay was raised to $40,000 per 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. By the final two seasons, the principal actors made $1 million per episode. 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."
Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) statue of a white dog was originally given to Jennifer Aniston as a good luck present from her best friend when she started acting. She offered to lend it to the show for the episode where Joey became rich and bought a lot of stuff. After that episode, the producers decided to keep it.
Matt LeBlanc admitted in the exit interview for the book 'Friends...Til' the End' that he had a crush on Jennifer Aniston. He said, "Now I had a little crush on Jen in the very beginning, but I think the whole world did too, so what are you going to do?"
Giovanni Ribisi plays Phoebe's brother, Frank Jr., in later episodes. He also had a small role in an earlier season, as a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe's guitar case instead of a coin.
The original idea for the show was going to focus on four characters, with Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) in supporting roles. In the early stages the creators toyed with the idea of Chandler being gay, but they changed their minds when they met Matthew Perry. They did, however, insert many jokes about Chandler having gay mannerisms (not knowing about sports, loving show tunes, etc.).
After filming Friends: The One with the Lesbian Wedding (1996) (S2E11), the producers hired on 200 people part-time to take calls from all of the complaints they assumed they'd get because of the gay wedding. They received 11 calls in total.
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) scientist boyfriend.
The refrigerators in Monica's (Courteney Cox) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) 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.
Thirty-second commercial spots to take place in the final episode sold in the UK for £1.2 million (approx $1.8 million), the most expensive commercial slots of any TV program in the UK, with the exception of sports.
Courteney Cox added Arquette to the end of her name after her marriage to David Arquette between seasons five and six. Her father, Richard L. Cox, died in 2001 and in the midst of the seventh season, she dropped 'Arquette' in her father's memory.
The episode where Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) thinks her dead mother has been reincarnated as a cat was written by Marta Kauffman at the time when her own mother recently passed away (the episode was dedicated to her). In an interview with one of the other writers, they admitted that this concept would have been shot down at the table read, but nobody felt comfortable saying "no" under the circumstances.
When 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.
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 the third episode of season 5 (Friends: The One Hundredth (1998)), and the series finale (Friends: The Last One: Part 1 (2004)), though the titles are distinctly similar. "The Pilot," Friends: The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (1994), 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."
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.
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.
In the first couple of episodes, Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) apartment number was #4 and Monica and Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) 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.
When Courteney Cox was on The Tonight Show she told Jay Leno 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, etc., they couldn't come up with a definitive answer and they began betting on it, starting at $20 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 cast mate 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.
Helen Baxendale became pregnant between seasons 4 and 5. She couldn't continue traveling 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.
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 himself. Muddling Through (1994) was canceled, leaving Aniston free to star in this show.
The love story between Rachel(Jennifer Aniston) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) was badly received from the moment creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane pitched it, from many of the others 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."
The story line of Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) having her brother's babies was thought up when Lisa 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.
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 very 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.
Ursula Buffay, Phoebe's twin sister, is a waitress in the TV show Mad About You (1992). Fran (Leila Kenzle) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) visit the coffee shop and mistake Phoebe for Ursula in one episode of Friends.
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) apartment, there were several messages expressing support for the city and the FDNY and several cast members wore FDNY T-shirts.
Executive producer Marta Kauffman attended Marple Newtown High School in Broomall, PA. When she was asked to come back and give a speech at graduation, she berated the school system because her teachers told her she wasn't a good writer. She wasn't asked back.
Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres asked Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) during an interview on Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) about the idea of doing a "Friends" movie, to which she answered: "Yeah, it would be really fun, but I don't think it's happening. I don't think it's really been a plan." She also asked Courteney Cox about the same thing during another interview, to which she joked: "Has that Sex and the City (2008) movie come out yet? We'll see how that does!"
All the Friends have catchphrases: Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) is shouting the word "no", Monica's (Courteney Cox) is saying "I know" when she's excited, Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) is saying "oh, no" when something bad happens, Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) is "how you doin'", Chandler's (Matthew Perry) is emphasizing the word "be" when asking a rhetorical question or emphasizing a word, and Ross's (David Schwimmer) is saying "hi" when something bad happens.
Anita Barone played Ross' (David Schwimmer) 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.
The exact location of the 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 Park has a green trim. In another episode has Joey (Matt LeBlanc) mentions it's 97 steps away from his apartment.
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 St and Bedford St.
Occasionally, NBC would air "Super-sized" episodes of their most popular sitcoms, including Friends. These episodes would run 40 minutes including commercials (or just around 30 minutes without). In syndication, a majority of the "Super-sized" episodes were cut down to fit a 30-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.
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 through the course of the show.
Monica (Courteney Cox) has eleven categories for towels. They include "everyday use", "fancy", "guest", and "fancy-guest", but the rest are not named due to Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) running out of time.
The number 27 is used a lot throughout the series. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) tells a date that Monica (Courteney Cox) labels her cups and uses the example cup 27. In one episode Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) wear 3 men's 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 (Matthew Perry) gives Ross (David Schwimmer) $27 when he feels guilty that he's seeing Monica. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) tells everyone that he weighed 27 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 $27 exactly for three pizzas.
In S2E4, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) queries what is in a Cobb salad. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2004, Jennifer Aniston said she ordered Cobb salad for lunch almost every day of shooting during the ten years that the show lasted.
Jennifer Aniston agreed to return for the series' 2003-04 season, which was the series' 10th and final season, only if production on the show would be finished by January 2004 so she could focus on her film career.
In all the episode titles, the Friends' names appear individually as so: Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) (21 times), Ross (David Schwimmer) (19 times), Joey (Matt LeBlanc) (13 times), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) (10 times), Chandler (Matthew Perry) (9 times), and Monica (Courteney Cox) (7 times). Ross and Rachel appears 4 times, Joey and Rachel appears 3 times, Monica and Chandler appears 2 times, and Ross and Monica appears once.
Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) boyfriend David (Hank Azaria) is a scientist who moves 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.
All six of the Friends have sung in public. Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) was a singer, Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) sang karaoke at the bar where Mike played piano, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) sang in a musical about Sigmund Freud (in which he played Freud), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) sang Copacabana (At the Copa) at her ex-fiancé's wedding, and Ross (David Schwimmer) sang with his keyboard at Central Perk. Lisa Kudrow doesn't like singing.
Friends was filmed on the same soundstage that was used for the filming of the sitcom Full House (1987) during the last two seasons (1993-1995) of its eight year run (1987-1995). The pilot of Friends (1994) was shot on stage 33 (the same stage as Living Single (1993)) at the Warner Ranch, and the first season was shot on Warner Bros Stage 5, the home of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)) from 1996-2005.
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 appears in two episodes.
According to Paget Brewster (who played Kathy, the girl dating Joey who Chandler (Matthew Perry) falls in love with 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 Kathy by cheating on him in the first place.
When Friends (1994) 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.
The poster in Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) room during season 7 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.
In the episode where Monica (Courteney Cox) 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 (Lisa Kudrow) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) 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.
Leading up to the episodes of Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) getting pregnant, you can notice slight weight gain in her face because the actress, Lisa Kudrow, was actually pregnant. In the last season when Monica and Chandler (Matthew Perry) are trying to adopt a baby, you can notice the same face difference in Monica because the actress, Courteney Cox, was pregnant.
Almost every episode title begins with "The One Where..." because when people usually refer to episodes, they say "the one where...". Since no one remembers the actual titles of episodes, describing an event in the title makes it more memorable.
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 would appear on the screen with his or her name superimposed.
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, Friends was generally filmed with wider frames than were broadcast, so the widescreen version opens up the sides of the frame rather than cropping.
Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is the only character who never lived alone during the series. Monica (Courteney Cox) lived alone until Rachel moved in during the first episode, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Ross (David Schwimmer) lived alone for a majority of the show, and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) briefly lived alone after Joey moves into his own apartment after he gets a part of "Days of Our Lives".
A recurring joke within the series is that whenever Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is driving her grandmother's taxi cab, those seated in the back must brace to avoid smashing into the window divider whenever Phoebe stops.
The theme song "I'll Be There For You" was written by two producers of Friends 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 charts from more than ten countries, including four #1 positions.
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 Amy the other sister back for even another episode.
Richard Crosby (Gary Oldman) and Joey Tribianni (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 other actors on the Friends (1994) set.
A Soviet propaganda poster on a wall in apartment #19 shows two people over a book and says in Russian: "To build, one must know. To know, one must learn." An antique-looking advertisement poster on a wall of #20 says in French: "Toys and Boxing Day presents".
The reason Monica (Courteney Cox) is a chef is because she made Chandler (Matthew Perry) mac n' 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.
At the beginning of the show, Gunther (James Michael Tyler) asks Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) about her birthday and she says it's May 5th. However, when she drives Monica's (Courteney Cox) Porsche with Ross (David Schwimmer) and gets stopped for speeding, the officer asks for her horoscope sign and she answers "Aquarius". Jennifer Anniston's real birthday is February 11th, which makes her an Aquarius.
Being mistaken for gay has been a problem for all the Friends. Monica's (Courteney Cox) maid thinks she's gay when she is trying to identify her stolen jeans. Ross (David Schwimmer) tells off a student for trying to charm better grades out of him and it looks like a break-up. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) tries to relive her wilder days with Melissa. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) has a huge gay fan-base. Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is driven to pretending 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.
Before NBC decided to add this show to its lineup, 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.
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.
Earlier in the series Ross (David Schwimmer) claims to have lost his virginity to Carol (Jane Sibbett) during their marriage, but in Season 10 at the college reunion Ross and Chandler (Matthew Perry) have a flashback to 1987. Ross and Chandler were talking and Ross said he had sex in high school with the old lady librarian. This is also mentioned in the season 7 episode Friends: The One with Rachel's Assistant (2000).
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.
In a TV 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's 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.
Estelle's (June Gable) paper-eating client and the man who catches Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) breaking the rules with a massage client are played by the same actor, who has also appeared in Days of Our Lives (1965).
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.
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".
Despite being set in New York City, almost the entirety of the series was filmed in Los Angeles on the Warner Bros. studio 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's Wedding" from the fourth season.
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.
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.
5. All the three of the female leads were given unconventional ways of pregnancy on purpose, so as to spread social messages, that, Surrogacy, Single Mother-hood and Infertility are nothing to be ashamed of. Rather it is as beautiful as the normal Child-birth.
Warner Bros. 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 on The Hollywood Reporter that his film 'Singles' would become a TV show, from David Crane and Marta Kaufman - the people who ended up doing Friends. 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 "Friends." Crowe told Rolling Stone 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."
Mount Tibidabo near Barcelona is real: its name derives from the Latin for "I will give to you", as local folklore has it that this is the mountain that the Devil showed Jesus the Kingdoms of the World from, as one of the three temptations.
There are fifteen Cats in the Friends series: 2 Smelly Cats, the Cat that's a Reincarnation of Phoebe's Mother, Phoebe's Cat Skull she found while mugging people, Chandler's Secretary's three Cats Mittens, Fitzhugh and Chinkies, Ugly Naked Guy's Cat that got squashed, Rachel'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 Whiskerson a Minion of the Antichrist, Paolo's Cat and Monica dressed as Catwoman. Not only that, David Schwimmer is also allergic to cats. There's also the cats Mr. Heckles could have, and the kittens that licked on Rachel's tattoo.
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. Perry's punishment for losing the bet was to be Cox's "man slave" whenever she wanted.
Jennifer Grey appears as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) friend who is cheating with Rachel's fiance' in the Pilot episode, and also appears in further episodes in the same role. Jennifer Grey also played Ferris Bueller's sister Jeanie in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". However, in the television series based on the movie, Jennifer Aniston played the role of Jeanie Bueller.
In the very last episode, Ross mentions that they made it ten years without ever talking about him trying to make it as a dancer, but in season 5, episode 24 - "The One In Vegas Pt. 2", when talking about slot machine lurkers, Ross almost let's it slip hat he took dance lessons but covered it up with "dance-karate" lessons.
While Ross (David Schwimmer) is the only friend who has been on sabbatical from his job, the others have either got fired from their job or quit, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) quit her job at Central Perk in Season 3 and was fired from her job at Ralph Lauren in Season 10, Monica (Courteney Cox) was fired in Season 2, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) was fired in Season 4, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) was fired in Season 2, and Chandler (Matthew Perry) quit his job in Season 1 & 9.
In the episode where Rachel is trying to impress Danny, she tells him she's going to a regatta gala. He asks if she sails to which she replies no, but she supports it. Later in the series, Rachel teaches Joey how to sail, and says she's been doing it her whole life, so much so that her father bought her her own boat.
In season one Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) 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.
Every friend has lived in Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) place. Monica (Courteney Cox) lived there after she lost a bet. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) lived there; after the bet, when her and Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) apartment burned, and after she had a fight with Ross (David Schwimmer). 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.
In season 9 episode 22, Zack played by 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.
The show Glee (2009) spoofed Friends in one episode, having their teen stars dress up like the Friends and romping through the iconic fountain in Central Park just like the Friends opening, with the show being called Chums.
In Joey 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 TV shows, and it is never explained why Joey and Chandler would have one.
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 it's name, but instead remember the incident happened in that.
Twice in the series, Ross (David Schwimmer) suggests a baby girl name that ends up being the name of a future romantic partner. When Ross and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) 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, who he would later date that season (Lauren Tom).
The name Rachel follows Helen Baxendale in her 3 major TV roles. Rachel Bradley, her character in Cold Feet (1997). In 'Friends' her character is involved in a love triangle with Ross and Rachel. In Cuckoo (2012) her character has a daughter called Rachel.
After receiving criticism for the lack of diversity for its supporting characters, the writers and producers created the part of Charlie Wheeler and casted Aisha Tyler for the role. The producers and writers saw the chemistry between Ross (David Schwimmer) and Charlie, a love triangle storyline was introduced, and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) was chosen to be the other male interest.
In the episode with the mugging, Ross explains that as a kid he used to frequent St. Marks Comics in NYC, 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.
Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) breaks up with her therapist boyfriend after he points out the Freudian interpretation of coffee mugs, yet when she is into "Be your own Windkeeper", she criticizes Joey (Matt LeBlanc) for offering her a "Phallic Man-Cake".
Friends did receive 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."
There are twenty-seven Monkeys in the Friends series: Ross's (David Schwimmer) pet Monkey, Dr Monkey from the Joke, Curious George, the Monkey from Leonard Hayes' commercial, the Monkey Monica (Courteney Cox) starts chattering like, the Raspberry Monkey Joey (Matt LeBlanc) thinks comes with his cheesecake, the Hungry Monkey from Bamboozled and twenty Monkeys Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) 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.
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 Friends, Days of Our Lives (1965) is regarded as a telenovela.
In S5 E8-"The One with All the Thanksgivings" during the flashback of Joey (Matt LeBlanc) with the turkey on his head, he says "Well, then help me get it off. Plus, it smells really bad in here." Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) replies, "Of course it smells bad, you have your head up a dead animal." Later on in S10 E10-"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 says "Of course it smells bad, you have your head inside a turkey's ass."
The show guest stars several people from Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Maggie Wheeler plays Janice in Friends and played Linda in Everybody Loves Raymond. Fred Stoller plays Stew, a chef that works with Monica (Courteney Cox) on Friends and plays Raymond's cousin Gerad on Everybody Loves Raymond. Phil Leeds plays Uncle Mel on ELR and plays the old man who was married to the woman that Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) believes has entered her spirituality
Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) have all, in their own ways, had problems with UFOs. Joey has to ride one out of an otherwise mundane play, Chandler has flashbacks when he sees Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) big hat and Phoebe thinks her beeping smoke alarm might be one.
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".
Ross (David Schwimmer) congratulates Isabella Rossellini (playing herself, visiting the Coffee House) for Blue Velvet (1986) while he's trying to woo her as one of the celebrities on his list of people it's okay to cheat on his girlfriend with, until he bumped her for Winona Ryder. Blue Velvet is a very disturbing film and not a good ice-breaker at all.
All of the Friends have had Claw Hand. Chandler (Matthew Perry) develops a Claw Hand playing Ms PacMan. Ross (David Schwimmer) has a Claw Hand bandage after missing Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and punching a metal post. Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Joey hold up Bear Claw Hands while learning the guitar. Monica gives a clawingly bad massage. Rachel is Ross's Lobster.
There are fifty-four Dogs in the Friends series: the Threshold Guardian Dog Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) runs over, Ross's (Jennifer Aniston) Dog Cheechi who was dead not playing down on the farm, the Happiest Dog in the World that Joey (Matt LeBlanc) breaks, Margha's Dog, a Pitbull Chandler (Matthew Perry) moves Mike's (Paul Rudd) sofa past, the Bloodhound Monica (Courteney Cox) has a nose like, Phoebe's Neighbour's Dog Satan that she used to run away from, 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 Dogfood 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 that he says goodbye to in seven languages from half a World away, the four Dogs in Ohio Joey puts Chandler's Sweater Vests on, 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) 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 Chandler runs into 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 Junior's old Dog Tumour, 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's 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 (Jennifer Aniston) 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 that Chandler's terrified of, a Dog Joey pretends to see to get out of answering Janice's (Maggie Wheeler) questions & Mike's (Paul Rudd) family dog, Chappy, who he uses as his 3rd 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.
Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) Doctor when she's giving birth to triplets is Dr. Harad (Sam Anderson), the joke being that it sounds like the Biblical King Herod, who ordered a wave of infanticide in an attempt to kill the King of Kings. Even more ominously, the Doctor is obsessed with a character from Happy Days (1974).
In Season 3 Episode 15 (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 8 Episode 15 (The One With the Secret Closet) Chandler discovers a messy closet in the apartment, and a regular sized globe is seen in the background.
There are eight Pigeons in the Friends series: the Giant Pigeon that poops on Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) heart, the Pigeon Phoebe sees a man kicking in the street, the Gross Pigeon Monica (Courteney Cox) 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 (Matthew Perry) from climbing down the fire escape in the episode where Chandler comes home from Oklahoma but doesn't tell Joey (Matt LeBlanc), and a Big Pigeon Joey says he saw to fend off Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) raging hormones.
There are seventeen Bunnies in the Friends series: the Bunny that got away from Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) Top Hat, the Sock Bunny, the Big Pink Bunny that maxes out Chandler's (Matthew Perry) embarrassment, six Bunny Hop dancers at the Geller's Anniversary Party, the Dead Easter Bunny may he rest in peace, a Bunny from the toy race, the two bunnies when Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica (Courteney Cox) Bunny Up for the Football game, the rabbit Whitney (Julia Campbell) was going to cook for Ross, the Velveteen Rabbit, Emma's first birthday cake, and the Bunny that Chandler's related to whose cuteness he inherited.
Nancy McKeon read for Monica. She gave a terrific performance," Lori Openden, head of casting for NBC at the time, said. "Warren [Littlefield, the then NBC president] let Marta [Kauffman] and David [Crane] make the call. They went off for a walk and came back and said Courteney Cox.
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."
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 Le Blanc did.
Co-creator David Crane revealed he initially wrote the role of Monica with Janeane Garofalo in mind - it was only when Courtney 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 to."
Season 6 is the only season in which Janice does not appear on-screen. She is, however, heard as a voice-over. She is a voice-over on Chandler's mixed tape in "The One With Unagi", which mixed tape he gives to Monica claiming he recorded romantic songs for her.
James 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.
Tyler 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 producer liked it so much that they decided to keep it.
When asked in 2009 by Heatworld.com what Gunther would be doing "now", Tyler joked, "He'd probably have a very traditional marriage, with lots of white-haired babies running around with hair brighter than the sun."
In the 2013 movie "We're The Millers" starring Jennifer Anniston, the rest cast played a prank on her by playing the Friends theme song instead of the proposed one, following which Anniston remained surprised and emotional. This scene is added in the bloopers.
All the three of the female leads were given unconventional ways of pregnancy on purpose, so as to spread social messages, that, Surrogacy, Single Mother-hood and Infertility are nothing to be ashamed of. Rather it is as beautiful as the normal Child-birth.
David Schwimmer directed 10 of F.R.I.E.N.D.S' episodes they are: The One of The Last Night, TOW Rachel's Assistant, TOW Ross's Library Book, TOW All The Candy TOW The Truth About London, TOW The Red Sweater, TOW The Stripper, TOW Joey Dates Rachel, TOW Phoebe's Birthday, TOW The Birth Mother.
Bruce Willis appeared on the show for free after losing a bet to Matthew Perry. Perry believed that the movie "The Whole Nine Yards" would be number one in the box office, but Willis disagreed. In Feb 2000 the film was a hit. So as a result of the bet Willis had to donate his earnings.
Gunther called Ross an 'ezel'(donkey). Ross looks up the word 'ezel' in the dictionary ad retorts Gunther "You're an ezel". Gunther easily overrules Ross by saying "jij hebt seks met ezels" (You have Sex with Donkeys).
The episode 'The One Where No One's Ready' takes place entirely in Monica's apartment because the show didn't have a large budget for guest stars or additional sets. It is considered as one of the funniest episodes of the series.
One of the most hardest scene to be filmed was when Rachel hears Ben's first words. Ross desperate to hear Ben speak, constantly tell Ben, "Can you say 'Dada'?" The baby was supposed to stay quiet, but kept responding everytime he said it.
In 'The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS', the scene when 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.
In the pilot, Monica forgets the name of the guy she sleeps with, 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.
The reason Monica is a chef is because she made Chandler mac n' cheese one Thanksgiving. To get Monica to stop bugging him and asking if he liked it, Chandler said it was really good and she should be a chef.
The couch was almost always free for the six because it was reserved; there was always a reserved sign on the coffee table. Except from when Ross and Rachel 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.
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.
It was reported that Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon didn't get along while she guest starred therefore the writers and producers created the character Amy, a third sister within their family played by Christina Applegate.
There are sixteen chickens in the Friends series: Little Yasmine, the Chicken that poops on Julie in China, the traumatizing Plastic Chicken Hopper Paul's parents got him instead of a Big Wheel, nine Chickens on a piece of Central Perk Pop Art, Rooster the other member of the Band Numbnuts, the Chicken Suit that won't go with Monica's (Courteney Cox) New Boots, the Chicken Suit Chandler (Matthew Perry) might have to wear to get a new job and Chick Jnr.
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 "The One With The Birth".
In the Thanksgiving Episode Chandler (Matthew Perry) makes fun of Monica (Courteney Cox) when they are watching old videos from high school. Monica appears in the video, much fatter than she is currently. "The camera adds 10 pounds", the current Monica who is watching the video explains to the rest of the group watching the video. "How many cameras are on you?" Chandler asks sarcastically. This would be ironic since they would date each other and even get married later.
Mr. Bowmont is the name of the second highest bidder of the boat in the silent auction which Joey (Matt LeBlanc) won, not the name of the boat. But when the boat arrives outside the coffee house, Joey calls it the Mr. Bowmont. (This is a joke. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) tries to convince the Second Highest bidder to take the boat because he can name it after himself, and Joey is so caught up in the moment he decides to buy the boat after all. Being Joey, he does not think to call it "the Mr Tribbiani" instead.)
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
In the last few months of shooting Friends (1994), 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.
Monica (Courteney Cox) says the first lines of the series and Chandler (Matthew Perry) says 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.
Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) wedding is not attended by any of her relatives, such as her twin sister Ursula, her father (played by Bob Balaban), her biological mother (Teri Garr), her brother (Giovanni Ribisi) or the nieces and nephew she gave birth to.
In the last season, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) introduces herself to Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courteney Cox) as Princess Consuela Banannahammock, saying that her friends can call her Valerie. Valerie is in fact Lisa Kudrow's middle name.
During the course of the series, all six of the friends change their jobs at least once. However, Chandler (Matthew Perry) is the only one who never involuntarily left his job. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) were all fired at some point during the series and Ross (David Schwimmer) was required to take a temporary (later permanent) sabbatical from the museum following his divorce from Emily.
When there was a discussion about Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) 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.
When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica's (Courteney Cox) wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston's family name.
Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is the only main character to never have married. (In one fantasy sequence he is married to Monica (Courteney Cox), portraying their lives if she found him in London, instead of Chandler (Matthew Perry).) Matthew Perry is the only principal cast member who never married.
All of the friends have lived in Monica's (Courteney Cox) apartment at some point. Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) lived with Monica first, then Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) moved in on the first episode. Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) 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 after, Rachel moved in with Joey, and Phoebe moved in with Monica and Chandler. In the series finale, it was revealed by Monica that Ross (David Schwimmer) once lived in the apartment with his and Monica's grandmother while he was trying to make it as a dancer.
When Chandler (Matthew Perry) is working in Tulsa, a member of the board tells him that it is legal to smoke in offices with less than 15 people. This is not true. Oklahoma smoking laws apply the same as the rest of the US.
The time of Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) pregnancy in the show (and all of season 8, of that matter) is mixed up. Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) got married May 15th, which means Rachel and Ross (David Schwimmer) conceived their baby sometime in April. A few episodes later, it is Halloween, and there is a party, which would make Rachel around 6 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 2nd. That same episode, Monica says that for their 2 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.
Each of the main characters move at least once throughout the series. Monica (Courteney Cox) lived in the guys' apartment after she and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) lost the bet. Rachel moved with Monica across the hall, lived with Phoebe in her apartment, lived with Joey (Matt LeBlanc) after Monica and Chandler (Matthew Perry) moved in together, and with Ross (David Schwimmer) after living with Joey. Phoebe lived, albeit briefly, with Gary the cop in his apartment, until he shot a bird. Pheobe also lived with Monica, prior to Rachel coming into their lives. Chandler lived in the girls' apartment twice, once after he and Joey won the bet and after he and Monica moved in together. Joey lived across the hall after winning the bet and into his own apartment after starring on 'Days'. Ross moved briefly into Emily's cousins apartment before they got married, into Chandler and Joey's after getting kicked out of the previous apartment, and into ugly naked guy's apartment after that.
U2's With or Without You plays as Ross's 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 he cheats on her with when they are on a break.
When Monica (Courteney Cox) is planning her and Chandler's (Matthew Perry) wedding she said that for music she got the band "The Swing Kings". In the wedding episode the name of the band on the drum is "Jungle Swing".
There are eleven Ducks in the Friends series: The Crystal Duck Ross (David Schwimmer) bought for Carol (Jane Sibbett), the pet duck that was brought in season 3, 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 plays Dr Drake Ramoray in Days of Our Lives (1965), and a drake is a male duck.
In Season 2 episode 9 (The One With Phoebe's Dad), Phoebe's grandmother shows her a picture of her real dad, who she would of recognized in the episode with Phoebe's grandmother's funeral when Frank Buffay showed up. Also, in S2E9, 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.
At some point or another, all the friends have lived in both apartments. MONICAS 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 whom he later married) Joey (see Chandler) Ross (lived there with his grandmother prior to the events of the series). JOEYS APARTMENT: Joey (Chandlers original roommate) Chandler (Joeys 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 Monicas nicer apartment while Rachel has to "slum" it at Joeys" Ross (Moved in with Joey and Chandler following the end of his very brief marriage to Emily).
Two member of the main cast have acted in a scene opposite themselves, playing multiple characters: Lisa Kudrow simultaneously played both Phoebe and Ursula Buffay several times throughout the series, and David Schwimmer played both Ross and Russ in Friends: The One with Russ (1996).