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(1994–2004)

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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 himself. Muddling Through (1994) was canceled, leaving Aniston free to star in this show.
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When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role of Joey, he had $11 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 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."
When Courteney Cox dressed as fat Monica for the first time, Matthew Perry walked right past her without recognizing her.
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.
Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel. She asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.
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?"
In the opening credits to Friends: The One After Vegas (1999), the names of all the actors 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.
The artwork in Central Perk changed every three episodes.
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.
Lisa Kudrow was terrified of the duck that showed up in Season 3.
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.).
Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) pick-up line, "How *you* doin'?" was ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue).
Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Christina Applegate, and Paul Rudd guest-starred on the show after doing a film with one of the regular cast members. Willis and Applegate won Emmys for their guest roles.
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.
The orange couch in Central Perk was found in the Warner Brothers studio basement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Favreau was offered the role of Chandler Bing. He later returned as a guest star during the 1997 season as Pete Becker, Monica's millionaire boyfriend.
Lisa Kudrow based her hippie character, Phoebe, on her co-star Jennifer Aniston because of the actress's interest in "spiritual" subjects.
Joey was originally written as a jerk. When Matt LeBlanc questioned why the others would be friends with him, the character was changed.
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.
Matt LeBlanc admitted to dyeing his hair throughout the show.
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."
The original plan for the Season 9 Thanksgiving episode was to bring back Reese Witherspoon as Jill Green. Witherspoon was unavailable, so Christina Applegate was cast as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) other sister, Amy Green.
David Schwimmer directed 10 episodes of the show.
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.
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.
Friends was offered an eleventh season, but the cast turned it down because they felt it would ruin the reputation of the show.
Jennifer Aniston dated Tate Donovan (Joshua) for three years, from 1994. They got engaged, but unfortunately split in the same year he landed a part on the show...as her boyfriend.
For almost the entire first season, 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.
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), and Monica E. Geller (Courteney Cox) (her middle name is never specified).
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.
Ranked #7 on Empire magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).
Columbus State University has a paleontologist named David R. Schwimmer.
The highest rated episodes are Friends: The One Where Everybody Finds Out (1999) and Friends: The Last One: Part 2 (2004).
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.
Matthew Perry has admitted he barely remembers filming three seasons of the show roughly midway through its run due to his drug problems.
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.
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.
Gunther (James Michael Tyler) was not originally a speaking role.
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).
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.
Other titles considered for the show were "Friends Like Us", "Six of One", "Across the Hall", and "Insomnia Cafe."
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.
Courteney Cox is the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for her work on the show.
In most episodes, the word "friends" or its singular term is said at least once.
Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) PIN number is 5639, which spells out 'JOEY' so he could remember it.
Matt LeBlanc's character, Joey Tribbiani, plays Dr. Drake Ramoray in a fictional version of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives (1965). In real life, Jennifer Aniston's father, John Aniston, plays Victor Kiriakis on the real Days of Our Lives.
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.
Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) seven sisters are Veronica, Mary Angela, Mary Therese, Gina, Dina, Tina, and Cookie.
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 the Season 6 episode 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.
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.
Lisa Kudrow had already been guest-starring on Mad About You (1992) as Ursula Buffay for two years before Friends aired. They decided to make Phoebe a twin to create a crossover between the two shows.
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!"
There is a special feature on the DVD box set that lets the viewer play Bamboozled, confusing rules and all.
Lisa Kudrow wore a wig for a large portion of the show after cutting her hair for another role.
Matthew Perry is actually missing the tip of one of his fingers. In S5 E8, The One With The Thanksgiving Flashback, Chandler loses the tip of one of his toes.
In the episode where Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) stuff gets stolen the magnetic drawing board on their door says "Thanks for your stuff".
Ben and Emma never had a scene together.
In the episode Friends: The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath (2002), in the beginning we see Joey (Matt LeBlanc) wearing a shirt with the name "Capt. Billy Burke," the name of a firefighter who died on Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.
After Rachel (Jennifer Aniston)left her fiancée, Barry (Mitchell Whitfield), at the altar in the pilot, her best friend Mindy (Jennifer Grey) then became engaged to Barry. Mindy was played by Jennifer Grey. Both Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Grey played Jeanie Bueller in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). Grey played her in the movie and Aniston played her in the television series.
Each of the main six stars has hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live (1975), apart from Matt LeBlanc.
At some point throughout the ten seasons, all six Friends lived in Monica (Courteney Cox) and Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) 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 (Matthew Perry) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) apartment, though she did stay there briefly.
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.
The creators of the Portuguese show "Gato Fedorento" say that the inspiration for the name of the show was the song "Smelly Cat".
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.
Ross (David Schwimmer), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) all watch Die Hard (1988) and talk about this film in several episodes. The star of Die Hard (1988), Bruce Willis, appears in later episodes as Paul, Ross's student girlfriend's father.
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.
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.
Rachel (Jennifer Aniston ) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) were long time friends before the show.
Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) framed picture of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is a still from the short Leave 'Em Laughing (1928).
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 Kudrow would go on to star in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997).
Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) mother who committed suicide is the only parent to never be shown. However, Phoebe's birth mother is seen three times (first appearance: Friends: The One at the Beach (1997)) and her biological father is shown only once (Friends: The One with Joey's Bag (1999)).
Emma was played by twins - Cali Sheldon and Noelle Sheldon.
In Chandler's (Matthew Perry) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) apartment there is a poster with boxing kangaroos which says "Kangaroo Boxer" in Russian.
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.
In the pilot Barry's (Mitchell Whitfield) surname is Finkel. In later episodes, his name has been changed to Barry Farber.
Monica's (Courteney Cox) address is 90 Bedford St. Apt. 20, New York, NY 10014. But was originally Apt 5 until writers realized 5 would not represent an apartment on an upper level.
Three cast members from The Simpsons (1989) make guest appearances in the series: Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer. Lisa Kudrow would later be a guest star in an episode of the Simpsons
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.
At one point, Monica (Courteney Cox) worked as a line cook at the Moondance Diner, the same diner Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) worked at in Spider-Man (2002) as a waitress.
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.
It was believed that Mike Hagerty played both Mr. Treger and Ugly Naked Guy, but this is actually Jon Haugen.
During the audio commentary for "The Last One," co-creator David Crane revealed that in between Friends: The One Where Estelle Dies (2004) and Friends: The One with Rachel's Going Away Party (2004), 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 18 episodes rather than 24.
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.
At some point during the series each one of the Friends was unemployed, if Ross's (David Schwimmer) enforced sabbatical is included.
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.
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 Friends as Ryan in Season 2.
Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) address is 5 Morton St. Apt. 14, New York, NY 10014.
All six main actors appear in every episode. James Michael Tyler as Gunther is the only other cast member to appear in over 100 episodes, appearing in 151 of them.
Phoebe is a vegetarian. Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe, is also a vegetarian.
Chandler's (Matthew Perry) parents, Charles (Kathleen Turner) and Nora Bing (Morgan Fairchild), were named after the favorite The Thin Man (1934) series character Nora Charles, one half of a very famous movie detective couple of the thirties.
Season 3 is the only season without an episode with two parts. However, S3 E16, Friends: The One the Morning After (1997), is a continuation of S3 E15, Friends: The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break (1997).
Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) wedding was not attended by any of her relatives.
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.
First choice for Rachel was Téa Leoni.
Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) alias name is "Regina Phalange." Phalanges are the small bones that make up the fingers and toes.
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.
The show did not win an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series until its eighth season.
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.
David Schwimmer was the first of the six to be cast.
The final episode aired on 6 May 2004.
Besides Sara 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) plane to London.
Ross (David Schwimmer), Monica (Courteney Cox) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) are all from Long Island.
Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Rachel.
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.
Friends masterminds Marta Kauffman and David Crane are also co-writers of the show's theme song, "I'll Be There for You" by The Rembrandts.
There is outtake footage of the duck and the rooster having a little fight.
In Season 10, Episode 12 (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.
Ross is Monica's older brother, but in real life David Schwimmer is two years younger than Courteney Cox.
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).
Since Ross (David Schwimmer) is Monica's (Courteney Cox) older brother and Chandler (Matthew Perry) was Ross's 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 Schwimmer.
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.
Leah Remini auditioned for the role of Monica. She guest starred as Lydia in season one.
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".
In Friends: The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs (2000), 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. And in another episode, he shares a soft serve with Marcel. It's also revealed that Chandler (Matthew Perry) once owned a dog.
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.
It was Joey's use of the phrase "Going Commando" that got it into the Oxford English Dictionary.
Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica (Courteney Cox) are Jewish. Lisa Kudrow who plays Phoebe and David Schwimmer who plays Ross are both Jewish.
Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) agent Estelle (June Gable), plays a nurse in the first season, when Carol (Jane Sibbett) is in the hospital.
Marla Sokoloff plays Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) youngest sister, Dina, in Season 9. In the episode Friends: The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister (1997), when we first see all of Joey's sisters, Dina is played by a different actress.
Jami Gertz turned down the role of Monica.
Bob Balaban and Teri Garr, who played Phoebe's parents, both starred in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Ghost World (2001)
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.
It's a myth that Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) has kissed every one of the Friends but Monica (Courteney Cox). Monica kisses Phoebe goodbye in 'The One Where They Go Off To London'.
Cynthia Mann, who plays Jasmine, serves coffee in the pilot and then later is a colleague of Phoebe's (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.
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.
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.
Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler's (Matthew Perry) wedding anniversary is May 15.
Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc both guest-starred on the sitcom Just the Ten of Us (1987), Perry in the second season and LeBlanc in the third. They both dated Wendy Lubbock, played by Brooke Theiss. Additionally, Perry and Theiss starred together in a short-lived sitcom of their own in 1993 entitled Home Free (1993).
Joey (Matt LeBlanc) wears an "FDNY" shirt in one of the post-9/11 episodes.
In the episode where Joey (Matt LeBlanc) accidentally sets Chandler (Matthew Perry) up with Janice (Maggie Wheeler), Chandler yells at Joey to pee; in Friends: The One with the Jellyfish (1997), Joey yells at Chandler to pee. Both times the yell is, "Do it! Do it now!"
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.
Twins Giovanni Ribisi and Marissa Ribisi have both appeared on the show. Giovanni plays Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) half brother, and Marissa plays one of Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) old friends in Friends: The One with the Flashback (1996).
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".
There's a sign in Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler's (Matthew Perry) room that reads "Nice Guys Don't Finish Last".
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) 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).
Rachel (Jennifer Aniston)had a nose job during her time at college.
Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) favorite flowers are lilies.
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 Duck is never given a name.
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.
Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) both sing David Bowie's "Space Oddity", but in different episodes.
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.
George Clooney, Elliott Gould, Sam Anderson, Conchata Ferrell, Jason Alexander, Noah Wyle, Jonathan Silverman and Corinne Bohrer appear in episodes of Friends as well as ER years earlier.
Eric McCormack auditioned for the role of Ross, and had he got it, there would have been no Will & Grace (1998), which would have made NBC's reign of ratings last only from 1982 to 2004.
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.
Lisa Kudrow is the only left-handed main cast member. However she plays guitar right handed.
Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) can't speak Italian when she meets Paolo (Cosimo Fusco) but can speak Italian when she meets Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) Nonni.
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".
Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) are the only ones who have lived with Ross (David Schwimmer) in his apartment at some point.
In Season One, Friends: The One with George Stephanopoulos (1994), Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) buy hockey tickets for Ross's (David Schwimmer) birthday and he says, "funny my birthday was six months ago". He notes it is October 20th from the date on the tickets. In Season 9, Friends: The One Where Emma Cries (2002), 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's birthday as "May-tember," to which Ross shouts back, "October 18th". However, in season four, he tells Gunther (James Michael Tyler) his birthday is in December.
In the Thanksgiving 1996 episode, Friends: The One with the Football (1996), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is wearing a That Girl (1966) t-shirt in reference to the 1960s TV series starring Marlo Thomas. Phoebe's shirt features a caricature of Marlo, who also plays Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) mom.
The role of Emily was offered to Patsy Kensit but she politely turned it down.
The magic erase board inside Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler's (Matthew Perry) apartment always say something different.
Lar Park-Lincoln turned down the role of Phoebe.
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.
Ross (David Schwimmer), Monica (Courteney Cox) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) all went to Lincoln High School.
Kate Miller is a spaced out, commonly used name in the show. Dina Meyer guest starred as Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) co-star/girlfriend. Much later in the seasons, during Friends: The One in Barbados: Part 1 (2003), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is with Joey when he picks up a card with the name Kate Miller and Rachel pretends to be her. In 2013, Jennifer Aniston played Rose/Sarah Miller as a fake mom in the movie We're the Millers (2013).
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.
Christina Pickles and Courteney Cox, who play mother and daughter, previously worked together on Masters of the Universe (1987).
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.
One of the most profitable television shows in history, as of 2017 it was earning Warner Bros. over $1 billion a year from syndication and streaming royalties.
At least 3 people who starred in Dazed and Confused (1993) guest starred on Friends (1994). Adam Goldberg played Eddie in season two, Nicky Katt played one of the bullies that kicked Ross (David Schwimmer) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) out of the coffee shop in Friends: The One with the Bullies (1996) and Marissa Ribisi is one of Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) friends in Friends: The One with the Flashback (1996). Moreover, Goldberg appeared in Joey (2004) as Jimmy.
The stage that Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) performs on at Central Perk is not there when she is not playing. It is replaced by regular seats.
All the Friends have lived in both apartments (Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc), and Monica (Courteney Cox) and Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston)).
Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) are the only Friends to work at Central Perk, not counting Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) music.
Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) both quit their jobs on Christmas episodes in different seasons. Rachel in season three and Chandler in season nine.
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.
Monica (Courteney Cox), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) have all broken something in Ross's apartment. Chandler (Matthew Perry) gets Ross's (David Schwimmer) laptop infected with a virus in Barbados. Monica broke Ross's nose.
When Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) 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.
This show was distributed by Warner Bros. 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 1989-1995 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 10. In season 7, 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)). Both Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox had starred in 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 1. 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 7. In season 3, 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 puts Catwoman and Poison Ivy actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman and Rachel puts Robin/Dick Grayson actor Chris O'Donnell.
In both seasons 7 and 9, Ross (David Schwimmer) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) both got into love triangles between them and another woman. Coincidentally, both love interests were African-American women: Kristin (Gabrielle Union) and Charlie (Aisha Tyler).
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).
The table the group sit 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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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.
Joey is the only friend who never gets married during the series. Although he does threaten to use his Online Ordination powers to marry him and Rachel at one point.
In Friends: The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends (1997), Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) 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 would both go on to guest-star in the seventh season. In season 10, Rachel told Ross (David Schwimmer) that she would cast Claire Danes to play her in a movie about an incident that happened in her life.
Tom Welling auditioned for the role of Tag Jones. It eventually went to Eddie Cahill.
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Chandler (Matthew Perry) lists Elle Macpherson as one of his mental images when he accidentally "shares too much" with Ross (David Schwimmer). Elle McPherson later played Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) roommate Janine on the show.
In season 8 episode 17 when Ross (David Schwimmer) 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.
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!"
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.
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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.
Tom Selleck's character's name is Richard which the same name as Courteney Cox's father and older brother in real life.
Jennifer Aniston's birthday is February 11 (02/11), while David Schwimmers birthday is November 2 (11/02).
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).
In Friends: The One with Rachel's Book (2000), Ross (David Schwimmer) claims that he came up with the idea for Jurassic Park (1993). In Friends: The One with the Mugging (2003), Jeff Goldblum makes a guest appearance. Jeff Goldblum plays one of the main characters in that movie and is the star of the sequel.
In Season 8 Episode 5, Friends: The One with Rachel's Date (2001), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) meets a sous chef and he tells her that it means under in French. But, in Season 10 Episode 13, Friends: The One Where Joey Speaks French (2004), she is fluent in French and teaches Joey (Matt LeBlanc) French. So, wouldn't she know what Sous meant.
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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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 Friends: The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding: Part 1 (2001) (Season 7), 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) (Season 2).
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Every main character on the show has smoked before, regardless of whether it was tobacco or marijuana. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) smokes 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 (Courteney Cox) smokes a cigar in Friends: The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy (1996), as she continues to get over Richard (Tom Selleck), who regularly smokes. Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) smokes in Friends: The One That Could Have Been: Part 2 (2000), even though this was an alternate personality of herself. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) smokes in Friends: The One with the Thumb (1994), as Chandler (Matthew Perry) assists him how to do it for a play he's starring in. Chandler has a history of smoking and is occasionally seen doing it. Ross (David Schwimmer) was revealed to have smoked marijuana in Friends: The One Where Ross Got High (1999). The portrayers of all main characters have been a regular smoker at some point of their lives, except for David Schwimmer.
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.
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Most of the friends have been in love triangles with each other. In Season 1: Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) - Monica (Courteney Cox) and the guy in a coma. Season 2: Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) -Julie (Lauren Tom) - Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel - Jean Claude Van Damme - Monica. Season 4: Joey (Matt LeBlanc) - Kathy - Chandler (Matthew Perry). Season 7: Joey - Kristin - Ross. Seasons 8,10: Joey - Rachel - Ross. Season 9: Joey - Charlie - Ross.
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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All six friends have a fixation with a childhood toy. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) had her Weebles, Chandler (Matthew Perry) has his bath-time battleship, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) has Hugsy his Bedtime Penguin Pal, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) has her tricked-out bike, Ross (David Schwimmer) has his baby doll and Monica (Courteney Cox) has the play house.
In season 1 episode 2 Anita Barone played Carol's character then she was replaced by Jane Sibbett.
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There's a sign in Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler's (Matthew Perry) room that says "Five Card Charlie Pays 5 to 1"
There's a white dog statue identical to Joey's white dog statue featured in season 6 episode 13 of Family Matters where Carl buys the dog at a police auction. Both shows were filmed at WB.
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Joeys 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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Originally Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) were supposed to be semi regular characters.
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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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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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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.
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Chandler (Matthew Perry) drinks 11 Espressos before accidentally hitting Janice (Maggie Wheeler) in the eye.
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In every episode that Monica's (Courteney Cox) apartment is featured, her pottery bowl in the kitchen is filled with a different type of produce.
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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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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."
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When Chris Isaak appears in Friends: The One After the Superbowl: Part 1 (1996) (2.12), he starts to sing his song 'Wicked Game' at the end of the episode while singing 'Smelly Cat' with Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow). A couple of episodes later, in Friends: The One Where Ross and Rachel... You Know (1996) (2.15), the same song is playing when Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Ross (David Schwimmer) are in the planetarium.
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Rachel's parents on the show are never seen together. The closest they come to each other is in the episode titled "The One with the Two Parties".
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The Play "Why don't you like me? A Bitter Woman's journey" that Joey (Matt LeBlanc) sends everyone to so that he can go to his soap opera's roof party seems to be a parody of "The Vagina Monologues."
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.
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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).
Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) have two Furbies but never switch them on.
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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.
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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. Perry's punishment for losing the bet was to be Cox's "man slave" whenever she wanted.
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When Christina Applegate guest starred as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) sister, it would be a reunion of sorts with Matt LeBlanc (Joey) who had made a couple appearances on Married with Children (1986).
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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.
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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.
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David Schwimmer was the first one to get cast in show and Jennifer Aniston was last. In opening song, the name of Jennifer comes first and David Schwimmer comes last.
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The Friends have a fridge magnet for a while that reads "Hand Grenades".
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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.
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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 (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.
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During the 1st season, the lower half of the Central Perk windows was tinted. From the 2nd season on-wards, the windows became see-through.
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Maggie Wheeler (Janice) was in an early episode of Seinfeld (1989) entitled Seinfeld: The Fix Up (1992) where Elaine and Jerry both help to set her up with George. Jason Alexander later appeared on Friends in the 7th season episode entitled Friends: The One Where Rosita Dies (2001) in which he plays Earl, a suicidal man that Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) calls to ask to buy toner in her telemarketing job.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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In the episode Friends: The One with the Stoned Guy (1995) the stoned guy is the same character whom Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) later sets up on a date with Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) in season 9. He is played by Jon Lovitz.
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Ross's (David Schwimmer) endearingly messy girlfriend would by more recent standards be considered a "Hoarder".
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.
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The names of the Friends during the intro appear in alphabetical order. This remains true even after Courtney Cox married.
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One fan of the series has calculated that over 10 seasons, Joey amassed a total of $119,760 in debt to Chandler.
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Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston starred in a Microsoft Windows 95 video guide.
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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 it's name, but instead remember the incident happened in that.
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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).
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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Ross' favorite beer is Red Stripe. He is seen drinking it in many episodes.
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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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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".
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Joey (Matt LeBlanc) claims his grandmother was the 6th person to spit on dictator Benito Mussolini dead hanging body. Even though he was hung in Milan and all of Joey's family are from Naples.
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Hugsy the Penguin's friend is Marvin the Martian from the Warner Brothers Cartoons.
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Dr. Mitchell says "look around, no pagan altars". Ironically, the Friends did perform an arcane "cleansing ritual" in the apartment.
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Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is reading "The Art of Happiness" by the The Dalai Lama in one episode.
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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."
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Both Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) shout "Ah! My Eyes!" but in different episodes.
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When production on the first series began Lisa Kudrow was actually 6 years older than 25 year old Jennifer Anniston.
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Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Monica (Courteney Cox), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) have all dressed up as Science Fiction Heroes. Supergirl, Catwoman, Princess Leia and Superman respectively. Ross (David Schwimmer) lost a fight with GI Joe and Chandler (Matthew Perry) disarmed Krung.
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Armadillos do sometimes wander in the desert.
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In Friends: The One with the Joke (2000), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) wears the same gold pendant Monica (Courteney Cox) wears in Friends: The One After Vegas (1999): a round gold pendant with a rune motif.
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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.
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Monica (Courteney Cox) is 1 year younger than Chandler (Matthew Perry) although in real life Courteney Cox (Monica) is 5 years older than Matthew Perry (Chandler).
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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 Friends, Days of Our Lives (1965) is regarded as a telenovela.
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There is a love square in one episode: Ross (David Schwimmer) - Ross's Cousin - Chandler (Jessica Hecht) - Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow). All of it unrequited.
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Both Ross's doctor and his divorce lawyer claimed they had been in both their fields for 23 years and had never dealt with someone as unusual as him.
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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."
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In Season 1, Episode 12, the gang whistles the theme from The Odd Couple. In 2015 Matthew Perry (Chandler) starred in a remake of The Odd Couple.
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Courteney Cox is actually 2 years older than David Schwimmer, but in the show he is supposed to be older than her.
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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
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(May 2009) In a poll conducted by The O'Reilly Factor (1996), host Bill O'Reilly revealed that this sitcom was voted the 3rd worst TV show in broadcast history. Other dubious nominees included: (1) My Mother the Car (1965) / (2) Jerry Springer (1991) / (4) The Gong Show (1976) and (5) Cop Rock (1990).
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.
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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 almost every episode, the phrase "Oh My God!" is spoken at least once.
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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.
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Gunther (James Michael Tyler) gets called "Gunter" at one point.
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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.
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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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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.
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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).
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Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica (Courteney Cox) are both of Jewish ethnicity and he is Jewish in reality but she isn't. In reality, Lisa Kudrow is 3/4 Jewish, but Phoebe isn't.
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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.
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Monica (Courteney Cox) is the only Friend to have had a brother while growing up.
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Although A.A. Milne never said "Get out of my chair, dill-hole!" it is an interesting coincidence that he famously did say "Sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit."
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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.
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The fridge magnet of a face with sunglasses says "Chunky B. Wear" in the closer shots.
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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.
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Marga is a Sanskrit word for the path of an inward spiritual journey. It is also quite a common Dutch female first name.
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Lisa Kudrow beat out both Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch for the role of Phoebe.
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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 [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.
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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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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.
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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 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."
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Craig Bierko was up for the role of Chandler before Matthew Perry was cast.
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Matthew Perry dated Chandler's favourite Baywatch actress Yasmin Bleeth in 1996 and they up after a year and a half.
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Maggie Wheeler's portrayal of Janice is a parody of Fran Drescher, who starred in "The Nanny".
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Except for The One With The East German Laundry Detergent, The One With Chandler's Work Laugh, and The One With Unagi, Janice's first words on-screen are always: "OH! MY! GOD!".
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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.
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If the number of times Chandler slept with his girlfriends during the course of the show is proportional to their appearances, then Janice is the girl whom he slept with most after Monica.
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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.
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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.
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Gunther didn't have a line until the 33rd episode (season 3), in which he only had one word to say: "Yeah".
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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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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."
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A reunion film was planned and there were 80% chances of it to be made. It was dropped only due to David Schwimmer, the only of the cast members who declined it.
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Lisa Kudrow when first read the script, she thought Chandler's character was gay.
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Courtney Cox was asked to play Rachel, but she herself suggested to play Monica as she thought she could do better with this character.
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Courtney Cox was the first of the six to be cast.
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Courtney Cox was a neat freak just like Monica and would clean others' dressing rooms.
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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.
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The actors were rumored to have signed an agreement to not sleep together.
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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 had the same amount.
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Courtney Cox had a special place called "Courteney's Candy Cabinet" on the set.
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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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Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer played video games between takes.
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The actors, led by David Schwimmer, held an "intervention" for Jennifer Aniston because of her lateness to the set.
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Lisa Kudrow was considered the smartest by the other actors, despite the "ditzy" character she played.
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Even before they became a couple on the show, Cox said that if Monica had to "do" a Friend, she would choose Chandler.
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Chandler's haircut during the first visit to Ross' parents resembles the style made popular by 1980's band, Flock of Seagulls.
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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 Mother-hood and Infertility are nothing to be ashamed of. Rather it is as beautiful as the normal Child-birth.
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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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The actor who plays Joshua's father is actually Matthew Perry's real-life father.
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A poll undertaken by "60 minutes" and "Vanity fair" named F.R.I.E.N.D.S the third greatest sitcom of all time.
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In "The One With Russ", 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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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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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.
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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.
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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).
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Alec Baldwin who played Lisa Kudrow's boyfriend Parker for two episodes in Season 8 would later work with her in "The Boss Baby" (2017).
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Ross and Rachel weren't meant to be the central couples of the series. They were Joey and Monica, but the makers changed it due to the chemistry between Jennifer Anniston and David Schwimmer.
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The cast had a huddle before filming each episode to wish each other luck.
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In 1994, the cast bonded by playing poker together. The 18th episode "TOW Poker" is based on it.
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After the show ended, Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt hosted a dinner party at their home. They served bottles of wine that producer Kevin Bright saved from 1994, when the first season aired.
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James Michael Tyler bleached his hairs every week for 10 years for the role of Gunther. His natural hair color is brown.
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Ross's age is inconsistent throughout the series. In this first episode Friends: The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (1994), Ross says he is 26, implying he was born in 1967. In episode 3.13 Friends: The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends (1997), he says he is 29. In the next season however, in episode 4.9 Friends: The One Where They're Going to Party! (1997), he again says he's 29, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in episode 5.4, Friends: The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS (1998), he says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still 29 and born in 1969. Also, in episode 8.4 Friends: The One with the Videotape (2001), 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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Ross was 29 for 3 years. In one season, he even had two birthdays.
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While having the most popular hair in the TV industry, Jennifer Anniston kept a tinu pair of scissors in the glove compartment of the car so she can cut her split ends whenever.
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The term 'Friend Zone' was popularized from the episode '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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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.
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Courtney Cox and Jennifer Anniston became real life besties. Though they have gone through many difficulties, they never cease to support and encourage each other.
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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.
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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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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.
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A budding actor and fan Steve Muskura watched every episode of Friends back to back and stayed awake for 84 hours, smashing the existing world record of 72 hours for watching TV non-stop.
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In 2009, budding actor and fan Steve Muskura watched every episode of Friends back to back and stayed awake for 84 hours, smashing the then existing world record of 72 hours for watching TV non-stop.
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Courtney Cox experienced a miscarriage just a few days before filming 'The One Where Rachel Has A Baby: Part 2'.
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The writers wrote a 3-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 the idea and never filmed it.
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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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Originally, only Jennifer Anniston and David Schwimmer were considered the main cast. They both put their foot down in order to bump each of the four cast members to a $1 million salary apiece.
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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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It has been revealed that the chick and duck died of old age.
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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.
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Like Monica and Chandler, Courtney 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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Unlike his character, Matt LeBlanc can speak fluent French.
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Matthew Perry lost 47 pounds during the end of season 6 going into season 7 due to dealing with pancreatitis, which is a disease caused by smoking.
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Despite his womaniser character in the show, Matt LeBlanc was shy around girls.
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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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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 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.
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Jennifer Anniston later stated that she hated the now-iconic 'Rachel' haircut.
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Lisa Kudrow and her best friend actually wrote "Smelly Cat" one night when they were drunk, and it eventually got written into the show after a while.
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When the show premiered, Matthew Perry and Jennifer Anniston were 25, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer were 27, Courtney Cox was 30 and Lisa Kudrow was 31.
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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 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.
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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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The episode where Joey's head gets stuck in the door was written after he actually got his head stuck in the door. The writers had to change the script to fit the stuck head.
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Kristin Davis, Evan Handler, Willie Garson and Eddie Cahill all appear in this show and Sex and the City.
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The name of all female characters comes before the male characters in opening song.
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The branding on Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) Jock Boyfriend's trainers is digitally blurred out for the opening credits montage.
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It is revealed by Joey that Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) favorite movie is Weekend at Bernie's (1989). In season 1 Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) hits on Carol's (Jane Sibbett) doctor - Dr. Franzblau - who is played by Jonathan Silverman.
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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.
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Filmed at WB Studios. It was filmed in the same sound stage as full house.
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Paul the Wine Guy tells Monica (Courteney Cox) that his Ex cheated on him with a Dentist. Later, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is involved in a love triangle with Mindy (Jennifer Grey) and Barry (Mitchell Whitfield) the Orthodontist.
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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.
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In episode 20 season 2, Friends: The One Where Old Yeller Dies (1996), Carol (Jane Sibbett) tells Ross (David Schwimmer) that Ben's first word sounds like Yemen. Later down 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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In S4E07, Friends: The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line (1997), on the Magna doodle Mr. Treeger's name is spelled as " Mr.Treager ". But in the credits it is given as Mr. Treeger.
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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 "The One With The Birth".
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Janice's nickname for Chandler is "Bing a-Ling"
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British actress Patsy Kensit was reportedly being lined up to play Emily Waltham, but the producers had a change of heart and instead cast Helen Baxendale in the role.
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Chandler and Ross are the only characters throughout the series who hasn't kissed each of the six main characters; as they have not kissed each other.
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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.
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When the apartment numbers are increased, this would affect the number of steps to Central Perk being 97.
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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.)
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Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) has a falling out with Rachel's boyfriend Paolo (Cosimo Fusco). Later, Phoebe goes out with Eric (Sean Penn), who happens to read Paulo Coelho.
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Monica (Courteney Cox) is reading Laura Day's "Practical Intuition in Love" in one episode.
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When Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) buys Mrs Whiskerson, a Minion of the Antichrist, she is wearing a shirt with a Japanese Kanji on it.
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Chandler (Matthew Perry) is reading Fred Haefele's Memoir "Rebuilding the Indian" in one episode.
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Both Monica (Courteney Cox) and Aurora (Sofia Milos) had a boyfriend called Ethan.
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David Schwimmer, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Bower, and Mike Hagerty have all made appearances on The Wonder Years (1988) prior to Friends (1994).
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An Indian Adaptation named "Hello Friends" was made in the year 1999, but it unsuccesfully ran for only one season consists of 26 episodes.
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Spoilers 

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.
Gunther (James Michael Tyler) didn't have a name until the seventh episode of the second season, just before Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) & Ross (David Schwimmer) kiss.
Kathleen Turner (Chandler's father in the show) revealed that Matthew Perry still calls her "Dad".
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.
All the friends have kissed each other, though one kiss is fictional (Monica (Courteney Cox) and Joey in Friends: The One with the Truth About London (2001)), and two of the kisses appear off-screen (Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Monica kiss to retain their apartment and Chandler (Matthew Perry) kisses Ross (David Schwimmer) at Joey's birthday party before making out with Joey's sister). Monica and Ross's on-screen kiss is a quick peck. They also kissed off camera in Friends: The One Where the Stripper Cries (2004). In season 1-at the New Year's Eve party-Joey kissed Chandler.
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 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.
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.
Paul Swain was behind the Magna Doodle drawings on the door in Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler's (Matthew Perry) apartment.
Even though Monica (Courteney Cox) is the only girl not to give birth, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is the only one not to have any children.
While Jack (Elliott Gould) and Judy Gellar (Christina Pickles) (Monica (Courteney Cox) and Ross's (David Schwimmer) 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) or her two younger sisters Amy (Christina Applegate) and Jill (Reese Witherspoon) show up.
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.
Of the three girls, Monica (Courteney Cox) is the only one not to give birth.
In S5, E14: Friends: The One Where Everybody Finds Out (1999), whenever one of the characters is discussing about the knowledge of Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler's (Matthew Perry) relationship, the word "know" and its variants is spoken 37 times.
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.
In the last episode, when the gang is going to the coffee house for the last time, you can visibly see that one of Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler's (Matthew Perry) twins is fake.
Ross (David Schwimmer) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) slept together exactly 300 times during the show. Ross reveals in Friends: The One with the Cop (1999), that he and Rachel slept together 298 times, they then slept together twice more, when Ross gets Rachel pregnant, near the end of Series 7, and in Friends: The Last One: Part 1 (2004). However, it is unclear if Ross and Rachel slept together in Vegas.
The Ross and Rachel "will they or won't they?" plot was arguably the show's longest running story-line. Literally running from the first episode to its conclusion in the series finale.
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Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) 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).
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.
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It is revealed in one episode that Ross (David Schwimmer) was accidentally conceived, both of his children (Ben and Emma), were accidentally conceived.
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".
In Friends: Friends: The One with the Giant Poking Device (1996) (1996), Ben (Cole Sprouse) calls Monica (Courteney Cox) "Monica Bang". This name is almost The same as Chandler Bing. foreshadowed Monica marrying Chandler in Season 7.
Every time Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) agent Estelle (June Gable) is seen she is smoking a cigarette
Ross is Jewish just like David Schwimmer.
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.
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Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) met for the first time (three times).
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In the real Days of Our Lives (1965) there is no character named Dr. Drake Ramoray.
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).
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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).
All three of the guys have proposed to a woman. Joey proposed to Phoebe in season 8, Chandler to Monica in season 6 and Ross proposed to his second wife Emily.
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Twins and Triplets have played a role on this show. Phoebe is a twin and gave birth to triplets and Monica and Chandler ended up having twins via surragant on the show's finale.
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Chandler and Monica were meant to be just a one night thing. But fans liked it a lot that they cheered the bedsheet scene for 27 seconds. It led the makers to make them a couple.
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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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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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If the number of times Chandler slept with his girlfriends during the course of the show is proportional to their appearances, then Janice is the girl whom he slept with most after Monica.
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