Friends (1994–2004)
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The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate 

Monica and the gang introduce Rachel to the "real world" after she leaves her fiancé at the altar.


James Burrows


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
John Allen Nelson ... Paul
Clea Lewis ... Franny
Cynthia Mann ... The Waitress
Barry Heins ... The Guy in the Coffee House (scenes deleted) (as Barry Hine)


In a New York City coffee house called Central Perk, we're introduced to six friends: chef Monica Geller, data controller Chandler Bing who lives across the hall from Monica, Chandler's roommate/actor Joey Tribbiani, Monica's brother Ross Geller, new ageist Phoebe Buffay, and "born to be a wife" Rachel Green. One of the friends is just getting into a relationship and two are just getting out of one each. Monica is in the former category, going on a real/not-so-real date, dates with guys she's interested in being a rare occurrence. But she is excited by her upcoming one with Paul the Wine Guy from her place of work. Out on their date, their intimate conversation includes the fact that trauma from his last relationship has left him sexually incapable, something that only the right woman like Monica can fix, and she apparently does. Later however she finds that it was just a line to get her into bed, and thus her streak with the "wrong guy" continues. Ross is one of the two in the ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Joey and Chandler pour their Rachel-made coffee into the plant on the table. At the end of the episode, the plant on the table is dead, likely as a result of Joey and Chandler pouring coffee in it. See more »


When Monica asks Ross, 'Do you want me to stay?', her hands are in front of her, not touching Ross. In the next shot, her right hand is holding onto Ross's wrist. See more »


Monica: Why? Why would anybody do something like that?
Ross: We're looking for an answer more sophisticated than: "To get you into bed."
Monica: Is it me? Is it like I have some sort of beacon that only dogs and men with severe emotional problems can hear?
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References Witness (1985) See more »


Time of the Season
Written by Rod Argent
Performed by The Zombies
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A pilot that becomes more enjoyable with each new viewing
24 November 2015 | by SLionsCricketreviewsSee all my reviews

"TOW Monica Gets A Roommate" is an episode that I didn't enjoy too much on a first viewing, and since then, each additional viewing has been an improvement. It does exactly what a pilot should for a sitcom, whilst being a fairly relaxing episode. We begin to understand our main characters reasonably well, we see Ross's obvious crush on Rachel, Chandler's excessive use of sarcasm in everyday life, Phoebe's oddities and Rachel's spoiled behaviour.

The episode has a particularly nice scene towards the end with Ross and Rachel, a funny opening scene (albeit more in tune with "Seinfeld") and plenty of worthwhile moments throughout.

Worth a watch!

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22 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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