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.

Director:

James Burrows

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
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 Cynthia Mann ... Jasmine
Barry Heins ... The Guy In The Coffee House (scenes deleted) (as Barry Hine)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First episode with Monica's name in the title. See more »

Goofs

When Ross, Chandler and Joey are setting up Ross' furniture and Ross is bent down saying, "And I cannot feel my legs," Ross is holding a manual. When it cuts, the manual is on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Monica: [to Rachel, at the end of the pilot] Welcome to the real world. It sucks. You're gonna love it.
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Connections

References Laverne & Shirley (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Love is Sweet as Summer Showers
(uncredited)
Performed by Lisa Kudrow
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The starting point
21 June 2015 | by ammabee-956-927043See all my reviews

This is what started the iconic TV series that has lasted 10 years & stuck with loyal fans for 20 years. This what you would want in a first episode. It showed every character, plot & typical jokes that would stay with the show for all the seasons such as : Phoebe's singing, Joey's acting, Ross & Rachel, Chandler's sarcasm. It didn't leave the fans feeling underwhelmed, it is one of the best premiere's of all time. MVP : Rachel Quote : Ross: You know, you probably didn't know this, but back in high school, I had a major crush on you. Rachel: I knew. Ross: You did. Oh... I always figured you just thought I was Monica's geeky older brother. Rachel: I did.


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