When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role of Joey, he only had $11 to his name. When the cast got their first paychecks, the first thing that Courteney Cox bought was a car. Matt LeBlanc bought a hot dinner.
During the first season of the show the main cast were paid $22,500 per episode, but during the second season, only Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer were given a pay raise, to $40,000 an episode. For the third season and onward, the cast decided to conduct all salary negotiations in unison to ensure equal pay, an unusual practice at the time. By the final two seasons the main cast were making $1 million per episode. Lisa Kudrow, who according to an Entertainment Weekly profile was "the group leader", stated, "The six of us are far stronger than just one person."
Joey's statue of a white dog was originally given to Jennifer Aniston as a good luck present from her best friend when she started acting. She offered to lend it to the show for the episode where Joey became rich and bought a lot of stuff. After that episode, the producers decided to keep it.
Matt LeBlanc admitted in the exit interview for the book 'Friends...Til' the End' that he had a crush on Jennifer Aniston. He said, "Now I had a little crush on Jen in the very beginning, but I think the whole world did too, so what are you going to do?"
Giovanni Ribisi plays Phoebe's brother, Frank Jr., in later episodes, but he also had a small role in an earlier season as a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe's guitar case instead of a coin.
The original idea for the show was going to focus on four characters, with Phoebe and Chandler 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.).
The refrigerators in Monica's and Joey's apartments actually worked. Monica's was filled with water and other drinks for the cast and crew. Joey's was usually virtually empty, unless the inside of the fridge was going to be seen in a specific scene.
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 episode where Phoebe 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.
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.
After filming 'The One With The Lesbian Wedding' (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 original plan for the Season 9 Thanksgiving episode was to bring back Reese Witherspoon as Jill Green, however Witherspoon was unavailable so Christina Applegate was cast as Rachel's other sister, Amy Green, to replace her.
The show debuted at a time when networks were beginning to eliminate theme songs during the opening credits; however, with the popularity of this theme song, "I'll Be There for You" which went to #1 on the "Billboard Hot 100" and had incessant play on both the radio airwaves and television video channels, the show helped quell 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 to this are the series finale (Friends: The Last One: Part 1 (2004)) and the third episode of season 5 (Friends: The One Hundredth (1998)), though these episode titles are distinctly similar. "The Pilot" is often incorrectly regarded as an exception. However, it has two official alternate titles: "The One Where It All Began" and "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate".
The characters' full names are: Rachel Karen Green; Phoebe Buffay (in Friends: The One Where They All Turn Thirty (2001), she says she never knew her middle name since she had never seen her birth certificate and her twin sister, Ursula, sold it to a Swedish runaway); Joseph Francis Tribbiani Jr.; Chandler Muriel Bing; Ross Eustace Geller; Monica E. Geller (it is revealed that Monica's initials are MEG but her middle name is never actually specified).
It is frequently said that Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe Buffay. DeGeneres denied this in a 2015 Howard Stern interview, citing confusion with Friends (1994) and her show of a similar title, 'These Friends of Mine,' which was already on the air.
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.
The main characters from the show are named after All My Children (1970) characters. Ross for Ross Chandler, Joey for Joey Martin, Chandler for the Chandler family, Monica for Monique/Daisy Cortland, Rachel Green for Janet Green, and Phoebe for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.
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.
Jennifer Aniston was a cast member of the CBS series Muddling Through (1994) when she was cast in Friends (1994). NBC executives did not want Aniston because if Muddling Through (1994) was picked up for a second season, the Friends (1994) episodes with Aniston would have to be re-filmed at a high cost to the network. But NBC vice president Warren Littlefield wanted to work with Aniston so much that he offered to pay for the re-filmed episodes himself. Muddling Through (1994) was canceled and Aniston was free to star in Friends (1994).
Helen Baxendale, who played Emily, became pregnant between seasons 4 and 5. Her character had to be written out of the series much earlier than was planned as she was unable to continue traveling from England. In her last few appearances, Baxendale is wearing heavy clothes to hide her pregnancy.
The love story between Rachel and Joey 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."
In the first couple of episodes, Chandler and Joey's apartment number was #4 and Monica and Rachel's apartment number was #5. However, in the later episodes, they are 19 and 20 respectively because the producers noted that 4 and 5 corresponded to apartments on lower floors while the two apartments were supposed to be higher up the building.
The story line of Phoebe 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.
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.
Executive producer Marta Kauffman attended Marple Newtown High School in Broomall, PA. When she was asked to come back and give a speech at graduation, she berated the school system because her teachers told her she wasn't a good writer. She wasn't asked back.
Entertainer Ellen DeGeneres asked Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) during an interview on Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) about the idea of doing a "Friends" movie, to which she answered: "Yeah, it would be really fun, but I don't think it's happening. I don't think it's really been a plan." She also asked Courteney Cox about the same thing during another interview, to which she joked: "Has that Sex and the City (2008) movie come out yet? We'll see how that does!"
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.
At some point throughout the ten seasons, all six Friends lived in Monica and Rachel's apartment except Ross, who previously lived there one summer with his grandmother. It is also true that everyone apart from Phoebe once lived in Chandler and Joey's apartment, though she did stay there briefly.
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 apartment, there were several messages expressing support for the city and the FDNY and several cast members wore FDNY T-shirts.
Ross, Chandler and Joey 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.
All the Friends have catchphrases: Rachel's is shouting the word "no", Monica's is saying "I know" when she's excited, Phoebe's is saying "oh, no" when something bad happens, Joey's is "how you doin'", Chandler's is emphasizing the word "be" when asking a rhetorical question or emphasizing a word, and Ross's is saying "hi" when something bad happens.
Out of the six friends, Chandler is the only one to not have any siblings. Rachel has two sisters, Monica and Ross are brother and sister, Phoebe has a twin sister and a half-brother, and Joey has seven sisters.
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 mentions it's 97 steps away from his apartment.
In the episode "The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath", in the beginning we see Joey 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.
Joey's 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.
S:8 E:5 "Rachel's date" when Monica and Phoebe are in the coffee house talking about Monica's sous chef, at the last moments of the scene you can clearly see Phoebe talking to a double of Monica, not Courtney Cox.
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 all the episode titles, the Friends' names appear individually as so: Rachel (21 times), Ross (19 times), Joey (13 times), Phoebe (10 times), Chandler (9 times), and Monica (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.
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 and Phoebe were hooking up off screen through the course of the show.
The number 27 is used a lot throughout the series. Rachel tells a date that Monica labels her cups and uses the example cup 27. In one episode Monica, Rachel, and Phoebe wear 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 gives Ross $27 when he feels guilty that he's seeing Monica. Joey 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.
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.
During the audio commentary for "The Last One," co-creator David Crane revealed that in between "The One Where Estelle Dies" and "The One With Rachel's Going Away Party", there was going to be a story arc involving Ross and Rachel 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.
Phoebe's boyfriend David is a scientist who moves to Minsk. Lisa Kudrow's relatives originate from this part of Belarus. According to her Wikipedia page, she discovered that her ancestors immigrated from a village in Minsk.
All six of the Friends have sung in public. Phoebe was a singer, Monica and Chandler sang karaoke at the bar where Mike played piano, Joey sang in a musical about Sigmund Freud (in which he played Freud), Rachel sang Copacabana (At the Copa) at her ex-fiancé's wedding, and Ross sang with his keyboard at Central Perk. Lisa Kudrow doesn't like singing.
Friends was filmed on the same soundstage that was used for the filming of the sitcom Full House (1987) during the last two seasons (1993-1995) of its eight year run (1987-1995). The pilot of Friends (1994) was shot on stage 33 (the same stage as Living Single (1993)) at the Warner Ranch, and the first season was shot on Warner Bros Stage 5, the home of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)) from 1996-2005.
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 plane to London.
According to Paget Brewster (who played Kathy, the girl dating Joey who Chandler 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.
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.
The poster in Joey's room during season 7 says "Grand Prix af Frankrig", and is a Danish poster celebrating a double victory by Mercedes-Benz cars (driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling) in the French Grand Prix (later Formula 1) in 1954.
In 'The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs,' we find out that Ross hates ice cream. But one season earlier, we see Ross and Elizabeth enjoying ice cream on a date. In another episode, it's revealed Chandler once owned a dog.
In the episode where Monica buys her wedding gown, she is seen wearing one dress in the boutique. When she goes to get the dress on sale she shows Phoebe and Rachel a picture of a different dress to find. Then she fights over a completely different dress, and when the dress is shown later in her apartment it is the original dress from the boutique.
The actress who plays Jasmine serves coffee in the pilot and then later is a colleague of Phoebe's at the massage parlor. When Ross is trying to keep Rachel from finding out about Chloe, he talks to Jasmine and she says that Gunther is her roommate. This would explain how they know each other.
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.
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.
In the episode where Joey accidentally sets Chandler up with Janice, Chandler yells at Joey to pee; in 'The One With the Jellyfish,' Joey yells at Chandler to pee. Both times the yell is, "Do it! Do it now!"
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.
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".
Richard Crosby and Joey Tribianni don't get on 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.
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. Aniston is 5'-4½", Cox is 5'-5", Kudrow is 5'-8", LeBlanc is 5'-9½", Perry is 6', and Schwimmer is 6'-1".
Leading up to the episodes of Phoebe 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 are trying to adopt a baby, you can notice the same face difference in Monica because the actress, Courtney Cox, was pregnant.
Rachel is the only character who never lived alone during the series. Monica lived alone until Rachel moved in during the first episode, Phoebe and Ross lived alone for a majority of the show, and Joey and Chandler briefly lived alone after Joey moves into his own apartment after he gets a part of "Days of Our Lives".
Kate Miller is a spaced out, commonly used name in the show. Dina Meyer guest starred as Joey's co-star/girlfriend. Much later in the seasons, during Friends: The One in Barbados: Part 1 (2003), Rachel 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).
At the beginning of the show, Gunther asks Rachel about her birthday and she says it's May 5th. However, when she drives Monica's Porsche with Ross and gets stopped for speeding, the officer asks for her horoscope sign and she answers "Aquarius". Jennifer Anniston's real birthday is February 11th, which makes her an Aquarius.
In Season One, The One with George Stephanopoulos, Chandler and Joey buy hockey tickets for Ross's 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, The One Where Emma Cries, Ross breaks his thumb after trying to punch Joey and they go to the hospital. While there, Joey fills out his medical forms and guesstimates Ross's birthday as "May-tember," to which Ross shouts back, "October 18th". However, in season four, he tells Gunther his birthday is in December.
Before NBC decided to add this show to its lineup, they considered another pilot produced by Matthew Broderick's production company. It centered around a motley group of friends who spent a lot of time hanging out at a coffee shop. The name of the coffee house and the proposed series was Maxwell House.
The 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.
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.
Allegedly, Rachel's Other Sister, 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.
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.
Being mistaken for gay has been a problem for all the Friends. Monica's maid thinks she's gay when she is trying to identify her stolen jeans. Ross tells off a student for trying to charm better grades out of him and it looks like a break-up. Rachel tries to relive her wilder days with Melissa. Joey has a huge gay fan-base. Phoebe 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.
Earlier in the series Ross claims to have lost his virginty to Carol during their marriage, but in Season 10 at the college reunion Ross and Chandler 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 'The one with Rachel's Assistant'.
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).
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.
In Season 8 Episode 5 Phoebe meets a sous chef and he tells her that it means under in French. But, in Season 10 Episode 13 she is fluent in French and teaches Joey French. So, wouldn't she know what Sous meant?
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.
In the one with Monica and Chandler's Wedding Part 1 (Season 7), Ross 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 down the aisle in The One With The Lesbian Wedding (Season 2).
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.
Every main character on the show has smoked before, regardless of whether it was tobacco or marijuana. Rachel smokes in "The One Where Rachel Smokes", as she tries to fit in with her colleagues at Ralph Lauren because the others do. Monica smokes a cigar in "The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy", as she continues to get over Richard, who regularly smokes. Phoebe smokes in "The One That Could Have Been", even though this was an alternate personality of herself. Joey smokes in "The One with the Thumb", as Chandler 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 was revealed to have smoked marijuana in "The One Where Ross Got High." The portrayers of all main characters have been a regular smoker at some point of their lives, except for David Schwimmer.
Most of the friends have been in love triangles with each other. In Season 1: Phoebe - Monica and the guy in a coma. Season 2: Rachel-Julie-Ross, Rachel-Jean Claude Van Damme-Monica. Season 4: Joey-Kathy-Chandler. Season 7: Joey-Kristin-Ross. Seasons 8,10: Joey-Rachel-Ross. Season 9: Joey-Charlie-Ross.
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".
All six friends have a fixation with a childhood toy. Rachel had her Weebles, Chandler has his bath-time battleship, Joey has Hugsy his Bedtime Penguin Pal, Phoebe has her tricked-out bike, Ross has his baby doll and Monica has the play house.
Jennifer Grey appears as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) friend who is cheating with Rachel's fiance' in the Pilot episode, and also appears in further episodes in the same role. Jennifer Grey also played Ferris Bueller's sister Jeanie in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". However, in the television series based on the movie, Jennifer Aniston played the role of Jeanie Bueller.
In the very last episode, Ross mentions that they made it ten years without ever talking about him trying to make it as a dancer, but in season 5, episode 24 - "The One In Vegas Pt. 2", when talking about slot machine lurkers, Ross almost let's it slip hat he took dance lessons but covered it up with "dance-karate" lessons.
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.
When Chris Isaak appears in The One After the Superbowl Part 1 (2.12), he starts to sing his song 'Wicked Game' at the end of the episode while singing 'Smelly Cat' with Phoebe. A couple of episodes later, in The One Where Ross and Rachel... You Know (2.15), the same song is playing when Rachel and Ross are in the planetarium.
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.
The same time she appeared as Emily Waltham, Helen Baxendale was playing the lead role in British comedy drama Cold Feet, 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.
There are fifteen Cats in the Friends series: 2 Smelly Cats, the Cat that's a Reincarnation of Phoebe's Mother, Phoebe's Cat Skull she found while mugging people, Chandler's Secretary's three Cats Mittens, Fitzhugh and Chinkies, Ugly Naked Guy's Cat that got squashed, Rachel's Cat that died when it ate her Tarantula, the Cat Sebastian was named after, Rachel's ex-boyfriend's Cat which didn't like her, Fluffy-Meowington the Geller family Cat, Mrs Whiskerson a Minion of the Antichrist, Paolo's Cat and Monica dressed as Catwoman. Not only that, David Schwimmer is also allergic to cats. There's also the cats Mr. Heckles could have, and the kittens that licked on Rachel's tattoo.
One day on set 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." Perry said the line was from Weird Science but Cox was sure it was from The Breakfast Club. 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.
Maggie Wheeler (Janice) was in an early episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Fix Up" where Elaine and Jerry both help to set her up with George. Jason Alexander later appeared on Friends in the 7th season episode entitled "The One Where Rosita Dies" in which he plays Earl, a suicidal man that Phoebe calls to ask to buy toner in her telemarketing job.
While Ross is the only friend who has been on sabbatical from his job, the others have either got fired from their job or quit, Rachel quit her job at Central Perk in Season 3 and was fired from her job at Ralph Lauren in Season 10, Monica was fired in Season 2, Phoebe was fired in Season 4, Joey was fired in Season 2, and Chandler quit his job in Season 1 & 9.
In season one Phoebe's guitar was tuned to an open E major chord. She played A and B chords by forming a bar straight across the 5th and 7th frets with her first finger and the other fingers on top. In all other seasons she played in standard tuning with basic A, D and E major chords. Every song she then played was only these three chords.
Every friend has lived in Chandler and Joey's place. Monica lived there after she lost a bet. Rachel lived there; after the bet, when her and Phoebe's apartment burned, and after she had a fight with Ross. Phoebe lived there briefly after her and Rachel's apartment burned. Ross lived there after he moved out of his apartment and he broke up with the girl whose cousin he would be moving in with. Joey and Chandler lived there regularly.
The show Glee 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.
The name Rachel follows 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.
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.
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 and Charlie, a love triangle storyline was introduced, and Joey was chosen to be the other male interest.
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.
Twice in the series, Ross suggests a baby girl name that ends up being the name of a future romantic partner. When Ross and Rachel have an argument about their future, Ross says that he was considering the name Emily for their daughter. He would later date Emily Waltham (Helen Baxendale).
Earlier, when Ross is suggesting names for Ben with Carol and Susan, he throws out the name Julia- a version of Julie, who he would later date that season (Lauren Tom).
Phoebe 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 for offering her a "Phallic Man-Cake".
Friends did receive criticism while it was on the air for not being inclusive enough (not just later-as some have claimed). In 1995, during the first season, Oprah Winfrey said "I would like to see there be a black Friend."
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" is regarded as a telenovela.
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.
There are twenty-seven Monkeys in the Friends series: Ross's pet Monkey, Dr Monkey from the Joke, Curious George, the Monkey from Leonard Hayes' commercial, the Monkey Monica starts chattering like, the Raspberry Monkey Joey thinks comes with his cheesecake, the Hungry Monkey from Bamboozled and twenty Monkeys Phoebe freed from a research lab with her ex-boyfriend. It's not clear whether the Hungry Monkey and the Golden Monkey from Bamboozled are the same Monkey or not. The Giant Stuffed Gorilla is an Ape, not a Monkey.
Ross congratulates Isabella Rossellini (playing herself, visiting the Coffee House) for Blue Velvet 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.
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 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 belives has entered her spirituality
The book Eddie is reading, before he tells Chandler 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".
Joey, Chandler and Phoebe 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 big hat and Phoebe thinks her beeping smoke alarm might be one.
Biting: Rachel was bitten by one of her sisters, Phoebe bites a massage client, Joey threatens to bite Phoebe for stealing his muffin when he's hungry, Monica is stung by a jellyfish, Chandler compares his roommate Eddie to Hannibal the Cannibal and Ross is bitten by one of the monkeys Phoebe freed from a lab with her ex-boyfriend.
There are fifty-four Dogs in the Friends series: the Threshold Guardian Dog Phoebe runs over, Ross's Dog Cheechi who was dead not playing down on the farm, the Happiest Dog in the World that Joey breaks, Margha's Dog, a Pitbull Chandler moves Mike's sofa past, the Bloodhound Monica 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 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 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 questions & Mike's 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.
All of the Friends have had Claw Hand. Chandler develops a Claw Hand playing Ms PacMan. Ross has a Claw Hand bandage after missing Joey and punching a metal post. Phoebe and Joey hold up Bear Claw Hands while learning the guitar. Monica gives a clawingly bad massage. Rachel is Ross's Lobster.
Phoebe's Doctor when she's giving birth to triplets is Dr. Harad, 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.
There are eight Pigeons in the Friends series: the Giant Pigeon that poops on Phoebe's heart, the Pigeon Phoebe sees a man kicking in the street, the Gross Pigeon Monica talks about to kill the mood between Mike and Phoebe, the Scary Pigeon that knocks away the Lottery Tickets, the Pigeon Phoebe's Psychic said would kill her, the other Scary Pigeon that swoops at Rachel when she's on the phone, the scary pigeon on the balcony that prevents Chandler from climbing down the fire escape in the episode where Chandler comes home from Oklahoma but doesn't tell Joey, and a Big Pigeon Joey says he saw to fend off Rachel's raging hormones.
There are sixteen Bunnies in the Friends series: the Bunny that got away from Joey's Top Hat, the Sock Bunny, the Big Pink Bunny that maxes out Chandler's 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 and Monica Bunny Up for the Football game, the rabbit Whitney was going to cook for Ross, the Velveteen Rabbit and the Bunny that Chandler's related to whose cuteness he inherited.
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 New Boots, the Chicken Suit Chandler might have to wear to get a new job and Chick Jnr.
In episode 20 season 2 Carol tells Ross that Ben's first word sounds like Yemen. Later down the series Chandler buys a ticket to Yemen to escape from Janice at the airport. Chandler's girlfriend Aurora visited Yemen as part of her Military Tour of Duty.
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".
Mr. Bowmont is the name of the second highest bidder of the boat in the silent auction which Joey 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 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.)
In the Thanksgiving Episode Chandler makes fun of Monica when they are watching old videos from high school. Monica appears in the video, much fatter than she is currently. "The camera adds 5 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.
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.
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.
Phoebe's 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 and Joey in Friends: The One with the Truth About London (2001)), and two of the kisses appear off-screen (Rachel and Monica kiss to retain their apartment and Chandler kisses Ross 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.
During the course of the series, all six of the friends change their jobs at least once. However, Chandler is the only one who never involuntarily left his job. Rachel, Monica, Phoebe and Joey were all fired at some point during the series and Ross was required to take a temporary (later permanent) sabbatical from the museum following his divorce from Emily.
When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica's wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston's family name.
When there was a discussion about Joey and Phoebe ending up together, the writers decided to leave a little mystery about Joey. That way, the audience could decide if Joey ended up alone like Mr. Heckles or found someone. They thought that the show would remain in viewers' minds for a longer time that way.
Joey is the only main character to never have married. (In one fantasy sequence he is married to Monica, portraying their lives if she found him in London, instead of Chandler.) Matthew Perry is the only principal cast member who never married.
While Jack and Judy Gellar (Monica and Ross's parents) show up at the hospital when Ross and Rachel 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 apartment at some point. Phoebe lived with Monica first, then Rachel moved in on the first episode. Chandler and Joey both lived in the apartment after winning a bet against Monica and Rachel. Chandler moved in with Monica when they fell in love and got married. Then when Phoebe and Rachel's apartment had to be renovated after a fire, Rachel moved in with Monica and Chandler. Soon 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 once lived in the apartment with his and Monica's grandmother while he was trying to make it as a dancer.
The time of Rachel's pregnancy in the show (and all of season 8, of that matter) is mixed up. Monica and Chandler got married May 15th, which means Rachel and Ross conceived their baby sometime in April. A few episodes later, it is Halloween, and there is a party, which would make Rachel around 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.
In S5, E14: The One Where Everybody Finds Out, whenever one of the characters is discussing about the knowledge of Monica and Chandler's relationship, the word "know" and its variants is spoken 37 times.
When Chandler 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.
Each of the main characters move at least once throughout the series. Monica lived in the guys' apartment after she and Rachel lost the bet. Rachel moved with Monica across the hall, lived with Phoebe in her apartment, lived with Joey after Monica and Chandler moved in together, and with Ross after living with Joey. Phoebe lived, albeit briefly, with Gary the cop in his apartment, until he shot a bird. 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.
Ross and Rachel slept together exactly 300 times during the show. Ross reveals in The One with the Cop, 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 The Last One. However, it is unclear if Ross and Rachel slept together in Vegas.
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.
In Season 2 episode 9 (the one with phoebes dad) phoebes grandmother shows her a picture of her real dad, who she would of recognized in the episode with phoebes grandmothers funeral when frank Buffay showed up. Also, in S2E9, phoebes grandmother calls frank buffay a "irresponsible deadbeat who knocked up my daughter and bailed". We later find out that phoebes mom who died, isn't her birth mom, so her grandmother couldn't be upset that frank knocked up her daughter.
There are ten Ducks in the Friends series: The Crystal Duck Ross bought for Carol, the pet duck that was brought in season 3, seven rubber ducks swimming in the fountain by Rachel during the credits and Duck Jr. that was brought in the series finale.
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).