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  • Phoebe's address is 5 Morton St. Apt. 14, New York, NY 10014.
  • First choice for Rachel was Téa Leoni.
  • The role of Emily was offered to Patsy Kensit, but she politely turned it down.
  • Emma Geller-Green was played by twins, Noelle and Cali Sheldon.
  • Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel. She asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.
  • Monica's (Courteney Cox's) address is 90 Bedford St. Apt. 20, New York, NY 10014, but was originally Apartment 5 until writers realized 5 would not represent an apartment on an upper level. ***The street address for the apartment building is never mentioned in the show.***
  • Lisa Kudrow was terrified of the duck that showed up in season three.
  • In Chandler's and Joey's apartment there is a poster with boxing kangaroos which says "Kangaroo Boxer" in Russian.
  • 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 Lisa Kudrow appeared in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997).
  • Ranked #7 on Empire magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).
  • 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 Street and Bedford Street. (You can see the friends' full address on Rachel's invitation to Ross and Emily's wedding)
  • Rachel had a nose job during her time in college.
  • Courteney Cox is the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for her work on the show.
  • The artwork in Central Perk changed every three episodes.
  • Gunther (James Michael Tyler) was not originally a speaking role.
  • Leah Remini auditioned for the role of Monica. She guest starred as Lydia in season one.
  • The final episode aired on May 6, 2004.
  • During the first season the six leads were paid $22,500 an episode, but for the second season only Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer received 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. According to an Entertainment Weekly profile Lisa Kudrow was the "group leader" in salary negotiations. By the final two seasons the six leads earned $1 million an episode.
  • The refrigerators in Monica's (Courteney Cox's) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc'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.
  • Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) pick-up line, "How YOU doin'?" was ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (August 21-27, 2005 issue).
  • Before the show was cast, the main love interest was intended to be Monica (Courteney Cox) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc).
  • This show was filmed on the same soundstage that was used for the filming of Full House (1987) during the last two seasons of its eight year run. The pilot episode of this show was shot on stage 33 (the same stage as Living Single (1993)) at the Warner Ranch, and the first season was shot on Warner Brothers Stage 5 (the home of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)).
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for the role of Rachel.
  • 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?"
  • Gunther didn't have a name until The One Where Ross Finds Out (1995) just before Rachel and Ross kiss.
  • 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.
  • The orange couch in Central Perk was found in the Warner Brothers studio basement.
  • Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) parents, Charles (Kathleen Turner) and Nora Bing (Morgan Fairchild), were named after the favorite The Thin Man (1934) film franchise character "Nora Charles".
  • 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.
  • Joey's (Matt LeBlanc'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.
  • After Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) left her fiancé, Barry (Mitchell Whitfield), at the altar in the pilot, her best friend Mindy (Jennifer Grey) then became engaged to Barry. Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Grey played Jeanie Bueller. Grey played her in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), and Aniston played her on Ferris Bueller (1990).
  • 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 season six, episode seventeen, "The One With the Unagi", 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.
  • The poster in Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) room during season seven 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.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer Aniston agreed to return for the series' final season, only if production on the show would be finished by January 2004, so she could focus on her film career.
  • In season two, episode four, "The One with Phoebe's Husband", Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) queries what is in a Cobb salad. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2004, Aniston said she ordered Cobb salad for lunch almost every day of shooting during the ten years that the show lasted.
  • Matt LeBlanc's character, Joey Tribbiani, Jr., plays Dr. Drake Ramoray in a fictional version of Days of Our Lives (1965). In real-life, Jennifer Aniston's father, John Aniston, played Victor Kiriakis on the real Days of Our Lives (1965).
  • In the first season, due to budget reasons, 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 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 ) (this was only mentioned in a magazine article by one of the creators back in the 90's), and Monica E. Geller (Courteney Cox) (her middle name is never specified).
  • Other titles considered for the show were "Friends Like Us", "Six of One", "Across the Hall", and "Insomnia Cafe".
  • 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, et cetera).
  • Phoebe's alias is "Regina Phalange". Phalanges are the small bones that make up the fingers and toes.
  • Jon Favreau was offered the role of Chandler Bing. He later returned as a guest star, as Pete Becker, Monica's millionaire boyfriend.
  • When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role of Joey, he had eleven dollars 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 and actresses would appear on-screen with his or her name superimposed.
  • Ursula Buffay, Phoebe's twin sister, was a waitress on Mad About You (1992). Fran (Leila Kenzle) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) visit the coffee shop and mistake Phoebe for Ursula in one episode of this show.
  • 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 this show in season two.
  • The original plan for The One with Rachel's Other Sister (2002), was to bring Reese Witherspoon back as Jill Green. Witherspoon was unavailable, so Christina Applegate was cast as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston's) other sister, Amy Green.
  • Monica has eleven categories for towels. They include "everyday use", "fancy", "guest", and "fancy-guest", but the rest are not named due to Chandler and Joey running out of time.
  • Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) framed picture of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is a still from the short Leave 'em Laughing (1928).
  • The creators of the Portuguese show "Gato Fedorento" say that the inspiration for the name of the show was the song "Smelly Cat".
  • Occasionally, NBC would air "Super-sized" episodes of their most popular sitcoms, including this show. These episodes would run forty minutes including commercials (or just around thirty minutes without). In syndication, a majority of the "Super-sized" episodes were cut down to fit a thirty-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.
  • Twelve Oscar-winning actors and actresses have appeared on the show: Fisher Stevens, Charlton Heston, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Helen Hunt, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Robin Williams, George Clooney, Jim Rash, Gary Oldman, and Brad Pitt.
  • Jami Gertz turned down the role of Monica.
  • Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) seven sisters are Veronica, Mary Angela, Mary Therese, Gina, Dina, Tina, and Cookie.
  • Columbus State University has a paleontologist named David R. Schwimmer.
  • Each of the main six stars has hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live (1975), apart from Matt LeBlanc.
  • In the opening credits to The One After Vegas (1999) the names of all of the actors, actresses, 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.
  • Kathleen Turner (Chandler's father in the show) revealed that Matthew Perry still calls her "Dad".
  • In May 2009, a poll conducted by The O'Reilly Factor (1996), host Bill O'Reilly revealed that this sitcom was voted the third worst television show in broadcast history. Other nominees included: (1) My Mother the Car (1965) / (2) The Jerry Springer Show (1991) / (4) The Gong Show (1976), and (5) Cop Rock (1990).
  • In the pilot episode, "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate", Barry's (Mitchell Whitfield's) surname is Finkel. In later episodes, his name has been changed to Barry Farber.
  • In all of the episode titles, the Friends' names appear individually as so: Rachel (twenty-one times), Ross (nineteen times), Joey (thirteen times), Phoebe (ten times), Chandler (nine times), and Monica (seven times). Ross and Rachel appeared four times, Joey and Rachel appeared three times, Monica and Chandler appeared twice, and Ross and Monica appeared once.
  • Rachel's favorite flowers are lilies.
  • Most of the Friends have kissed each other, though one kiss is fictional (Monica and Joey in season seven, episode sixteen, "The One With the Truth About London"), and two of the kisses appear off-screen (Rachel and Monica kiss to retain their apartment, and Chandler kissed Ross at Joey's birthday party before making out with Joey's sister). Monica and Ross' on-screen kiss is a quick peck. They also kissed off camera, in a memory, in season ten, episode eleven, "The One Where the Stripper Cries". In season one, episode ten, "The One With the Monkey", at the New Year's Eve party, Joey kissed Chandler. Joey kisses Phoebe thinking it's Ursula. Phoebe kisses Rachel to find out "what the big deal is". Phoebe kisses Ross in a flashback episode. The only two that didn't kiss was Phoebe and Monica
  • In the first couple of episodes, Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) apartment number was #4, and Monica's (Courteney Cox's) and Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston'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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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 storyline of Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) having her brother's babies was thought up when 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.
  • Thirty-second commercial spots to take place in the final episode sold in the UK for 1.2 million pounds (approximately 1.5 million dollars), the most expensive commercial slots of any television program in the UK, with the exception of sports.
  • Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Christina Applegate, and Paul Rudd guest-starred on the show after doing a movie with one of the regular cast members. Willis and Applegate won Emmys for their guest roles.
  • Three cast members from The Simpsons (1989) made guest appearances on the show: Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer. Lisa Kudrow would later be a guest star on an episode of The Simpsons (1989).
  • Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc guest starred on Just the Ten of Us (1987), Perry in the second season and LeBlanc in the third. They dated Wendy Lubbock (Brooke Theiss). Additionally, Perry and Theiss starred together in a short-lived sitcom of their own, Home Free (1993).
  • Lisa Kudrow based her hippie character, Phoebe, on Jennifer Aniston, because of the actress' interest in "spiritual" subjects.
  • 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).
  • Bob Balaban and Teri Garr, who played Phoebe's parents, appeared in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Ghost World (2001).
  • 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 season five, episode three, "The One Hundredth", and the series finale, "The Last One Part 1" and "The Last One Part 2", though the titles are distinctly similar. The pilot episode, "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate", 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".
  • Some of the celebrity guest stars who have been on the show are Charlie Sheen, Tom Selleck, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Grey, Helen Hunt, Jeff Goldblum, Giovanni Ribisi, Debra Jo Rupp, Jane Lynch, Hugh Laurie, Ellen Pompeo, Melissa George, Jason George, Hank Azaria, David Arquette, Billy Crystal, Gary Oldman, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Christina Applegate, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robin Williams, Dakota Fanning, Danny DeVito, Brad Pitt, Kathleen Turner, Cole Sprouse, Anna Faris, Ben Stiller, Paul Rudd, Jon Favreau, Winona Ryder, George Clooney, and Christine Taylor, among many others.
  • Giovanni Ribisi played Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow ) 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.
  • Lar Park-Lincoln turned down the role of Phoebe.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • Ross (David Schwimmer ), Chandler (Matthew Perry ) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc ) all watch Die Hard (1988) and talk about it several times. The star of Die Hard (1988), Bruce Willis, appears later as Paul, Ross' student girlfriend's father, due to Willis stating in an interview that he and Perry had so much fun on The Whole Nine Yards (2000), not due to a bet as was widely, but erroneously, reported.
  • When Courteney Cox was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), she told Jay 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, et cetera, they couldn't come up with a definitive answer and they began betting on it, starting at twenty dollars 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 castmate 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.
  • 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. Muddling Through (1994) was cancelled, leaving Aniston free to star on this show.
  • 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.
  • 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's) scientist boyfriend.
  • Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) boyfriend David (Hank Azaria) is a scientist who moved 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.
  • Executive Producer Marta Kauffman attended Marple Newtown High School in Broomall, Pennsylvania. 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.
  • Monica said the first lines of the series and Chandler said 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.
  • In most episodes, the word "friends" or its singular term is said at least once.
  • Ross is Monica's older brother, but in real-life, David Schwimmer is two years younger than Courteney Cox.
  • Phoebe, born in 1963, is the oldest of the six friends. Ross, born in 1964, is next, followed by Monica (1966), Joey (1967), Rachel (February 1969), and Chandler (August 1969).
  • Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) wedding is not attended by any of her relatives, such as her twin sister Ursula, her father (Bob Balaban), her biological mother (Teri Garr), her brother (Giovanni Ribisi), nor the nieces and nephew to whom she gave birth.
  • 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.
  • Matt LeBlanc admitted to dyeing his hair throughout the show.
  • Marla Sokoloff played Joey's youngest sister, Dina, in season eight. Earlier, in season three, episode eleven, "The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister", when we first see all of Joey's sisters, Dina was played by a different actress.
  • 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 three 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 twenty-seven dollars when he feels guilty that he's seeing Monica. Joey tells everyone that he weighed twenty-seven 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 exactly twenty-seven dollars for three pizzas.
  • Lisa Kudrow 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).
  • David Schwimmer directed ten episodes of the show.
  • In the last season, Phoebe introduced herself to Chandler and Monica as Princess Consuela Banannahammock, saying that her friends can call her Valerie. Valerie is in fact Lisa Kudrow's middle name.
  • Phoebe says that she likes girls, but is never actually seen dating one.
  • George Clooney, Elliott Gould, Sam Anderson, Conchata Ferrell, Jason Alexander, Noah Wyle, Jonathan Silverman, and Corinne Bohrer appeared on episodes of this show, as well as ER (1994).
  • The highest rated episodes are season five, episode fourteen, "The One Where Everybody Finds Out", and season ten, episode eighteen, "The Last One Part 2".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • At least three people who starred in Dazed and Confused (1993) guest starred on this show. Adam Goldberg played Eddie in season two, Nicky Katt played one of the bullies that kicked Ross and Chandler out of the coffee shop in season two, episode twenty-one, "The One With the Bullies", and Marissa Ribisi is one of Rachel's friends in season three, episode six, "The One with the Flashback". Also, Goldberg appeared on Joey (2004) as Jimmy.
  • At some point throughout the ten seasons, all six Friends lived in Monica's (Courteney Cox's) and Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston's) 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's (Matthew Perry's) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) apartment, though she did stay there briefly.
  • 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.
  • Anita Barone played Ross' (David Schwimmer's) 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.
  • 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.
  • At some point during the series, each one of the Friends was unemployed, if Ross' forced sabbatical is included.
  • In season seven, episode seventeen, "The One With the Cheap Wedding Dress", 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.
  • Christina Pickles and Courteney Cox appeared in Masters of the Universe (1987).
  • Paul Swain was behind the Magna Doodle drawings on the door in Joey's and Chandler's apartment.
  • Besides Sarah 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's) plane to London.
  • Matthew Perry is actually missing the tip of one of his fingers. In season five, episode eight, "The One with All the Thanksgivings", Chandler loses the tip of one of his toes.
  • Helen Baxendale (Emily Waltham) became pregnant between seasons four and five. She couldn't continue travelling 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.
  • All six of the Friends have performed in public on the show. 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 played his keyboard at Central Perk. Lisa Kudrow has said doesn't like singing.
  • Phoebe 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).
  • 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 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.
  • 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 other 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."
  • Kate Miller is a spaced out, commonly used name on the show. Dina Meyer guest starred as Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) co-star and girlfriend. Much later on the show, in season nine, episode twenty-three, "The One in Barbados Part 1", Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is with Joey when he picks up a card with the name "Kate Miller", and Rachel pretends to be her. Jennifer Aniston played Rose/Sarah Miller as a fake mom in We're the Millers (2013).
  • Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) mother, who committed suicide, is the only parent to never be shown. However, Phoebe's birth mother (Teri Garr) is seen three times, and her biological father is shown only once.
  • At the beginning of the show, Gunther asks Rachel about her birthday and she says it's May 5. 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 Aniston's real birthday is February 11, which makes her an Aquarius.
  • Rachel and Joey are the only Friends to work at Central Perk, not counting Phoebe's music.
  • 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 afterward, 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.
  • In season seven, episode two, "The One with Rachel's Book", Ross claimed that he came up with the idea for "Jurassic Park". In season nine, episode fifteen, "The One With the Mugging", Jeff Goldblum made a guest appearance. He played Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).
  • Ross, Monica, and Rachel went to Lincoln High School.
  • Since Ross is Monica's older brother and Chandler was Ross' 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 David Schwimmer.
  • Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica (Courteney Cox) are Jewish. Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe, and David Schwimmer, who plays Ross, are both Jewish.
  • While Jack (Elliott Gould) and Judy Geller (Christina Pickles) (Monica (Courteney Cox) and Ross' (David Schwimmer's) 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), nor her two younger sisters Amy (Christina Applegate) and Jill (Reese Witherspoon) show up.
  • 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.
  • According to Paget Brewster (Kathy, the girl dating Joey with whom Chandler falls in love 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 by suspecting Kathy of cheating on him in the first place.
  • All of the Friends have lived in both apartments (Chandler and Joey's, and Monica and Rachel's).
  • Throughout the series, in the opening credits, no one is wearing any color. All of their clothes are black and white.
  • This show was distributed by Warner Brothers, 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 to 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 ten. In season seven, 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)). Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox appeared in a 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 one. 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 seven. In season three, 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 put Catwoman and Poison Ivy actresses Michelle Pfeiffer and Uma Thurman, and Rachel put Robin/Dick Grayson actor Chris O'Donnell.
  • The exact location of 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 Perk has a green trim. Another episode has Joey (Matt LeBlanc) mentioning it's ninety-seven steps away from his apartment. Given that the exterior shot is an apartment building on the corner of Grove Street and Barrow Street, and given the amount of foot traffic and automotive traffic outside Central Perk, the most likely location would be on Hudson Street within a block of Grove Street.
  • 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 throughout the course of the show.
  • Ross (David Schwimmer), Monica (Courteney Cox), and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) are all from Long Island.
  • In season three, episode nine, "The One With the Football", Phoebe is wearing a That Girl (1966) t-shirt in reference to the series starring Marlo Thomas. Phoebe's t-shirt features a caricature of Marlo, who also plays Rachel's mom.
  • The reason Monica is a chef is because she made Chandler macaroni and 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.
  • In season four, episode two, "The One With the Cat", where Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) and Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) stuff gets stolen, the magnetic drawing board on their door says, "Thanks for your stuff."
  • Jennifer Aniston's birthday is February 11 (02/11), while David Schwimmer's birthday is November 2 (11/02).
  • During the audio commentary for season ten, episode seventeen, "The Last One Part 1", and season ten, episode eighteen "The Last One Part 2", co-Creator David Crane revealed that in between season ten, episode fifteen, "The One Where Estelle Dies", and season ten, episode sixteen, "The One with Rachel's Going Away Party", 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 eighteen episodes rather than twenty-four.
  • In seasons seven and nine, Ross and Joey got into love triangles between them and another woman. Both love interests were African-American women: Kristin (Gabrielle Union) and Charlie (Aisha Tyler).
  • Fraternal twins Giovanni Ribisi and Marissa Ribisi have appeared on this show. Giovanni played Phoebe's half brother, and Marissa played one of Rachel's old friends in season three, episode six, "The One with the Flashback".
  • It was believed that Mike Hagerty played Mr. Treeger and Ugly Naked Guy, but Ugly Naked Guy was actually Jon Haugen.
  • Lisa Kudrow wore a wig for a large portion of season six after cutting her hair for another role.
  • Tom Selleck's character's name is Richard, which the same name as Courteney Cox's father and older brother in real-life.
  • Friends Creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane are also co-writers of the show's theme song, "I'll Be There for You" by The Rembrandts.
  • Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) PIN is 5639, which spells out "JOEY" so he could remember it.
  • When Rachel is trying to find a new officiant for Chandler and Monica's wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis and Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston's family name.
  • Lisa Kudrow had already been guest-starring on Mad About You (1992) as Ursula Buffay for two years before this show debuted. They decided to make Phoebe a twin to create a crossover between the two shows.
  • Before NBC decided to add this show to its line-up, 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".
  • Friends was offered an eleventh season, but the cast turned it down because they felt it would ruin the reputation of the show.
  • Eric McCormack auditioned for the role of Ross, and had he gotten it, there would have been no Will & Grace (1998), which would have made NBC's reign of ratings last only from 1982 to 2004.
  • All six main actors and actresses appear in every episode. James Michael Tyler, as Gunther, is the only other cast member to appear in over one hundred episodes, appearing in one hundred fifty-one of them.
  • The Friends have a fridge magnet for a while that reads "Hand Grenades".
  • 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.
  • Lisa Kudrow is the only left-handed main cast member. However, she plays guitar right-handed.
  • There's a sign in Joey's and Chandler's room that reads "Nice Guys Don't Finish Last".
  • There are sixteen cats on this show: two Smelly Cats, the cat that's a reincarnation of Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) mother, Phoebe's cat skull she found while mugging people, Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) secretary's three cats Mittens, Fitzhugh, and Chinkies, Ugly Naked Guy's (Jon Haugen's) cat that got squashed, Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston'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. Whiskers on a Minion of the Antichrist, Paolo's cat, and Monica dressed as Catwoman, and the cat that Ross and Julie almost got together before Rachel reveals she has feelings for Ross. Not only that, Jennifer Aniston is also allergic to cats. There's also the cats Mr. Heckles could have, and the kittens that licked on Rachel's tattoo.
  • There are fifty-four dogs on this show: the Threshold Guardian dog Phoebe ran over, Ross' dog "Cheechi", who was dead, not playing, down on the farm, the Happiest Dog in the World that Joey broke, Margha's dog, a Pitbull Chandler moved Mike's (Paul Rudd's) sofa past, the Bloodhound Monica had a nose like, Phoebe's neighbor's dog "Satan", from which she used to run away, 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 dog food 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, to whom he says goodbye in seven languages from half a world away, the four dogs in Ohio on whom Joey put Chandler's sweater vests, 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'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, into whom Chandler runs, 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, Jr.'s old dog "Tumor", 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' 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, of whom Chandler's terrified, a dog Joey pretends to see, to get out of answering Janice's (Maggie Wheeler) questions, and Mike's (Paul Rudd's) family dog, Chappy, who he uses as his third 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.
  • Joey (Matt LeBlanc) wears an "FDNY" shirt in one of the post-9/11 episodes.
  • There's a sign in Joey's and Chandler's room that says "Five Card Charlie Pays 5 to 1".
  • Every main character on the show has smoked before, regardless of whether it was tobacco or marijuana. Rachel smoked in The One Where Rachel Smokes (1999), as she tries to fit in with her colleagues at Ralph Lauren, because the others do. Monica smoked a cigar in The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy (1996), as she continued to get over Richard (Tom Selleck), who regularly smoked. Phoebe smoked in The One That Could Have Been (2000), even though it was an alternate personality of herself. Joey smoked in The One with the Thumb (1994), as Chandler assisted him on how to do it for a play in which he's starring. Chandler has a history of smoking, and was occasionally seen doing it. Ross was revealed to have smoked marijuana in The One Where Ross Got High (1999). The actors and actresses portraying the main characters have been regular smokers at some point of their lives, except for David Schwimmer.
  • The theme song "I'll Be There For You" was written by two producers of this show 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 the charts in more than ten countries, including four number one positions.
  • 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."
  • There is outtake footage of the duck and the rooster having a little fight.
  • In 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.
  • In season five, episode fourteen, whenever one of the Friends is discussing the knowledge of Monica and Chandler's relationship, the word "know" and its variants is spoken thirty-seven times.
  • Rachel and Chandler quit their jobs on Christmas episodes in different seasons. Rachel in season three and Chandler in season nine.
  • While Ross is the only Friend who has been on sabbatical from his job, the others have either gotten fired from their jobs or quit, Rachel quit her job at Central Perk in season three, and was fired from her job at Ralph Lauren in season ten, Monica was fired in season two, Phoebe was fired in season four, Joey was fired in season two, and Chandler quit his job in seasons one and nine.
  • At one point, Monica (Courteney Cox) worked as a line cook at the Moondance Diner, the same diner at which Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) worked, in Spider-Man (2002) as a waitress.
  • The show did not win an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series until its eighth season.
  • Even though Monica is the only girl not to give birth, Phoebe is the only one not to have any children.
  • 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 (Jane Sibbett) and Susan (Jessica Hecht), he throws out the name Julia- a version of Julie, whom he would later date that season (Lauren Tom).
  • Most of the friends have been in love triangles with each other. In season one: Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) - Monica (Courteney Cox) and the guy in a coma. Season two: Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) -Julie (Lauren Tom) - Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel - Jean-Claude Van Damme - Monica. Season four: Joey (Matt LeBlanc) - Kathy - Chandler (Matthew Perry). Season seven: Joey - Kristin - Ross. Seasons eight and ten: Joey - Rachel - Ross. Season nine: Joey - Charlie - Ross.
  • The show guest starred several people from Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Maggie Wheeler played Janice on this show, and Linda on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Fred Stoller played Stew, a chef that works with Monica, on this show, and Raymond's cousin Gerad on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). Phil Leeds played the old man who was married to the woman that Phoebe believed had entered her spirituality on this show, and Uncle Mel on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
  • There was a love square in one episode: Ross, Ross' cousin, Chandler, and Phoebe. All of it unrequited.
  • The Play "Why don't you like me? A Bitter Woman's journey" to which Joey sends everyone so that he can go to his soap opera's roof party, seems to be a parody of "The Vagina Monologues".
  • Dr. Mitchell says "look around, no pagan altars". Ironically, the Friends did perform an arcane "cleansing ritual" in the apartment.
  • There are eleven ducks on this show: The crystal duck Ross (David Schwimmer) bought for Carol (Jane Sibbett), the pet duck that was brought in season three, 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 played Dr. Drake Ramoray in Days of Our Lives (1965), a drake being a male duck.
  • There are sixteen chickens on this show: Little Yasmine, the chicken that pooped 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, Jr.
  • There are eight pigeons on this show: the giant pigeon that pooped 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 (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 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.
  • 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".
  • When Phoebe 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.
  • Chandler lists Elle Macpherson as one of his mental images when he accidentally "shares too much" with Ross. Elle McPherson later played Joey's roommate Janine on the show.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The stage on which Phoebe performs at Central Perk is not there when she is not playing. It is replaced by regular seats.
  • The branding on Phoebe's jock boyfriend's shoes is digitally blurred out for the opening credits montage.
  • Cynthia Mann (Jasmine) serves coffee in the pilot, and then later is a colleague of Phoebe (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.
  • In season one, episode fourteen, "The One with the Candy Hearts", where Joey (Matt LeBlanc) accidentally sets Chandler (Matthew Perry) up with Janice (Maggie Wheeler), Chandler yells at Joey to pee. In season four, episode one, "The One With the Jellyfish", Joey yells at Chandler to pee. Both times the yell is, "Do it! Do it now!"
  • The duck's name is Dick and the chick's name is Chuck.
  • Phoebe's 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 Jesus. Even more ominously, the doctor is obsessed with a character from Happy Days (1974).
  • Monica is reading Laura Day's "Practical Intuition in Love" in one episode.
  • Chandler and Joey have two Furbies, but never switch them on.
  • In The One with the Joke (2000) Phoebe wore the same gold pendant Monica wore in The One After Vegas (1999), a round gold pendant with a rune motif.
  • The fridge magnet of a face with sunglasses says "Chunky B. Wear" in the closing shots.
  • Chandler is reading Fred Haefele's Memoir "Rebuilding the Indian" in one episode.
  • Rachel is reading "The Art of Happiness" by The Dalai Lama in one episode.
  • Gunther (James Michael Tyler) gets called "Gunter" at one point.
  • There are seventeen bunnies on this show: 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, Emma's first birthday cake, and the bunny that Chandler's related to whose cuteness he inherited.
  • 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's) apartment, there were several messages expressing support for the city and the FDNY, and several cast members wore FDNY t-shirts.
  • Hugsy the Penguin's Friend is Marvin the Martian from the Warner Brothers cartoons.
  • There are twenty-seven monkeys in this series: Ross' 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.
  • When Monica is planning her and Chandler's wedding, she said that for music she got the band "The Swing Kings". In season seven, episode twenty-four, "The One With Monica and Chandler's Wedding Part 2", the name of the band on the drum is "Jungle Swing".
  • Monica, Joey, Phoebe, and Rachel have all broken something in Ross' apartment. Chandler gets Ross' laptop infected with a virus in Barbados. Monica broke Ross' nose.
  • There is a special feature on the DVD box set that lets the viewer play Bamboozled, confusing rules and all.
  • Erika Ford is suffering from what is informally called The Truman Show Delusion.
  • Richard Crosby (Gary Oldman) and Joey Tribianni, Jr. (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 the other actors and actresses on this show's set.
  • Being mistaken for being gay has been a problem for all of 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 fanbase. Phoebe is driven to pretend 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.
  • Ross' endearingly messy girlfriend would by more recent standards be considered a "Hoarder".
  • All of the Friends have had claw hand. Chandler developed a claw hand playing Ms. Pac-Man. Ross had 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' lobster.
  • Joey, Chandler, and Phoebe have all, in their own ways, had problems with U.F.O.s. 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.
  • Phoebe, Monica, Rachel, and Joey have dressed up as science fiction heroes. Supergirl, Catwoman, Princess Leia, and Superman, respectively. Ross lost a fight with G.I. Joe, and Chandler disarmed Krung.
  • 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.
  • Every friend has lived in Chandler's 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.
  • Estelle's (June Gable's) paper-eating client, and the man who caught Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) breaking the rules with a massage client, were played by the same actor, who appeared in Days of Our Lives (1965).
  • It's a myth that Phoebe has kissed every one of the Friends but Monica. Monica kisses Phoebe goodbye in season four, episode twenty-three "The One With Ross' Wedding Part 1".
  • The time of Rachel's pregnancy in the show (and all of season eight, for that matter) is mixed up. Monica and Chandler got married on May 15, 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 six 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 2. That same episode, Monica says that for their two 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.
  • When Chandler was working in Tulsa, a member of the board tells him that it is legal to smoke in offices with less than fifteen people. This is no longer true. Oklahoma smoking laws apply the same as the rest of the U.S.
  • Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) is a vegetarian, just like her character.
  • In season three, episode thirteen, "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends", Joey and Rachel 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 both guest-starred in the seventh season. In season ten, Rachel told Ross that she would cast Claire Danes to play her in a movie about an incident that happened in her life.
  • 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).
  • Joey and Chandler both sing David Bowie's "Space Oddity", but in different episodes.
  • All of the Friends have catchphrases: Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston's) is saying the word "no"; Monica's (Courteney Cox's) is shouting, "I know!" when she's excited; Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) is saying, "Oh, no" when something bad happens; Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) is, "How YOU doin?"; Chandler's (Matthew Perry's) is emphasizing the word "be" when asking a rhetorical question or emphasizing another word; and Ross' (David Schwimmer's) is saying, "Hi" in a really depressing way when something bad happens.
  • In season seven, episode eight, "The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs", 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. In another episode, he shares a soft serve with Marcel. It's also revealed that Chandler (Matthew Perry) once owned a dog.
  • Season three is the only season without an episode with two parts. However, season three, episode sixteen, "The One with the Morning After", is a continuation of season three, episode fifteen, "The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break".
  • Phoebe's wedding was not attended by any of her relatives.
  • When this show 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.
  • 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.
  • Ben Geller (Cole Sprouse) and Emma Geller-Green (Noelle and Cami Sheldon) never had a scene together.
  • During the first season, the lower half of the Central Perk windows were tinted. From the second season on, the windows became see-through.
  • 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 the majority of the show, and Joey and Chandler briefly lived alone after Joey moves into his own apartment after he gets a part in Days of Our Lives (1965).
  • David Schwimmer was the first of the six to be cast. Jennifer Aniston was the last.
  • Courteney Cox is two years older than David Schwimmer, but in the show, he is supposed to be older than her.
  • Phoebe and Rachel are the only ones who have lived with Ross in his apartment at some point.
  • Monica is one year younger than Chandler, although in real-life, Courteney Cox is five years older than Matthew Perry.
  • Monica and Chandler's wedding anniversary is May 15.
  • The name "Rachel" followed Helen Baxendale in her three major television roles. Rachel Bradley, her character in Cold Feet (1997). In this show, her character was involved in a love triangle with Ross and Rachel. In Cuckoo (2012), her character has a daughter called Rachel.
  • 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.
  • Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) agent Estelle (June Gable), plays a nurse in the first season, when Carol (Jane Sibbett) is in the hospital.
  • In season one, episode four, "The One with George Stephanopoulos", Chandler and Joey buy hockey tickets for Ross' birthday and he says, "funny, my birthday was six months ago". He notes it is October 20 from the date on the tickets. In season nine, episode two, "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' birthday as "May-tember", to which Ross shouts back, "October 18th". However, in season four, he tells Gunther his birthday is in December.
  • Jennifer Aniston dated Tate Donovan (Joshua) for three years. They got engaged, but unfortunately split in the same year he landed a part on the show, as her boyfriend.
  • Monica (Courteney Cox) is the only Friend to have had a brother while growing up.
  • Mount Tibidabo near Barcelona, Spain is real. Its name derives from the Latin for "I will give to you", as local folklore has it that this is the mountain from which Satan showed Jesus the kingdoms of the world, as one of the three temptations.
  • 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 (1985). Perry's punishment for losing the bet was to be Cox's "man slave" whenever she wanted.
  • Phoebe broke up with her therapist boyfriend after he pointed 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".
  • Earlier in the series, Ross (David Schwimmer ) claims to have lost his virginity to Carol (Jane Sibbett ) during their marriage, but in The One with the Rumor (2001) it is revealed he had sex in high school with the old lady librarian.
  • In season eight, episode seventeen, "The One With the Tea Leaves", when Ross 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".
  • When Courteney Cox dressed as fat Monica for the first time, Matthew Perry walked right past her without recognizing her.
  • Chandler (Matthew Perry) drinks eleven espressos before accidentally hitting Janice (Maggie Wheeler) in the eye.
  • Paul the Wine Guy (John Allen Nelson) tells Monica (Courteney Cox) that his ex cheated on him with a dentist. Later, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) was involved in a love triangle with Mindy (Jennifer Grey) and Barry the Orthodontist (Mitchell Whitfield).
  • Monica (Courteney Cox) and Aurora (Sofia Milos) had a boyfriend called Ethan.
  • When the apartment numbers are increased, this would affect the number of steps to Central Perk being ninety-seven.
  • Phoebe and Chandler shout "Ah! My Eyes!", but in different episodes.
  • When Rachel buys Mrs. Whiskerson, a Minion of the Antichrist, she is wearing a shirt with a Japanese Kanji on it.
  • 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.
  • After receiving criticism for the lack of diversity for its supporting characters, the writers and producers created the part of Charlie Wheeler and cast 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.
  • When Christina Applegate guest starred as Rachel's other sister, it would have been a reunion of sorts with Matt LeBlanc, who had made a couple of appearances on Married... with Children (1987).
  • This show did receive negative 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."
  • 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 season nine, episode twenty-two, "The One With the Donor", Zack (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. Oops!
  • 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".
  • Chandler kisses all the other main cast members.
  • After filming The One with the Lesbian Wedding (1996) the producers hired 200 people part-time to take calls from all of the complaints they assumed they'd get because of the lesbian wedding. They received 11 calls in total.
  • Allegedly, 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 her back for another episode.
  • In a television 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' 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.
  • Glee (2009) spoofed this show in season five, episode thirteen, "New Directions", by having their teen stars dress up like the Friends and romping through the iconic fountain in Central Park, just like this show's opening, with the show being called "Chums".
  • In season three, episode eight, "The One With the Giant Poking Device", Ben (Cole Sprouse) calls Monica (Courteney Cox) "Monica Bang". This name is almost the same as Chandler Bing foreshadowing Monica marrying Chandler in season seven.
  • When Chris Isaak appeared in season two, episode twelve, "The One After The Super Bowl Part 1", he starts to sing his song "Wicked Game" at the end of the episode, while singing "Smelly Cat" with Phoebe. In season two, episode fifteen, "The One Where Ross and Rachel ... You Know", the same song is playing when Rachel and Ross are in the planetarium.
  • Originally, Phoebe and Chandler were supposed to be only semi-regular characters.
  • In one of the Thanksgiving episodes, Chandler made fun of Monica when they were watching old videos from high school. Monica appeared in the video, much fatter than she is currently. "The camera adds ten pounds", the current Monica explained to the rest of the group watching the video. "How many cameras are on you?" Chandler asks sarcastically. This would be ironic since they dated each other later on and even got married.
  • Joey was originally written as a jerk. When Matt LeBlanc questioned why the others would be friends with him, the character was changed.
  • In The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding: Part 1 (2001), 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 The One with the Lesbian Wedding (1996).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In season eight, episode thirteen, "The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath", in the beginning, we see Joey (Matt LeBlanc) wearing a shirt with the name "Captain Billy Burke", the name of a firefighter who died on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center.
  • 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 appeared in two episodes.
  • In season one, episode two, "The One with the Sonogram at the End", Anita Barone played Carol's character, then she was replaced by Jane Sibbett.
  • In season eight, episode five, "The One with Rachel's Date", Phoebe meets a sous chef and he tells her that it means "under" in French. But, in season ten, episode thirteen, "The One Where Joey Speaks French", she is fluent in French, and teaches Joey the language. So, she would know what "sous" meant, and was probably just being gracious and respectful.
  • Armadillos do sometimes wander in the desert.
  • Two members of the main cast have acted in a scene opposite themselves, playing multiple characters: Lisa Kudrow simultaneously played Phoebe and Ursula Buffay several times throughout the series, and David Schwimmer played Ross and Russ in season two, episode ten, "The One with Russ".
  • In the real Days of Our Lives (1965) there is no character named Dr. Drake Ramoray.
  • Ross is Jewish, just like David Schwimmer.
  • Phoebe can't speak Italian when she meets Paolo (Cosimo Fusco), but can speak Italian when she meets Joey's Nonnie (grandmother).
  • In season two, episode twenty, "The One Where Old Yeller Dies", Carol (Jane Sibbett) told Ross (David Schwimmer) that Ben's first word sounds like Yemen. Later in 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.
  • Every time Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) agent Estelle (June Gable) is seen, she is smoking a cigarette.
  • 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".
  • Though "Remoray" is an exotic sounding name, it is reminiscent of the "Remora", which is a kind of parasitic fish.
  • Marga is a Sanskrit word for the path of an inward spiritual journey. It is also quite a common Dutch female first name.
  • Maggie Wheeler (Janice) was in Seinfeld (1989) season three, episode sixteen, "The Fix-Up", where Elaine and Jerry help to set her up with George. Jason Alexander appeared on this show in season seven, episode thirteen, "The One Where Rosita Dies" in which he played Earl, a suicidal man that Phoebe called to ask to buy toner in her telemarketing job.
  • In season one, episode fifteen, "The One With the Stoned Guy", the stoned guy is the same character who Phoebe later sets up on a date with Rachel in season nine. He was played by Jon Lovitz.
  • 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 tried 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.)
  • Leading up to the episodes of Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) getting pregnant, you can notice slight weight gain in her face because Kudrow was actually pregnant.
  • The magic erase board inside Joey's and Chandler's apartment always says something different.
  • In almost every episode, the phrase "Oh My God!" is spoken at least once.
  • Joey claims his grandmother was the sixth person to spit on dictator Benito Mussolini's dead hanging body. Even though he was hung in Milan, and all of Joey's family are from Naples.
  • In every episode that Monica's apartment is featured, her pottery bowl in the kitchen is filled with a different type of produce.
  • 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.
  • It is revealed by Joey that Rachel's favorite movie is Weekend at Bernie's (1989). In season one, Rachel hits on Carol's (Jane Sibbett) doctor, Dr. Franzblau, who was played by Jonathan Silverman.
  • In season four, episode seven, "The One Where Chandler Crosses the Line", on the Magna Doodle, Mr. Treeger's name is spelled as "Mr.Treager", but in the credits, it is given as "Mr. Treeger", which means that a character misspelled his name.
  • 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 this show, Days of Our Lives (1965) is regarded as a telenovela.
  • Despite being set in New York City, almost the entire series was filmed in Los Angeles on the Warner Brothers 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' Wedding" from season four.
  • 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 season one, episode twenty-three, "The One With the Birth".
  • In the episode where Rachel is trying to impress Danny, she tells him she's going to a regatta gala. He asks if she sails, to which she replies no, but she supports it. Later in the series, Rachel teaches Joey how to sail, and says she's been doing it her whole life, so much so that her father bought her her own boat.
  • In the episode where Rachel smokes to impress her boss, she accidentally slips that her doctor-father always warned her of the dangers of smoking. However, earlier in the series, Mr. Green is revealed as a smoker when Ross gets him his cigarettes from Monica's apartment when they're trying to keep Mr. and Mrs. Green separate at Rachel's two birthday parties.
  • In season nine, episode fifteen, "The One With the Mugging", Ross explains that as a kid he used to frequent St. Marks Comics in New York City, 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.
  • In season two, episode nine, "The One with Phoebe's Dad", Phoebe's grandmother shows her a picture of her real dad, who she would have recognized in the episode with Phoebe's grandmother's funeral when Frank Buffay showed up. Also, in season two, episode nine, Phoebe's grandmother calls Frank Buffay 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.
  • When meeting Joey's nonnie Phoebe is able to speak Italian. Joey asks 'Wow Phoebs, you speak Italian?' Phoebe replies 'I guess so!' Although she is unable to when she met Paolo.
  • Matthew Perry has admitted he barely remembers filming three seasons of the show roughly midway through its run due to his drug problems.
  • Tom Welling auditioned for the role of Tag Jones. It eventually went to Eddie Cahill.
  • Jennifer Grey appeared as Rachel's friend who was cheating with Rachel's fianc? in the pilot episode, and also appeared in further episodes in the same role. Jennifer Grey played Ferris Bueller's sister Jeanie in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). However, on Ferris Bueller (1990), which was based on the movie, Jennifer Aniston played the role of Jeanie Bueller.
  • 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, this show was generally filmed with wider frames than were broadcast, so the widescreen version opens up the sides of the frame, rather than cropping.
  • One of the most profitable television shows in history, as of 2017, it was earning Warner Brothers over one billion dollars a year from syndication and streaming royalties.
  • 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).
  • Chandler drinks a bottle of Yoo-Hoo in almost every single episode.
  • Ross' favorite beer is Red Stripe. He is seen drinking it in many episodes.
  • Joey is the only Friend who never gets married during the series. Although he does threaten to use his Online Ordination powers to marry Rachel and him at one point.
  • Chandler and Ross are the only characters throughout the series who hadn't kissed each of the other main characters; as they did not kiss each other.
  • In season ten, episode eighteen, "The Last One Part 2", Ross mentions that they made it ten years without ever talking about him trying to make it as a dancer, but in season five, episode twenty-four, "The One in Vegas Part 2", when talking about slot machine lurkers, Ross almost lets it slip that he took dance lessons, but covered it up with "dance-karate" lessons.
  • Rachel's parents on the show were never seen together. The closest they came to each other was in season two, episode twenty-two, "The One With Two Parties".
  • Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) and Matthew Perry (Chandler) were long-time friends before the show.
  • The table the group sits at is always vacant for them. If you look closely, you will see there is a reserved sign on the table to explain this.
  • There's a white dog statue identical to Joey's white dog statue featured on Family Matters (1989) season six, episode thirteen, "An Unlikely Match", where Carl buys the dog at a police auction. Both shows were filmed at Warner Brothers.
  • Kristin Davis, Evan Handler, Willie Garson, and Eddie Cahill appeared on this show and Sex and the City (1998).
  • 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.
  • U2's "With or Without You" plays as Ross' 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 with whom he cheats on her when they are on a break.
  • The writers and producers stated they include a comedic line in every dramatic or emotional scene to ease and break tension.
  • Lisa Kudrow is six years older than Jennifer Aniston.
  • Joey's famous catchphrase "How YOU doing?" was not used until the fourth season and is now the most repeated line from the show.
  • David Schwimmer was the first one to get cast in show and Jennifer Aniston was last. In the opening sequence, Jennifer's name comes first and David's comes last.
  • The names of all of the actresses come before the actors in the opening sequence.
  • Filmed at Warner Brothers Studios on the same soundstage as Full House (1987).
  • David Schwimmer, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Bower, and Mike Hagerty appeared on The Wonder Years (1988) and this show.
  • Janice's (Maggie Wheeler ) nickname for Chandler (Matthew Perry ) is "Bing a-Ling".
  • 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.
  • It was Joey's use of the phrase "going commando" that eventually got it into the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • 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 Jewish, but Phoebe isn't.
  • Ross' doctor and his divorce lawyer claimed they had been in both of their fields for twenty-three years and had never dealt with someone as unusual as him.
  • In season three, episode fifteen, "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 eight, episode fourteen, "The One With the Secret Closet", Chandler discovers a messy closet in the apartment, and a regular sized globe is seen in the background.
  • In season five, episode eight, "The One with All the Thanksgivings", during the flashback of Joey with the turkey on his head, he says "Well, then help me get it off. Plus, it smells really bad in here." Phoebe replied, "Of course it smells bad, you have your head up a dead animal." Later on, in season ten, episode ten, "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 said, "Of course it smells bad, you have your head inside a turkey's ass."
  • Warner Brothers 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 in The Hollywood Reporter that Singles (1992) would become a television show, from David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the people who ended up doing this show. 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 this show. Crowe told Rolling Stone Magazine 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."
  • In The One with the Dozen Lasagnas (1995) the gang whistles the theme from The Odd Couple. Matthew Perry starred in The Odd Couple (2015).
  • An Indian adaptation named "Hello Friends" was made in 1999, but it unsuccesfully ran for only one season consisting of twenty-six episodes.
  • All three of the guys have proposed to a woman. Joey proposed to Phoebe in season eight, Chandler to Monica in season six, and Ross proposed to his second wife Emily.
  • In Joey's 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 television shows, and it is never explained why Joey and Chandler would have one.
  • The Ross and Rachel "will they or won't they?" plot was arguably the show's longest running storyline, running from the first episode to its conclusion in the series finale.
  • At some point, all the friends have lived in both apartments. Monica's 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, who he later married) Joey (see Chandler) Ross (lived there with his grandmother prior to the events of the series). Joey's apartment: Joey (Chandler's original roommate) Chandler (Joey's 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 Monica's nicer apartment while Rachel has to "slum it at Joey's", Ross (moved in with Joey and Chandler following the end of his brief marriage to Emily).
  • 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.
  • The names of the Friends during the intro appear in alphabetical order. This remains true even after Courteney Cox married.
  • 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 surrogate in the show's finale.
  • Lisa Kudrow beat out Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch for the role of Phoebe.
  • Nancy McKeon read for Monica. She gave a terrific performance", Lori Openden, head of casting for NBC at the time, said. "Warren (Warren Littlefield, the then NBC President) let Marta (Marta Kauffman ) and David (David Crane ) make the call. They went off for a walk and came back and said Courteney Cox.
  • Jane Krakowski auditioned for the role of Rachel, and joked in an interview with Giuliana Rancic on the 2015 Emmys red carpet that her "business manager is very sad" she didn't get a call back. She revealed: "Well, I, like almost every actor in the world, auditioned for Friends. I wish I had gotten that one. I actually auditioned for Rachel, and I didn't go very far."
  • Friends Casting Director Ellie Kanner told Huffington Post that when Vince Vaughn auditioned to play Joey, though he was "handsome and tall" and a "good actor", he just didn't fit the part as well as Matt LeBlanc did.
  • Co-Creator David Crane revealed he initially wrote the role of Monica with Janeane Garofalo in mind. It was only when Courteney 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."
  • Craig Bierko was up for the role of Chandler before Matthew Perry was cast.
  • Matthew Perry dated Chandler's favorite Baywatch (1989) actress Yasmine Bleeth in 1996, but they broke up after a year and a half.
  • Maggie Wheeler's portrayal of Janice is a parody of Fran Drescher, who starred in The Nanny (1993).
  • Except for The One with the East German Laundry Detergent (1994), The One with Chandler's Work Laugh (1999), and The One with Unagi (2000), Janice's (Maggie Wheeler ) first words on-screen are always: "OH! MY! GOD!"
  • Season six is the only season in which Janice (Maggie Wheeler) did not appear on-screen. She was, however, heard as a voice-over. She was a voice-over on Chandler's mix tape in season six, episode seventeen, "The One With the Unagi", which mix tape he gave to Monica, claiming he recorded romantic songs for her.
  • 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 with whom he slept the most after Monica.
  • James Michael 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.
  • James Michael Tyler (Gunther) 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 producers liked it so much, that they decided to keep it.
  • Gunther didn't have a line until season two, episode nine, "The One with Phoebe's Dad", in which he only had one word to say: "Yeah".
  • 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.
  • When asked in 2009 by heatworld.com what Gunther would be doing "now", James Michael Tyler joked, "He'd probably have a very traditional marriage, with lots of white-haired babies running around with hair brighter than the sun."
  • A reunion film was planned and there was an eighty percent chance of it to being made. It was dropped due to David Schwimmer, the only cast member who declined it.
  • One fan of the series has calculated that over ten seasons, Joey amassed a total of 119,760 dollars in debt to Chandler.
  • Lisa Kudrow when first read the script, she thought Chandler's character was gay.
  • Courteney Cox was asked to play Rachel, but she wanted to play Monica, as she thought she could do better with the character.
  • Courteney Cox was the first of the six to be cast.
  • Courteney Cox was a neat freak just like Monica, and would clean others' dressing rooms.
  • We're the Millers (2013), starring Jennifer Aniston, the rest of the cast played a prank on her by playing this show's theme song instead of the proposed one, following which, Aniston remained surprised and emotional. This scene is added in the bloopers.
  • The actors and actresses were rumored to have signed an agreement to not sleep together.
  • The writers used a pie chart to track how many lines and jokes each character said, to make sure each actor and actress had the same amount.
  • Courteney Cox had a special place called "Courtney's Candy Cabinet" on the set.
  • Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer played video games between takes.
  • Paul Rudd got the part after the casting director just wrote one word during his audition: "dreamy".
  • The actors and actresses, led by David Schwimmer, held an "intervention" for Jennifer Aniston because of her lateness to the set.
  • Lisa Kudrow was considered the smartest by the other actors and actresses, despite the "ditzy" character she played.
  • Even before they became a couple on the show, Courteney Cox said that if Monica had to "do" a Friend, she would choose Chandler.
  • Chandler's haircut during his first visit to Ross' parents resembles the style made popular by 1980s band, Flock of Seagulls.
  • Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston starred in a Microsoft Windows 95 video guide.
  • All the three of the female leads were given unconventional ways of pregnancy on purpose, so as to spread social messages, that, surrogacy, single motherhood and infertility are nothing of which to be ashamed. Rather, it's as beautiful as normal child birth.
  • All the three of the female leads were given unconventional ways of pregnancy on purpose, so as to spread social messages, that, surrogacy, single motherhood, and infertility are nothing of which to be ashamed. Rather, it's as beautiful as normal child birth.
  • Joey uses the Tuscan insult "Va fa Napoli" the Tuscan equivalent of "Go to Hell", which literally translates as "Go to Naples!"
  • The actor who plays Joshua Burgin's (Tate Donovan ) father is Matthew Perry's real-life father, John Bennett Perry.
  • A poll taken by 60 Minutes (1968) and Vanity Fair Magazine named this show the third greatest sitcom of all time.
  • In The One with Russ (1996), David Schwimmer plays Russ, yet the character is credited as being played by "Snaro", apparently as a tribute to a friend.
  • Bruce Willis appeared on the show for free after losing a bet to Matthew Perry. Perry believed that The Whole Nine Yards (2000) 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.
  • David Schwimmer directed ten episodes, they are: The One on the Last Night (1999), The One with Rachel's Assistant (2000), The One with Ross's Library Book (2000), The One with All the Candy (2000), The One with the Truth About London (2001), The One with the Red Sweater (2001), The One with the Stripper (2001), The One Where Joey Dates Rachel (2002), The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner (2002), and The One with the Birth Mother (2004).
  • Gunther called Ross an "ezel" (donkey). Ross looks up the word "ezel" in the dictionary and retorts to Gunther "You're an ezel". Gunther easily overrules Ross by saying "jij hebt seks met ezels" (you have sex with donkeys).
  • When the show ended, each main cast member was given a piece of the sidewalk from outside Central Perk as a keepsake.
  • Alec Baldwin, who played Lisa Kudrow's boyfriend Parker for two episodes in season eight, worked with her in The Boss Baby (2017).
  • Chandler and Monica were meant to be just a one night thing. But fans in the audience liked it so much that they cheered the bedsheet scene for twenty-seven seconds. It led the makers to make them a couple.
  • Ross and Rachel weren't meant to be the two central characters of the series. They were Joey and Monica, but the makers changed it, due to the chemistry between Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer.
  • Except Phoebe and Monica, all the six characters have kissed each other at one point during the series.
  • 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 its name, but instead remember the incident that happened in it.
  • The cast had a huddle before filming each episode to wish each other luck.
  • In 1994, the cast bonded by playing poker together. Season one, episode eighteen, "The One With All the Poker", is based on it.
  • After the show ended, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hosted a dinner party at their house. They served bottles of wine that Producer Kevin Bright saved from 1994, when the first season aired.
  • James Michael Tyler bleached his hairs every week for ten years for the role of Gunther. His natural hair color is brown.
  • Ross' age is inconsistent throughout the series. In the pilot episode, he says he is twenty-six, implying he was born in 1968. In season three, episode thirteen, "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends", he says he is twenty-nine. In season four, episode nine, "The One Where They're Going to Party!", he again says he's twenty-nine, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in season five, episode four, "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS", he says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still twenty-nine and born in 1969. Also, in season eight, episode four, "The One With the Videotape", he claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983, then whispers to himself "I was thirteen?" implying he was born in 1969 or 1970.
  • Ross was twenty-nine for three years. In one season, he even had two birthdays.
  • While having the most popular hair in the television industry, Jennifer Aniston kept a tiny pair of scissors in the glove compartment of the car so she could cut her split ends whenever.
  • The term "Friend Zone" was popularized from season one, episode seven, "The One With The Blackout", when Joey said Ross was the "Mayor of the Friend Zone" because he liked Rachel for so long.
  • Season three, episode two, "The One Where No One's Ready" takes place entirely in Monica's apartment, because the show didn't have a big enough budget for guest stars or additional sets. It is considered as one of the funniest episodes of the series.
  • Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston became real-life best friends. Though they have gone through many difficulties, they never cease to support and encourage each other.
  • One of the more difficult scenes to film was when Rachel hears Ben's first words. Ross, desperate to hear Ben speak, is constantly asking him, "Can you say 'Dada'?" The baby was supposed to stay quiet, but kept responding.
  • 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.
  • In The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS (1998), the scene where 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.
  • 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.
  • In 2009, budding actor and fan Steve Muskura watched every episode of this show back to back and stayed awake for eighty-four hours, smashing the then existing world record of seventy-two hours of watching television non-stop.
  • Courteney Cox experienced a miscarriage just a few days before filming The One Where Rachel Has a Baby: Part 2 (2002).
  • The writers wrote a three-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 with the idea, and never filmed it.
  • 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.
  • Originally, only Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer were considered the main cast. They put their feet down in order to bump each of the other four cast members to a one million dollar salary apiece.
  • NBC initially thought that the cast was too young, and asked writers to include an older character to give advice.
  • It has been revealed that the chick and duck died of old age.
  • In the pilot, Monica forgot the name of the guy with whom she slept, 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.
  • Like Monica and Chandler, Courteney 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.
  • Unlike his character, Matt LeBlanc can speak fluent French.
  • Matthew Perry lost forty-seven pounds during the end of season six going into season seven due to dealing with pancreatitis.
  • Despite his womanizer character on the show, Matt LeBlanc was shy around girls.
  • 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.
  • The writers and producers stated that they include a comedic line in every dramatic or emotional scene to erase and break tension.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer Aniston later stated that she hated the now-iconic "Rachel" haircut.
  • Lisa Kudrow and her best friend wrote "Smelly Cat" one night when they were drunk, and it eventually got written into the show.
  • When the show premiered, Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston were twenty-five, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer were twenty-seven, Courteney Cox was thirty, and Lisa Kudrow was thirty-one.
  • The couch was almost always free for the six because it was reserved. There was always a reserved sign on the coffee table. Except for when Ross and Chandler were bullied, and Chandler's hat was taken. Fans questioned why it was always available to the gang. It was later added in an episode where they said it was permanently reserved for them.
  • In high school, Matthew Perry's teacher said that with his jokes and foolishness, he would never get anywhere in life. When Matthew was featured on the cover of People Magazine for the first time, he sent a copy of the cover to the teacher.
  • In The One with the Late Thanksgiving (2003), where Joey's head gets stuck in the door, was written after Matt LeBlanc actually got his head stuck in the door. The writers had to change the script to fit the stuck head.
  • Matthew Perry auditioned for the role of Chandler on a Friday, and started work the next Monday.
  • There was a story-line where Chandler goes to a male strip club because he really liked the sandwiches. However, Matthew Perry asked the writers to scrap it.
  • Joey and Chandler were originally going to visit a McDonald's in London, but it got replaced with Joey going into the map.
  • According to Jennifer Aniston, none of the cast members were fans of the theme song.
  • Phoebe, Rachel, and Monica had crushes on Joey at one point.
  • After the horrifying events of 9/11, viewers could see tributes to the disaster in some episodes.
  • In season eight, episode thirteen, "The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath", Joey is seen wearing a t-shirt with the emblem for the FDNY with the name "Capt. Billy Burke". Captain Billy Burke (William F. Burke, Jr.) was a New York City Firefighter who lost his life on 9/11 at the World Trade Center.
  • Jennifer Aniston revealed in an interview that after the girls' reunion on Jennifer Aniston/Chef Adam Perry Lang/Bob Mould (2014), they created a group chat with themselves on text afterwards.
  • Courteney Cox revealed that it was Matthew Perry who really helped her make Monica into the character who she became on the show.
  • Ross liked to form the team of Friends to move his stuff, but was never successful. In one episode, he organized the movement of his newly bought couch together with Chandler and Rachel by "Pivot!" Until they could not pivot anymore, and the couch was stuck on the stairway. Another episode the friends did a flashback of how they spent their 30th birthday and Ross bought a car. All of the Friends helped try to move the car from the street parking by Ross yelling "Lift! And slide!" But it didnt work.
  • In season three, Ross sleeps with another woman when Rachel decides to take "a break" from him, which Ross thinks means their relationship is over, and that they were never getting back together, which makes an unforgiving Rachel end it with Ross for good. As though Ross is the bad guy in all this. It is actually Rachel's fault for telling Ross they are on a break, causing Ross to misunderstand and think that she was really ending it with him and Rachel should had told him that they should temporarily take some time apart to sort themselves out and that they'll get back together when the time is right, and Ross sleeping with another woman could had been avoided.
  • The long running American sitcom is the misadventures of 6 dysfunctional friends living in NYC.
  • All 6 lead characters in the sitcom are dysfunctional. The word dysfunctional means 'not operating normally or properly'. Each character's dysfunctional characteristics are as followed: Rachel is devoted to caring only for herself. Monica is a constant worrier and has a paranoid personality and often suffers from extreme stress. Phoebe lacks intelligence. Ross is an unpleasant and stupid person. Chandler is stupid, irritating and ridiculous and Joey does not have any talent.
  • MsMojo called Ross Geller the "worst Friends character" due to the character having terrible traits, and WhatCulture voted the character as the eighth most awful character in an awesome television show, and that he didn't deserve all of his friends and relationships, mostly due to the fact that Ross started an "I Hate Rachel" club in school, which he sabotaged all relationships and got together with her, which he got possessive, causing them to break up, which he slept with another woman, and that he constantly condescended Joey, he was constantly judgmental towards Phoebe, and he lorded his status with his parents over Monica.
  • Dina Meyer (Kate Miller) worked on the show between DragonHeart (1996) and Starship Troopers (1997).
  • Joey is the only character who went on to have his own spin-off sitcom, Joey (2004). The show followed him as he relocated from New York City to Hollywood, in which he moved into an apartment, which he shared with his twenty-year-old nephew Michael. The show lasted only two seasons.
  • A fan named Du Xin legally changed his name to Gunther, married a woman named Rachel, has a son named Joey, owns a pet named "Smelly Cat", and runs Central Perk Café.
  • Maggie Wheeler auditioned for the role of Monica Geller before been selected for Janice. Both of them turned out to be Chandler's long time girlfriends.
  • According to the DVD extras, show Creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane like to believe that Joey and Phoebe were hooking up off-screen throughout the entire course of the show.
  • There was originally going to be an older father figure, Pat the Cop, who was on hand to give the group advice on their life choices. He never made it as far as the pilot episode.
  • According to Bruce Willis, he only appeared in episodes twenty-one through twenty-three of season six because he lost a bet against Matthew Perry.
  • The series debuted six months after the release of Reality Bites (1994), which centered around a group of friends who were of Twentysomethings/Generation X. During the lead-in to this show's debut, many critics and previews referred to the show as "Reality Bites: The TV Series".
  • Appearing on Good Morning America (1975), Matthew Perry revealed that his favorite joke by Chandler is when he told Joey, "Okay, you have to stop the Q-tip when there's resistance!" from The One with Ross's New Girlfriend (1995).
  • Matthew Perry's wit is so legendary that the script writers have included many of his own made-up jokes.
  • It is the favorite television series of various celebrities including Emma Watson and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt.
  • Of the six Friends, Phoebe is the only one whose bedroom we never see.
  • Matthew Perry is related to three of his cast-mates. He is a distant cousin to Jennifer Aniston through the English couple Roger Conant and Sarah Horton. He's related to Courteney Cox through their common descent of the English Baldwin family, and is related to Matt LeBlanc through their common descent to fourteenth century King James of Scotland and his wife Joan Beaufort.
  • In the same season Morgan Fairchild played Chandler's mother on this show, she was also playing Marla, Nancy's (Sandra Bernhard's) girlfriend on Roseanne (1988).
  • Of all of the complaints about this show, the character and plot thread that has derived the most criticism is Kathleen Turner's portrayal of Chandler's father, who they referred to as Mr Bing, and which is perceived as transphobic.
  • Matthew Perry dated Julia Roberts after her appearance in Friends (1994).
  • As of 2019 the series was generating more than a billion dollars a year from syndication and streaming royalties, with the six leads earning roughly $20 million a year, roughly the same as their salaries during the final seasons (albeit less when accounting for inflation).
  • Ross' monkey Marcel was removed from the show as he would've pooped on the cast.
  • Chandler's and Joey's bracelets that they started wearing in season two, episode fourteen, The One with the Prom Video (1996), were never shown since then.
  • Ross' monkey Marcel was the first one in the cast to get a role in a Hollywood film, Outbreak (1995).
  • Lisa Kudrow was almost cast as Roz in Frasier (1993) before being re-cast as Phoebe. She has stated that this is the best thing ever happened to her.
  • Lisa Kudrow's favorite episode is The One Hundredth (1998).
  • Matthew Perry's favorite episode is The One with the Blackout (1994).
  • Matthew Perry appears for only one minute and forty seconds in The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin (2001), which is the least for any cast member in any episode.
  • Just Go with It (2011), also starring Jennifer Aniston, when Danny says the line "There's one problem, she's not you", is a reference to this show, when Ross says about Julie, "There's one problem, she's not Rachel".
  • Just Go with It (2011) also starring Jennifer Aniston, the scene when Katherine comes to know that Danny and Palmer are getting married, but she loves him is similar to this show, where Rachel becomes upset after knowing that Ross and Emily are getting married, and she still loves him.
  • In Just Go with It (2011), the scene where Danny and Katherine pretends to be husband and wife to Devlin and Ian is similar to this show, in which Ross and Rachel also pretend to be husband and wife in front of Ross' relatives and make up stories.
  • The climax of the Bollywood film Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), is a rip-off of the climax of this show.
  • This show is among the five legendary media that released the same year with Forrest Gump (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), and The Lion King (1994).
  • Matt LeBlanc had a fever and flu the first day. He was at one hundred two degrees Fahrenheit (38.8 degrees Celsius) during the pilot episode, and had to repeatedly use a variety of remedies to attempt to cure it.
  • According to the producers, a questionnaire regarding Monica's promiscuity was passed out at the taping of the pilot episode at the request of NBC. Apparently, NBC considered Monica a slut for sleeping with Paul the Wine Guy on their first date.
  • The interstitial music and city scene after Rachel is shown sitting at the bay window, to her preparing coffee for Joey and Chandler in the pilot episode, originally featured a shot of the Brooklyn Bridge with the World Trade Center towers prominently in the background. After the September 11 attacks, the interstitial scene was changed to a shot of the exterior of the building where Monica. Joey, and Chandler live. However, the original scene can be seen on DVD releases published prior to the attacks.
  • The inside of Joey's and Chandler's apartment isn't seen until season one, episode three, "The One With the Thumb".
  • The idea of the six lead actors and actresses negotiating as a single unit has been credited by the rest of the main cast, especially Matt LeBlanc, as the brainchild of David Schwimmer. Ironically, Schwimmer later annoyed the other regulars because on two occasions, the rest of the cast all agreed to sign long-term deals to continue the show, but he hesitated and both times was (by a fair margin) the last cast regular to agree to continue; however, the decision to make season ten "The Last One" was a prompt and unanimous one from all six that was made late in season nine.
  • The pilot episode has two official alternate titles: "The One Where It All Began" and "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate".
  • Throughout the series, we met Ross' and Monica's parents, Chandler's parents, Joey's parents, Rachel's parents, and Phoebe's birth parents. We also met two of Joey's grandmothers, Monica's and Ross' grandmother, and Phoebe's grandmother.
  • Twenty-eight episodes contain Rachel's name in the title, which is the most.
  • Twenty-four episodes contain Ross' name in the title, which is second highest.
  • Ten episodes contain Phoebe's name in the title, which is second lowest.
  • Nine episodes contain Monica's name in the title, which is the lowest.
  • Eleven episodes contain Chandler's name in the title, which is the third lowest.
  • Sixteen episodes contain Joey's name in the title, which is the third highest.
  • Throughout the series, Rachel is the only leading female to have retained some sort of relationship with all three leading men at some point. She and Ross dated at different times throughout the series, and had a baby together, she and Joey date very briefly in season ten after making out in Barbados, and it is revealed in a flashback that she made out with Chandler while at a college party with Monica when they went to visit Ross at school.
  • In the pilot episode, after Monica finds out that Paul lied to her in order to sleep with her, she asks if she has a "beacon that only dogs and men with severe emotional problems can hear". She ends up marrying Chandler, who has severe emotional problems.
  • In The One with the Thumb (1994), in the background behind Chandler, a Toronto Blue Jays baseball hat is visible. Matthew Perry holds both Canadian and American citizenship (his mother was a journalist in Canada and eventual Press Secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau) and was raised in Canada's capital city of Ottawa. He is also a Toronto Blue Jays fan.
  • In The One with the Stoned Guy (1995), there is a scene at Chandler's job with a conversation between he and a co-worker at his cubicle. If you look closely, you can see a Toronto Bluejays baseball hat. Matthew Perry is originally from Toronto.
  • The name that Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt used to check in hotel is "Mr. & Mrs. Ross Vegas".
  • "Smelly Cat" was first introduced in season two, episode six, "The One With the Baby on the Bus".
  • James Michael Tyler, Matthew Perry, and Courteney Cox appeared on Scrubs (2001)
  • In the last season when Monica and Chandler are trying to adopt a baby, you can notice slight weight gain in her face because Courteney Cox was pregnant.
  • In October 2016, Matt LeBlanc appeared alongside Lady Gaga on CBS' Matt LeBlanc/Jeffrey Dean Morgan/Lady Gaga (2016), and she asked Matt who he would have preferred to sleep with on the show, Courteney Cox's Monica or Jennifer Aniston's Rachel. Matt gave it some thought and said his answer was neither of them: he felt he would have wanted to sleep with Phoebe, played by Lisa Kudrow.
  • In the series finale, the end credits play over stock footage of New York City's skyline and streets, all of which was used at various points in episodes throughout the series. This was the only episode in which this occurred. All of the other episodes without an epilogue scene used the opening credits footage of the cast around the fountain.
  • When his short-lived spin-off show Joey (2004) began production, Matt LeBlanc noted that he experienced a strong sense of nostalgia, because several of the sets used were on the same sound-stages that had been used for filming this show.
  • The DVD of the final episode was released a week after it aired.
  • After season eight, episode twelve, "The One Where Joey Dates Rachel", Ben Geller never appeared in the sitcom again and was only mentioned once, and he never met his half-sister Emma. It's theorized that Carol was awarded full custody of Ben and stopped Ross from seeing him due to Ross' manic behavior that got worse over the series.
  • This show chronicled the misadventures of six dysfunctional friends living in New York City.
  • When Ross and Rachel were viewing their videotape of them making Emma, "Blue's Clues" was actually played on the screen.
  • 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."
  • Marlo Thomas has said in inteviews that the Rachel Green character is very much a "That Girl" type character; modern, liberated, trying to make it on her own; et cetera. That's why Thomas agreed to play Rachel's mother.
  • Kathleen Turner, who had the recurring role of Chandler's transgender father, Charles Bing a.k.a Helena Handbasket, complained in recent interviews that the Friends cast wasn't very friendly to her. "I'll be quite honest, which is my wont: I didn't feel very welcomed by the cast", Turner tells Vulture. "I remember I was wearing this difficult sequined gown, and my high heels were absolutely killing me. I found it odd that none of the actors thought to offer me a seat. Finally, it was one of the older crew members that said, 'Get Miss Turner a chair.' The Friends actors were such a clique, but I don't think my experience with them was unique. I think it was simply that they were such a tight little group that nobody from the outside mattered."
  • Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer appeared on Episodes (2011) season four, episode five, "Episode 405".
  • In the opening sequence, the names of the six main cast members are shown in alphabetical order. As a coincidental result, the ladies' names appear before the men's, and the names also appear from the shortest person to the tallest.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Joey) & James Michael Tyler (Gunther) worked together again on episode 2.6, Episode Six (2012), of Episodes (2011), both playing themselves.
  • Although Ross says in the very last episode that they made it ten years without them ever bringing up the fact that Ross took dance lessons, in the episode "The One In Vegas: Part 2", when Ross and Pheobe are talking about lurkers by the slot machines, Ross almost lets it slip, but covers it up quickly and says "that's how my nana paid for my dance-karate lessons".
  • Joey and Phoebe are the only ones of the six friends to start the show as friends and end the show as friends.
  • The sitcom follows the dysfunctional Gellar siblings neurotic Monica and her disagreeable and unpleasant brother Ross and their equally dysfunctional friends selfish Rachel Green, dumb blonde Phoebe Buffay, stupid and ridiculous Chandler Bing and talentless actor Joey Tribbiani whom all reside in New York City and hang out at their regular coffee shop Central Perk.
  • On April 3rd, 2018, MsMojo uploaded a video about Ross Gellar called "Top 10 Times Ross Was the Worst", which explored the character's flaws as he was the worst out of the 6 main characters in the sitcom and 10 times in the show which he was at his worst such as destroying Chandler's relationship with Ross and Monica's parents. Co-founding the "I Hate Rachel" Club. Cheating on Rachel and telling Rachel not to date Mark out of jealously.
  • Ross Geller was voted online as the most disliked character in the sitcom.
  • Guest star Dina Meyer (Kate Miller) and Matt LeBlanc (Joey) both shared the same agent.
  • Ross has one more win than Monica in the Geller Bowl. Ross won in 77', 78', 80', and 83'. Monica in 79', 81', and 82'.
  • The sitcom follows the dysfunctional Geller siblings Monica and Ross and their equally dysfunctional friends Rachel, Phoebe, Joey and Chandler whom reside in New York City.
  • Although Rachel is a waitress, Monica is a chef, Phoebe is a musician, Ross is a paleontologist, Chandler is a data processor and Joey is a struggling actor. The 6 central characters of the sitcom are dysfunctional characters. Rachel is a character who is selfish. Monica is a character who is neurotic. Phoebe is a character who is dumb. Ross is a character who is unpleasant and stupid. Chandler is a character who is stupid, ridiculous and irritating and Joey is a character who is talentless. These characteristics of the 6 lead characters are depicted frequently throughout the series such as Phoebe playing dumb a lot. Ross thinking he is more mature and better than everyone else. Monica being shrieking, manipulative and mean and Joey being stupid etc.
  • In "The One with the Birth", while Carol is having contractions, Ross argues about his sons potential name with his ex and her girlfriend - calling it the "Cody and Dylan fiasco". Dylan and Cole Sprouse would go on to play his son, Ben.
  • A critic Noel Holston of Newsday, who had dismissed the pilot as a "so-so Seinfeld wannabe" in 1994, repudiated his earlier review after rewatching the episode and felt like writing an apology to the writers.
  • Rachel has kissed all of the 'friends' during the run of the series Monica- 4.19 TOW All the Haste Phoebe- 7.20 TOW Rachel's Big Kiss Chandler- 5.02 TOW All the Kissing Joey- 5.11 TOW All the Resolutions, 9.24 TOW in Barbados, 10.01 TOW After Joey and Rachel Kiss, 10.02 TOW Ross is Fine, & 10.03 TOW Ross's Tan Ross- throughout the series
  • Chandler and Rachel are the last two characters to get last names, in The One with Mrs. Bing (1995). Ironically, earlier in the season (The One with the East German Laundry Detergent (1994)), Chandler describes himself as "the bing-bing-bing" when he breaks up with Janice.
  • Phoebe drank 227 cups of coffee in all 10 seasons, which happened to be the most drank out of the six friends. Rachel drank the least, drinking 138 cups.
  • Anna Farris plays Chandler and Monica's surrogate in the last season. She is also seen shortly giving birth in the finale of season 8, while Rachel is waiting to give birth to Emma.
  • The painting behind the couch in Central Perk changes every six episodes.
  • In 1 show, when Joey is talking to Rachel at Central Perk, Rachel is seen holding a Fit Pregnancy magazine which actress Alex Kingston appears on the cover. Alex Kingston is best known for playing Elizabeth Corday in ER (1994). Other ER cast members George Clooney and Noah Wyle appeared in (#1.17) playing similar roles to their roles in ER.
  • Chandler's character was written awkward around women, because Matthew Perry told the producers that he himself was.
  • This does not occur in all season openers, but when the Friends cast open their colored umbrellas at the same time...Jennifer Aniston's umbrella does not pop open all the way.
  • The makers wrote the character of Ross while keeping David Schwimmer in mind. Yet he declined the role for the first three times, eventually accepting it.
  • At one point, Rachel has lived with all the friends except Chandler.
  • At one point, Chandler has lived with all the friends except Rachel and Phoebe.
  • At one point, Phoebe has lived with all the friends except Joey and Chandler. Although in season six after a fire in her apartment, she briefly moves in their apartment, but ends up in Monica's and then Ross's.
  • Unlike the show, where Joey never gets into a serious relationship, Matt Leblanc got married and had a daughter by the end of the show.
  • The episode titles were decided to be started with "The One Where/With", after the makers realized that the title would not appear at the start of the episode, and hence would not spoil the plot.
  • The chairs around the dining table in Monica's apartment keep changing.
  • The show was shot in front of live audience, apart from the cliff-hanger episodes.
  • Except Jennifer Aniston, all the other main characters have appeared in guest roles in Lisa Kudrow's show Web Therapy (2011). Aniston had also agreed to do so, but that show ended in with its fourth season and her cameo never came to be.
  • As an episode would take 5 hours to shoot in the studio, the makers hired a comedian during the shoot of pilot to entertain the studio audience.
  • Rachel is introduced to Chandler in the coffee house in the first episode. However as the show would pan out, the two characters had in fact met several years earlier and had conversed with each other on at least four occasions (even making out with each other at a party).
  • In the The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (1994), the barista in Central Perk who asks Rachel if she can get her anything when Rachel comes in in the wedding dress is Jasmine, the woman who works with Pheobe at the massage parlor in later episodes. Jasmine is Gunther's roommate, who told Gunther about Ross sleeping with Chloe in The One with the Morning After (1997) making Gunther to tell Rachel about Ross and Chloe. She is also the massage therapist that Frank Jr mistakes for a Hooker in The One with Frank Jr. (1996).
  • Since season 4, all the season finales are of two parts.
  • Except 'The One with Two Parts' and 'The One After the Superbowl', all the other seven two-parts episodes are season finales.
  • Joey is the only character who has kissed all the friends on-screen.
  • The episode The One with the Flashback (1996) was partly the idea of the cast to see how audience responded to certain couplings, the main one of these being Rachel and Chandler. The audience didn't like seeing these two together, so they never were. It also shows the only make out scene of Ross and Phoebe, and Joey and Monica getting attracted to each other.
  • The episode The One with the Flashback (1996) can be considered as the earliest episode while watching chronologically.
  • Phoebe would never be able to be a surrogate without having a child of her own first. All reputable surrogacy agencies in the US require their surrogates to have had at least one full-term, live birth before becoming a surrogate.
  • Chandler is the only character who doesn't have a separate birthday episode. The only time his birthday is shown in the episode The One Where They All Turn Thirty (2001).
  • Rachel has four birthdays in all the seasons which is the most than any cast member. This episodes are: The One Where Rachel Finds Out (1995) in season 1, The One with the Two Parties (1996) in season 2, The One Where They All Turn Thirty (2001) in season 7 and The One with Phoebe's Rats (2003) in season 9. She also gets a surprise party one month before her actual birthday in The One Where Rachel Smokes (1999) in season 5.
  • David Schwimmer's favorite episode is The One with the Prom Video (1996).
  • In 1997, the episode The One with the Prom Video (1996) was ranked on number 100 on the "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" list by TV Guide.
  • The show ranked no. 21 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
  • The series was ranked no. 5 on Empire magazine's The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
  • The series was ranked no. 24 on the Writers Guild of America's 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time
  • In 2014, the series was ranked by Mundo Estranho the Best TV Series of All Time.
  • The series was ranked no. 28 on TV Guide's 60 Best TV Series of All Time.
  • Five of the Thanksgiving Day episodes are eighth in the respective seasons (4th, 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th); while four are ninth (1st, 3rd, 6th and 8th).
  • In 2019, Matt Leblanc revealed in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014), that he took the ball from the foosball table as a souvenir. He further revealed that also took the Magnadoodle from the back of apartment door, and gave it to the electrician Paul, who always drew whatever was on there.
  • Both Ross and Rachel have the same initials 'R. G.'
  • 'Rachel' contains all the letters of 'Chandler'.
  • With the exception of Lisa and David, none of the characters have the name of any of the main cast member. David is the name of one of Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) boyfriends, while Lisa is the name of Monica and Ross's (David Schiwmmer) aunt.
  • When Courteney Cox debuted on Instagram on January 29th, 2019, she used the picture of Fat Monica for her profile picture.
  • One of the reasons why audience laughed so much when Joey told Phoebe it wasn't the first time he opened a blouse was because it actually took Matt Leblanc twelve takes to get it open.
  • The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister (1997) is the lengthiest episode title of the entire series.
  • The One with Russ (1996) and The One After I Do (2001) have the shortest episode titles with 14 letters each (although the later has one extra space). However, 'The One in Vegas' and 'The Last One' have further shorter titles, but these are followed by "Part 1" and "Part 2".
  • According to Kauffman the instantly recognisable orange sofa was originally meant to be beige, but everyone was happy to make the change.
  • As in the early 90s, people didn't use to spend time sitting in cafes drinking coffee, the network suggested to switch from Central Perk to a diner as in Seinfeld.
  • Speaking to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 5 Live, Maggie Wheeler revealed that she got the inspiration for her 'Janice laugh' from Flipper and Woody the Woodpecker.
  • Lisa Kudrow hated playing the guitar and she said that she hasn't touched a guitar since the show ended.
  • In February 2019, it was announced that the Central Perk will become an official LEGO set. A user called "Mric76" submitted a recreation of that location on LEGO Ideas, which was later approved by the LEGO team.
  • Friends is a popular long running American sitcom that ran from 1994 - 2004. The sitcom centers around the dysfunctional Gellar siblings neurotic Monica and her unpleasant brother Ross and their 4 equally dysfunctional friends Joey, Chandler, Rachel and Phoebe whom live in New York City.
  • Ross Gellar was voted online on many internet websites as the most hated character of the sitcom.
  • In several episodes of the series. You can see Rachel's nipples.
  • In several episodes Chandler is often seen drinking a Yoo Hoo.
  • In one episode, Ross tells everyone he used to play the keyboard, and he ran back to his place and got his keyboard to show them his music. But in the episode where Ross and Mike are forced to hang out with each other when Rachel and Phoebe go out for drinks, Mike tells Ross that he plays piano, and he asks Ross if he has a keyboard laying around, and Ross awkwardly says no, almost as if it were stupid to even ask him the question.
  • Rachel wears a total of 703 outfits throughout the series.
  • Lisa Kudrow states that she based Phoebe's character on Jennifer Aniston due to her spiritual beliefs.
  • Matthew Perry was guest-starring as a recurring character on Growing Pains; about the same time Courtney Cox was starring as Michael J Fox's girlfriend on Family Ties; and about the same time Matt Leblanc was starring as Christina Applegate's boyfriend Vinnie on Married with Children, and was being spunoff into his own series called Hey Vinnie; and this was also about the same time Jennifer Anniston co-starred with Mayim Bialyk on a new FOX sitcom called Molloy; and this was also about the same time Lisa Kudrow started playing Jamie and Paul's snotty waitress as a recurring character on Mad About You. All of these parts ended very shortly; and the cast members then all shot a pilot for NBC which was Gen-X riff on Sienfield called These Friends of Mine for it's new Must See TV lineup on Thursday nights. Eventually the title of the show was shortened to Friends, and the rest in history.
  • Just like when a long running show decides to change it's format; by adding a new cute kid; or doing some sort of stunt which wrecks the credibility of show; or changing the location; and the rest of the show is ruined as a result; and all of this is called "Jumping the Shark"; there's another phenomenon which can be attributed to "Freinds". "Jumping the Shark" describes when a show makes a change which essentially ruins the show; and the rest of the show is all downhill from there. This is named after the Jumping the shark episode of Happy Days; when Fonzie water skis over a shark in the special Hollywood episode; a plot twist so stupid that the rest of the show was ruined as a result. "Dropping the Monkey" describes when a show makes a change which essentially saves the show; and it all gets better after that. This is named after the fact that Friends had a monkey character named Marcel on the show during the first season, and then he was dropped in Season 2; and the whole show improved by about 100% after that. Tootie losing the roller skates in Season 2 of Facts of Life; Sienfeld changing from "The Seinfeld Chronicles" to just Seinfeld; and Lara FLynn Boyle joining the cast in season 2 of the Practice; these are all examples of "Dropping the Monkey."
  • Matthew Perry and Lisa Kudrow are both varsity tennis players. Sometimes, after shooting, they would play it together.
  • The cast kept crying while shooting the final episode, so they have to do their make-up over and over again.
  • Phoebe and Mike ended up together because everyone wanted to keep Paul Rudd on the show.
  • A fan named Du Xin legally changed his name to Gunther, married a woman named Rachel, has a some named Joey, owns a pet named Smelly Cat and runs a cafe named Central Perk.
  • Matthew Perry admits he once beat up Canadian Prime Minister Justin Tredeaux. You'll remember Matthew Perry as a bit of a wimp, if his Friends character was anything to go by. But in real life (as a kid at least), turns out the actor was pretty scrappy - and his opponents were famous, too. Speaking to Jimmy Kimmel, the playwright and comedian admitted to "beating up" the Canadian Prime Minister back at school. He grew up in Canada and described himself as half-Canadian - which explains the seemingly random link. Perry said: ""I think he was excelling in a sport, so it was pure jealousy, and we beat him up," "That would never happen to Donald Trump, you'd be in the stockade right now, you'd be in Russia somewhere, " Kimmel said. Perry, a few years older than Trudeau, said he wasn't bragging about it, that he was "a stupid kid." What's more, the actor's mother, Suzanne Perry, was a former press secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Perry joked that the incident sparked Trudeau's eventual leadership of their home country. "I think it was rather instrumental in him going to such big heights and becoming the Prime Minister," Perry said. Kimmel then asked if the two ever kept contact. Could his response BE any more like Chandler? "I feel shame, I don't want to think about it."
  • The Rembrandts joins a long list of rock groups performing the theme songs for shows. We have them singing "Ill be there for you" for Friends. The Cowsills sang the theme song for Love American Style. Cheap Trick sang the theme song for "That Seventies Show". The Peppermint Trolley Company sang the theme song for The Brady Bunch. Carla Rae Jeopsen sang the theme song for Fuller House. Roberta Flack sang the theme song for Valerie and the Hogan Family. The WHO sang the theme song for CSI:Miami. RObby Mcferrin sang the theme song for season 2 of the Cosby Show. Bill Hailey and the Comets sang the theme song for Happy Days. Frank Sinatra sang the theme song for Married With Children. And the list goes on and on. In fact every new season at least one hot rock band performs the theme song for one of the new shows that is rolled out by the networks (or the cable stations; and the online streaming services like Netflix, etc).
  • Lisa Kudrow considers herself more of a Rachel in real life. It took her awhile to get comfortable in Phoebe's skin.
  • Lisa Kudrow and Aisha Tyler made guest appearances on Bojack Horseman. Lisa portrayed Bojack's girlfriend Wanda Pierce and Aisha portrayed Sextina Aquafina.
  • In "The One in Vegas: Part 1", Joey calls Phoebe and asks her to go down to the ATM and read him his PIN number that he had scratched into it, and she says "Oh so you're 5639?" This spells "JOEY".
  • Both Jon Favreau and Paul Rudd are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jon portrays Tony's Butler Happy Hogan and Paul portrays Ant-Man.
  • Cole Spouse, who would go on to great fame starring in The Suite LIfe of Zack and Cody, as well as on RIverdale playing Jughead; also played Ross' son Ben Gellar on friends. The character appeared in the first season as a baby; then in the second and third seasons he morphed to a 5 year old, (which is common in sitcoms), who was played by Sprouse. Sprouse and the character appeared on a few episodes, and then he sort of vanished. Responding to a tweet asking how he felt about his character "basically being killed off" of the show, Cole said he wasn't too shocked about it. "Critics would agree that Ross was never really the most present father," he said. "And so it doesn't surprise me too much." So it looks like Cole agrees with the theory that Ross's lack of parenting skills was the reason he stopped seeing Ben.
  • This show and Grace and Frankie, both co-created by Marta Kauffman, have a pregnancy written into the plot because an actress got pregnant in real-life (Lisa Kudrow) and a real-life pregnancy not written into the show (Courteney Cox).
  • Before the 1994 Friends; the famous one; there was also a 1979 TV series called Friends also. Friends was an American children-oriented comedy-drama series that aired on ABC from March 25 to April 22, 1979. The series, which was produced by Aaron Spelling, starred Charlie Aiken, Jill Whelan, Janet MacLachlan, Jarrod Johnson, Karen Morrow and Roger Robinson. Love Boat's Jill Whelan was probably the only recognizable cast member on the show.
  • She may have grown to fame as the star of Friends but in real life, Jennifer Aniston is slammed as a terrible diva. Stories abound that during the making of the show, Aniston would refuse to eat with her cast-mates and simply take her food and be on her own. Whenever salary negotiations took place, Aniston would make her own deals rather than stick with her cast-mates and demand more money. Stories abound of Aniston refusing to make time on movie sets for her cast-mates, eating alone and sticking to her entourage. While others stick to the production vans, Aniston has her own luxury SUV and keeps her private trailer up to two miles away from the set. While you can understand her attitude thanks to her divorce from Brad Pitt, Aniston still maintains a reputation for demands on set that outdo any of her co-stars, carrying on at some parties with some harsh behavior and putting folks down. She may be a sweetheart on film but behind the scenes, Aniston's snobby behavior hardly makes her a friend to those in the business
  • Some people identify this show in blogs and articles as "F.R.I.E.N.D.S." That is because in the opening to the show there are dots in between all of the letters of the title. Those aren't periods though, they are just decorative dots. The title of show, as written out officially in NBC Press junkets, is Friends; not F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
  • Friends is also the name of a 1971 teen-romance film directed and produced by Lewis Gilbert and written by Gilbert, Vernon Harris, and Jack Russell. The soundtrack, with music composed by Elton John and Paul Buckmaster, and lyrics written by Bernie Taupin, was released as the Friends album, and John's recording of the title selection charted when released as a single in the United States. In this teen romance, a neglected 15-year-old English boy named Paul Harrison (Sean Bury), living in Paris with his wealthy businessman father, befriends an orphaned 14-year-old French girl named Michelle Latour (Anicée Alvina). There was also a 1979 TV show called Friends, starring The Love Boat's Jill Whelan. Ironically all three of these shows were youth oriented shows; the movie was aimed at teenagers; the 1970s show was aimed at children; and the famous 1990s show was aimed at young adults.
  • In S5:E24 "The One in Vegas: Part 1", Joey forgets his ATM pin number and we find out it's "5639" which on a keypad is "JOEY".
  • In S7 E24, the name on Chandler's office door at work says "Mike Smith".

Spoilers

  • In the last few months of shooting this show, 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.
  • Of the three girls, Monica is the only one not to give birth.
  • In season 5, Phoebe gave birth to triplets as a surrogate for her brother and sister-in-law.
  • Each of the main characters move at least once throughout the series. Monica lived in the guys' apartment after she and Rachel lost a bet, and moved out of the main apartment in the final episode. Rachel moved with Monica across the hall, briefly lived in Phoebe's 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. Phoebe also lived with Monica, prior to Rachel coming into their lives. Chandler lived in the girls' apartment twice, once after he and Joey won a bet, and again after he and Monica moved in together, and moved out with Monica in the final episode. Joey lived across the hall after winning a bet, and into his own apartment after getting a starring role on Days of Our Lives. Ross moved from his first apartment and briefly lived in Emily's cousin's apartment before they got married, and into Chandler and Joey's after getting kicked out, and after that moved into ugly naked guy's apartment. Though every character moved, Joey and Phoebe live in the same place at the beginning and end of the series, though Joey is revealed to have moved to Los Angeles in Joey (2004).
  • Ross and Rachel slept together exactly three hundred times during the series. Ross reveals in season five, episode sixteen, "The One With the Cop", that he and Rachel slept together two hundred ninety-eight times, they then slept together twice more, when Ross gets Rachel pregnant, near the end of season seven, and in season ten, episode seventeen, "The Last One Part 1". However, it is unclear if Ross and Rachel slept together in Vegas.
  • It is revealed in one episode that Ross was accidentally conceived. Both of his children (Ben and Emma), were also accidentally conceived.
  • In the last episode, when the Friends are going to the coffee house for the last time, you can visibly see that one of Monica and Chandler's twins is fake.
  • Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) met for the first time (three times).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In 1 episode, Ben, Ross's son calls Monica "Monica Bing". This foreshadowed Monica marrying Chandler (Whose surname happens to be Bing) in a future season.
  • In the final episode, the song playing when Ross and Rachel have their final on-screen kiss is the same song that played when they had their first kiss.
  • All of the gang lived in Monica's apartment at one point or another. Ross briefly lived there with his and Monica's grandmother before the events of the show (this is revealed in the very last scene). Rachel was Monica's roommate from the first episode until she moves out in season 6. Phoebe was Monica's roommate before the events of the show. She also lived there for a short time after her own apartment is damaged in a fire. Joey and Chandler live there for a while after they win the apartment for a bet in season 4, forcing Monica and Rachel to move into Joeys apartment. They get it back later in the season. Chandler of course moves in with Monica in season 6 and the pair later marry.
  • In season 1 episode 23 Ross mentioned names for the baby that he and Carol disagreed on and two of them are Cody and Dylan, in later seasons Ross and Carol's son Ben is played by twins called Cole and Dylan Sprouse. They played the twins on the sitcom "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
  • The series could had ended with Rachel and Ross not getting back together and Rachel getting on the planet and leaving to Paris for good.
  • Monica and Chandler's twins are born 3 minutes and 46 seconds apart.
  • During the episode where Joey and Chandler get robbed the robber writes on their message board "Thanks for the stuff".
  • At one point, Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) has lived in all the apartments. In Monica's for the first six seasons; in Chandler and Joey's in season four after losing the bet and in seasons six to ten after Chandler moves in with Monica; in Phoebe's in season six; and in Ross's in seasons eight and nine after getting pregnant.
  • In The One Where Rachel Tells... (2001), when Rachel was about to tell Ross about the getting pregnant, the audience created a very high noise hooting and cheering, that Aniston had to come forward to request them to stop, so that they would complete the shot.
  • Unlike the show, where Chandler gets married and adopts twin babies, Matthew Perry never got married and had kids in real life.
  • Unlike the show, where Rachel gives birth to a daughter, in real life Jennifer Aniston has no kids.
  • Unlike the show, where Monica turns out to be infertile and adopts twin babies, in real life Courteney Cox have a biological daughter.
  • Ross had overall eight serious relationships in the series as well as his life. Chronologically: Carol, Julie, Rachel, Bonnie, Emily, Elizabeth, Mona and Charlie. All of these appeared in at least three episodes.
  • Both of Ross's children were conceived by his ex wives after their divorce.
  • Despite Monica's secret closet being a mystery until "TOW the Secret Closet" when Chandler opens it, at the end of the episode "TOW the Boobies" the closet is wide open with clothes hanging in it.
  • Along the series, all main six characters have an off-voice monologue scene; Chandler, at the ATM vestibule; Phoebe, when she watches Monica and Ross' cousin come out of the shower; Monica, when she struggles to take the shoes from the living room; Ross, when he's on his date with Elizabeth Hornswoggle; Joey, when he's driving Phoebe's taxi from Vegas; and Rachel, when she stays alone at the apartment and decides to walk around naked.
  • In 'TOW the Morning After', after filming the definitive scene of Ross and Rachel breaking-up, Jennifer Aniston and David Schvimmer were much emotional that they actually cried.
  • Monica had crushes on both Chandler and Joey, when she first met them.
  • Carol and Susan's wedding was the first lesbian wedding to ever be shown on TV. It was banned in some states such as Texas and Ohio, and also in some countries.
  • Ross and Rachel's go through all the phases of a perfectly married couple, but being drunk. They marry after their breakup, and have a child after their divorce, both drunk and mistakenly.
  • Jennifer Aniston said that Ross and Rachel would have another kid after their reunion in the final episode.
  • Siblings Monica and Ross Gellar each have both a son and a daughter by the end of the series. Monica and Chandler adopt a pair of twins (even though they thought the mother Erica was pregnant with only one). Ross has a son with his ex-wife Carol, and a daughter with Rachel.
  • In the sixth episode of season two, Ross and Monica talk about memories from their childhood with Ross saying he hopes Ben will have a little sister. This eventually becomes a reality as Rachel becomes pregnant by Ross and gives birth to Ben's half sister, Emma, in the season eight finale.
  • Body count of characters who appeared on-screen: 7. Althea (the grandmother of Ross and Monica, known as "Nana") in The One Where Nana Dies Twice (1994), Heckles (the downstairs neighbor) in The One Where Heckles Dies (1995), Frances (Phoebe's adoptive grandmother) confirmed in The One with Joey's Bag (1999), Joanna (Rachel's boss) in The One Where They're Going to Party! (1997), Estelle (Joey's agent) confirmed in The One Where Estelle Dies (2004), and the chick and the duck, confirmed in The Last One: Part 1 (2004).
  • The producers had originally considered having Joey and Phoebe end up together at the end of the series. However, they abandoned this in favor of having Joey end up single as they wanted to show that people could still have happy endings without being in a relationship.
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