, Matthew Perry
a sitcom he had co-written about a group of twentysomethings
called Maxwell’s House. The network turned
him down because they already had a similar TV show, Friends
in the works.
Before settling on Friends
other titles producers considered were:
Friends Like Us
Six of One
Across the Hall
Once Upon a Time in the West Village
and Insomnia Cafe
Originally the show was going to focus on just four
characters: Monica, Ross, Rachel, and Joey. Phoebe
were going to be supporting
intended to be the
on the show.
Ellen DeGeneres ★
the role of Phoebe.
In the early stages
the writers considered
7. “Shiny Happy People”
was the original choice for the theme song.
It was used in the pilot.
The show was still called Friends Like Us
in the pilot.
The frame around the peephole
originally had a mirror
in it. It was accidentally bro
by a crew member, but because it still looked good, they decided to leave it there.
The iconic orange couch in Central Perk
was found by a set designer in the basement
of the Warner Bros. Studios.
In the first couple of episodes, Monica and Rachel’s apartment number was No. 5.
This was changed
in later episodes to No. 20
because the producers noted that 5
corresponded to an apartment on a
“I’ll Be There for You” was co-written by Friends
producers David Crane
along with Phil Solem
and Danny Wilde
, of The Rembrandts.
the song was ✮ No. 1
on the Billboard
for eight weeks.
The ages of the cast when the show premiered:
The full names of the characters are:
Chandler Muriel Bing
Rachel Karen Green
Ross Eustace Geller
Monica E. Geller
(we never learn what the E stands for)
Joseph Francis Tribbiani Jr.
(she never knew her middle name since she had never seen her birth certificate)
is the only season without a Thanksgiving
That year, “The One with the List”
served as the
Jennifer Aniston has stated that she hated the now-iconic “Rachel” haircut.
Jennifer told USA
“Let’s say there have been moments I’d rather not relive, like that whole Rachel thing. I love Chris [McMillan, her hairstylist], and he’s the bane of my existence at the same time because he started that damn Rachel, which was not my best look. How do I say this? I think it was the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen.”
was the only cast member
to get an Emmy
nomination for her work on the show.
Reportedly, Christina Applegate
was cast as Amy Green for the Season 9 Thanksgiving episode after
was unavailable to reprise her role as Jill Green.
Christina won an Emmy for
Outstanding Guest Actress
in a Comedy Series for the episode.
Bruce Willis guest starred on the show for free.
While filming the movie The Whole Nine Yards
, Matthew Perry made a bet with his co-star Willis that if the film were to open at No. 1
at the box office on its opening weekend, then Willis would have appear on Friends for free.
The movie opened at No. 1, and Willis donated the money he earned from Friends
was not originally a speaking part; the actor, James Michael Tyler, got the role as an extra
because he knew how to work an espresso machine.
James was working at a coffee shop when he got the role, and he kept the job for the first four
seasons of Friends
The refrigerator in Monica’s apartment actually worked.
It was filled with water and drinks
for the cast and crew.
In reality, Joey’s white
belonged to Jennifer Aniston.
It had been given to her by a friend as a
During its run, the show released two soundtracks. ♫Friends The One with All the Party Music EP
and FriendsThe Ultimate Soundtrack
During the first season of the show, each cast member earned $22,500
per episode. By the end of the series they each made a $1 million
The final episode
was watched by
viewers and is the fourth most-watched television series finale in U.S. history.