50 Interesting Facts about F.R.I.E.N.D.S

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1 Joey


The writers of ‘Friends’ didn’t originally intend for Joey to be dim, but when Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the Joey’s role, he put a “different spin” on the character, convincing the writers that his dumbness would be a great source of comedy.

2. In 2000, when the cast of “Friends” wouldn’t come down from their $1,050,000/episode salary demands, NBC produced promos saying “You’ve loved them for seven years, see how it all ends with the series finale of Friends this Thursday”. The cast agreed to lower their salaries.

3. When the Friends tv show debuted in 1994, People Magazine gave it a D+ rating, and Time magazine called the cast as “dysfunctional morons.”

4. The value of Monica’s apartment from “Friends” tv show is $3,500,000.

5. Friend stars were paid $75,000 per episode in season three, $85,000 in season four, $100,000 in season five, $125,000 in season six, $750,000 in seasons seven and eight, and $1 million in seasons nine and ten, making Aniston, Cox, and Kudrow the highest paid TV actresses of all-time.

6 Gato Fedorento

Gato Fedorento

The creators of the Portuguese show “Gato Fedorento” say that the inspiration for the name of the show came from the song “Smelly Cat” sung by Pheobe Buffay.

7. After recovering from years of Opioid (specifically Vicodin and methadone) addiction, actor Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing from Friends) received a Champion of Recovery award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for opening a sober living home in his Malibu mansion.

8. When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role of Joey in “Friends” he had only $11 dollars to his name. When the cast got their first paychecks, the first thing that Courteney Cox bought was a car and Matt LeBlanc bought a hot dinner.

9. In the ‘FRIENDS’ episode, where Susan and Carol (Ross’ ex-wife) got married, “NBC expected thousands and thousands of phone calls and hate mails but actually received only four complaints by telephone.”

10. Jennifer Aniston was offered a spot as a featured player on Saturday Night Live, but turned it down to accept the role of Rachel on Friends.

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11 Pat the Dog

Pat the Dog

Jennifer Aniston personally owned Pat the Dog, the white, ceramic dog statue in Joey and Chandler’s apartment. It was a gift to her on the first day of filming and the producers of Friends wanted to use it.

12. It’s rumored that Mathew Perry made a bet with Bruce Willis that if “The Whole Nine Yards” (a movie in which both co-starred) opened at No. 1 at the box office, Willis would have to do a guest-appearance in Friends tv show for free. Willis lost the bet, and guest-starred in Friends.

13. The fake cigarette brand, ‘Morley’, has been featured in hundreds of movies and TV shows, including Seinfeld, Friends, and Frasier.

14. The tour guides of New York City tells tourists, that a fountain in Central Park is the F.R.I.E.N.D.S fountain. That fountain is actually in Warner Bros. Studios (LA).

15. Ellen Degeneres turned down the role of Phoebe Buffay on “Friends.”

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16 Pilot episode

Pilot episode

At NBC’s insistence, the pilot episode of “Friends” was rewritten to include an older character who could give an advice to young adults. The new script was so bad that it was scrapped.

17. Before the show was cast, the main love interest was intended to be Monica and Joey.

18. Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.

19. In the opening credits of Friends: The One After Vegas (1999), the names of all the actors 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.

20. At least four actors, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Christina Applegate and Paul Rudd, have guest-starred on episodes of the show after doing a film with one of the regular cast members. Willis and Applegate won Emmys for their guest turns.

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21 Orange couch

Orange couch

The orange couch used in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Brothers studio.

22. Joey’s pick-up line, “How you doin’?” was ranked #4 in TV Guide’s list of “TV’s 20 Top Catchphrases” (21-27 August 2005 issue).

23. The Friends show’s original theme song was “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M., but was changed later to be “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts.

24. In S10E12 of Friends, Phoebe’s wedding was not attended by any of her relatives.

25. Hank Azaria once auditioned for the role of Joey Tribbiani. After being rejected, he begged to audition again. He auditioned and was rejected again, but he later appeared as David, Phoebe’s scientist boyfriend.

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  1. There is a reason Courtney Cox never received an Emmy Nomination. She was never a good actress. She never fit in the role. Also, in the later seasons, she looked like an ugly grandma.

    • She did a very successful TV show for ten years and was beloved across the country. She must have been doing something right. If you wish to insult someone, do so in your head. There’s no need to insult someone on things that they can’t change. (And Courtney never looked old.)

    • Um I don’t see YOU playing a character on a successful tv for 10 years so please don’t disrespect any actors or actresses when they work hard at what they do. When you do what they do, then you can go off.

    • Either u high on sedatives or ur girl screws idiots for a living…

      Stop being an idiot and start respecting the legends

    • sorry but that is so rude because she worked very hard for ten years. And just getting the role is a big accomplishment. An emmy award is very big so once you get one you can go and say all you want. But that is very rude there are many people in the world that cherish her and her hard work. The directors must have chose her for a reason because she’s played that character for ten years. Thats a long time of your life dedicating yourself to. That’s a very rude thing to say and i do hope you have a good day but i do also wish you stop criticising people that worked very hard. I just can’t believe how rude that was and i love friends with all my heart. I believe they’re great people on and off the “stage”. Please please stop.

  2. I don’t know what came by your head… Courteney Cox was the best actress AND for your info she was the one who spoke the opening line on Friends in s1e1. She was my personal favourite from the start and I’m not trying to sound offensive here but i think Courteney should’ve got as equal appreciations as Jennifer got for her physical appearance. And when we get to Emmy Awards, there must have been reasons about that… (BTW she was one of the oldest cast member, still she was able to maintain her looks)

  3. Definitely Courtney Cox was very good and played her part very well besides the fact that she is extremely beautiful. I think Mr. Adam since she is beyond you ever being her friend or close to her you are plain jealous

  4. You know you can’t trust anything they said in this shit article when they can’t even get Ross’s first ex-wife right. (See #9)



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