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.
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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 (Ross' ex-wife) and Carol 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.
11Pat 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."
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.
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. 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.