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Friends Dates : 1994 - 2004
237 episodes of 22 min
First broadcasting : 16 avril 1996
Creator(s) : david crane, marta kauffman
Producer(s) : David Crane,Marta Kauffman, Kevin S. Bright
Music : The Rembrandts
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When we start the show, Rachel Green comes in wearing a wedding dress after leaving her fiancées at the altar. Rachel worked at Central Perk for awhile and finally gets a job at Bloomingdale's and Ralph Lauren. She has a baby with Ross Geller and they decide to keep the baby. Ross Geller is a paleontologist, and has had three wives. His first wife, Carol, finds out she is a lesbian and is pregnant with his baby. His second wife, Emily, is crushed when he calls this new wife Rachel instead of Emily. His third wife, Rachel, happens when they get drunk and decide to get married. Ross's sister, and Rachel's best friend, Monica Geller-Bing is a chef, and finally marries Chandler Bing. Chandler Bing is Ross's best friend, and secretly dated his sister for about 6-7 months. Monica and Chandler want to have a baby after Rachel has hers, but they can't have any. They decide to adopt a baby. They are shocked to find out that the pregnant mother is having twins. Chandler's former roommate, Joey Tribbiani, is a not so bright, but sweet actor. We played on Days of Our Lives has Dr. Drake Ramoray. Monica's other former roommate, Phoebe Buffay, is a masseuse, and a singer. Her most famous song is "Smelley Cat." Phoebe at the end marries a guy named Mike Hanigan. Phoebe was also was a surrogate mother for her brother's triplets. Ross and Rachel find out that they love each other when Rachel is assigned to live in Paris for a job that pays a lot. Monica and Chandler decide to move to a suburban house to raise the babies. The show ends when Monica and Chandler are moving to their new house, Ross and Rachel are living together again,and Phoebe is married to Mike.

The Actors

Courteney Cox - Monica Geller

Courteney Cox

(Monica Geller)

Jennifer Aniston - Rachel Green

Jennifer Aniston

(Rachel Green)

Lisa Kudrow - Phoebe Buffay

Lisa Kudrow

(Phoebe Buffay)

Matt Leblanc - Joey Tribbiani

Matt Leblanc

(Joey Tribbiani)

Matthew Perry - Chandler

Matthew Perry


David Schwimmer - Ross Geller

David Schwimmer

(Ross Geller)


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

Jon Cryer was originally offered the role of Chandler Bing.

Jon Favreau was offered the role of Chandler Bing.

The role of Monica was originally offered to Janeane Garofalo, but she turned it down.

Other titles considered for the show were "Friends Like Us," "Six of One," and "Across the Hall." "Insomnia Cafe" was also considered.

The golden frame around the peephole was originally a mirror which one of the crew accidentally smashed. But because it still looked good they decided to leave it there.

Ursula Buffay, Phoebe's twin sister, is a waitress in the TV show "Mad About You" (1992). Fran (Leila Kenzle) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) visit the coffee shop and mistake Phoebe for Ursula in one episode of Friends.

Phoebe is the oldest of the friends.

Three cast members from "The Simpsons" (1989) make guest appearances in the series: Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer.

Columbus State University has a paleontologist called Dr. David R. Schwimmer.

Emma was played by twins - Cali and Noelle Sheldon.

Because of a bet between Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis on the set of "The Whole Nine Yards" (which Perry won), Willis appeared in his two-episode guest role for free.

Rachel and Ross had sex a total of 300 times. Ross said in "The One with the Cop" that they'd had sex 298 times. The 299th time resulted in the birth of Emma. The 300th time was the night before Rachel leaves for Paris.

Rachel's favorite flowers are lilies.

Joey's seven sisters are Veronica, Mary Angela, Mary Theresa, Gina, Dina, Tina, and Cookie.

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

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).

A Soviet propaganda poster on a wall of #19, with two people over a book, 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".

Rachel had a nose job during her time at college.

In Chandler's and Joey's room there is a poster with boxing kangaroos which says "Kangaroo Boxer" in Russian.

In the last few months of shooting Friends, 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.

In the first couple of episodes Chandler and Joey's apartment number was #4 and Monica and Rachel's apartment number was #5. However, in the later episodes, they are 19 and 20 respectively because the producers noted that 4 and 5 corresponded to apartments on lower floors and the Friends' apartments were higher up the building.

The first and last episodes are the only ones in the entire series that do not begin with "The One...". The first episode is called "The Pilot", and the final episode is called "The Last One". However, the first episode has a different version of it's name, namely "The one where it all began (The Pilot)" "The One Hundredth" also doesn't perfectly fit this pattern.

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.

Gunther was not originally a speaking part.

Leah Remini auditioned for the role of Monica.

June Gable who plays Joey's agent, Estelle Leonard, also played a nurse who delivered a baby for Leah Remini (who originally auditioned for the role of Monica) in the episode where Ross and Carol have their own baby. Joey assisted his future agent by being the breathing coach during labor.

Lisa Kudrow was terrified of the duck that showed up in Season 3.

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 during the midst of the ninth season, she dropped the Arquette in her father's memory.

Matt LeBlanc's character 'Joey Tribbiani' plays Dr. Drake Ramoray in a fictional version of the NBC soap opera "Days of Our Lives" (1965). In real life, Jennifer Aniston's father, John Aniston, plays 'Victor Kiriakis' on the real Days of Our Lives.

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 similar).

Is filmed on the same soundstage that was used for the filming of the sitcom "Full House" (1987/I) during the last two seasons (1993-1995) of it's eight year run (1987-1995). The pilot of "Friends" was shot on stage 33 (the same stage as "Living Single" (1993)) at the Warner Ranch, and the first season was shot is Warner Bros Stage 5, now the home of "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996)) from 1987-1995.

At one point, Jennifer Aniston was shooting this series, Bruce Almighty (2003) and Along Came Polly (2004) at the same time.

30-second commercial spots to take place in the final ever episode sold in the UK for ÂŁ1.2 million (approx $1.8 million), the most expensive commercial slots of any TV program in England with the exception of sports.

The first member of the cast to get a role in a Hollywood film was Marcel the Monkey.

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

Jennifer Aniston agreed to return for the series' 2003-04 season, which was the series' 10th and final season, only if production on the show would be finished by January, 2004, so she could focus on her film career.

At least three performers, 'Bruce Willis (I)' , 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 theme song performed by The Rembrandts became a #1 single on the American pop charts.

The characters' full names are: - Rachel Karen Green - Monica Eustace Geller (bought stock in MEG, only because the company had the same initials as her in "The One With The Bullies" 2.21) - Phoebe Buffay (in "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" 7.14, she says that never knew her middle name since she had never seen her birth certificate and her twin sister, Ursula, had sold it to a Swedish runaway) - Joseph Francis Tribbiani Jr - Chandler Muriel Bing - Ross Eustace Geller

Ross' and Chandler's middle names (Eustace and Muriel) are the main characters' names in Cartoon Network show "Courage the Cowardly Dog" (1999)

After Rachel left her fiancée, Barry, at the altar in the pilot, her best friend Mindy then became engaged to Barry. Mindy was played by Jennifer Gray. Both Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Grey played Jeanie Bueller in Ferris Buellers Day Off. Grey played her in the movie, Aniston played her in the television series.

The creators of the Portuguese show "Gato Fedorento" say that the inspiration for the name of the show was the song "Smelly Cat".

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).

Chandler's parents, Charles and Nora Bing, were named after the favorite Thin Man series character Nora Charles; one half of a very famous movie detective couple of the thirties.

The opening credits sequence in which the stars dance in a fountain was shot in Warner Bros LA lot at 4am. The water was kept heated through a pump. The group was given the words to the Rembrandts song but it was not playing in the background because the song had not been recorded. Jennifer Aniston is seen lip syncing the song in the opening and closing credits.

The opening credits pool clips were shot at the Warner Brothers lot at 5 in the morning.

In the opening credits to part-two of the Vegas story line, all of the names in the opening (actors and crew) were changed to have "Arquette" at the end of them, a gag on Courteney Cox-Arquette who had just recently married David Arquette.

The final episode aired on 6 May 2004.

The role of Emily was offered to Patsy Kensit but she politely turned it down

James Michael Tyler, Elliott Gould and Christina Pickles are the only non-Friends who were in all 10 seasons. 'Maggie Wheeler ' had a voice-over role in the episode where Chandler and Monica make Valentine gifts for each other in Season Six, but she had no camera time for the entire season.

First choice for Rachel was TĂ©a Leoni.

Whenever Tom Selleck made his initial on-set appearances, he received standing ovations. These would render his entrances unusable, prompting the need for later re-shoots without the audience.

No Friend ever made more money doing the show than any others. They started out making $22,500 per episode and ended up making $1million per show. All negotiations were done in unison. Kudrow said, "The six of us are far stronger than just one person."

The original idea for the show was going to focus on four characters with Phoebe and Chandler in supporting roles. In the early stages the creators toyed with the idea of Chandler being gay. They changed their mind when they met Matthew Perry. They did, however, insert many jokes about Chandler having gay mannerisms (not knowing about sports, loving show tunes, etc.).

In the pilot Barry's surname is Finkel. In later episodes, his name has been changed to Barry Farber.

The refrigerators in Monica's and Joey's apartments actually worked. Monica's was filled with water and other drinks for the cast and crew. Joey's was usually virtually empty, unless the inside of the fridge was going to be seen in a specific scene.

Joey's address is 90 Bedford St. Apt. 19, New York, NY 10014.

Monica's address is 90 Bedford St. Apt. 20, New York, NY 10014.

Phoebe's address is 5 Morton St. Apt. 14, New York, NY 10014

Gunther didn't have a name until the middle of the second season.

Courteney Cox is the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for their work on the show.

Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) picture on the wall of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is a still from the short Leave 'Em Laughing (1928).

The artwork in Central Perk is changed every three episodes.

The story line of Phoebe having her brother's babies was thought up when Lisa Kudrow announced her real-life pregnancy. However, as she was not big enough to be having triplets, and the show was shot in "TV time", the costumers had to pad her to make her look bigger for the show.

The drawings on the Magna Doodle in Joey's apartment are done by Paul Shaffer, the Electrical Best Boy.

Joey's statue of a white dog was originally given to Jennifer Aniston as a good luck present from her best friend when she started acting. She offered to lend it to the show for the episode where Joey became rich and bought a lot of stuff. After that episode, the producers decided to keep it.

On the set, Matt LeBlanc was known as "LeBlanc" by all the cast and crew, and Matthew Perry was known as "Matthew" or "Matt". This was started by the crew to avoid confusion.

Occasionally, NBC would air "Super-sized" episodes of their most popular sitcoms, including Friends. These episodes would run 40 minutes including commercials (or just around 30 minutes without). In syndication, a majority of the "Super-sized" episodes were cut down to fit a 30-minute time slot, except for the rare case where there was both too much plot info essential to the episode or series, and there were enough deleted scenes to make a two-episode story arc.

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

For almost the entire first season, there wasn't a street outside of Central Perk, just a painted backdrop. They made the window a little blurry and put many plants in front of the window to hide it.

There have been eight Oscar winning actors/actresses who have appeared on Friends. Charlton Heston, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Helen Hunt, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Robin Williams, and George Clooney.

Monica has eleven categories for towels.

For all the cliffhangers they had to remove the audience then continue filming so that nobody knew what was going to happen.

Chandler's father's gay Las Vegas burlesque show is named Viva Las Gaygas.


Filming locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

London, England, UK

Los Angeles, California, USA

New York City, New York, USA

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA

Authors of the card

  • Creation date: 2007/07/15 by doudoune

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