It's been more than 10 years since the Friends series finale aired, but that hasn't stopped fans from soaking in all the Chandler jokes and Ross and Rachel moments (he will always be her lobster) thanks to those dusty DVDs and recently, Netflix. Superfan or not, these Friends facts are best enjoyed with a random episode playing in the background.
The show’s working titles were Insomnia Café, Friends Like Us, and Six of One, before everyone settled on Friends.
According to Jennifer Aniston, “We felt it was a little… I don’t know… dancing in a pond? A fountain felt sort of odd.” She says the only reason they did it because they “were told to.”
They dined at Spago inside Caesar’s Palace to enjoy their “last shot at anonymity.” The cast would return some six years later to shoot Mr. Rachel's wedding to Mrs. Ross (and Joey's movie fail, among other things).
In 1995, show co-creator Marta Kauffman told The Los Angeles Times that Cox had "the neatest" dressing room. In the same interview, Cox said, "Okay, I am a neat freak. Not about myself. I don't use a lint brush or anything, and I don't iron, but I could easily pick lint off of someone else." To quote Ross, "MONICAAA!"
Phoebe and Chandler were originally written as supporting roles. Can you even imagine?
According Kauffman, the studio audience’s response to Monica and Chandler first getting together was so overwhelming, the show went “a different direction.”
Chandler is for the Chandler family, Rachel's last name, Green, is for Janet Green, Ross is for Ross Chandler (LOL), Monica is for Monique (Daisy Cortland), Joey is for Joseph "Joey" Martin, and Phoebe is for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.
As Kauffman explained in 2012, "Schwimmer had auditioned the year before for a pilot we were making, and he just stuck in our heads. That was an offer. No audition."
Phoebe was originally pitched as a “goth girl,” which prompted Janeane Garofalo to turn down the role. "There is some truth to it, but not exactly that," she later explained. "Long ago before Friends was Friends, when it was in its infancy, it was a show called Friends Like Us, and I was being considered for a role, like a goth girl, which I think morphed into Phoebe."
"I had a job at a coffee shop called The Bourgeois Pig in Hollywood, which is still around and one of the last independent coffee shops that hasn't been taken over or whatnot,"James Michael Tyler told BuzzFeed in 2014. "I was one of their first baristas—I think I started there in 1990 or so."
Twice. It's Okay. He was destined to play David and go to Minsk for a really long time. (Maybe too long.)
So did Kathy Griffin. Obviously we're going to need to see those tapes now. (Jane eventually did appear on the show as a real estate agent in the final season.)
Thanks to a Huffington Post investigation. Memorize this name for your next trivia night: Jon Haugen. We applaud you.
According to Leslie Litt, “We had a casting session for that role but no one was quite it. Paul agreed to do a one-time meet and read with Lisa [Kudrow]. All I wrote on my notes was ‘dreamy’!”
“David did it. Very kindly," Aniston later told Us Weekly. "The day my alarm didn’t ring.”
In fact, she suggested that Phoebe play the bongos instead. (Thankfully, the guitar stuck.)
The bet was with Matthew Perry, his co-star in The Whole Nine Yards (2000). Rumor has it that Bruce donated his money to charity. Either way, he will always be the neatest guy.
Courteney Cox is two years older than David Schwimmer, despite playing his little sister.
You know what they say about one man’s trash becoming one of the most famous couches on TV…
(Top photo: season 1; Bottom photo: season 10) The change was made after the writers realized an apartment with the number "5" did not denote a unit on a higher floor in New York City. Chandler and Joey's apartment also changed from "4" to "19."
Here he is eating ice cream with Marcel ("The One After the Superbowl") and Elizabeth ("The One Where Ross Dates a Student"). Doesn't look like your teeth are hurting in both cases, Ross.
As co-creator David Crane told Vanity Fair in 2012, “The rules kept changing. For the first three years we could say ‘penis.’ Then we couldn’t say ‘penis.’ Then we could say ‘penis’ again.” Added Kauffman: “They’re masturbating on Seinfeld and we can’t show a condom wrapper.” Warren Littlefield, then the president of NBC Entertainment, said he had a lot of battles with broadcast standards. “What could be more socially responsible than these characters practicing safe sex?”
"Pat the dog" was given to Aniston by a friend for good luck on the first day of shooting Friends.
"Here's what was difficult about having a child: when he visited the set, it was hard to be in character," Kudrow later said. "Because i didn't want him to ever experience me as anything OTHER than his mother."
“I had a really, really hard time working with Aniston because I was so in love with her,” he told the New York Post in 2017. “I was infatuated. I was speechless—I’d get all bubbly and forget my lines and completely blank… It was so difficult.”
The pair would go on to star in Bruce Almighty, 30 Rock, and other things. In 1995, Schwimmer told Entertainment Weekly that he actually hated the monkey. "The trainers won't let me bond with it. They're really, really possessive. It's like, 'Land on your marks, do your job, don't touch or bond with the monkey.' It's a bummer." AGREED.