F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

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The Title

Before the creators of the show came up with the legendary “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” title, they have tried lots of other ideas. If they didn’t find this perfect, simple and beloved name, you could have watched “Six of One,” “Across the Hall,” “Once Upon a Time in the West Village,” “Insomnia Cafe” or “Friends Like Us.” Would you still watch it if the title was different?

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

The Famous Dog

Remember that dog-statue that seemed to be the item which fits nowhere? Well, in reality it belonged to Jennifer Aniston. It was a gift from her friend, and the statue was actually supposed to bring luck. Well, it definitely brought it to the show!

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Four Instead of Six

What is your favorite character from “F.R.I.E.N.D.S”? Can you imagine him or her being not the main one? At first the show focused on the life of four friends: Monica, Joey, Ross and Rachel, while Chandler and Phoebe were the supporting roles. Fortunately, the show-creators changed their minds!

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Most Insane Couple Ever

Remember Monica had countless boyfriends and then finally saw her prince in Chandler? Well, things could have been so different if the show stuck to the first screenplay. Because in that case, the main couple of the show would be Monica and Joey! How crazy is that?

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

The Rembrants or Simply… R.E.M.?

Remember the song performed by The Rembrants, which was a sign that your favorite show starts? Guess what, it wasn’t the first choice of the “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” producers. Initially, the theme song was “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M. and it was even used in the pilot episode.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Another Phoebe? No Way!

It’s hard to imagine anybody in the role of Phoebe Buffay except for Lisa Kudrow, but it wasn’t always like that. The part was offered to a famous host Ellen DeGeneres, but she turned it down. Can you imagine Ellen singing “Smelly Cat”?

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

“F.R.I.E.N.D.S” has some legendary items that its fans struggled to get for themselves. One of them is the framed peephole on the violet door of Monica and Rachel’s apartment. Originally it was a mirror, but one of the crew-members accidentally broke it. It was the sign of fate: the peephole in a golden frame looked just in style of six  extraordinary characters. 

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Guest Stars

Everyone remembers that there were a lot of star guests on the show: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Jean-Claud Van Damme and many others. But not all of them worked for the great fee. Bruce Willis was the only celebrity, who starred in the “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” episode for free. 

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Snack Time

Though Courtney Cox didn’t cook like Monica Gellar, the fridge in the apartment actually worked. It was filled with water and food for the crew-members. And for Met LeBlanc, of course. Unlike Courtney Cox, he had a lot in common with his character…

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Jack of All Trades

Remember Gunther, the waiter from the “Central Perk” cafe, who was deeply in love with Rachel Green? Well, this was initially a part with no lines. Moreover, James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther got the part not only due to his acting skills, but also the practical ones: Tyler was the only one who knew how to use an espresso machine. 

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Thanksgiving Day

How do you think, what was the happiest season of the show for Chandler? When there was no turkey, no cranberry sauce and no memories of the parents’ divorce… It was the second season: the only one without an episode about Thanksgiving day. It was probably the saddest season for Monica…

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Days of Our Lives

Remember the “Days of Our Lives” show, which brought fame and the biggest part of Doctor Drake Ramoray to Joey? The one that Rachael adored? Well, Jennifer Aniston’s dad used to be an actor and starred in a soap opera of the same name.  That’s just a magical coincidence!

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

The Apartment Change

When the show started being broadcast, the set was in the apartment number five. But a couple of episodes later, the producers decided to change the number to twenty, because apartments of number five are usually situated on the lower floors, than the one on the set.  How strict they were! 

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Dream Couch

If you are the “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” fan, then you must have dreamed to sit on the couch in “Central Perk” at least once. This is one of the most famous items on the show. And how do you think, where was it found? The couch stood in the basement of “Warner Bros.” studio and was discovered by the show’s set-designer. 

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show

Money, Money, Money

As the fame of the show grew, the actors’ fees did too. During the first “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” season, each of the famous friends earned $ 22,500 for an episode. During the tenth season, they were paid $ 1,000 000 for an episode. Pretty cool, right?

F.R.I.E.N.D.S: What You Didn’t Know about the Legendary Show


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