31 'Friends' Facts That Only Hardcore Fans Will Know

Who doesn’t love ‘Friends?!’

If you just answered yes then you should go away and come back when you love friends.

It was a cracking show that touched many people, both young and old.

The show pushed a lot of boundaries that you would never have seen on TV before.

Soon after airing, it became a beloved comedy classic.

But, we bet you didn’t know these delicious facts about our favorite set of friends!

1. Apartments

Many people complain about Monica’s apartment, and how unrealistic it was that she lived there. 

Which usually would be true. Her apartment would have cost at least $4,500 a month (in today’s money). But luckily for Monica, she was able to afford it due to inheriting the rent-controlled apartment from her grandmother!

2. Weird

When Joey and Rachel started being ‘a thing’, the cast was weirded out, saying they didn’t “belong together, and it wasn’t right.”

3. Poker Face

“The One With All The Poker” was inspired by the director getting the cast to play poker together to bond and become close.

4. Friends

At the beginning of the franchise, the cast would all watch the show together.

5. Opposites 

Originally, Jennifer Aniston was considered for Monica, and Courteney Cox was considered for Rachel, but they wanted to play each other’s roles.

6. Twins

Ursula Buffay was introduced into the show to explain that Phoebe Buffay is the twin sister of Lisa Kudrow’s character on Mad About You. Neat, right?!

7. Survey 

The network got nervous while they shot a scene showing Monica having sex on the first date. They thought the audience would think badly of the character, so they took a survey. 

8. Results

The results surprised the Network. According to Marta Kauffman the survey concluded: “For sleeping with a guy on a date, do you think Monica is: A) A Slut, B) A Whore, C) Too Easy, D) None Of The Above.” She said that “it was all none of the above. Nobody cared except for this one guy.”

9. Shoulders

Matt LeBlanc actually did dislocated his shoulder while filming “The One Where Nobody’s Ready”! That’s why he was wearing a sling for a few episodes during Season 3.

10. So Similar

Matthew Perry is actually very similar to Chandler’s character, and he actually helped many of his friends with their auditions for the roll.

He originally didn’t audition for the role at first because he was committed to another project, but when it was cancelled, he auditioned for Chandler!

11. Theme Song

According to Jennifer Aniston none of the cast were fans of the theme song.

12. A Long Time

It took hours to shoot the title sequence, and everyone had “pruney fingers” by the end!

13. 10 Years

During the whole 10 years of filming, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow had lunch together every day, and had the same food every time!
14. Final Pay

During the final season, the main cast were paid $1,000,000 per episode, which was the highest salary ever paid to a television ensemble at the time.

15. A Hoax

Lisa Kudrow was devastated when she believed a hoax reunion was real. She was upset that she wasn’t invited.

16. How You Doin’?

Matt LeBlanc’s daughter has started saying “How are you doing?” Whenever told her it was“how you doin’?” she told him that no, it should be “how are you doing?”

17. Saturday Night Live

Jennifer Aniston turned down a job on Saturday Night Live to be on Friends. Let’s be honest, it wouldn’t have been the same without her!

18. Joey

Hank Azaria auditioned for the role of Joey twice and was rejected twice. But they did call him back and cast as Phoebe’s boyfriend David!

19. Phoebe

Ellen DeGeneres was actually asked to play Phoebe, but she turned the role down!

20. Coffee

Throughout 10 seasons, Phoebe drank 227 cups of coffee, which was the most coffee of any character.

21. Ross

Ross has two birthdays. He once said his birthday was in December, and in a different episode he said it was on October 18th!

22. Idiots

When Friends premiered, People gave it a D+ rating and Time called all the characters a group of “dysfunctional morons.” Ouch!

23. Bruce Willis

When Bruce Willis guest starred on the show, he donated all the money he made from the episodes to charity.

24. Ugly Naked Guy

Ugly Naked Guy was an uncredited role. But many people believed he was played by Michael Hagerty, who is know for playing Mr. Treeger. 

But he was actually played by a man named Jon Haugen.

25. Who Are You?

Jon was later asked why he never come forward before his identity was discovered in 2016, and he simply explained: “I was just keeping it mellow because Warner Brothers was keeping it mellow. They wanted everybody to have a guess who I was.”

26. No Naked

Neither Haugen nor David Schwimmer were actually naked while filming.

27. Scrapped

Matthew Perry convinced the writers to scrap a storyline where Chandler went to a male strip club because he really liked the sandwiches they had there. 

That was a great idea!

28. Never Ever

The pilot tested so poorly that Friends almost never made it on air!

29. Stand Ins

There are a handful of episodes where there are obvious doubles standing in for the cast members, like this woman is supposed to be Monica!

30. Pregnant

Lisa Kudrow’s pregnancy was written into the show, but because Monica and Chandler couldn’t have children they had to hide Courteney Cox’s pregnancy during the last season.

31. 20 Year Olds

NBC told the creators of Friends that they needed to have an older character on the show because no one would watch a show with a cast of 20-year-olds! How silly were they?!

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