“The one with all the facts” – Things you didn’t know about F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is one of those cult TV shows that is loved by all. If you have been living under a rock, and have no clue about this amazing series, it follows the lives of a group of six friends who live in Manhattan, as they try to make it in the Big Apple! Here are a few friendly facts (pun intended) about the show that you probably hadn’t heard before:

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1. Three cast members from The Simpsons made guest appearances on Friends: Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Hank Azaria (Moe/Apu, etc.) and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns/Smithers, etc.).

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2. The show was originally called Insomnia Cafe. It was then renamed Friends Like Us, and then Six of One before becoming Friends.

3. At the beginning of the 1st season, each cast member was paid $22,000 per episode. By the final season, they each got $1,000,000 per episode.

4. “The One Where No One’s Ready” takes place entirely in Monica’s apartment because the show didn’t have a large enough budget for guest stars or additional sets.

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5. David Schwimmer directed 10 Friends episodes.

6. The story-line of Phoebe carrying her brother’s triplets was written because Lisa Kudrow was pregnant in real life.

7. In the opening credits of “The One After Vegas”, which is dedicated to Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s marriage, every cast member has the surname Arquette added to the end of his or her real name.

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8. Phoebe and Chandler were originally supposed to be supporting characters. David Schwimmer was the first of the main six actors to be cast in the show and Jennifer Aniston was the last.

9. All of the six main characters have kissed each other at one point (if you include the alternative “what if?” episodes), except Monica and Phoebe.

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

11. The Magna Doodle actually made its debut in Episode 18, but it was much clearer in 19. The first column appears to be a grocery list, while the second one reads, “Joey call your dad.” After this, each doodle had some connection to the storyline of the episode.

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12. Giovanni Ribisi plays Phoebe’s brother Frank Jr. in later episodes, but he also has a small cameo in the earlier seasons. He plays a boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe’s guitar case instead of a coin.

13. When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica’s wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston’s family name.

14. Monica’s apartment changed from number 5 to number 20 when the show’s writers realised that “5” wouldn’t denote an apartment on an upper level floor in a large block. So they matched, Chandler’s also changed from 4 to 19.

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15. When Lisa Kudrow first read the script, she thought Chandler’s character was gay.

16.  Courteney Cox was a neat freak, just like Monica and would clean the others’ dressing rooms.

17. James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra who knew how to operate an espresso machine. Also, Gunther wasn’t given a name until the middle of the second season.

18. Ellen DeGeneres turned down an offer to play Phoebe.

19. In the last episode, it is mentioned that all six characters have lived in Monica’s apartment. They have all also lived in Joey’s apartment.

20. When the last series ended, each cast member was given a piece of the sidewalk from outside Central Perk as a keepsake.

21. June Gable, who played Joey’s agent Estelle Leonard, also played a nurse in the episode where Carol gives birth to Ben.

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22. The writers used a pie chart to track how many lines and jokes each character said, to make sure each actor had the same amount.

23. Cox had a special place called “Courteney’s Candy Cabinet” on the set, for “once famous for scarfing down junk food”, according to A Natural Living Today story from 1996.

24. The actors, led by David Schwimmer, held an ‘intervention’ for Jennifer Aniston because of her lateness to the set.

25. Lisa Kudrow was scared of the duck that was in Joey’s and Chandler’s apartment, along with the chick.

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