36 Fun Facts About 'Friends' That Every Fanatic Should Know

It's pretty much a fact — Friends is one of the most addictive sitcoms in the history of television. One episode turns to seven, and, by the time you're ready to call it quits, Monica and Chandler are moving to the 'burbs and Rachel's about to step on a plane to Paris. Now that the series is on Netflix, fans can watch the show 24/7 online — you know, just in case TBS didn't play the reruns enough for you. But while you may declare yourself a super Friends freak, there are still some fun facts about the show you might not know. Click through to expand your Friends knowledge. 

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#1

The reason why the Central Perk couch was always empty for the six friends? Bustle writer Tanya Ghahremani found the answer — they reserved it! Check out the sign on the table! 

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#2

The series went through a few name changes before becoming Friends. According to producer Marta Kauffman’s interview with Vanity Fair, the show was called Six of One during the pilot. She said that they even thought about vetoing the title Friends because it was “too Gen X” for them. 

#3

According to Kauffman, the writers originally thought that Phoebe and Chandler would be “secondary characters,” there to provide the humor. The group later realized that the characters gave the show “so much more than that” and wrote in more meaningful stories. 

#4

According to Buzzfeed, one of the animal actors who played Marcel the monkey is actually a girl — her name is Katie, and she went on to become the mascot for the Los Angeles Angels. 

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#5

According to the Friends “Final Thoughts” interview, the producers needed to save money in the second season. They did so by creating the episode “The One Where No One’s Ready,” which took place entirely in Rachel and Monica’s apartment and featured no guest stars. 

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#6

In the early seasons, Monica and Rachel’s apartment is shown with the number five on the door. It was later changed to 20. 

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#7

According to the producers interview with NBC News, Rachel and Ross weren’t supposed to be the endgame love interests — it was originally Monica and Joey!

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#8

The show’s actual theme song, “I’ll Be There For You,” by The Rembrandts, was on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for eight weeks in 1995

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#9

According to his AMA with Reddit, Hank Azaria, who played Phoebe’s love interest David, auditioned twice for the role of Joey. 

#10

Hank Azaria also voiced Moe on The Simpsons. 

#11

The real reason Phoebe gave birth to her brother’s triplets? Kudrow was pregnant with her son, Julian, in real life, and the producers needed a pregnancy storyline that wouldn’t end with the gang adding a baby to their crowd. 

#12

According to her interview with the Huffington Post, Kathy Griffin auditioned for the role of Phoebe.

#13

Courteney Cox is three years older than David Schwimmer, despite the fact that Monica is supposed to be three years younger than Ross. 

#14

According to the TVGN special The Story Behind Friends, Jennifer Aniston was almost knocked out of the role of Rachel due to her commitment to series Muddling Through on CBS. She was released from her Muddling Through commitment with the stipulation that, should the CBS sitcom be a hit, she would pull herself from the Friends pilot. Luckily, it never happened. 

#15

According to Vanity Fair, Courteney Cox was originally offered the role of Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead. 

#16

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Friends writers almost left Rachel and Ross’ relationship in a “gray area” at the end of the series, where it’s only hinted that they end up together. They scratched that idea, deciding not only to give audiences what they want, but what the writers wanted, too. 

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#17

Over the 10 seasons of the show, actor David Schwimmer directed 10 episodes of the series. 

#18

Giovanni Ribisi played Phoebe’s long-lost brother Frank Jr., but, before that, he made a guest appearance as a guy who accidentally tosses a condom in Phoebe’s guitar case. Technically, he could have been playing the same character!

#19

Each of the six main characters have lived in both Joey’s and Monica’s apartment over the years, mostly due to the time they swapped apartments after Monica and Rachel lose a bet to Chandler and Joey. 

#20

Bruce Willis guest starred on Friends after co-starring with Matthew Perry in The Whole Nine Yards. 

#21

Jennifer Aniston hated her iconic haircut “the Rachel,” which explains why Aniston is a such a fan of long, even locks. She told E! Online that she’d rather shave her head than get that haircut again. 

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#22

Courteney Cox never received an Emmy nomination for her work on Friends — what would Monica say?!

#23

According to the New York Post, the cast took a trip to Las Vegas together before the series aired. They stayed at the Caesar’s Palace hotel. Later in the show, their characters also went on a Vegas trip and stayed at that hotel. In fact, it was where Ross and Rachel got drunkenly married. 

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#24

According to his interview with Digital Spy, James Michael Tyler said he scored the role of Gunther after he told producers that he knew how to work an espresso machine. He joked that he really thought his Masters in Fine Arts would get him further in the acting world than his ability to make coffee. 

#25

Gunther actor James Michael Tyler later appeared on Matt LeBlanc’s Showtime series Episodes as himself. 

#26

The main cast started out making $22,000 an episode. In 1997, they renegotiated for $100,000 per episode, and, in the 10th and final season, made a whopping $1 million per episode!

#27

Though Joey films Days of Our Lives in New York, the real show films in Burbank, Calif. 

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#28

According to the Friends “Final Thoughts” interview, even the actors were scared of Rachel and Joey’s romantic storyline, and they didn’t like it. 

#29

According to Uproxx, while most seasons of Friends are approximately 24 episodes, the last season was truncated to just 18 due to Aniston’s film schedule.

#30

Friends has its very own Scene It? game, and you can buy it on Amazon.

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#31

Courteney Cox’s former real-life husband David Arquette guest-starred on the series, but he played Phoebe’s love interest instead of Monica’s. 

#32

According to the producers’ interview with Vanity Fair, Jon Favreau, who played Monica’s boyfriend Pete, was offered the role of Chandler but turned it down. 

#33

According to AOL, Ellen Degeneres was the producer’s first choice to play Phoebe, but, obviously, she turned it down.

#34

Rachel’s boyfriend Joshua’s father was played by Matthew Perry’s real-life father, John Bennett Perry. 

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#35

The reason that Phoebe has a twin sister named Ursula was really so the show could do a crossover with Mad About Youwhich Lisa Kudrow actually appeared on before Friends. 

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#36

According to the producers interview with NBC News, the network thought that a coffee shop was too “hip” of a place for the gang to hang out, and wanted it changed to a diner setting. Luckily, they dropped those notes.