F.R.I.E.N.D.S (friends) is one of the best and most loved TV shows across the globe. It is one show that will always be special and close to fans’ hearts because, for most people, it was the first show that they binge-watched and fell in love with the characters. Am I right? It was like the getaway show that introduced people to the world of global pop culture.
It’s like an iconic experience. How often do you find a show that almost everybody has watched? You make a joke or a reference, and everyone will get it. With the most awaited F.R.I.E.N.D.S reunion on the 27th of May on HBO, fans are excited and hyped than ever! On this note, let’s look at Top 10 F.R.I.E.N.D.S facts that every fan should know!
F.R.I.E.N.D.S has undergone quite a few name changes
Yes, you heard that right. The writers titled the show Insomnia Café, and you would be surprised to know that the plot was also quite different. For instance, Ross and Rachel were not supposed to be dating in the show; instead, Joey and Monica were the key couples. Then, the title became Friends Like Us, Six of One, Across the Hall, and when the show premiered in 1994, it was just then that they decided that the title would be F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Courteney Cox could have played Rachel’s role
The producers wanted Courteney Cox (Monica) to play Rachel’s role because she was the most famous among the five other characters. She had done several commercials and featured in the “Dancing in the Dark” music video. But, Courteney Cox refused Rachel’s role and stuck to Monica’s role because she felt it was a strong character, and she really resonated with it.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S was filmed in front of a live audience
It may come as a surprise, but the entire show was shot in front of a live audience. Ideally, a 30-minute episode that we watch used to be shot in five hours with a change in sets. Imagine the audience witnessing this iconic show live! It was like a test to see if the audience likes the jokes, story track, and how the cast preferred it.
All the characters were paid the same
Initially, each cast member received around $22,000 per episode, and by the season finale, they all earned an equal salary of $1,00,000 per episode. Now, that’s a piece of big news because the salary gap is a big issue in the entertainment industry, and the producers paying every cast member the same is worth applauding! Yes, to Equality!
Lisa Kudrow’s pregnancy was written in the show
Do you remember Phoebe acting as a surrogate for her brother’s triplets? At that time, Phoebe was actually pregnant and had a son; that was why the writers wrote the story track to have her act as a surrogate.
Monica and Joey were originally meant to get together
The producers decided that Monica and Joey will have a love angle, but that did not quite happen. Marta Kauffman said, “You set out to do things, and then actors come in, and they breathe life into it, and it’s not quite what you imagined it was going to be.” The audience loved Monica and Chandler together, so they paired them up.
The entire cast went on a trip to Las Vegas before the premiere
The director had an intuition that the show will be a huge success, and to celebrate that, he took the entire cast on a Las Vegas trip before the premiere. He said, “This is your last shot at anonymity. Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded.”
Courteney Cox was just like Monica on set
Like the cleanliness freak that Monica is, Courteney Cox, who plays Monica, was also very particular about cleaning. She had the neatest dressing room. She even cleaned up the other actors’ dressing rooms because she won’t go in if they were too messy, Marta Kauffman says in an interview.
Interesting story about “The One Where No One’s Ready” episode
This episode where Ross is taking everybody to his museum function and nobody is ready was such a funny episode. Still, the funnier part is that it was entirely filmed in Monica’s apartment due to budget cuts.
Justin Timberlake wanted to guess-star on the show
Big stars like Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams have guest-starred on the show, and the producers were keen to get Justin Timberlake on the show, but they couldn’t find a way out to fit him into the plot.