Honestly, I have never met a person who has watched friends and said that they didn’t like the series.Friends was aired back in 1994, September 22. It completely changed our lives and were never the same again. Tv series Friends first aired on NBC back in 1994. However, even a decade later, people still love to see their favorite Tv series like crazy! This show is just perfect for any type of day be it a joyous one or a sad one. There is nothing in the world like this show. It can be a really good company on your sad days, or a consolation after a break-up, or a fun night with your old friends. The characters were so well-thought-of that it was easy to relate to them. Each one of the characters was unique in his/her own way. I have watched an interview of Jennifer Aniston where she told the life story of a cancer survivor. She said that when the cancer survivor met her, she told that the only thing that kept her going during her hard time of recovery was watching friends.And that, for Jennifer, was the biggest compliment that she has ever received for her work. Obviously, we all feel happy watching that show because it brings so much laughter and so much positive energy in our lives that for the time being, we tend to forget all our troubles. But as we know that all the things come to an end, we said goodbye to the show on May 6th, 2004. However, there are some interesting facts about this TV series that you probably did not know about.
I have a compilation of such facts for you Friends Fanatics! Scroll down and check them out!
1. The opening credits might have misled you.
The opening shots are not Central Perk, but of Warner Bros studio.
Many tourists actually believe that the Friends fountain is the Cherry Hill fountain in Central Park. But that is false.
2. The entire gang traveled to Vegas before the show aired.
To know each other better and to have some fun, the six of them traveled to Las Vegas before the show aired.Director James Burrows arranged this trip for them.
Is there any better way to know each other than a trip to Vegas? After all, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
3. They all thought Chandler was gay.
When the actors read the script, they all thought that Chandler’s character was gay.
They cannot be blamed for this.
4. The character of Ursula existed before the show Friends did.
This character of Ursula was first shown in Mad About You.
Lisa Kudrow played the role of Ursula Buffay in Mad About You for two years. Later, the writers decided to create Ursula’s twin Phebe to create a crossover between the two shows.
5. Bruce Willis donated his money earned on this show after he lost a bet.
Chandler had a feeling that the movie The Whole Nine Yards would be number one at the box office in its opening weekend, and the legend did not agree with him. So, he lost the bet with Matthew Parry and donated the money he earned towards charity.
To his surprise, Bruce actually won an Emmy for the cameo.
6. Matthew Perry was a drug addict.
Sadly, he had an addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol.
Sometimes, he admitted to drinking two pints of vodka a day and taking up to 30 tablets.
7. Jennifer Aniston almost refused to do the last season.
She did not want to be a part of the last season
The reason was that she didn’t really feel like Rachel anymore. But, Thankfully, she agreed to do the final series!
8. Central Perk exists in reality.
But it is not in New York. The fictional cafe has actually inspired some real ones.
There’s one in Beijing and one in Liverpool.
9. Ellen DeGeneres was approached to play the role of Phoebe.
Sadly, however, she turned it down.
Also, The role had been offered to a number of high profile names some of them are: Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch.
10. Joey and Monica were supposed to be a couple.
It was in the original script, but thankfully it all changed.
Could you imagine them together?
11. Courtney Cox had to hide her pregnancy in the last season.
During the last season, Courtney was pregnant, but as Monica couldn’t have kids, she had to hide it.
Also, Lisa Kudrow announced to the producers that she was pregnant in 1997. Then, the Friends executive crew came up with the idea that they should make her character pregnant as well.
12. It wasn’t filmed in New York.
New York fans would definitely be disappointed with this!
It was mostly filmed in California, but the whole storyline was based in New York.
13. Jennifer Aniston didn’t like Reese Witherspoon.
She played Rachel’s sister in the show and was supposed to act only in six episodes.
However, Jennifer didn’t get along with her well and so, asked the producers to get rid of her.
14. Joey was supposed to be intelligent.
Joey’s character was first meant to be a smart guy. However, Matt LeBlanc suggested that he play dumb instead.
And he played the dumb character perfectly! Didn’t he?
15. The channel thought that Central Perk was too trendy.
NBC didn’t initially like the idea of Central Perk as their place to meet.
They suggested that the gang should instead hang out at a diner.
16. Courtney Cox was the first person to say the word ‘period’ on T.V.
When she was younger, She did this commercial in which she said the word ‘period.’ It was the very first time the word was said on TV.
Monica was in a special Tampax advertisement.
17. Matthew Perry was Courtney’s slave for five months because he lost a bet to her.
He lost a bet to her (for whatever reason) and had to be her ‘slave’ for five months.
We would have loved to see him become her slave!