My Newest Obsession

Ok, for some reason, I have rediscovered “Friends” again.  I watched the show in the past, but definitely not every single episode.  I find myself cracking up and seriously relating to the show lately, maybe because of where I am in my life?  I don’t know.  I found some really fun trivia about the show and thought I’d share with you…do you love the show as much as I do?  I’m curious, what’s your favorite episode and why?
Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.

Jon Favreau was offered the role of Chandler Bing. He later returned as a guest star during the 1997 season as Pete Becker, Monica’s millionaire boyfriend. 

The golden frame around the peephole was originally a mirror which one of the crew accidentally smashed. But because it still looked good they decided to leave it there. 

Because of a bet between Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis on the set of The Whole Nine Yards (which Perry won), Willis appeared in his two-episode guest role for free.

When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role he only had $11 dollars to his name. When the cast got their paychecks, the first thing that Courteney Cox bought was a car. Matt LeBlanc bought a hot dinner. 

Lisa Kudrow was terrified of the duck that showed up in Season 3.

Is filmed on the same soundstage that was used for the filming of the sitcom Full Houseduring the last two seasons (1993-1995) of it’s eight year run (1987-1995). The pilot of “F·r·i·e·n·d·s” was shot on stage 33 (the same stage as Living Single) at the Warner Ranch, and the first season was shot is Warner Bros Stage 5, now the home ofEverybody Loves Raymond) from 1987-1995.

When Tom Selleck made his initial on-set appearances, he received standing ovations. These would render his entrances unusable, prompting the need for later re-shoots without the audience. 

No Friend ever made more money doing the show than any others. They started out making $22,500 per episode and ended up making $1,000,000 per episode. All negotiations were done in unison. Kudrow said, “The six of us are far stronger than just one person.” 

Courteney Cox is the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for their work on the show. 

The artwork in Central Perk is changed every three episodes. 

Joey’s statue of a white dog was originally given to Jennifer Aniston as a good luck present from her best friend when she started acting. She offered to lend it to the show for the episode where Joey became rich and bought a lot of stuff. After that episode, the producers decided to keep it. 

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

Lisa Kudrow based her hippie character Phoebe on her co-star Jennifer Aniston - because of the actress’ interest in “spiritual” subjects.

All images courtesy of Pinterest, all trivia courtesy of IMDB
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  1. I wasn’t a fan until the show was canceled, LOL, then caught them all as repeats! I especially loved that frame around the peep hole!

  2. Friends is the best show ever! i love all the trivia! i couldn’t imagine Jon Favreau as Chandler! And especially in the later season I loved Monica…too bad she didn’t win an emmy for her work! my husband and I watch all 10 season every year and we can quote all the episodes :)

  3. I love this! I literally watch Friends every single day. No joke. That’s sad to admit, but I watch at least one episode before going to bed! lol I actually have it on now! I own the whole series, have seen every episode more times than I should say and I still crack up at most of them. It’s amazing ;)

  4. I absolutely love Friends. It is my favorite show. I have the series but someday would love to have the box set with all the extras! I could probably recite the whole thing to you I have seen it so many times. LOL

  5. I’ve seen every episode a bajillion times. There’s no better sitcom. I watch it all the time, the episodes never get old and I can relate anything to an episode of Friends. Great post!

  6. These are such fun facts! I think it’s def one of those shows that can be watched at any time in any situation and still be hilarious!

    The Thanksgiving episode with Brad Pitt is my fav :)

  7. I am still obsessed with Friends! My hubbie and I watch it every night before we go to bed. Thanks for rounding up all the tibits!

  8. I have a reawakened love for Friends as well!! What is not to love about this show?!?! Thanks for the full facts doll!!!

    Chelsea (www.hautechildinthecity.com)

  9. That first picture is so great! I’ve never seen it before. I have definitely watched every single episode, multiple times. I think I relate to it more now too. I was in high school and college when I watched it. Now I’m their age (well, at least in the later seasons. Hahaha). Those are all such great, fun facts! I think Courteney Cox was robbed. She was always so amazing and hilarious as Monica.

  10. I love this post. Friends is by far my favorite TV show. Ever. I own all 10 seasons on DVD and watch them regularly. {my husband thinks I have a problem :) } And I still find myself laughing out loud. :)

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