There never has been a sitcom that truly pictures life among the singles (twenty-something) as good as this show does. It's not just comedy, it presents the episodes in such a way that one can truly identify with the situations they face so the audience has something to talk about in coffee shops too. Here are some of the facts about the TV series that you probably didn't know.
Gunther wasn't meant to be part of FRIENDS. But nobody knew how to work the cappuccino machine. Except for the guy who plays Gunther. They asked him to stand in. And the rest is history.
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 Le Blanc bought a hot dinner.
In the last few months of shooting Friends, Courteney Cox became pregnant, but, seeing as Monica wasn't supposed to be able to have a baby, they covered up her pregnancy by making her wear baggy clothes while shooting the show so no one could tell.
In reality, Joey’s white dog statue belonged to Jennifer Aniston. It had been given to her by a friend as a good-luck gift.
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.
Lisa Kudrow was terrified of the duck that showed up in Season 3.
Before settling on Friends, other titles producers considered were Friends Like Us, Six of One, Across the Hall, Once Upon a Time in the West Village, and Insomnia Cafe.
Originally the show was going to focus on just four characters: Monica, Ross, Rachel, and Joey. Phoebe and Chandler were going to be supporting characters.
Monica and Joey were originally intended to be the main couple on the show.
Age of the cast of friends, when it was first aired:
Season 2 is the only season without a Thanksgiving episode.
The iconic orange couch in Central Perk was found by a set designer in the basement of the Warner Bros. Studios.
In the early stages of development, the writers considered making Chandler gay.
Courteney Cox is actually older than David Schwimmer, though he plays her older brother on this show.
In the first couple of episodes, Monica and Rachel’s apartment number was No. 5. This was changed in later episodes to No. 20 because the producers noted that 5 corresponded to an apartment on lower floor.
When the last series ended, Jennifer Aniston and her then-husband Brad Pitt hosted a dinner party at their home. They served bottles of wine that producer Kevin Bright had saved from the first series.
June Gable, who played Joey’s agent Estelle Leonard, also played a nurse in the episode where Carol gives birth to Ben.
Writers wrote the triplets storyline for Lisa Kudrow to cover the real life pregnancy of her son Julian.
Phoebe’s wedding was not attended by any of her relatives, including her twin sister Ursula, her father, her birth mother, her brother Frank Jr. or the triplets she gave birth to.
Jennifer Aniston has stated that she hated the now-iconic “Rachel” haircut.
Matt LeBlanc had a fever and flu the first day of shoot. He was at 102 degrees during the pilot and had to repeatedly use a variety of remedies to attempt to cure it.
David Schwimmer was the first to be cast on Friends. The character Ross was especially written for him.
Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer played video games between takes. Super Mario was their favorite.
Ben Geller-Willick, Ross' son with Carol, is played by the Allen twins - John and Charles Thomas Allen, more popularly known as the twins from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
Out of the three main guys, Monica has only kissed Chandler. Rachel and Phoebe have each kissed all three.