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Friends: The Complete Series [1994] (32 discs)

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Composer:Michael Skloff
Songs:Allee Willis
The Rembrandts
MPAA Rating:TV-14
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IMDB Rating:8.9/10
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Synopsis: Follows the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan.


Reaction: Funny. Seminal. Well written and acted for the most part. They start to overly lean into their cliches a bit, but overall it's still a very worth-while show.


Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Guest Cast
Alaina Reed-Hall => The Admissions Woman (as Alaina Reed Hall) (The One with Two Parts)
George Clooney => Dr. Michael Mitchell (The One with Two Parts)
Helen Hunt => Jamie Buchman (The One with Two Parts)
Noah Wyle => Dr. Jeffrey Rosen (The One with Two Parts)
Alex Borstein => Bitter Woman on Stage (The One with the Soap Opera Party)
Alexis Thorpe => Alexis Thorpe (The One with the Soap Opera Party)
Farah Fath => Farah Fath (The One with the Soap Opera Party)
Heather Sims => Jan Rogers (The One with the Soap Opera Party)
Ken Lerner => Professor Spafford (The One with the Soap Opera Party)
Kyle Lowder => Kyle Lowder (The One with the Soap Opera Party)
Matthew Ashford => Matthew Ashford (The One with the Soap Opera Party)
Alex Meneses => Cookie Tribbiani (The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister)
Holly Gagnier => Mary Angela Tribbiani (The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister)
K.J. Steinberg => Gina Tribbiani (The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister)
Lisa Melilli => Dina Tribbiani (The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister)
Mimi Lieber => Mary Therese Tribbiani (The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister)
Penny Santon => Nonna Tribbiani (The One Where Chandler Can't Remember Which Sister)
Alexis Arquette => The Waiter in Drag (The One with Chandler's Dad)
Alison Sweeney => Jessica Ashley (The One with Joey's Award)
McKenzie Westmore => Presenter (The One with Joey's Award)
Amber Smith => Maria the Gym Lady (The One with the Ballroom Dancing)
Amy Hill => the Woman (The One with All the Candy)
Andre Rosey Brown => Delivery Man (as Rosey Brown) (The One with the Race Car Bed)
Mark Cohen => Mattress King (The One with the Race Car Bed)
Simon Harvey => Jester (The One with the Race Car Bed)
Anita Barone => Carol Willick (The One with the Sonogram at the End)
Joan Pringle => Dr. Oberman (The One with the Sonogram at the End)
Anne Dudek => Precious (The One After Joey and Rachel Kiss)
Annie Parisse => Sarah (The One with the Birth Mother)
Jim O'Heir => Adoption Agency Worker (The One with the Birth Mother)
Arye Gross => Michael (The One Where Ross Finds Out)
Audrey Wasilewski => Sarah (The One in Barbados)
Bill Blair => Convention Prankster (The One in Barbados)
John Balma => Professor Jarvis Oberblau (The One in Barbados)
Ben Stiller => Tommy (The One with the Screamer)
Peter Bonerz => Theater Patron (The One with the Screamer)
Beth Grant => Lizzy (The One with the Thumb)
Jenifer Lewis => Paula (The One with the Thumb)
Beverly Garland => Aunt Iris (The One with All the Poker)
Billy Crystal => Tim (The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion)
James Hong => Hoshi (The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion)
Robin Williams => Tomas (The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion)
Bob Balaban => Frank Buffay Sr. (The One with Joey's Bag)
Brad Pitt => Will Colbert (The One with the Rumor)
Brenda Vaccaro => Gloria Tribbiani (The One with the Boobies)
Fisher Stevens => Roger (The One with the Boobies)
Lee Garlington => Ronni (The One with the Boobies)
Robert Costanzo => Joey Tribbiani, Sr. (The One with the Boobies)
Brent Spiner => James Campbell (The One with Princess Consuela)
Craig Robinson => The Clerk (The One with Princess Consuela)
Dakota Fanning => Mackenzie (The One with Princess Consuela)
Tom Dugan => the Maitre D' (The One with Princess Consuela)
Brooke Boisse => The Potential Roommate (The One with Ross's Denial)
Brooke Shields => Erika (The One After the Superbowl)
Dan Castellaneta => The Zoo Keeper (The One After the Superbowl)
Fred Willard => Mr. Lipson (The One After the Superbowl)
Jean-Claude Van Damme => Jean-Claude Van Damme (The One After the Superbowl)
Jim Cummings => Monkeyshines Beer Announcer (voice) (The One After the Superbowl)
Julia Roberts => Susie (The One After the Superbowl)
Lisa Roberts Gillan => Cathy (as Lisa Roberts) (The One After the Superbowl)
Marta Kauffman => Director (The One After the Superbowl)
Sean Masterson => Monkeyshine' Guy (The One After the Superbowl)
Tahj Mowry => Little Boy (The One After the Superbowl)
Buck Kartalian => Frankie (The One with Ross's New Girlfriend)
Camille Saviola => The Horrible Woman (The One with the East German Laundry Detergent)
Jack Armstrong => Bob (The One with the East German Laundry Detergent)
Carlos Lacamara => The A.D. (as Carlos LaCamara) (The One with Joey's Dirty Day)
Charlton Heston => Charlton Heston (The One with Joey's Dirty Day)
Catherine Bell => Robin (The One with the Baby on the Bus)
Giovanni Ribisi => Condom Boy (The One with the Baby on the Bus)
Hugh Dane => Jim (The One with the Baby on the Bus)
Lea Thompson => Caroline Duffy (The One with the Baby on the Bus)
Victor Raider-Wexler => The Doctor (The One with the Baby on the Bus)
Charlie Sheen => Ryan (The One with the Chicken Pox)
Mary-Pat Green => Jeannie (The One with the Chicken Pox)
Cheryl Hines => Woman #2 (The One with Rachel's Sister)
Susan Yeagley => Woman #1 (The One with Rachel's Sister)
Chris Parnell => Bob (The One with Rachel's Date)
Geoff Pierson => Mr. Franklin (The One with Rachel's Date)
Kevin Rahm => Tim (The One with Rachel's Date)
Christopher Darga => The Director (The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance)
Michael Naughton => The Student (The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance)
Christopher Liam Moore => The Hotel Clerk (The One with the Kips)
Claudia Shear => Fake Monica (The One with the Fake Monica)
Harry Shearer => Dr. Baldharar (The One with the Fake Monica)
Claudia Stedelin => Amanda (The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding)
Gary Oldman => Richard Crosby (The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding)
Peter James Smith => the Assistant Director (The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding)
Steve Susskind => the Priest (The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding)
Conchata Ferrell => The Judge (The One with Joey's Porsche)
Dennis Singletary => Guy #2 (The One with Joey's Porsche)
Cynthia Mann => Jasmine (The One with Frank Jr.)
Isabella Rossellini => Isabella Rossellini (The One with Frank Jr.)
Dan Desmond => Professor Sherman (The One with the Donor)
John Stamos => Zack (The One with the Donor)
Dan Gauthier => Chip Matthews (The One with the Cat)
Daniel Caltagirone => The Waiter (The One with Ross's Wedding)
Hugh Laurie => The Gentleman on the Plane (The One with Ross's Wedding)
Jennifer Saunders => Andrea Waltham (The One with Ross's Wedding)
Olivia Williams => Felicity (The One with Ross's Wedding)
Sarah Ferguson => Sarah Ferguson (as Sarah the Duchess of York) (The One with Ross's Wedding)
Shelly Desai => Man at Airport (The One with Ross's Wedding)
Tom Conti => Steven Waltham (The One with Ross's Wedding)
Danny Dayton => Buddy Doyle (The One Where Heckles Dies)
Danny DeVito => Roy - The Stripper (The One Where the Stripper Cries)
Donny Osmond => Donny Osmond (The One Where the Stripper Cries)
Ellen Pompeo => Missy Goldberg (The One Where the Stripper Cries)
Gregory Jbara => Gene - 'Pyramid' Contestant (The One Where the Stripper Cries)
Dante Pastula => Frank Buffay Jr. Jr. (The One Where Ross Is Fine)
Daryl Sabara => Owen (The One Where Ross Is Fine)
Jim Meskimen => Bill (The One Where Ross Is Fine)
Kellie Waymire => Colleen (The One Where Ross Is Fine)
David Arquette => Malcolm (The One with the Jam)
David Warshofsky => Fireman #2 (The One Where Ross Dates a Student)
Debi Mazar => Evil Bitch (The One Where Rachel Has a Baby)
Eddie McClintock => Clifford Burnett (The One Where Rachel Has a Baby)
Maurice Godin => Sid (The One Where Rachel Has a Baby)
Rachael Harris => Julie (The One Where Rachel Has a Baby)
Dedee Pfeiffer => Mary Ellen Jenkins (The One with the Pediatrician)
Elaine Hendrix => Sally (The One with the Pediatrician)
Denise Richards => Cassie Geller (The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin)
Scott Adsit => Director (The One with Ross and Monica's Cousin)
Dick Clark => Dick Clark (The One with the Monkey)
Wayne Pére => Max (as Wayne Péré) (The One with the Monkey)
Elinor Donahue => Aunt Lillian (The One Where Nana Dies Twice)
Stuart Fratkin => Lowell (The One Where Nana Dies Twice)
Elizabeth Daily => Leslie (as E.G. Daily) (The One with Phoebe's Ex-Partner)
Sherilyn Fenn => Ginger (The One with Phoebe's Ex-Partner)
Emily Osment => Lelani Mayolanofavich (The One with the Halloween Party)
Sean Penn => Eric (The One with the Halloween Party)
Emily Procter => Annabel (The One with the Breast Milk)
Eva Amurri Martino => Dina (as Eva Amurri) (The One with Joey's New Brain)
Jack Betts => Tom (The One with Joey's New Brain)
Susan Sarandon => Cecilia Monroe (The One with Joey's New Brain)
Fred Stoller => The Waiter (The One with the Girl from Poughkeepsie)
Freddie Prinze Jr. => Sandy (The One with the Male Nanny)
Susan Slome => Prospective Nanny (The One with the Male Nanny)
Gabrielle Union => Kristen Lang (The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress)
Gary Collins => Gary Collins (The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS)
Gina Hecht => Richard's Date (The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends)
Greg Kinnear => Dr. Benjamin Hobart (The One with Ross' Grant)
Ming Lo => Dr. Li (The One with Ross' Grant)
Ilia Volok => The Dry Cleaner (The One Where Paul's the Man)
Iqbal Theba => Joey's Doctor (The One Hundredth)
Patrick Fabian => Dan (The One Hundredth)
Sam Anderson => Dr. Harad (The One Hundredth)
T.J. Thyne => Dr. Oberman (The One Hundredth)
Ivana Milicevic => Kori Weston (The One with the Memorial Service)
Jackie Debatin => The Hooker (The One with the Stripper)
James Burrows => Director (The One with the Butt)
Jane Lynch => Ellen (The One Where Estelle Dies)
Jason Alexander => Earl (The One Where Rosita Dies)
Jay Leno => Jay Leno (The One with Mrs. Bing)
Jeff Goldblum => Leonard Hayes (The One with the Mugging)
Kyle Gass => Lowell (The One with the Mugging)
Jennifer Coolidge => Amanda Buffamonteezi (The One with Ross's Tan)
Luis Antonio Ramos => The Tanning Salon Guy (The One with Ross's Tan)
Jennifer Grey => Mindy (The One with the Evil Orthodontist)
Jill Goodacre => Jill Goodacre (as Jill Connick) (The One with the Blackout)
Jim Rash => Nervous Male Passenger (credit only) (The Last One)
John Rubinstein => The Doctor (The Last One)
Jim Wise => Kyle (The One Where Rachel Smokes)
Jon Lovitz => Steve (The One with the Stoned Guy)
Melora Hardin => Celia (The One with the Stoned Guy)
Jon Lovitz => Steve (The One with the Blind Dates)
Kevin Farrell => the Maitre D' (The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner)
Kevin McDonald => Guru Saj (The One with Ross's Thing)
Richard Gant => Dr. Rhodes (The One with Ross's Thing)
Krista Allen => Mable (The One Where Joey Dates Rachel)
Matthew Yang King => The Student (The One Where Joey Dates Rachel)
Kristin Dattilo => Caitlin (The One Where Ross Can't Flirt)
Kristin Davis => Erin (The One with Ross's Library Book)
Sarah Murdoch => The woman (as Sarah O'Hare) (The One with Ross's Library Book)
Laraine Newman => Mrs. Buffay (The One with the Bullies)
Nicky Katt => Arthur (The One with the Bullies)
Peter DeLuise => Carl (The One with the Bullies)
Larry Joe Campbell => The Fan (The One Where Chandler Can't Cry)
Larry Poindexter => Fireman Dave (The One with the Candy Hearts)
Laura Interval => Amanda (as Laura Stepp) (The One with Joey's New Girlfriend)
Laurie Okin => the Woman (as Laurie Naughton) (The One Where Rachel Tells...)
Leah Remini => Lydia (The One with the Birth)
Lee Arenberg => The Man (The One with the Inappropriate Sister)
Lisa Cash => The Flight Attendant (as Lisa Jamie Cash) (The One in Vegas)
Rick Pasqualone => The Croupier (The One in Vegas)
Thomas Lennon => Randall (The One in Vegas)
Lori Alan => Sonya (The One Where Monica Sings)
Louis Mandylor => Carl (The One with Unagi)
Mae Whitman => Sarah Tuttle (The One Where Rachel Quits)
Romy Rosemont => Troop Leader (The One Where Rachel Quits)
Maria Pitillo => Laura (The One with the Home Study)
Matt Winston => the Charity Clerk (The One with the Home Study)
Marla Sokoloff => Dina Tribbiani (The One with Monica's Boots)
Trudie Styler => Trudie Styler (The One with Monica's Boots)
Marta Kauffman => Hypnosis Tape (voice) (The One with the Hypnosis Tape)
Mary Pat Gleason => Nurse Sizemore (The One with George Stephanopoulos)
Sean Whalen => Pizza Guy (The One with George Stephanopoulos)
Maury Ginsberg => Isaac (The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break)
Megan Cavanagh => Luisa (The One Where the Monkey Gets Away)
Michael McKean => Mr. Rastatter (The One with the List)
Mindy Sterling => Wedding Planner (The One with Barry and Mindy's Wedding)
Missi Pyle => Hillary (The One with Ross' Teeth)
Ralph Lauren => Ralph Lauren (The One with Ross' Teeth)
Molly Hagan => Sarah (The One with the Cooking Class)
Rena Sofer => Katie (The One with the Cooking Class)
Tucker Smallwood => Mr. Tyler (The One with the Cooking Class)
NiCole Robinson => The Smoking Woman (The One with the Cop)
Nikita Ager => Poppy (The One with the Sharks)
Obba Babatundé => The Director (as Obba Babatunde) (The One with All the Jealousy)
Wendy Schaal => Jeannine (as Wendy Schall) (The One with All the Jealousy)
Oliver Muirhead => The Jeweler (The One with the Ring)
Pat Finn => Dr. Roger (The One That Could Have Been)
Paul Gleason => Jack (The One That Could Have Been)
Patrick Kerr => The Restaurant Manager (The One with the Prom Video)
Tim Bohn => Jonathan (The One with the Prom Video)
Penn Jillette => The Salesman (The One with the 'Cuffs)
Peter Dennis => Sherman Whitfield (The One Where No One's Ready)
Phil Abrams => The Anxious Wedding Guest (The One with the Red Sweater)
Phil Leeds => Mr. Adelman (The One with the Lesbian Wedding)
Symba => Chrissy (as Symba Smith) (The One with the Lesbian Wedding)
Phill Lewis => Steve (The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work)
Ralph Manza => The Old Man (The One with Rachel's Inadvertent Kiss)
Rebecca Romijn => Cheryl (The One with the Dirty Girl)
Reg Rogers => The Director (The One with the Tiny T-Shirt)
Richard Fancy => Mr. Posner (The One Where They're Going to Party!)
Richard Penn => Doctor (The One with the Secret Closet)
Sam Pancake => The Waiter (The One Where Joey Tells Rachel)
Sasha Alexander => the Interviewer (The One with Joey's Interview)
Selma Blair => Wendy (The One with Christmas in Tulsa)
Shawn Christian => Dr. Schiff (The One with Ross's Step Forward)
Sherri Shepherd => Rhonda, The Tour Guide (The One with Phoebe's Uterus)
Soleil Moon Frye => Katie (The One with the Girl Who Hits Joey)
Willie Garson => Steve (The One with the Girl Who Hits Joey)
Steve Hytner => Mr. Thompson (The One with the Proposal)
Steve Zahn => Duncan (The One with Phoebe's Husband)
Susan Chuang => Receptionist (The One with Rachel's Dream)
Susanna Midnight => Margha (as Susanna Voltaire) (The One with the Football)
Warren Berlinger => Bob (The One Where Joey Moves Out)
Winona Ryder => Melissa Warburton (The One with Rachel's Big Kiss)
Select Cast and Crew
Alan Myerson => Director
Andrew Tsao => Director
Arlene Sanford => Director
Ben Weiss => Director
Dana De Vally Piazza => Director
David Schwimmer => Director / Dr. Ross Geller
David Steinberg => Director
Ellen Gittelsohn => Director
Gail Mancuso => Director
Gary Halvorson => Director
James Burrows => Director
Joe Regalbuto => Director
Kevin Bright => Director
Mary Kay Place => Director
Michael Lembeck => Director
Pamela Fryman => Director
Paul Lazarus => Director
Peter Bonerz => Director
Robby Benson => Director
Roger Christiansen => Director
Sam Simon => Director
Sheldon Epps => Director
Shelley Jensen => Director
Stephen Prime => Director
Steve Zuckerman => Director
Terry Hughes => Director
Thomas Schlamme => Director
Todd Holland => Director
Adam Chase => Writer
Alexa Junge => Writer
Alicia Sky Varinaitis => Writer
Amy Toomin Straus => Writer
Andrew Reich => Writer
Betsy Borns => Writer
Bill Lawrence => Writer
Brian Boyle => Writer
Brian Buckner => Writer
Brown Mandell => Writer
Chris Brown => Writer
Dana Klein => Writer
David Crane => Writer
Doty Abrams => Writer
Ellen Kreamer => Writer
Gigi McCreery => Writer
Greg Malins => Writer
Ira Ungerleider => Writer
Jeff Astrof => Writer
Jeff Greenstein => Writer
Jeff Strauss => Writer
Jill Condon => Writer
Mark J. Kunerth => Writer
Marta Kauffman => Writer
Michael Borkow => Writer
Michael Curtis => Writer
Mike Sikowitz => Writer
Patty Lin => Writer
Perry M. Rein => Writer
Peter Tibbals => Writer
R. Lee Fleming Jr. => Writer
Richard Goodman => Writer
Robert Carlock => Writer
Scott Silveri => Writer
Sebastian Jones => Writer
Seth Kurland => Writer
Shana Goldberg-Meehan => Writer
Sherry Bilsing => Writer
Steven Rosenhaus => Writer
Suzie V. Freeman => Writer
Ted Cohen => Writer
Tracy Reilly => Writer
Vanessa McCarthy => Writer
Wil Calhoun => Writer
Zachary Rosenblatt => Writer
Michael Skloff => Composer
Allee Willis => Songs
The Rembrandts => Songs
Adam Goldberg => Eddie
Aisha Tyler => Charlie Wheeler
Alec Baldwin => Parker
Alexandra Holden => Elizabeth Stevens
Alison La Placa => Joanna (as Alison LaPlaca)
Anna Faris => Erica
Bonnie Somerville => Mona
Bruce Willis => Paul Stevens
Cali Sheldon => Emma Geller-Green (uncredited)
Charles Thomas Allen => Ben Geller (as Charlie Allen)
Christina Applegate => Amy Green
Christina Pickles => Judy Geller
Christine Taylor => Bonnie
Cole Sprouse => Ben Geller (as Cole Mitchell Sprouse)
Cosimo Fusco => Paolo
Courteney Cox => Monica Geller
Cristine Rose => Bitsy Hannigan (as Christine Rose)
Debra Jo Rupp => Alice Knight
Dermot Mulroney => Gavin Mitchell
Dina Meyer => Kate Miller
E.J. Callahan => Mr. Simon
Eddie Cahill => Tag Jones
Elizabeth Davidson => Emma Geller-Green (uncredited)
Elle Macpherson => Janine Lecroix
Elliott Gould => Jack Geller
George Newbern => Danny
Giovanni Ribisi => Frank Jr.
Gregory Itzin => Theodore Hannigan
Hank Azaria => David
Helen Baxendale => Emily Waltham
James Michael Tyler => Gunther (uncredited)
Jane Sibbett => Carol
Jennifer Aniston => Rachel Green
Jessica Hecht => Susan
Joanna Gleason => Kim Clozzi
John Christopher Allen => Ben Geller (as Jack Allen)
Jon Favreau => Pete Becker
June Gable => Estelle (scenes deleted)
Kathleen Turner => Charles Bing / Helena Handbasket
Katie => Marcel the Monkey (uncredited)
Larry Hankin => The Weird Man
Lauren Tom => Julie
Lisa Kudrow => Phoebe Buffay
Maggie Wheeler => Janice
Marlo Thomas => Sandra Green
Matt LeBlanc => Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry => Chandler Bing
Max Wright => Terry
Melissa George => Molly
Michael Ensign => Dr. Ledbetter
Michael Rapaport => Gary
Mike Hagerty => Mr. Treeger (as Michael G. Hagerty)
Mitchell Whitfield => Barry
Morgan Fairchild => Nora Bing
Noelle Sheldon => Emma Geller-Green (uncredited)
Paget Brewster => Kathy
Paul Rudd => Mike Hannigan
Paxton Whitehead => Mr. Waltham
Reese Witherspoon => Jill Green
Ron Glass => Russell
Ron Leibman => Dr. Leonard Green
Sam McMurray => Doug (as Sam MacMurray)
Steve Ireland => Mr. Zelner
Steven Eckholdt => Mark Robinson
Tate Donovan => Joshua Burgin
Teri Garr => Phoebe Abbott Sr.
Tom Selleck => Dr. Richard Burke
Vincent Ventresca => Fun Bobby

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role of Joey, he had eleven dollars to his name. When the cast got their first paychecks, the first thing that LeBlanc bought was a hot dinner. Courteney Cox bought a car.
  • Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel. She asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts.
  • The artwork in Central Perk changed every three episodes.
  • Matthew Perry's wit is so legendary that the script writers have included many of his own made-up jokes.
  • Joey's (Matt LeBlanc'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.
  • When Courteney Cox dressed as fat Monica for the first time, Matthew Perry walked right past her without recognizing her.
  • Lisa Kudrow and her best friend wrote "Smelly Cat" one night when they were drunk, and it eventually got written into the show.
  • Joey was originally written as a jerk. When Matt LeBlanc questioned why the others would be friends with him, the character was changed.
  • Before the show was cast, the main love interest was intended to be Monica (Courteney Cox) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc). But neither seemed to have much romantic chemistry; so they were paired up with different cast members; (Chandler and Rachel).
  • One fan of the series has calculated that over ten seasons, Joey amassed a total of 119,760 dollars in debt to Chandler.
  • Lisa Kudrow was terrified of the duck that showed up in season three.
  • Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Christina Applegate, and Paul Rudd guest-starred on the show after doing a movie with one of the regular cast members. Willis and Applegate won Emmys for their guest roles.
  • Matthew Perry has admitted he barely remembers filming three seasons (between 3rd to 6th season) of the show roughly midway through its run due to his drinking problems.
  • In the opening credits to [Friends: The One After Vegas] (1999) the names of all of the actors, actresses, and crew were changed to include "Arquette" at the end of them, a gag on Courteney Cox Arquette, who had just recently married David Arquette.
  • Hank Azaria auditioned for the role of Joey. After being rejected, he begged to audition again. He auditioned and was rejected again, but he later appeared as David, Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow's) scientist boyfriend.
  • The golden frame around the peephole was originally a mirror which Ricky Parker, a crew member, accidentally smashed. Because it looked good, they decided to leave it there.
  • Joey's (Matt LeBlanc's) pick-up line, "How YOU doin'?" was ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (August 21-27, 2005 issue).
  • When Tom Selleck made his initial on-set appearances, he got standing ovations, which made his entrances unusable. They were re-shot without the audience.
  • The show's original theme song was "Shiny Happy People" by [?] R.E.M., but was changed later on to "I'll Be There For You" by The Rembrandts.
  • Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) and Matthew Perry (Chandler) were long-time friends before the show.
  • James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther, because he was the only extra who could competently work the coffee machine on the Central Perk set.
  • Helen Baxendale (Emily Waltham) became pregnant between seasons four and five. She couldn't continue travelling from England, so her character had to be written out much earlier than planned. In her last few appearances, she is wearing heavy clothes to hide her pregnancy.
  • The original plan for [Friends: The One with Rachel's Other Sister] (2002), was to bring Reese Witherspoon back as Jill Green. Witherspoon was unavailable, so Christina Applegate was cast as Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston's) other sister, Amy Green.
  • Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc pitched a story idea in which it was discovered that Phoebe and Joey had been in a casual sexual relationship since the beginning of the series, and an episode would reveal it by restaging the show's most memorable scenes and revealing that Joey and Phoebe were in coitus immediately beforehand. The writers turned it down, arguing that it didn't match the tone of the show.
  • Jennifer Aniston dated Tate Donovan (Joshua) for three years. They got engaged, but unfortunately split in the same year he landed a part on the show, as her boyfriend.
  • Chandler and Monica were meant to be just a one night thing. But fans in the audience liked it so much that they cheered the bedsheet scene for twenty-seven seconds. It led the makers to make them a couple.
  • The storyline of Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) having her brother's babies was thought up when Kudrow announced her real-life pregnancy. However, as she was not big enough to be having triplets and the show was shot in "TV time", the costumers had to pad her to make her look bigger for the show.
  • Unlike his character, Matt LeBlanc can speak fluent French.
  • Lisa Kudrow wore a wig for a large portion of season six after cutting her hair for another role.
  • James Michael Tyler (Gunther) had his hair dyed the day before his audition because his friend, who had studied to become a hairdresser, experimented on his hair. When Tyler showed up, the producers liked it so much, that they decided to keep it.