I guess no one told them life was going to be that way, their job’s a joke, they’re broke, their love life’s D.O.A. It’s like they’re always stuck in second gear when it hasn’t been their day, their week, their month, or even their year… Friends will be there for you. But if you’ve watched every episode 437832 times, and need a bit of extra trivia in your life, check out the things you didn’t know about Friends…
Of course, we know the show as being called Friends. How could it be anything different? It’s simple, yet effective. Tells us everything, without telling us anything. Pure brilliance. But it turns out that the show was originally going to be called ‘Insomnia Cafe.’ They then changed it to ‘Friends Like Us’ before changing their mind again, and calling it, ‘Six Of One.’ I guess nobody taught them the phrase, ‘short and sweet.’
Hefty price tags
Actors are known for earning a lot of dollar. In the first season of Friends, each cast member was being paid $22,000 per episode. In 1997, the cast did what no other cast members of a TV show had ever done before, and they banded together to ask for a salary increase. They were then paid $100,000 per episode. Their salaries were then increased AGAIN, and by the end of the show, they were being paid $1,000,000 per episode. Woah.
Just like the name, the creators of the show couldn’t quite decide on the storyline. When the show was originally written, they wrote Joey and Monica as love interests. We know they liked to go around the group, but that is one relationship we just can’t get our head around…
A small age problem
We all know Monica Gellar as Ross Gellar’s younger sister. But in real life, Courteney Cox is actually older than David Schwimmer. A small technicality, but something we can get over. Just about.
A change in numbers
If you’re a hardcore fan of Friends and just love spotting mistakes on TV, you might have recognized this one. At the start of the show, Monica’s apartment was number 5 – and even had a 5 on her front door. But the writers soon realized that this wouldn’t let the audience know that her apartment was on an upper level. So they changed it to number 20. To make them match, they also changed Joey and Chandler’s apartment from 4 to 19.
A loving tribute
Throughout filming Friends, Courtney Cox married David Arquette. To celebrate their marriage, the opening credits of ‘The One After Vegas’ were altered slightly. Every single cast member had the name ‘Arquette’ added to their names. And here we were thinking it was a mistake…
We all love Chandler. He’s witty. He’s awkward. He’s slightly rude. But you can’t help but love him. According to our sources, Matthew Perry’s character was written to be awkward and uncomfortable around women because he told them he was awkward and uncomfortable himself, in real life. At least he was honest.
The orange couch
The Orange Couch in Central Perk is one of the most iconic props from the show. But it wasn’t bought specifically for the show, nor was it picked to be orange. In fact, they just found the couch in the Warner Bros. studio basement and decided to use it. How convenient.
It’s no secret that the Friends liked ‘getting involved’ with each other. Their relationships were on, they were off, and they were kissing each other. Throughout the whole show, all of the main characters, excluding Monica and Phoebe, had all kissed each other at some point.
Monica’s purple door, like the couch, sums up Friends. One of the main features of the door is the yellow frame that surrounds the peephole. This frame had originally had originally been a mirror, but one of the crew members broke it before filming started. Rather than getting rid of it, they liked it how it was, and decided to keep it there. At least it didn’t give them any bad luck!
Getting in on the action
As well as being a professional and sought-after actor, David Schwimmer is also a director. He has directed movies like Run, Fatboy Run, and even got in on the action in Friends. It’s said that Schwimmer directed 10 episodes during the show’s run. Go, David!
An extra extra
Gunther is the unfortunate guy we all know and love. And we can’t help but feel sorry for him. The actor who plays Gunther, James Michael Tyler, was originally an extra but was chosen to play Gunther because he was the only extra who knew how to work an espresso machine.
Weirdly, Gunther didn’t have a name until season 2. Before then, he had simply faded into the background. But he finally got his big break in episode 33, when he had his first line. He had one word to say – ‘Yeah.’ Poor Gunther. He did go on to become a bit more key to the show, however.
What could have been
Although we love Chandler, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, and Joey, we always like to know what could have been. It’s been reported that producers initially wanted Ellen DeGeneres to play the character of Phoebe. Luckily for us, she turned down the offer, and the role was given to Lisa Kudrow instead.