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Friday, 13 March 2015

Friends


Many titles were considered and rejected before the show was named as 'Friends'. They included Friends like us', 'Insomnia Cafe' and 'Across the Hall'.

In the early stages of Friends' development, Chandler and Phoebe were just support characters, and the writers considered making Chandler gay. His middle name is Muriel.

Matt Le Blanc was down to his last $11 when he landed his role on Friends.

The writers of Friends didn't originally intend for Joey to be dim, but when Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role, he put a "different spin" on the character, convincing the writers that his being dumb would be a great source of comedy.

Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe Buffay in Friends.

The Friends theme song was originally going to be "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M. It can actually be heard in the original pilot, Friends Like Us. The theme was eventually changed to "I'll Be There For You" by The Rembrandts.

The pilot episode of Friends premiered on NBC on September 22, 1994.


The estimated cost of Monica's apartment on Friends is $3,500,000.

At the beginning of the series, Monica’s door had #5 on it. The producers later realized that didn’t make sense as Monica lived on a higher floor. They changed her apartment number to 20.

Bruce Willis guest starred on the series after losing a bet to Matthew Perry on the set of their movie, The Whole Nine Yards.

Each episode of the last season of Friends cost $10 million.

The iconic Friends title sequences had the six main stars splashing around a mock-up of a fountain in New York City's Central Park as the song played. It turns out the cast hated both the theme tune and fountain dancing. "No one was really a big fan of that theme song," Jennifer Aniston told BBC's The One Show. "We felt it was a little, I don't know, dancing in a pond. A fountain felt sort of odd, but we did it."

There were 236 episodes of Friends in total.

The word "friends" is said in every episode of Friends.

When the final episode of Friends was aired on NBC on May 6, 2004, it attracted 52.46 million viewers, making it the fourth most watched television series finale in US history.

By the end of Friends, Joey owed Chandler about $114, 260.

When Friends ended its 10-season run, the cast and crew were all given a chunk of the sidewalk from outside of Central Perk.

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