If you grew up in the 90’s, odds are you’ve watched the show Friends. Spanning 10 seasons, the show was a dominant force in Television and produced some very famous faces.
Here are 42 friendly facts about Friends.
42. No Sleep
The show was originally going to be titled Insomnia Cafe. Once NBC bought the pilot, the title was changed to Friends Like Us. A few other names were thrown around, and when the pilot was shot the title was Six Of One. By the time the show aired, they had landed on Friends.
The cast of the show could have been very different. Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin both auditioned for the role of Phoebe, while Jon Favreau and Jon Cryer both auditioned for the role of Matthew Perry.
40. The Famous One
When the show aired, Courteney Cox was the most famous cast member, having appeared in several commercials and Bruce Springstein’s “Dancing In The Dark” music video. Fun fact, Carlton’s dance from the The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air was the inspired by Courteney’s dancing in the music video.
Executive producer Kevin Bright had worked with David Schwimmer before, and when the show was being written, Ross was written with Schwimmer in mind. It came as no surprise when Schwimmer was the first actor to be cast in the show.
The opening of the show has fountain in it that looks like Pulitzer Fountain in Central Park, but the opening was shot on the Warner Bros. lot, in Burbank, California. Keep that in mind the next time your Central Park tour guide tries to pull a fast one on you.
James Burrows, who had a stint as a director on the show in its early years took the cast to Las Vegas before the show aired. He encouraged the cast to enjoy their last bit of anonymity because he had a “good feeling” about the show.
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