F.R.I.E.N.D.S is one TV show that none of us are going to forget for years to come. We don’t mind watching re-runs of the same episodes again and again. Each of the characters become so familiar to us that we go to any crazy extent to know more about him/her. However, you will be amazed to know that they are a few things you might not know about F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Check out!
1. The opening credits were not shot at Central ParkThey were shot at Warner Bros studio. Don’t let your NYC tour guide dodge you into believing that the Pulitzer Fountain is shown in the famous song ‘I’ll be there for you’ by The Remembrandts.
2. During the series, the apartment numbers switchedDid you notice it? Initially, Monica’s door had a number 5 but, in the later episodes it became 20. Similarly, Chandler’s changed from 4 to 19!
3. It was originally called ‘Insomnia Cafe’.Later it was changed to ‘Friends Like Us’ and ‘Six of One’. Finally, it became ‘Friends’.
4. Lisa Kudrow was really pregnantPhoebe carries her brother’s triplets because Kudrow was actually pregnant. But, Cox’s pregnancy wasn’t written into the show though she too really was in the last season. This is because according to the storyline, Chandler and Monica were facing difficulties in having kids.
5. The actors in real life never really got along well with the animalsLisa Kudrow was afraid of the duck while Jennifer Aniston had a tough time filming with Marcel.
6. Jennifer Aniston almost didn’t return for the last seasonCan you imagine F.R.I.E.N.D.S without Rachel? Jennifer Aniston undoubtedly became the most popular. She reportedly spoke in a 2004 interview ‘How much more Rachel do I have left in me?’ But, eventually she did shoot it.
7. Courtney Cox was supposed to be RachelBut, Cox suggested to play Monica as it was a strong character.
8. The epic couch in Central Perk and peephole frame were never taken seriously while beginning to shootThe orange couch was found in the basement of the Warner Bros studio while the peephole frame was actually a mirror which broke accidentally but, the producers kept it as it looked good.
9. The salary of the stars increased from $22,000 per head in the first season to $1 million per head in the last.Such was the unity among them that each accepted a raise only if others had it too.
10. Everyone was given the last name ‘Arquette’ for the opening credits of the episode ‘The One After Vegas’.This is because the episode was dedicated: “For Courtney and David who did get married.”
It’s tough to believe that it has been 12 years since the show ended. There are coffeehouses all over the world in the theme of ‘Central Perk’ for every fan of this wonderful show. Let’s hope for a reunion of our most favourite TV stars in the near future.