Facts about FRIENDS, best TV show ever!
A Comedy Series based in Manhatten about 6 young friends, in the struggle to find success and happiness in life, but it is never that straight forward, is it? Over the course of ten years, this average group of buddies goes through massive mayhem, family trouble, past and future romances, fights, laughs, tears and surprises as they learn what it really means to be a friend. Lets read some facts about FRIENDS! (facts about friends)
1. Right before the show premiered, the cast took a group trip to Vegas for one last taste of anonymity.
“Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded”, director James Burrows told them, not inaccurately. The gang headed to Caesars Palace, a location which later became central to Friends’ Vegas-centric episodes. (facts about friends)
2. While we’re on the subject of couples, did you ever wonder why Phoebe and Joey never became a thing?
You’re not alone, if so – early on, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc even suggested to the writers that it be revealed the pair had been occasionally hooking up for years. While you can see how this idea was shot down for being out-of-step with the show’s tone. It really would have made a whole lot of sense for both characters. (facts about friends)
3. A subplot involving Monica and Chandler being interrogated by airport security was pulled at the last minute.
The scenes were pulled from season eight’s The One Where Rachel Tells Ross’, because the episode was due to air a few weeks after 9/11. The episode aired with a hastily filmed replacement plot involving the pair trying to get an upgrade. The scenes have now been made available to watch on YouTube, and while they’re really funny, you can definitely see how badly they would have played at the time. (facts about friends)
4. The Friends have pretty much all kissed each other.
One hard-working Tumblr fan did some serious research on this, confirming that the only two characters who have never locked lips in any way are Monica and Phoebe. Everyone else has, if you include off-screen moments and hypothetical” ,what if? episodes. (facts about friends)
5. Matt LeBlanc busted his shoulder while filming and it had to be written into the show.
Matt LeBlanc revealed revealed that while filming The One Where No One Is Ready he raced toward the comfy chair which Joey and Chandler were famously fighting over and dislocated his shoulder. He explained: “I put my arm up to break my fall and just exploded my shoulder”, after that Matt/Joey’s sling had to be written into the show, which they blamed on him jumping on the bed in the plot. (facts about friends)
6. The role of Ross was written for David Schwimmer.
This may come as a surprise because Eric McCormack, the Will of ‘Will and Grace’, made news when he said that he auditioned “two or three times” for Ross. But, executive producer Kevin Bright had worked with Schwimmer before. The writers were already developing Ross’s character in Schwimmer’s voice. And indeed, Schwimmer was the first person cast on the show. (facts about friends)
7. It was filmed in front of a live audience—except for cliffhangers.
Shooting an episode of Friends was a lengthy process, typically lasting five hours, with multiple takes per scene and 20 minutes between scenes to change sets. Still, the show was filmed in front of a live audience made up of 300 fans. And that’s the way the cast preferred it. “It’s kind of like a test to see if the material works, if the jokes work, if the story tracks,” said LeBlanc. Perry agreed, “Our energy just elevates every time there’s an audience.”
So, what wasn’t filmed in front of a live audience? One example is the cliffhanger in the season four finale, “The One With Ross’s Wedding.” At the end of the episode, Ross is about to marry Emily, but accidentally says Rachel’s name at the altar. “We couldn’t have an audience for that,” Aniston said. “We always remove the audience for the cliffhangers because, obvious reasons, you don’t want to spoil it.” (facts about friends)
8. The cast had a huddle before every episode.
Every week before filming commenced, the cast would get together for a moment to prepare for the show. This was the moment that David Schwimmer was dreading before the finale because he knew it would make him emotional. “I started to lose it in this ritual that we had before the show”, he said. “Which is just a group hug, kind of get in a little circle, right before we come out. And that was the moment I was dreading for a long time because I knew that moment of just looking at everyone in their eyes, and saying ‘Have a good time ahead.” (facts about friends)