It’s been 20 years since we first met Ross, Rachel and the gang. Time to find out the coolest facts you’ve never heard about everyone’s favorite New Yorkers.
Consistently one of the highest rated television shows of the time, the popularity and cultural impact of the series is astonishing, even a decade after the final episode aired. Jennifer Aniston’s hairstyle became a phenomenon all on its own, nicknamed ‘The Rachel’. It’s hard to believe, but more than 20 years have passed since we first met Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Monica and Chandler. We think we know the characters as well as our own “Friends”, but here are 10 things you didn’t know about the iconic sitcom…
10FACT No 10
Matt Leblanc only had 11 dollar to his name the day he was hired for friends. He used his first pay check to buy a hot meal- Courteney Cox bought a Porsche with hers.
09FACT No 9
Monica and Chandler´s apartments changed numbers from 4 and 5 to 19 and 20. Producers realized 4 and 5 weren´t reflective of an upper floor apartment in NYC.
08FACT No 8
Bruce Willis only appeared in the show as he lost a bet to Matthew Perry. He´d said “The whole 9 yards” wouldn´t top box offices, proved wrong, he guest starred, donating his fee to charity.
07FACT No 7
In 1993 Matthew Perry pitched Maxwell´s house – a sitcom about a group of 20 somethings. It was declined by NBC who were already working on a similar show – friends.
06FACT No 6
Courteney Cox appeared in Bruce Springsteen´s “Dancing in the dark” video – she´s pulled on stage to dance. She was person to say the word “period” on TV in an advert for TAMPAX.
05FACT No 5
Courteney Cox was originally cast as Rachel, but insisted that she play Monica. Jennifer Aniston almost turned down the role to join the “Saturday night Live” cast.
04FACT No 4
Monica and Phoebe are the only pair of friends who have not kissed. In flashbacks and alternative reality episodes, all the other characters have got together.
03FACT No 3
Ross is 29 for 3 years – mentioning his age in seasons 3, 4 and 5. Though the gang celebrates 3 thanksgivings between the seasons, he stays the same age.
02FACT No 2
James Michael Tyler was given the role of Gunther as he could work the espresso machine. He had been working as a barista before his role in Friends.
01FACT No 1
In total the 6 characters have had 138 romantic relationships. Joey has slept with 51 people, Phoebe 32, Rachel 15, Monica and Ross 14 and Chandler 10.