History Trivia / Friends

18th Apr '16 2:34:57 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Phoebe's grandmother is [[Series/ThreesCompany Mrs. Roper!]]
** [[Series/{{Twenty Four}} Charles Logan]] is Mike's father?! Quick! Somebody alert Jack Bauer!
*** And Mike's mother is [[Series/{{Heroes}} Angela Petrelli]] and [[Series/{{How I Met Your Mother}} Virginia Mosby]].
** [[Film/{{MASH}} Trapper]] is Ross and Monica's father.
*** Except that this one pretended to be a Quaker to get out of going to Korea.
*** And [[Series/{{How I Met Your Mother}} Lily's paternal grandmother]] is their mother.
** I never knew that Phoebe used to be singing partners with [[WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}} Tommy Pickles]]...
** Apparently before becoming a shepard, [[Series/{{Firefly}} Book]] used to be Ross' divorce lawyer
** How would Phoebe feel if she knew that her true mother used to be a lab assistant to [[Film/YoungFrankenstein Dr. Frankenstein]]?
** [[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind Phoebe's father investigated UFOs while her mother was married to a guy who encountered one.]]
*** He was also the [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} President of NBC]].
** Phoebe's new sister-in-law just so happens to be [[Series/That70sShow Kitty Foreman]]
** Phoebe's [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]] obsessed OBGYN was [[Series/{{Lost}} stranded with his African-American wife on a mysterious island]]
*** And his [[Series/DoogieHowserMD Howser-esque]] replacement later went on to gain more doctorates in [[Series/{{Bones}} entomology, botany, and geology/mineralogy.]]
** Danny, the yeti-guy Rachel very briefly had a crush on, was the daughter's fiancee in ''Film/FatherOfTheBride'' and also happens to be the [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague leader of a team of super heroes]] and a member of [[Series/{{Scandal}} B-613.]]
** [[Series/CriminalMinds Emily Prentiss]] dated Joey and later Chandler in season 4.
** Molly, the hot lesbian nanny that Ross hired to look after Emma, later went on to be attacked by [[Film/ThirtyDaysOfNight vampires in Alaska]].
** [[Series/{{Glee}} Jane Lynch]] played the realtor who sold Monica and Chandler their house in the suburbs.
** Before she was Russian (but after giving birth to [[Film/AmericanPie Stifler]]), [[Series/TwoBrokeGirls Sophie]] was apparently annoyingly pretentious, competitive and attention-seeking, but with an ''English'' accent.
** It's a little surprising that we never heard about the time [[Series/{{Community}} the Dean]] flew to Paris; it's less surprising that Abed doesn't talk about his dad being Joey's doctor when he had kidney stones.
** [[Series/CarolineInTheCity Caroline Duffy]] wanted to know how Chandler and Joey adopted in "TOW The Baby On The Bus".
*** ''And'' [[Film/BackToTheFuture Lorraine Baines]]!
** [[DanCastellaneta Homer Simpson]] is the zookeeper in "The One After The Superbowl".
*** And, of course, Phoebe dated [[HankAzaria Moe Szyslak]] of all people.
*** And [[HarryShearer Ned Flanders]] tries to get Ross to sell Marcel to an illegal animal fighting ring.
** Actually, it wasn't Ned/Derek Smalls. It was [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap David St Hubbins]].
** Charlie (Aisha Tyler)'s ex-boyfriend is played by Greg Kinnear; both were hosts of ''Talk Soup'' before it was re-incarnated as ''TheSoup''.
** And, of course, Charlie herself is [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} Lana]].
** Chandler's drag queen father is [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Jessica Rabbit]]!
** That little girl who Ross has to buy girl-scout cookies in the place of after breaking her leg? That's Creator/MaeWhitman.
** Courteney Cox herself was one for fans of ''Series/FamilyTies'' - playing Alex P. Keaton's girfriend Lauren Miller from 1987 to 1989.
** Yes, that's [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Lois Griffin]] as the star of the one-woman play in "TOW The Soap Opera Party".
** Caitlin, the short-haired pizza delivery girl, later moved to Los Angeles, and would occasionally use [[Series/TwoAndAHalfMen Charlie]]'s shower.
** Speaking of which, the judge who refused to give Rachel and Ross their divorce apparently failed to obtain re-election, took it quite hard, fell to alcohol and mild drugs, and moved to the West Coast to be [[Series/TwoAndAHalfMen a maid]].
** Speaking of which ''again'', long before dating [[Series/TwoAndAHalfMen Charlie Harper]] (something that made her have a mental breakdown and go from fifth grade teacher to topless dancer), Dolores Pasternak lived in New York and did not react well to Ross's ultra-whitened teeth (much like everyone else).[[Creator/CharlieSheen Charlie Harper]] himself got chicken pox from Phoebe.
** [[Franchise/DieHard John McClane]] was not too thrilled when Ross was dating his 20 year old daughter.
** Before her fling with Joey, Kate Miller had been one of [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Brandon Walsh]]'s more important girlfriends. After that, [[Franchise/{{Saw}} she tried to find and arrest the Jigsaw Killer]].
** Chandler accidentally reveals to [[Film/SpyKids Juni]] ([[WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex Rex]]?) that he's adopted ''and'' that Santa isn't real.
** [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Cody]] pranked everyone on the show (as Ben) and later [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappeared]] when Ross saw less of him.
** Mike had to break up with Amber from ''Series/{{House}}'' [[spoiler: to get back with Phoebe]].
** Speaking of House, Dr. Gregory House [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech told Rachel that she had no business ruining Ross's wedding to Emily]].
** [[Disney/BigHero6 Baymax]], [[Series/ThirtyRock Pete Hornberger]] and [[WesternAnimation/MoralOrel Clay Puppington]] is the director/"the next next Martin Scorcese" who Joey has to show that he is not circumcized ([[EpicFail when he really is]]) in "TOW Ross and Monica's Cousin".
** [[Series/{{Californication}} Charlie Runkle]] is the ''Days of Our Lives'' director Phoebe annoys as an extra.
** Who would have known that [[Series/{{Band of Brothers}} Captain Sobel]] was once a dork?
** [[Film/SavingPrivateRyan Medic Wade and Pvt. Mellish]] are Phoebe's half-brother Frank and Chandler's temporary roommate Eddie, respectively.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Creator/JimCummings is the narrator of the beer commercial the gang watches at the beginning of "The One after the Super Bowl".
** And no wonder Barry turned evil later on- he was also [[WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} Phobos]]!
9th Apr '16 9:42:26 PM SirVancelot131
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** Matthew Perry's father played Joshua's (Tate Donovan) father in one episode.

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** Matthew Perry's father played Joshua's (Tate Donovan) father in one episode.episode, complete with Chandler-like snarking.
31st Mar '16 9:39:53 PM shamblingdead2
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** In the first season, Joey gets a part in a porno movie. Prior to ''Series/{{Friends}}'' Matt Leblanc appeared in the soft-core series ''Series/TheRedShoeDiaries''.
29th Mar '16 6:41:50 AM Tightwire
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* TruthInTelevision: It may be played for laughs, but Joey's painfully slow progression in the acting industry and playing a part in a low-budget medical drama is surprisingly realistic - the industry is clogged with mediocre actors, and even great actors, who just have to take any job they can, just to get something on their resumé.

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* TruthInTelevision: It may be played for laughs, but Joey's painfully slow and extremely erratic progression in the acting industry and playing a part in a low-budget medical drama is surprisingly realistic - the industry is clogged with mediocre actors, and even great actors, who just have to take any job they can, just to get something on their resumé.
29th Mar '16 6:31:26 AM Tightwire
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* TruthInTelevision: It may be played for laughs, but Joey's painfully slow progression in the acting industry and playing a part in a low-budget medical drama is surprisingly realistic - the industry is clogged with mediocre actors, and even great actors, who just have to take any job they can, just to get something on their resumé.
16th Mar '16 2:57:33 PM DavidDelony
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* TheRedStapler: The "Rachel" cut, the flat, straight and square-layered hairstyle worn by Creator/JenniferAniston in the first couple of seasons, was so popular with women that it came to be associated with TheNineties the same way that [[EightiesHair frizzy, voluminous hair]] defined [[TheEighties the preceding decade]]. The funny thing is that this was unintentional. The stylist originally wanted Aniston to have even-length hair, but accidentally cut off a bit too much on the front right; instead of matching all the rest of her hair to it, he just cut off a bit on the other side to make it symmetrical. In an interview, Aniston claimed that she hated the haircut and didn't get what the "big deal" was.

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* TheRedStapler: TheRedStapler:
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The "Rachel" cut, the flat, straight and square-layered hairstyle worn by Creator/JenniferAniston in the first couple of seasons, was so popular with women that it came to be associated with TheNineties the same way that [[EightiesHair frizzy, voluminous hair]] defined [[TheEighties the preceding decade]]. The funny thing is that this was unintentional. The stylist originally wanted Aniston to have even-length hair, but accidentally cut off a bit too much on the front right; instead of matching all the rest of her hair to it, he just cut off a bit on the other side to make it symmetrical. In an interview, Aniston claimed that she hated the haircut and didn't get what the "big deal" was.was.
** The series helped popularize coffeehouse culture in the U.S.
4th Mar '16 10:55:24 PM youngbond007
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While the show is still regarded as a great sitcom in America, it definitely becoming more and more a case of SeinfeldIsUnfunny. But in Europe, the show is still remembered as an all-time classic, even ten years after it ended. A common comment among Europeans is that the characters were "universal", and even timeless, hence why they could smash cultural barriers with stunning ease. That's a pretty strong contrast with many of its American detractors, who accuse the show of being nothing but trendy dribble.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While the show is still regarded as a great sitcom in America, it definitely becoming more and more a case of SeinfeldIsUnfunny. But in Europe, the show is still remembered as an all-time classic, even ten years after it ended. A common comment among Europeans is that the characters were "universal", and even timeless, hence why they could smash cultural barriers with stunning ease. That's a pretty strong contrast with many of its American detractors, who accuse the show of being nothing but trendy dribble.dribble and a ArcFatigue ridden show that overstayed its welcome.
4th Mar '16 10:53:48 PM youngbond007
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While in America the show is becoming more and more a case of SeinfeldIsUnfunny, in Europe the show is still remembered as an all-time classic, even ten years after it ended. A common comment among Europeans is that the characters were "universal", and even timeless, hence why they could smash cultural barriers with stunning ease. That's a pretty strong contrast with many of its American detractors, who accuse the show of being nothing but trendy dribble.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While in America the show is still regarded as a great sitcom in America, it definitely becoming more and more a case of SeinfeldIsUnfunny, SeinfeldIsUnfunny. But in Europe Europe, the show is still remembered as an all-time classic, even ten years after it ended. A common comment among Europeans is that the characters were "universal", and even timeless, hence why they could smash cultural barriers with stunning ease. That's a pretty strong contrast with many of its American detractors, who accuse the show of being nothing but trendy dribble.
3rd Mar '16 7:40:51 AM kquinn0830
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** [[Film/SavingPrivateRyan Medic Wade and Pvt. Mellish]] are Phoebe's half-brother Frank and Chandler's temporary roommate Eddie, respectively.
11th Jan '16 10:21:46 PM youngbond007
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** Paul [[=McCartney=]] turned down the role for Emily's father. Yes, that PaulMcCartney.

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** Paul [[=McCartney=]] [=McCartney=] turned down the role for Emily's father. Yes, that PaulMcCartney.
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