History Trivia / Friends

15th Jan '17 2:32:06 PM fearlessnikki
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* ActorSharedBackground: Lisa Kudrow is vegetarian, like Phoebe.
* BeautyInversion:
** Courteney Cox whenever Fat!Monica had to appear. Matthew Perry apparently didn't recognise her the first time he saw her in the fatsuit.
** June Gable was also diguised under an unflattering wig, tacky clothes and UncannyValleyMakeUp as Estelle. She also affected a voice to suggest the agent was a chain smoker.
* CastingGag: Rachel's friend Mindy is played by Jennifer Grey. Both she and Jennifer Aniston had played the Jeanie Bueller in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' and the short lived TV spin-off respectively.



* DawsonCasting: High school-aged Ross, Rachel, Chandler and Monica are played by the regular cast. Additionally, the characters were all meant to be in their mid-twenties at the beginning of the show, but Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox were already in their thirties.

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* DawsonCasting: DawsonCasting:
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High school-aged Ross, Rachel, Chandler and Monica are played by the regular cast. Additionally, the characters were all meant to be in their mid-twenties at the beginning of the show, but Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox were already in their thirties.thirties.
** Frank Jr is also meant to be eighteen when he first appears on the show. Giovanni Ribisi was twenty-two.



* HideYourPregnancy:
** Courteney Cox during Season 10. Especially since [[spoiler: Monica's infertility]] was a plot point.
** Helen Baxendale too, resulting in her being written out sooner than originally planned. For Emily's last couple of appearances, the bump is hidden by bed sheets or she just speaks over the phone.
** Inverted with Lisa Kudrow, who was pregnant around the same time as her character. But as she wasn't big enough to be carrying triplets, she had to be padded.
* {{Jossed}}: A long standing rumour was that Creator/EllenDeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe. Ellen later clarified that the confusion came from a show she was on called ''These Friends of Mine''.



** Reese Witherspoon (Jill, Rachel's sister) was supposed to have a story arc lasting for around six episodes, but because Jennifer Aniston allegedly did not get along with her, it was shortened to two. The writers have said in the episode commentaries that there have actually been several instances throughout the series of storylines being cut short due to backstage problems with the guest stars they hired.

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** Reese Witherspoon (Jill, Rachel's sister) was supposed to have a story arc lasting for around six episodes, but because Jennifer Aniston allegedly did not get along with her, it was shortened to two. The writers have said in the episode commentaries that there have actually been several instances throughout the series of storylines being cut short due to backstage problems with the guest stars they hired. Jill was also meant to come back in Season 9, but Reese was unavailable, so Amy Green was created instead. Christina Applegate won an Emmy for her guest spot.



* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: Producers took advantage of the resemblance between Lisa Kudrow and Teri Garr



** The golden frame around the peephole on the apartment door was a mirror originally. But a crew member accidentally smashed the glass. They found it looked good anyway and left it in.



** The famous white dog of Joey's was a gift to Jennifer Aniston from a friend. She offered to lend it to the show for the episode where Joey becomes rich and buys a lot of stuff. They loved it and decided to keep it for the rest of the series.



* {{Tuckerization}}: All the main characters are named after ''Series/AllMyChildren'' characters.



** Giovanni Ribisi played a teenager who accidentally dropped a condom in Phoebe's guitar case, about half a season before he was cast as Phoebe's half-brother. Though some fans theorize that this was an EarlyBirdCameo and that really was Frank Jr. even though he is credited as Condom Boy.

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** Giovanni Ribisi Creator/GiovanniRibisi played a teenager who accidentally dropped a condom in Phoebe's guitar case, about half a season before he was cast as Phoebe's half-brother. Though some fans theorize that this was an EarlyBirdCameo and that really was Frank Jr. even though he is credited as Condom Boy.
6th Jan '17 3:09:41 PM fearlessnikki
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* ActorAllusion: On "The One with the Football," Phoebe wears a ''Series/ThatGirl'' T-shirt. Marlo Thomas, the star of that show, played Rachel's mother.

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* ActorAllusion: ActorAllusion:
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On "The One with the Football," Phoebe wears a ''Series/ThatGirl'' T-shirt. Marlo Thomas, the star of that show, played Rachel's mother.



*** In "TOW The Ultimate Fighting Championship", we meet formerly-bald Bonnie, played by Christine Taylor. Laura, her AlphaBitch character in ''Film/TheCraft'', lost her hair as part of a bullying-revenge subplot.

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*** ** In "TOW The Ultimate Fighting Championship", we meet formerly-bald Bonnie, played by Christine Taylor. Laura, her AlphaBitch character in ''Film/TheCraft'', lost her hair as part of a bullying-revenge subplot.



* CreatorBacklash: The writers openly acknowledge in one of the Season Eight commentaries that they don't like the Chandler/Monica plot in "The One With The Truth About London."

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** A Season 10 gag has Phoebe changing her name, making a joke that her friends can call her Valerie. Lisa Kudrow's middle name is Valerie, and early in her career she had tried to change her name to 'L. Valerie Kudrow'.
* CreatorBacklash: CreatorBacklash:
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The writers openly acknowledge in one of the Season Eight commentaries that they don't like the Chandler/Monica plot in "The One With The Truth About London."



* DuelingShows: With ''Series/LivingSingle''

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* DuelingShows: With ''Series/LivingSingle''''Series/LivingSingle''.



* ExecutiveMeddling: The Season Six episode "The One With The Proposal" was subjected to this. Originally, the episode was supposed to depict a Big Showdown between Chandler and Richard, ultimately ending in a cliffhanger with Monica deciding who to marry. However, there was last-minute speculation that Season Six would be the final season of Friends. Thus, the writers were forced to retool the episode to end with Monica and Chandler proposing, so that if the series was cancelled, there would be no cliffhanger left dangling.
** To be fair the writers also changed the 'showdown' ending because they realized it would be obvious that Monica was going to pick Chandler. They didn't like playing the proposal for cheap laughs and drama, so changed it to the more private, romantic proposal we see. They explain it all on the episodes commentary.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: ExecutiveMeddling:
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The Season Six episode "The One With The Proposal" was subjected to this. Originally, the episode was supposed to depict a Big Showdown between Chandler and Richard, ultimately ending in a cliffhanger with Monica deciding who to marry. However, there was last-minute speculation that Season Six would be the final season of Friends. Thus, the writers were forced to retool the episode to end with Monica and Chandler proposing, so that if the series was cancelled, there would be no cliffhanger left dangling. \n** To be fair the The writers also changed the 'showdown' ending because they realized it would be obvious that Monica was going to pick Chandler. They didn't like playing the proposal for cheap laughs and drama, so changed it to the more private, romantic proposal we see. They explain it all on the episodes commentary.



* 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 and a ArcFatigue ridden show that overstayed its welcome.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
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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 and a ArcFatigue ridden show that overstayed its welcome.



** Gunther was popular abroad [[EnsembleDarkhorse despite being only a minor character]].
*** James Michael Tyler (Gunther) was so popular in Dubai that he got offered to be the spokesman for a local coffee brand but NBC botched the deal (they wanted more money).

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** Gunther was popular abroad [[EnsembleDarkhorse despite being only a minor character]].
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character]]. James Michael Tyler (Gunther) was so popular in Dubai that he got offered to be the spokesman for a local coffee brand but NBC botched the deal (they wanted more money).



** Meta-example: Joey is played by Matt Le Blanc, Chandler by Matthew Perry. Although the cast got around it by addressing one as "Le Blanc" and the other as "Matthew", directors didn't always catch on to this.
*** Lampshaded by Matt Le Blanc in one of the blooper scenes that aired before the final episode.

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** Meta-example: Joey is played by Matt Le Blanc, Chandler by Matthew Perry. Although the cast got around it by addressing one as "Le Blanc" and the other as "Matthew", directors didn't always catch on to this.
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this. Lampshaded by Matt Le Blanc in one of the blooper scenes that aired before the final episode.



* TheOtherDarrin: In the second episode, Ross's ex-wife Carol was played by Anita Barone, whose look and acting style were ''[[ThePeteBest nothing]]'' like those of Jane Sibbett, who replaced her for the rest of the series.

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* TheOtherDarrin: OldShame: Jennifer Aniston has this towards 'The Rachel' haircut. She hated it and grew it out as quickly as she could.
* TheOtherDarrin:
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In the second episode, Ross's ex-wife Carol was played by Anita Barone, whose look and acting style were ''[[ThePeteBest nothing]]'' like those of Jane Sibbett, who replaced her for the rest of the series.



* RealLifeRelative: Jennifer Aniston and Tate Donovan were dating around the same time as their characters.

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* RealLifeRelative: Jennifer Aniston and Tate Donovan were dating around the same time as their characters.



* RomanceOnTheSet: Jennifer Aniston and Tate Donovan were dating around the same time as their characters.



* ThrowItIn: The episode "The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant" dealt with a woman calling Chandler and Joey believing she's calling a guy named Bob, and Chandler picks up, pretends to be Bob, sets up a meeting with her and then shows up to win her over when she's "stood up". The tag scene for that episode had the woman calling again, looking for Bob, this time with Joey hearing the message. The script called for Joey to pick up and say "Bob here", but Matt [=LeBlanc=] tripped and fell, desperately trying to grab the phone as he went down. This ended up a lot funnier than the scripted version and was kept for the episode.

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* ThrowItIn: ThrowItIn:
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The episode "The One with Five Steaks and an Eggplant" dealt with a woman calling Chandler and Joey believing she's calling a guy named Bob, and Chandler picks up, pretends to be Bob, sets up a meeting with her and then shows up to win her over when she's "stood up". The tag scene for that episode had the woman calling again, looking for Bob, this time with Joey hearing the message. The script called for Joey to pick up and say "Bob here", but Matt [=LeBlanc=] tripped and fell, desperately trying to grab the phone as he went down. This ended up a lot funnier than the scripted version and was kept for the episode.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Whilst not in itself very topical the show did manage to capture the burgeoning coffee shop scene of that era as well as gentrification of New York's brownstones under Guliani.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
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Whilst not in itself very topical the show did manage to capture the burgeoning coffee shop scene of that era as well as gentrification of New York's brownstones under Guliani.



* YouLookFamiliar: Giovanni Ribisi played a teenager who accidentally dropped a condom in Phoebe's guitar case, about half a season before he was cast as Phoebe's half-brother.
** Though some fans theorize that this was an EarlyBirdCameo and that really was Frank Jr. even though he is credited as Condom Boy.

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* YouLookFamiliar: YouLookFamiliar:
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Giovanni Ribisi played a teenager who accidentally dropped a condom in Phoebe's guitar case, about half a season before he was cast as Phoebe's half-brother.
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half-brother. Though some fans theorize that this was an EarlyBirdCameo and that really was Frank Jr. even though he is credited as Condom Boy.



** CelebrityParadox: Brent Spiner appeared as one of Rachel's bosses in one episode. He turned up later in an episode of ''Joey'', playing himself.
** June Gable played a nurse in episode 23 before picking up a recurring role as Joey's agent Estelle. There were also some one-off characters, e.g. Doug Looperr played a fireman in 3.23 and a paramedic in 5.08.
*** The Estelle character actually appeared in an earlier episode, but her scenes were cut from the televised version. (They can be viewed on the DVD version, however.) The producers then cast her as the nurse to make it up to her before bringing back Estelle the following season.

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** CelebrityParadox: Brent Spiner appeared as one of Rachel's bosses in one episode. He turned up later in an episode of ''Joey'', [[CelebrityParadox playing himself.
himself]].
** June Gable played a nurse in episode 23 before picking up a recurring role as Joey's agent Estelle. According to WordOfGod, she was already cast as Estelle but her scenes were cut. So they had her play the nurse to make it up to her, before bringing Estelle back.
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There were also some one-off characters, e.g. Doug Looperr played a fireman in 3.23 and a paramedic in 5.08.
*** The Estelle character actually appeared in an earlier episode, but her scenes were cut from the televised version. (They can be viewed on the DVD version, however.) The producers then cast her as the nurse to make it up to her before bringing back Estelle the following season.
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23rd Nov '16 6:47:06 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: In "The One With the List", Chandler marvels at his brand new computer: "Twelve megabytes of RAM, five hundred megabyte hard drive, with built-in spreadsheet capabilities and a modem that transmits at over 28,000 bps!", which was quite high tech for 1995. Nowadays there are cellphones running faster than that. Ross is also mentioned several times as having a beeper and one episode even revolves around him getting beeped by people looking for a male prostitute.


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* TechnologyMarchesOn: In "The One With the List", Chandler marvels at his brand new computer: "Twelve megabytes of RAM, five hundred megabyte hard drive, with built-in spreadsheet capabilities and a modem that transmits at over 28,000 bps!", which was quite high tech for 1995. Nowadays there are cellphones running faster than that. Ross is also mentioned several times as having a beeper and one episode even revolves around him getting beeped by people looking for a male prostitute.
8th Nov '16 9:42:24 AM Reymma
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** When Creator/JuliaRoberts guest starred, her real life sister played her assistant.
*** Roberts guest starred in the first place because she was dating Matthew Perry at the time.

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** When Creator/JuliaRoberts guest starred, starred from dating Matthew Perry, and her real life sister played her assistant.
*** Roberts guest starred in the first place because she was dating Matthew Perry at the time.
assistant.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Courteney Cox originally auditioned for the part of Rachel.
** James Michael Tyler was supposed to be just another extra on the set. However, he was recruited to be a recurring character in the coffeehouse because he was the only extra who knew how to operate a cappuccino machine.
** Joey and Monica were originally supposed to be the main couple focused on over the course of series rather than Ross and Rachel. A couple of episodes seem to have a few nods to this, such as Joey mistakenly thinking that Monica is flirting with him in "The One with the Flashback," and Monica revealing that she'd originally wanted to have sex with Joey right before getting together with Chandler in "The One With the Truth About London." There are also a few hints of this in "The Pilot," as Monica and Joey quibble with each other quite a bit more than they would during the remainder of the series.
** The producers supposedly approached Music/{{REM}}, then Music/TheyMightBeGiants, to perform the show's (already written) theme tune "I'll Be There For You". The Rembrandts were their third choice.
** Early on, Matt [=LeBlanc=] and Lisa Kudrow had suggested the idea that Joey and Phoebe were secretly hooking up, but the writers were against it.
** During the casting process, at one point, [[Series/TheKingOfQueens Leah Remini]] auditioned for Monica, as did Nancy Mckeon. [[Series/TwoAndAHalfMen Jon Cryer]] was considered for Chandler. Jessica Hecht (Susan) auditioned for Monica as well.
** Jennifer Aniston auditioned for the role of Monica as well, and Courteney Cox auditioned for that of Rachel. Producers realized that were better suited for the other role.
** An early idea for Chandler was for him to be gay. Then they got Matthew Perry and the idea was abandoned.
** Chandler and Monica were only planned to be a short fling, but the audience loved them so much and the characters fitted together so well that the writers continued with the relationship and they became the [[{{HappilyMarried}} stable relationship]] [[{{BetaCouple}} of the gang]].
** The writers considered having Chandler and Monica sleep together in the Season 2 finale. Monica would still have broken up with Richard but Chandler's internet girlfriend would have been a crazy trekkie rather than Janice, and they'd both be so depressed they'd have sex after Barry and Mindy's wedding. This was scrapped, and it wasn't until two seasons later at Ross and Emily's wedding that they got their chance.
** Originally Monica was the one having a baby in Season 8, but the writers thought it would open more storylines if Rachel did instead. To avoid having another pregnancy story in Season 10, they developed Chandler and Monica's infertility and eventual adoption arc.
** They also thought about revealing Monica was pregnant in the final episode but nixed it in favor of their adopted baby turning out to be twins.
** The opening title scene was originally supposed to show the main cast playing around/goofing off in the water fountain, but this was only used once in the pilot episode and scrapped afterwards due to the producers feeling that the scene showed the cast as a closed group of friends that might snub anyone outside their group (to be fair, sometimes they do). All of the opening title scenes afterwards show a mixture of the fountain scene and scenes from other episodes.
** The writers were, at one point, going to have a throwaway joke about Phoebe being molested as a kid. But this was scrapped after Kudrow refused to make a crack about such a serious subject.
** There was also supposed to be a longer arc involving Rachel's sister Jill, but Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon didn't get along, so it ended up cut short.
** Paul [=McCartney=] turned down the role for Emily's father. Yes, that PaulMcCartney.
2nd Oct '16 10:42:55 PM igordebraga
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** For one episode in the opening credits, Courtney Cox gets first billing and is now billed as Courtney Cox-Arquette (due to her marriage to David Arquette). The rest of the cast also have Arquette hyphened onto the end of their names in the credits for that episode. The end of the episode has a little dedication saying "For Courtney and David, who did get married".

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** For one episode in the opening credits, Courtney Courteney Cox gets first billing and is now billed as Courtney Courteney Cox-Arquette (due to her marriage to David Arquette). The rest of the cast also have Arquette hyphened onto the end of their names in the credits for that episode. The end of the episode has a little dedication saying "For Courtney Courteney and David, who did get married".



* All the references to ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' and Rachel as a big fan of the show. Her dad is long-time ''Days'' star John Aniston.

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* ** All the references to ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' and Rachel as a big fan of the show. Her dad is long-time ''Days'' star John Aniston.



** China loves ''Friends'' so much that one Beijing fan did a {{Defictionalization}} [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturevideo/tvandradiovideo/11101102/The-Chinese-Central-Perk-cafe-where-everyones-obsessed-with-Friends.html of the Central Perk.]]



* TheOtherDarrin:In the second episode, Ross's ex-wife Carol was played by Anita Barone, whose look and acting style were ''nothing'' like those of Jane Sibbett, who replaced her for the rest of the series.

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* TheOtherDarrin:In TheOtherDarrin: In the second episode, Ross's ex-wife Carol was played by Anita Barone, whose look and acting style were ''nothing'' ''[[ThePeteBest nothing]]'' like those of Jane Sibbett, who replaced her for the rest of the series.



** Early on, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow had suggested the idea that Joey and Phoebe were secretly hooking up, but the writers were against it.

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** Early on, Matt LeBlanc [=LeBlanc=] and Lisa Kudrow had suggested the idea that Joey and Phoebe were secretly hooking up, but the writers were against it.
23rd Sep '16 7:07:30 PM shamblingdead2
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** Creator/SusanSarandon appears as a soap actress in Season 7. Her real life daughter Creator/EvaAmurri plays her soap opera daughter.
13th Sep '16 12:57:43 PM LightPhaser
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* EditedForSyndication: The show's run on Creator/NickAtNite (which, as of this writing, is still ongoing) is full of this, as one would unfortunately expect. Various episodes that were a bit longer than the half-hour time slot are cut rather drastically, with various scenes shifting regardless of whatever was happening at the moment, making certain joke buildups seemingly pointless. To their credit, nothing plot relevant is cut, but it's really jarring and even those who haven't seen the full episodes can tell that some hasty editing was done.

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* EditedForSyndication: The show's run on Creator/NickAtNite (which, as of this writing, is still ongoing) is full of this, as one would unfortunately expect. Various episodes that were a bit longer than the half-hour time slot are cut rather drastically, with various scenes shifting regardless of whatever was happening at the moment, making certain joke buildups seemingly pointless. To their credit, nothing They've also been known to take it one step further and cut out ''entire episodes'' for no real reason. With episodes like "TOW the Stoned Guy" or "TOW the Sharks" it's seemingly for racy content (marijuana and [[ADateWithRosiePalms self-pleasure]], respectively), but then you have episodes like "TOW Joey's Dirty Day" which aren't shown and actually have plot relevant is cut, but events take place in them - in the case of said episode, it's really jarring and even those who haven't seen the full episodes can tell that some hasty editing was done.debut episode of Emily, Ross's (eventual) second wife. Very dodgy judgement there, Nick.
24th Aug '16 10:01:22 AM DrOO7
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** "Rachel Greene" (albeit with the E added at the end) is also a character on ''Series/{{ER}}''. [[note]] Oddly enough, Rachel's last name IS "Greene" - in "TOW The Invitation", Rachel's last name is spelled "Greene" on her invitation. It's most commonly spelled "Green" outside of the show. [[/note]]

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** "Rachel Greene" (albeit with the E added at the end) is also a character on ''Series/{{ER}}''.''Series/{{ER}}'', which also featured characters named Ross, Susan, Carol, and Mark. [[note]] Oddly enough, Rachel's last name IS "Greene" - in "TOW The Invitation", Rachel's last name is spelled "Greene" on her invitation. It's most commonly spelled "Green" outside of the show. [[/note]]
9th Aug '16 1:20:45 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* TheyJustDidntCare: Creator/NickAtNite doesn't air certain episodes for what appears to be no reason at all. For some, it can be assumed to be because of their content, such as "TOW The Stoner Guy" or "TOW The Sharks", both of which might be viewed as a bit too racy for the network. On the other hand, the others that don't air don't really have this kind of humor at all, so it could unfortunately just be the network trying to "even out" the episode line-up after cutting the two episodes mentioned above from the run.
4th Jul '16 10:25:40 PM bombadil211
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** Meta-example: Joey is played by Matt Le Blanc, Chandler by Matthew Perry. Directors didn't always catch on to this.

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** Meta-example: Joey is played by Matt Le Blanc, Chandler by Matthew Perry. Directors Although the cast got around it by addressing one as "Le Blanc" and the other as "Matthew", directors didn't always catch on to this.
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