History Trivia / Friends

13th Jan '18 8:49:21 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Ross isn't as mean as most examples but he is often selfish, entitled and possessive. David Schwimmer is a dedicated activist who specialised in helping victims of date rape and child rape, campaigned to ban drugs such as Rohypnol, and gave the Scottish charity Children 1st permission to screen his film ''Trust'' to commemorate World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse and Violence Against Children.
12th Dec '17 5:34:38 PM ClintEastwood
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* DyeHard: Matt [=LeBlanc=] says that he started going gray early in the show's run and had to dye his hair for the 12 years he played Joey. He initially had it done by ''Friends''' hair department but started doing it by himself to save time.

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* DyeHard: DyeingForYourArt: Matt [=LeBlanc=] says that he started going gray early in the show's run and had to dye his hair for the 12 years he played Joey. He initially had it done by ''Friends''' hair department but started doing it by himself to save time.



* 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.
** Broadcasting U.S.-friendly newscasts into Saudi Arabia has been unsuccessful in dissuading anti-Americanism there. Broadcasting ''Series/{{Friends}}'', on the other hand, proved quite helpful. This is ironic, considering the ensemble tend to fornicate regularly and wear revealing clothes.
** 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).
** Even years after its ending, UK channels such as E4 still show two rerun episodes of ''Friends'' several times a day. It got to the point that all E4 showed during one particular summer was live ''Big Brother'' and reruns of ''Friends''. Since the channel lost the rights to ''both'' in 2011, its content has become more varied and seemingly attracts fewer viewers. Meanwhile, Creator/ComedyCentral continues to run the show endlessly.
** As of 2013, ''Friends'' and ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' are the two most rerun shows on the Israeli broadcast networks, in terms of cumulative airtime over the past 45 years (i.e. since the first Israeli television broadcasts). Each of them easily outranks any other foreign or local show in terms of total rerun airtime. Geeking out over "Friends" is probably the one thing an Israeli and Arab could bond over (Friends is popular all over the Middle East).
** It was very popular in the Czech Republic among the young and the older when it first aired in TheNineties, and in TheNewTens, chances are that one of the TV channels is airing its reruns.
** It also was and continues to be popular in India, due to being one of the few American shows broadcast in the early 1990s.
** 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.]]



** In one episode Ross's old friend from high school comes to visit. Turns out he was the president (and only current member) of the "I Hate Rachel Green" club. He was played by Jennifer Aniston's then-husband Brad Pitt.

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** In one episode Ross's old friend from high school comes to visit. Turns out he was the president (and only current member) of the "I Hate Rachel Green" club. He was played by Jennifer Aniston's then-husband Brad Pitt.Creator/BradPitt.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** See "The One With The Proposal" above.
** Emily and Ross's marriage was meant to last much longer. However, due to Helen Baxendale's pregnancy and desire to remain in England, it was abruptly cut short.
** 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.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Lisa Kudrow and Matt [=LeBlanc=] came up with the idea that Phoebe and Joey had a friends with benefits relationship but this was immediately shot down by the producers. The two actors instead added a lot of flirting into their on-screen interactions to try and hint that it was going on.
** Creator/TeaLeoni was the first choice for Rachel.
** Creator/HankAzaria auditioned for Joey. After being rejected, he begged to audition again. He auditioned and was rejected again, but he later appeared as David, Phoebe's scientist boyfriend.
** Creator/JonFavreau was offered the role of Chandler. He later returned as a guest star during the 1997 season as Pete Becker, Monica's millionaire boyfriend.
** The show's original theme song was "Shiny Happy People" by Music/{{REM}}.
** Joey was originally written as a jerk. When Matt [=LeBlanc=] questioned why the others would be friends with him, the character was changed.
** Phoebe was originally written to be a "goth" girl and the part was offered to Creator/JaneaneGarofalo, but she turned it down.
* WordOfGod: In an interview Kevin Bright revealed where he thought all the characters ended up: Joey's finally had his big break and is a star, Phoebe's still with Mike and has opened up a holistic spa chain, Ross and Rachel got married and have had another baby, Chandler and Monica managed to have a child naturally and are contently living in the suburbs with their three children as Chandler starts his own number crunching business. So in Kevin's words they're all living HappilyEverAfter.
* WorkingTitle: ''Friends Like Us'', ''Six of One'', ''Across the Hall'', and ''Insomnia Cafe''.



** In-universe example was when Phoebe became an extra on Series/DaysOfOurLives and noticed some of the extras would play more than one role, and that Joey slept with most of them.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lisa Kudrow and Matt [=LeBlanc=] came up with the idea that Phoebe and Joey had a friends with benefits relationship but this was immediately shot down by the producers. The two actors instead added a lot of flirting into their on-screen interactions to try and hint that it was going on.
* WordOfGod: In an interview Kevin Bright revealed where he thought all the characters ended up: Joey's finally had his big break and is a star, Phoebe's still with Mike and has opened up a holistic spa chain, Ross and Rachel got married and have had another baby, Chandler and Monica managed to have a child naturally and are contently living in the suburbs with their three children as Chandler starts his own number crunching business. So in Kevin's words they're all living HappilyEverAfter.

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** In-universe example was when Phoebe became an extra on Series/DaysOfOurLives ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' and noticed some of the extras would play more than one role, and that Joey slept with most of them.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lisa Kudrow and Matt [=LeBlanc=] came up with the idea that Phoebe and Joey had a friends with benefits relationship but this was immediately shot down by the producers. The two actors instead added a lot of flirting into their on-screen interactions to try and hint that it was going on.
* WordOfGod: In an interview Kevin Bright revealed where he thought all the characters ended up: Joey's finally had his big break and is a star, Phoebe's still with Mike and has opened up a holistic spa chain, Ross and Rachel got married and have had another baby, Chandler and Monica managed to have a child naturally and are contently living in the suburbs with their three children as Chandler starts his own number crunching business. So in Kevin's words they're all living HappilyEverAfter.
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9th Dec '17 11:45:38 AM nombretomado
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** Also Rachel's friend Mindy, who eventually married her ex-fiancé, was originally played by [[DirtyDancing Jennifer Grey]].

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** Also Rachel's friend Mindy, who eventually married her ex-fiancé, was originally played by [[DirtyDancing [[Film/DirtyDancing Jennifer Grey]].
22nd Nov '17 12:03:44 PM LtFedora
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** In “The One in Barbados,” David takes a moment to be a schadenfreude by saying “Ha Ha!”, the catchphrase of Nelson Muntz on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.

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** In “The One in Barbados,” David [[Creator/HankAzaria David]] takes a moment to be a schadenfreude by saying “Ha Ha!”, the catchphrase of Nelson Muntz on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
22nd Nov '17 7:40:40 AM LtFedora
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** In “The One in Barbados,” David takes a moment to be a schadenfreude by saying “Ha Ha!”, the catchphrase of Nelson Muntz on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
22nd Oct '17 7:23:52 AM themisterfree
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* {{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''.

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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Courtney Cox (Monica) and Christina Pickles (Mrs. Geller) had previously starred together in the infamous ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' film, where Courtney played Julie, a teenager from Earth swept up in the battle between He-Man and Skeletor, and Christina was The Sorceress- who for added irony, helped to heal one of Julie's injuries!
* {{Jossed}}: A long standing rumour rumor 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''.
16th Oct '17 5:13:54 PM bombadil211
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Lisa Kudrow and Matt [=LeBlanc=] came up with the idea that Phoebe and Joey had a friends with benefits relationship but this was immediately shot down by the producers. The two actors instead added a lot of flirting into their on-screen interactions to try and hint that it was going on.
11th Sep '17 11:27:01 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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** There was a deleted scene from "TOW Rachel tells Ross" where Chandler jokes about bombs while going through airport security and has to be dragged away.
16th Feb '17 4:01:37 PM kquinn0830
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** Even when the show was airing, Matt [=LeBlanc=] was not happy with Joey's more perverted moments, feeling that there was no way the women would want to be friends with a guy like that.
5th Feb '17 2:45:36 PM shawn_allen
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** A later episode, her then-husband Brad Pitt guested as a former classmate, who ironically ''hated'' Rachel.
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