History Trivia / Friends

31st May '16 8:31:32 AM LentilSandEater
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* 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.
** Creator/JenniferCoolidge and Adam Goldberg guest starred on Friends. Both ended up in regular roles on Series/{{Joey}}; the latter, though, was more of a recurring role.
** 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.
** Lisa Kudrow had played Ursula the waitress on ''Series/MadAboutYou'' prior to joining ''Friends''; this was subsequently played with by making Ursula Phoebe's EvilTwin and having Kudrow play both characters in episodes of the latter show.
** 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.
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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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.
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