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** When Rachel finds Ross's infamous list of pros and cons of dating her and Julie, and reads 'She's not Rachem' on Julie's 'cons' list, does it not even occur to her that that's supposed to be 'Rachel', and thinks it's some kind of scientific term?

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** When Rachel finds Ross's infamous list of pros and cons of dating her and Julie, and reads 'She's not Rachem' on Julie's 'cons' list, does it not even occur to her that that's supposed to be 'Rachel', and thinks it's some kind of scientific term?


The show never did anything with the "Phoebe-as-closet-wrestling-fan" idea.(Odd, given the show's New York City setting and that the Wrestling/MondayNightWars were big during the same time, and how NBC owns the Creator/USANetwork, which airs ''Wrestling/{{WWERAW}}''.) That said, they did a very good job with the "Friend-who-acts-more-sophisticated-than-she-really-is" card in "TOW The Embryos," where it was revealed that while Rachel ''says'' her favorite movie is the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar-winning]] ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', her ''actual'' favorite movie is the low comedy ''Film/WeekendAtBernies''.

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** The show never did anything with the "Phoebe-as-closet-wrestling-fan" idea.(Odd, given the show's New York City setting and that the Wrestling/MondayNightWars were big during the same time, and how NBC owns the Creator/USANetwork, which airs ''Wrestling/{{WWERAW}}''.) That said, they did a very good job with the "Friend-who-acts-more-sophisticated-than-she-really-is" card in "TOW The Embryos," where it was revealed that while Rachel ''says'' her favorite movie is the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar-winning]] ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', her ''actual'' favorite movie is the low comedy ''Film/WeekendAtBernies''.



** Janice. It's easy to understand why the other character find her annoying. However her over-the-top hamminess and CatchPhrase make her one of the most memorable characters.

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** Janice. It's easy to understand why the other character characters find her annoying. However her over-the-top hamminess and CatchPhrase make her one of the most memorable characters.



** Monica has been TheUnfavorite to her parents simply for being second-born and was also obese when she was young. She then becomes a Woobie again at one point during work, when the job she's dreamed of doing for years is ruined because the staff all hate and bully her. (Though this improves and she also becomes Head Chef at a different, very prestigious restaurant). She desperately longs to get married and have a happy home with children but her relationships keep failing and later finds out [[spoiler: she's infertile]].

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** Monica has been TheUnfavorite TheUnfavourite to her parents simply for being second-born and was also obese when she was young. She then becomes a Woobie again at one point during work, when the job she's dreamed of doing for years is ruined because the staff all hate and bully her. (Though this improves and she also becomes Head Chef at a different, very prestigious restaurant). She desperately longs to get married and have a happy home with children but her relationships keep failing and later finds out [[spoiler: she's infertile]].

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** In "The One In Vegas: Part 1," [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Joel Heyman]] can be seen sitting in the plane seat behind Ross and Rachel during their flight to Las Vegas.


** Barney Varmn, the accountant who keeps offering Ben jobs that he turns down, is the professor who gushes over Ross in "The One in Barbados, Part 2".

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** *** Barney Varmn, the accountant who keeps offering Ben jobs that he turns down, is the professor who gushes over Ross in "The One in Barbados, Part 2".


*** Joey flirts with [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Jessica Wicks]] while working at Central Perk in "The One With Rachel's Sister".

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*** Joey flirts with [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Jessica Wicks]] Wicks while working at Central Perk in "The One With Rachel's Sister".Sister".
** Barney Varmn, the accountant who keeps offering Ben jobs that he turns down, is the professor who gushes over Ross in "The One in Barbados, Part 2".


* StrangledByTheRedString: Ross and Rachel. As much as the show revolved around the drama and shenanigans of their relationship, it's hard to see why exactly two people who have so little in common and who tend to magnify each others' flaws rather than their strengths would willingly and repeatedly be romantically entangled with one another.


* BaseBreakingCharacter: All the main characters fall into this trope, though Chandler downplays this, since most people seem to love him. In many of the cases, the broken bases involve liking the original characters and disliking the later, Flanderized versions, as the disliked traits in question become much more pronounced as time went on.

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* BaseBreakingCharacter: All the main characters except Chandler fall into this trope, though Chandler downplays this, since most people seem to love him.trope. In many of the cases, the broken bases involve liking the original characters and disliking the later, Flanderized versions, as the disliked traits in question become much more pronounced as time went on.



** Chandler: A funny, nice, CoolLoser with some understandable parent issues or someone overly, pathetically immature whose snarking can often be dickishly [[InnocentlyInsensitive insensitive]]?

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* RonTheDeathEater: Of the main cast, Ross receives the most bile from modern viewers, perceiving him to represent the worst excesses of the DoggedNiceGuy who think's he's EntitledToHaveYou; Rachel/Joey is now [[VindicatedByHistory ironically]] looked on more fondly by some as a result. However, most if not all of those flaws are addressed in the show and he frequently gets his comeuppance for them; he and Rachel were both jealous and possessive and equally at fault for a lot of things that went wrong in their relationship; and he often goes out of his way to do kind and supportive things for his friends (buying Phoebe the bike she never got to have, helping Chandler deal with his last-minute panic before his and Monica's wedding).


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* StrangledByTheRedString: Ross and Rachel. As much as the show revolved around the drama and shenanigans of their relationship, it's hard to see why exactly two people who have so little in common and who tend to magnify each others' flaws rather than their strengths would willingly and repeatedly be romantically entangled with one another.

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** The scene from "The One With All the Poker" of Marcel playing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" on Ross's CD player got some attention when people started replacing the song with something else, notably [[Music/BillyRayCyrus Billy Ray Cyrus's]] [[https://youtu.be/DRFRpAlKlkE "Old Town Road"]].


* LessDisturbingInContext: Imagine someone channel hopping and finding "TOW Phoebe's Uterus" and not knowing or recognizing it and hearing Frank Jr. say "My sister's going to have my baby!" without realizing that he's talking about surrogacy not incest.



** Janine, Joey's temporary roommate/girlfriend from season 6. She was already off to a rough start with viewers feeling that Creator/ElleMacPherson just wasn't that good of an actress compared to the rest of the cast. However, it got even worse by Janine's final episode, which ended up doing a complete 180 on her character by revealing Janine to be a BitchInSheepsClothing that dislikes Chandler and Monica.

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** Janine, Joey's temporary roommate/girlfriend from season 6. She was already off to a rough start with viewers feeling that Creator/ElleMacPherson just wasn't that good of an actress compared to the rest of the cast. However, it got even worse by Janine's final episode, which ended up doing a complete 180 on her character by revealing Janine to be a BitchInSheepsClothing that dislikes Chandler and Monica. Also qualifies as CriticalDissonance, since, in the episode guide in ''Entertainment Weekly'''s special all-''Friends'' issue (culminating in "TOW Monica and Chandler's Wedding"), they described Elle as [[https://ew.com/article/2001/09/15/friends/ "naturally funny."]]


** [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Cole]] [[Series/Riverdale Sprouse]] played Ben in the later seasons.

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** [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Cole]] [[Series/Riverdale [[{{Series/Riverdale}} Sprouse]] played Ben in the later seasons.


* RetroactiveRecognition: Quite a lot of it, due to the show's long run.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Quite a lot of it, due to the show's long run.run:



*** Chandler and Joey also both briefly dated Frankie.



*** Or realising that Chandler and Joey both briefly dated Frankie.
** [[Series/TheOfficeUS Melora Hardin (in the first season) and Craig Robinson (in the last season)]] both had guest spots on the show, though it would take another sitcom years later before anyone knew who they were...

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*** Or realising that Chandler and Joey both briefly dated Frankie.
** [[Series/TheOfficeUS Melora Hardin (in the first season) and Craig Robinson (in the last season)]] both had guest spots on the show, though it would take another sitcom years later before anyone knew who they were...show.



** [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Cole Sprouse]] played Ben in the later seasons.

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** [[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody Cole Cole]] [[Series/Riverdale Sprouse]] played Ben in the later seasons.


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*** Joey flirts with [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Jessica Wicks]] while working at Central Perk in "The One With Rachel's Sister".


* In "TOW The UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship", Monica and the guys are explaining UFC to Rachel and Phoebe.

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* ** In "TOW The UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship", Monica and the guys are explaining UFC to Rachel and Phoebe.


** ''Friends'' also inspired a lot of this in regards to other shows after it became such an unexpected smash hit. While there were a good handful of obvious knockoffs, critics were calling virtually any show that featured an ensemble cast of people who were friends with each other "a ''Friends'' clone". Creator/DrewCarey even mentioned that despite the fact that he liked the show himself, its theme song became a BerserkButton for him because of the constant claims that [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow his very different show]] was a ''Friends'' imitation.

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** ''Friends'' also inspired a lot of this in regards to other shows after it became such an unexpected smash hit. While there were a good handful of obvious knockoffs, critics were calling virtually any show that featured an ensemble cast of people who were friends with each other "a ''Friends'' clone". Creator/DrewCarey even mentioned that despite the fact that he liked the show himself, its theme song became a BerserkButton for him because of the constant claims that [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow his very different show]] was a ''Friends'' imitation. ''His'' show was the ''Seinfeld'' knockoff, since ''Seinfeld'' created the template for all 90s sitcoms starring stand-up comedians. (Drew= Jerry; Kate= Elaine; Mimi= Newman; Lewis and Oswald= George and Kramer, etc.)

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