Friends is one of the most watched TV series of all time. There are people all over the world who were hit by its awesomeness, and they have been loyal ever since. The only depressing part is that Joey, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Monica and Chandler don’t really exist.

However, these facts about the TV series will take you down the memory lane, and cheer you up.

1. When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role he only had 11 dollars

When he got his first paycheck, he bought himself a hot dinner. Courteney Cox bought herself a new car.

2. Before the show was cast, the main love story was intended to be between Monica and Joey


3. Gunther didn’t have a name until the middle of the second season. Originally, he did not have a speaking part

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4. The theme song performed by The Rembrandts became a #1 single on the American pop charts

5. Chandler’s father’s gay Las Vegas burlesque show is named Viva Las Gaygas


6. Other titles considered for the show were “Friends Like Us”, “Six of One”, “Across the Hall”, and “Insomnia Cafe”

7. Courteney Cox is actually older than David Schwimmer, though he plays her older brother on the show

8. The story line of Phoebe having her brother’s babies was thought up when Lisa Kudrow announced her real-life pregnancy

However, as she was not big enough to have triplets, and the show was shot in “TV time”, the costumers had to pad her to make her look bigger for the show.


9. Courteney Cox is the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for their work on the show

10. The shows original theme song was “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M., but was changed later on to “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts

11. During the course of the series, all 6 of the friends change their jobs at least once. However, Chandler is the only one who never involuntarily left his job

12. Originally, Chandler and Phoebe were supporting characters

13. It had the most expensive commercial slot of any TV program in England with the exception of sports

Its 30-second commercial spots in the final episode sold in the UK for approx $1.8 million.

14. The main characters from the show are named after All My Children (1970) characters

Ross for Ross Chandler, Joey for Joey Martin, Chandler for the Chandler family, Monica for Monique/Daisy Cortland, Rachel Greene for Janet Green, and Phoebe for Phoebe Tyler Wallingford.

15. The orange couch used in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Bros. studio


16. It was ranked #7 on Empire magazine’s 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time in 2008

17. In the last few months of shooting Friends, Courteney Cox became pregnant, but it was kept hidden

Seeing as Monica wasn’t supposed to be able to have a baby, they covered up her pregnancy by making her wear baggy clothes while shooting the show so no one could tell.


18. Season Two is the only season of Friends where there is no episode on Thanksgiving Day


19. Phoebe’s brother Frank Jr. has a small cameo in the earlier seasons

He plays the boy who accidentally throws a condom into Phoebe’s guitar case instead of a coin.


20. Joey’s white dog statue was originally given to Jennifer Aniston as a good luck present from her best friend

She offered to lend it to the show for the episode where Joey became rich and bought a lot of stuff. After that episode, the producers decided to keep it

21. T owards the end of the series, every lead character was paid $1 million per episode

That totals to $6 million for the main cast alone. The total cost per episode skyrocketed to $10 million per episode.

22. Everyone had the same last name in the opening credits of S06E01

Between seasons five and six, Courteney Cox married David Arquette , and changed her name to Courteney Cox Arquette. An in-joke reference to this is made in the beginning credits of the episode ” The One After Vegas “, where the rest of the cast and executive producers have “Arquette” added to their names

23. Ellen DeGeneres had turned down the role of Phoebe


24. Bruce Willis guest starred on the show for free


25. Joey owes an estimated $114,260 to Chandler in the show

26. There weren’t really any bedrooms behind those doors at Monica’s apartment. In fact, they had the Central Perk set made on the other side of the wall!

The entries to her bedroom and the guest bedroom were fake. Bedrooms were assembled only when they were required.


27. O nly Matthew Perry (Chandler) was allowed to sit in the screen writings for the show.

He’d help the directors with jokes and punchlines for the scripts.

29. June Gable, who played Joey’s agent Estelle Leonard, also played a nurse in the episode where Carol gives birth to Ben


30. When Lisa Kudrow first read the script , she thought Chandler’s character was gay

You’re a true fan if you knew a lot of them. Welcome to the club!