Greetings readers, How you doing? We hope good. But when you’re talking about Friends and you don’t use Joey’s line it’s like doing a little injustice to the LEGENDARY SITCOM. Just as this one there are many other that we can never forget. Like, “we were on a break”, “smelly cat”, “was I again cleaning in my sleep”, “I’m Dr. Ross Gellar”, “OH MY GOD!!”, etc. But this was all on the show. Here’s something about the show. Some amazingly unknown facts about this awesome show.
1. THE CAST WENT ON A VEGAS TRIP BEFORE THE SHOW AIRED.
Director James Burrows, who went on to direct a handful of episodes for the show between 1995 and 1997, brought the six cast members to Vegas because he “had a feeling about the show.” While they were at Caesar’s Palace, he encouraged the group to enjoy themselves. “This is your last shot at anonymity,” he told them. “Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded.”
Friends fans might remember Caesar’s Palace as the place Ross and Rachel got married on a whim in the fifth season finale.
2. IT WAS FILMED IN FRONT OF A LIVE AUDIENCE—EXCEPT FOR CLIFFHANGERS.
Shooting an episode of Friends was a lengthy process, typically lasting 5 hours, with multiple takes per scene and 20 minutes between scenes to change sets. Still, the show was filmed in front of a live audience made up of 300 fans. And that’s the way the cast preferred it. “It’s kind of like a test to see if the material works, if the jokes work, if the story tracks,” said LeBlanc. Perry agreed, “Our energy just elevates every time there’s an audience.”
So, what wasn’t filmed in front of a live audience? One example is the cliffhanger in the season four finale, “The One With Ross’s Wedding.” At the end of the episode, Ross is about to marry Emily, but accidentally says Rachel’s name at the altar. “We couldn’t have an audience for that,” Aniston said. “We always remove the audience for the cliffhangers because, obvious reasons, you don’t want to spoil it.”
3. JOEY’S MAGNA DOODLE ART BECAME A JOB FOR THE CREW.
Over the years, a few crew members were responsible for drawing on the Magna Doodle on Joey’s door. But in the later seasons, it was primarily a job for Paul Swain, who was the best boy on the electric crew.
The Magna Doodle became one of the show’s stars. It sat right in the middle of Joey’s door, so whenever a character walked through that door, the Magna Doodle was prominently displayed. Fans became obsessed with the drawings. Swain said, “They were looking for hidden meanings being given through the Magna Doodle.”
4. COX AND MATTHEW PERRY CONFRONTED JUDD NELSON ON A NEARBY SOUNDSTAGE ABOUT AN ON-SET BET.
While promoting the show on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Cox told the story of an elaborate bet between her and Perry that later involved the major ’80s star.
“One day I was on the set, and I was sitting around, reciting this line, like, doing this imitation of Anthony Michael Hall,” she told Leno. “He has this line in a movie. The line is, ‘Chicks cannot hold their smoke, that’s what it is.’ And Matthew Perry walks over to me and very adamantly says, ‘Oh, Weird Science.’ And I said, ‘No, Matthew, that’s The Breakfast Club.’ And he was 100 percent sure that it was Weird Science and I was 100 percent sure it was The Breakfast Club.”
More and more crew members got involved in the debate and the stakes kept rising. “We realized that Judd Nelson was over on stage 29, doing Suddenly Susan,” said Cox. “So, we ran over there and found out that yes, indeed, it was The Breakfast Club.” As for the bet, once Cox finishes telling her story to Leno, she rings a bell and Perry brings her a tissue. She tells Leno that Perry has five more months of being her “man slave.”
5. FOR “THE ONE WITH THE DOLLHOUSE,” THE PROPS DEPARTMENT HAD TO MAKE SIX DIFFERENT CARDBOARD DOLLHOUSES.
In the season three episode, Phoebe makes a dollhouse out of cardboard. But the dollhouse ends up catching on fire, which meant six identical ones had to be created from scratch. And in true television deadline fashion, they were put together in three days. The Friends props master, Marjorie Coster, described it as the “pièce de résistance” of the department.
6. IN “THE ONE WHERE OLD YELLER DIES,” A FEW TAKES WERE MESSED UP THANKS TO A CHATTY KID.
The plot of the episode is that Rachel hears the first word of Ross’s son, Ben. Ross is desperate to hear Ben talk again and spends the rest of the episode trying to get his son to talk. In one scene, Ross says, “It’s Ben and his Dada. Dada. Can you say ‘Dada’?” He’s supposed to be met with silence, but the child actor kept actually responding, “Dada.”
7. MATTHEW PERRY STRUGGLED WITH ADDICTION DURING PRODUCTION.
In 1997, Perry went to rehab for an addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. He went again in 2001. He later told People, “I was never high at work. I was painfully hung over. Then eventually things got so bad I couldn’t hide it and everybody knew.”
8. THREE CAST MEMBERS FROM The Simpsons MADE GUEST APPEARANCE ON FRIENDS:
Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Hank Azaria (Moe/Apu, etc.), and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns/Smithers, etc.).
9. “The One Where No One’s Ready” TAKES PLACE ENTIRELY IN MONICA’S APARTMENT
Because the show didn’t have a large enough budget for guest stars or additional sets.
10. When Monica pops up from underneath Chandler’s bed sheet in London, the two of them held position for 27 seconds.
11. In “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs”, we find out that Ross hates ice cream. One season earlier, however, we see Ross and Elizabeth enjoying ice cream on a date.
12. Ross is 29 years old for three years.
13. Monica and Chandler’s twins are born three minutes and 46 seconds apart.
14. Courteney Cox had to film the scene in which Rachel has Emma just after having a miscarriage.
15. When Rachel is trying to find a new officiate for Chandler and Monica’s wedding, she finds a Greek Orthodox priest coming out of the Anastassakis/Papasifakis wedding. Anastassakis is Jennifer Aniston’s family name.
16. James Michael Tyler was cast as Gunther because he was the only extra who knew how to operate an espresso machine.
17. Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon were both on Ross’ “celebrity list”. They both later guest-starred on the show as Melissa Warburton and Jessica Lockhart, respectively.
18. The actor who plays Joshua’s father is actually Matthew Perry’s real-life father.
19. In the last episode, it is mentioned that all six characters have lived in Monica’s apartment. They have all also lived in Joey’s apartment.
20. When the last series ended, Jennifer Aniston and her then-husband Brad Pitt hosted a dinner party at their home. They served bottles of wine that producer Kevin Bright had saved from the first series.
21. When the last series ended, each cast member was given a piece of the sidewalk from outside Central Perk as a keepsake.
22. This one heart breaking, THERE’S NO REUNION HAPPENING!!!
SOURCES: Mentalfloss and Buzzfeed
Written by; Shivani Alka