Top 5 Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Friends’ TV Show

Friends debuted on NBC twenty-seven years ago, on September 22, 1994, and forever changed the image of American sitcoms. The sitcom not only made Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer household names (and subsequently some of the highest-paid actors in television history), but it also actually helped to get Mental Floss off the ground. Here’s a look back at the series that is still one of the most streamed shows in Netflix’s library.

1.The name “Friends” was not the show’s first choice.

Top 10 Facts That You Probably Didn't Know About 'Friends' TV Show

Before it was shortened to the single-word name ‘Friends’ , it had several working titles: Insomnia Cafe, Six of One, and Friends Like Us.

David Crane and Marta Kauffman, co-creators of Friends, wrote a seven-page pitch for a new sitcom called Insomnia Café in the early 1990s. In addition to the different title, the plot itself was quite different from what came to be known as Friends. For example, Ross and Rachel weren’t the key relationship; instead, Joey and Monica were supposed to be love interests. Joey and Monica, for example, were intended to be the love interests, not Ross and Rachel.

The title was changed to Friends Like Us after NBC bought the pilot. Across the Hall, a title suggested by NBC president Warren Littlefield, was also considered. The title was changed to Six of One by the time they shot it. They had finally decided on Friends when the show launched on September 22, 1994.

2.The producers want Courteney Cox to play Rachel but Courteney Cox refused.

Top 10 Facts That You Probably Didn't Know About 'Friends' TV Show

Courteney Cox was probably the most well-known cast member prior to the show’s premiere. She was famous for a number of commercials as well as the music video for Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark.” She was originally cast as Rachel by the Friends producers, but she requested Monica because she liked the “strong” character.

3.The cast could have been completely different.

Top 10 Facts That You Probably Didn't Know About 'Friends' TV Show

Before Matthew Perry was cast in the role of Chandler, Jon Favreau and Jon Cryer were both considered, but Perry almost didn’t get it. In addition to Friends, he recorded the pilot for a sitcom called LAX 2194 during the 1994 pilot season. The show would have focused on LAX baggage handlers who sorted aliens’ belongings. Fortunately, it was not picked up, and Perry was able to accept the Friends offer.

4. Matt LeBlanc said he really needed to get this job. 

Top 10 Facts That You Probably Didn't Know About 'Friends' TV Show

Before Matt LeBlanc was Joey Tribbiani on “Friends,” it definitely wasn’t his day, his week or even his year. He revealed that he was totally broke before he was cast as the lovable ladies’ man on the classic sitcom.

In an interview with The Sun, Matt LeBlanc said he admitted that when he auditioned for ‘friends’, he only had $11 in his pocket.

5. Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer had trouble dealing with their immediate fame.

Top 10 Facts That You Probably Didn't Know About 'Friends' TV Show

LeBlanc discussed the bad side of celebrity in a 2016 interview with The Mirror. “For years and years, I barely left the house. I was burnt out,” LeBlanc said. “I wanted to not have a schedule, not be somewhere. I was in a position to do that. My agent was bummed. Most actors call their agents and say, ‘What’s going on?’. I’d call mine and say, ‘Please lose my number for a few years.’ It was a very dark time. I almost had a nervous breakdown.”

LeBlanc also struggled with the newfound fame that Friends brought to the cast. “It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with,” LeBlanc said during an appearance on The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast.

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