21 Behind-The-Scenes Tidbits About “Friends” That Just Make Rewatching The Show For The Millionth Time That Much Better

1. In one of the episodes, Chandler was supposed to say “Donald Trump wants his blue blazer back” to mock Joey. However, Matthew Perry accidentally said “Donald Trump wants his blue blazer black,” and they decided to keep it in.

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2. Phoebe was supposed to end up with David, not Mike.

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3. Chandler and Joey’s dog statue actually belonged to Jennifer Aniston. She was gifted it when she got the role of Rachel.

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4. The cast of Friends went to Caesar’s Palace just before the show began airing as their last chance at anonymity. This is the same casino the characters visit in Season 5.

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5. When Rachel undresses and sits in her lingerie on the couch waiting for Josh, and then his parents come in, Josh’s dad is actually played by Matthew Perry’s real-life father:

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6. Despite Joey being horrible at French, Matt LeBlanc is actually fluent.

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7. David Schwimmer actually directed multiple episodes of Friends.

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8. The scene where Phoebe sings along to Ross playing the bagpipes while the other characters try to hold in their laughter is actually a blooper that made it into the episode.

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9. The fountain in the opening credits of Friends is actually the same one from Hocus Pocus.

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10. The theme song was originally supposed to be “Shiny Happy People” by REM. They ended up going with “I’ll Be There for You” by the Rembrandts, who only wrote a little snippet of it for the show — but it got so popular that they later recorded a whole version.

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11. Bruce Willis only guest-starred because he lost a bet to Matthew Perry.

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12. In the episode where Ross and Ben prank Rachel by throwing a dummy of Ross down the stairs, Jennifer Aniston’s reaction was genuine.

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13. Monica and Chandler weren’t supposed to end up together.

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14. In fact, Joey and Monica were supposed to be the main couple of the show.

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15. Emily was often shown on the phone because the actor was pregnant.

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16. The fridge in Monica and Rachel’s apartment was fully functioning.

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17. Jennifer Aniston was already starring on the CBS show Muddling Through, so NBC actively tried to tank the show.

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18. Aniston reportedly turned down a spot on SNL just before Friends.

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19. Matthew Perry banging his head on the metal drawer in “The One with the Cuffs” was accidental.

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20. Matt LeBlanc injured his arm in ‘The One Where No One’s Ready,’ which is why Joey’s arm is in a sling in the next episode.

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21. And finally, despite 9/11 happening as the show was airing, Friends didn’t incorporate it into the storyline. Instead, they honored New York and its firemen in the background of many shots, as seen below.

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