Only a handful of people knew that Rachel was going to get off the plane before the episode was released. It took the writers a long time to come up with a proper ending, sometimes going days without writing a word. They would watch series finales of other sitcoms to take notes on what to do and what not to do.
Chandler Bing's awkwardness and speaking style were directly based off Matthew Perry. Jennifer Aniston explained: "He has this way of speaking, using questions like, 'Could this be any more this or that?'". On top of that, many of Perry's dating mishaps that happened while filming the show would sometimes find their way into various episodes.
The show rarely used a laugh track, filming all their episodes in front of a live studio audience, sometimes numbering up to 300 people. The laughs were authentic, though they would sometimes edit the laughs in post-production so that it wouldn't interfere with the actors' lines.
The alternate titles for the show weren't as simple, and we can be thankful none of them made past the idea stage. Some of the sample titles include: Friends Like Us, Six of One, Across the Hall, Once Upon a Time in the West Village, and Insomnia Cafe.
The show was on a very tight budget in its early days, and the creators were looking everywhere to cut costs. The iconic orange couch was actually found in the Warner Bros. prop room, deep in the basement. It was ripped and tattered, but after extensive work to patch it up, it found its way onto the set.
The frame around the peephole was originally supposed to have a picture, but then the glass was accidentally broken while they were dressing. They decided to see what it would look like if they just had the frame around the peephole, and as such, it stayed like that for the next ten years.
Many fans have called out the 'mistake' that is the establishing shot of the apartment. Among the problems are the lack of a balcony, and a fire escape where there shouldn't be one. Series' creator explained that he grabbed a bunch of pictures of sixth floor apartments that matched Monica's, but the show ended up using the wrong one anyways. They reasoned it with: "it's the other side of her apartment building.'
Before the six actors were cast in their iconic roles, many others auditioned for the role in the classic sitcom. _Iron Man _director Jon Favreau turned down the role of Chandler Bing, Eric McCormack of _Will & Grace _fame went through several auditions before he lost the role of Ross, and Jaeneane Garofalo famously turned down the role to appear on _Saturday Night Live_, which she later declared "the worst time of my life."
While 'Central Perk' is an entirely originally creation, it was based heavily off a small restaurant that John Shaffner and the staff would go to called 'Arnold's Turtle':
Shaffner: "The coffee house came about because there was a little restaurant that we used to all go down to on West 4th Street in Manhattan, and it had a door in the corner," Shaffner said. "So we went to Kevin and Margaret and David and when we showed them the model and I said, 'We want to do a little corner door like the restaurant that we used to go to,' and they remembered it as well. It was called Arnold's Turtle."
Arnold's Turtle has since closed down.
NBC was expecting loads of phone calls and hate mail for the lesbian wedding in Season 2. They ended up getting a grand total of four complaints by telephone.
The episode 'The One with the Lesbian Wedding' has been credited with helping push for equality in mainstream television, and helped improve the show's image after earlier gay panic jokes and having an all-white cast.
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