10 captivating Facts About “Friends” You May Not Know

  • The final episode was watched by 52.46 million viewers, and is the fourth most watched television series finale in US history
  •  “I’ll Be There For You” was co-written by Friends producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman, with The Remembrandts’ Phil Solem and Danny Wilde.
  • Season Two is the only one that does not have a Thanksgiving episode.
  • Courteney Cox was the only one in the cast who did not receive an Emmy nomination for her work on the show.
  • During the show’s first season, each cast member earned $ 22,500 per episode. When the series was about to end, they were making $ 1 million per episode.
  • In the first episodes, Monica and Rachel’s apartment number was 5. This was changed in later episodes to number 20 because the producers realized that number 5 would correspond to an apartment on a lower floor.
  • The iconic orange Central Perk sofa was found by a set designer in the basement of Warner Bros. Studios.
  • The frame around the peephole originally had a mirror. A team member accidentally broke it, but it still looked good, so they decided to leave it at that.
  • In the early developmental episodes, the writers considered making Chandler gay.
  • Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe.