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50 ‘Joeyful’ Facts about NBC’s F.R.I.E.N.D.S

1Capt. Billy Burke

In the episode "The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath", in the beginning, Joey wore a T-shirt with the name "Capt. Billy Burke." Captain Billy Burke was a firefighter who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. - Source


2. When the Friends tv show debuted in 1994, People Magazine gave it a D+ rating, and Time magazine called the cast as "dysfunctional morons."


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3. Courteney Cox was originally asked to play Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead after reading the parts. - Source


4. The Friends tv show debuted at a time when networks were beginning to eliminate theme songs during the opening credits; however, with the popularity of this theme song, "I'll Be There for You" which went to #1 on the "Billboard Hot 100" and had incessant play on both the radio airwaves and television video channels, the show helped quell that trend. - Source


5. Before the show was cast, the main love interest was intended to be Monica and Joey. - Source


6Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox is the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for her work on the show. - Source


7. In Chandler's and Joey's apartment, there is a poster with a kangaroo boxing against human which says "Kangaroo Boxer" in Russian. - Source


8. The creators of the Portuguese show "Gato Fedorento" say that the inspiration for the name of the show came from the song "Smelly Cat" sung by Pheobe Buffay. - Source


9. In FRIENDS season 5 episode “The One in Vegas: Part 1,” Joey asks Phoebe to find his pin number for him over phone. Joey: “Can you do me a favor? I forgot the pin number to my ATM card...can you get it for me? I scratched it on the ATM machine down on the corner.” Phoebe: “Oh, so you're 5639?” Joey: “That's it! Thanks, Pheebs.” So the ATM PIN number turns out to be 5639 and this was probably chosen by Joey because it spells out 'JOEY' and he could remember it easily. - Source


10. In the 'FRIENDS' episode, where Susan (Ross' ex-wife) and Carol got married, "NBC expected thousands and thousands of phone calls and hate mails but actually received only four complaints by telephone."


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11Fountain

Tour guides of New York City regularly tell tourists that a fountain in Central Park is the one used in F.R.I.E.N.D.S theme song. The original fountain is actually in Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles. - Source


12. In the opening credits of Friends: The One After Vegas (1999), the names of all the actors and crew were changed to include "Arquette" at the end of them, a gag on Courteney Cox Arquette, who had just recently married David Arquette. - Source


13. On the set, Matt LeBlanc was called "LeBlanc" by all the cast and crew, and Matthew Perry was called "Matthew" or "Matty". This was started by the crew to avoid confusion. Additionally, David Schwimmer was referred to as "Schwim" among the crew. - Source


14. Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe) is the oldest of the six Friends, being born in 1963, Courteney Cox (Monica) born in 1964, David Schwimmer (Ross) born in 1966, Matt LeBlanc (Joey) born in 1967, Jennifer Aniston (Rachel) born in February 1969, and Matthew Perry(Chandler) being the youngest, born in August 1969. - Source


15. The highest rated episodes in Friends are "The One Where Everybody Finds Out (1999)" and "The Last One: Part 2 (2004)".


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16John Aniston

Matt LeBlanc's character, Joey Tribbiani, played Dr. Drake Ramoray in a fictional version of the NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives (1965). In real life, Jennifer Aniston's father, John Aniston, played Victor Kiriakis in the real Days of Our Lives. - Source


17. After recovering from years of Opioid (specifically Vicodin and methadone) addiction, actor Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing from Friends) received a Champion of Recovery award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for opening a sober living home in his Malibu mansion. - Source


18. Ellen Degeneres turned down the role of Phoebe Buffay on "Friends." - Source


19. Phoebe's wedding was not attended by any of her relatives. - Source


20. Out of the six friends, Chandler is the only one not to have any siblings. Rachel has two sisters, Monica and Ross are brother and sister, Phoebe has a twin sister and a half-brother, and Joey has seven sisters. - Source


21Matt LeBlanc's audition

When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role of Joey in "Friends" he had only $11 dollars to his name. When the cast got their first paychecks, the first thing that Courteney Cox bought was a car and Matt LeBlanc bought a hot dinner. - Source


22. Jennifer Aniston was offered a spot as a featured player on Saturday Night Live, but turned it down to accept the role of Rachel on Friends. - Source


23. The fake cigarette brand, 'Morley', has been featured in hundreds of movies and TV shows, including Seinfeld, Friends, and Frasier. - Source


24. Joey's pick-up line, "How you doin'?" was ranked #4 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 20 Top Catchphrases" (21-27 August 2005 issue). - Source


25. The orange couch used in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Brothers studio. - Source

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