Twenty years ago today, six friends entered our lives and entertained us with their antics for ten glorious seasons. To celebrate the milestone, scroll down for twenty bits of trivia you may not know about the '90s sitcom!
1) At one time or another, all six of the friends have lived in Monica's apartment.
2) Courteney Cox originally auditioned to play Rachel, but asked to play Monica instead.
3) The orange coach used in Central Perk was found in the basement of the Warner Bros. studio.
4) Although Ross is Monica's older brother, Courteney Cox is actually 3 years older than David Schwimmer.
5) Jon Favreau, who played Monica's millionaire boyfriend Pete Becker in season 3, was offered the role of Chandler Bing.
6) Gunther didn't have a name until the middle of season 2.
7) The show's original theme song was "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M., but was later changed to The Rembrandts' "I'll Be There For You."
8) Lisa Kudrow was terrified of the duck that showed up in season 3.
9) When Tom Selleck [Dr. Richard Burke] made his on-camera entrances, he would receive standing ovations from the studio audience.
10) Other titles considered for the show were "Friends Like Us," "Six of One" and "Across the Hall."
11) When the cast received their first paychecks, Courteney Cox bought a car and Matt LeBlanc bought a hot meal.
12) Joey's white dog statue was originally given to Jennifer Aniston as a gift.
13) Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe Buffay.
14) The golden picture frame around the peephole in Monica's apartment was originally a mirror until a crew member accidentally broke it. They decided to keep it there anyway.
15) Bruce Willis appeared in a two-episode arc for free after losing a bet to Matthew Perry on the set of The Whole Nine Yards.
16) The artwork in Central Perk was changed every three episodes.
17) James Michael Tyler was working at a coffee shop when he got the part of Gunther. He kept the job for the show's first four seasons.
18) Courteney Cox was the only regular cast member to not receive an Emmy nomination for the show. Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow were the only ones to win.
19) Producers first choice for Rachel was Téa Leoni.
20) The color of the keys laid down by each friend in the last episode corresponds to the colored dots in the show's logo.
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