Well, this may come as a challenge to the die-hard fans of Friends that today we will be sharing 10 Secrets fact I bet you didn’t know about Friends.
The popular American Sitcom Friends was released in 1994 on NBC. The comedy series was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which include ten seasons. Since 1994, the Friends Series has been popularly watched over numerous times to enlighten mood or make family moments.
The leading Friends cast include Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, and Matt LeBlanc. The classic sitcom entails a journey of six friends who are always there for each other in their ups and downs. The perfect examples of friendship are shown in the series, where friends put each other’s emotions first, enjoy in happy situations and stay there with you eating ice cream in the sad moments.
The Friends series has become so popular, because of which Friends Reunion was planned, and the responses on the reunion were amazing. Friends’ reunion happened in 2021, where all the leading cast members were present. It was surprising how all of them have aged but still look stunning.
The whole world must have watched the series, but you might be shocked when 10 Secrets fact I bet you didn’t know about Friends will be shared.
10. Refrigerator in Monica’s & Joey’s Apartments Actually Worked
Most of the time in Friends Series, everyone was present in Monica’s apartment or in Joey’s apartment, whereas Ross’s and Phoebe’s apartments were shown less. Every time someone entered Monica’s apartment, they would all open the refrigerator and take something to drink. Well, it might come as surprising that the beers or drinks weren’t put there before the shot, but the refrigerator worked. According to DigitalSpy, the fridge in Monica’s apartment was always filled with drinks for the cast and crew members.
9. The Cast Didn’t Film Cliffhangers in Front of Live Audience
All the exciting and dramatic endings of many episodes of the Friends series were shot without the live audience. In the special Friends: Final Thoughts, one of the leading actress Jennifer Aniston disclosed the fact that all the cliffhangers were not filmed in front of a live audience for obvious reasons. She stated that if some of them did film in front of the live audience, then the next episode would be spoiled.
8. The Fountain in the Opening Credits Isn’t In New York
The popular song present in the starting, ‘I’ll be there for you of each and every Friends’ episode, includes all the leading actors playing in a fountain. The actors’ playful activities in the fountain symbolize their bond to each other and what friends do. In the Friends series, every one of them lives in Manhattan, New York City, but the fountain in that song was never present in New York. It was filmed on Warner Bros’ Ranch in Burbank, California.
7. Central Perk Was Transformed into Airport for the Finale
Central Perk is the place where all the characters of the Friends Series hang out and share their lives with each other. It was a symbolic place of Friends, and many fans have visited Central Perk find of restaurants in New York to relive the Friends Series. But the coffee house where the whole gang hanged out was turned into an airport, reported by James Michael Tyler, who played the role of Gunther.
6. The Orange Sofa is from Warner Bros. Studios
The coffee house, where all the characters – Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Phoebe, Monica, and Joey, spend half of their lives had an orange sofa, their fixed place. In one episode, all the leading team of crew members was sitting on the orange sofa when the gang entered, but looking that their place was filled, they returned back a hilarious moment. However, the orange sofa, the fixed place of all of them, was actually found in the basement in Warner Bros. Studios.
5. Monica’s Messy Closet was Originally a Mystery Door
John Shaffner, the production designer who designed the set of Friends, placed a door at the end of Monica’s hallway apartment. But the door was never noticed by anyone until the eighth season when the episode ‘The One With the Secret Closet’ was released. In that episode, the curiosity of Chandler led to an interesting secret of Monica, that she is messy and has kept all the things that don’t go with her furniture or don’t have enough space to place, go inside that closet.
4. Apartment Address Changed
One fact which might have gone unnoticed as it wasn’t a big deal was that the apartment numbers of Monica and Joey’s apartment changed over time. The reason for changing the address was unclear, but Monica’s apartment number was 5 in the starting, but later it changed to number 20. Similarly, Joey’s apartment number was four and changed to 19 by the end of the series.
3. Monica’s Apartment was Painted Purple to be Memorable
A unique color given to Monica’s apartment has a backstory. John Shaffner, the production designer, mentioned that some people were ‘really anxious’ about the Color chosen for Monica’s apartment. Still, John decided to keep it that way to create an identity of the Friends Series, and it worked.
John Shaffner said, ‘Color is really important in terms of establishing the show’s identity. When you switched to Friends, you saw that it was purple and you stayed tuned.”
2. Crew Members were In-Charge of Updating Magna Doodle
Have you ever noticed Magna Doodle Joey’s door changing constantly? According to some reports, the crew members, particularly Paul Swain from the electric crew, were in charge of changing the Magna Doodle for every episode. And those who did notice the Magna Doodle, Paul Stain, mentioned that they were looking for some hidden messages from it.
1. Gunther Never Really Made Coffee on Set
Central Perk’s main member, Gunther, who was always in love with Rachel Green and did anything for her, never really made coffee on the set of Friends. In BuzzFeed, James Michael Tyler said, “The espresso machine wasn’t plugged in because they can be kind of loud, but that was a real antique coffee machine, I never actually made one coffee!”