Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Addicted to F R I E N D S - The best TV show ever

There have been many of my favorite TV shows but FRIENDS is really one of the best till date!


Initially, when it use to be aired regularly, I thought what is this series all about and why do they laugh on the jokes? Till one day I got the DVD of episode 5 and 6, and then after just two episodes, I was hooked to this situation comedy so much that even today when it comes at late night between 11:30 till 1:00 in Zee Cafe and Star One, I hardly miss the episodes, I think I can watch it many times more and never get bored of it.


It ran for 10 years with 10 seasons and 236 episodes! (September 94 to May 2004). For the 6 characters, 1000 actors were shortlisted It was on air for 10 years and had the best TRP's ever. I think one cannot say which character is better...It has best of writers (12 writers work on the script to make it funny!), actors and directors and good production values of that time.


The 6 actors started with pay of 22,500$ per episode and in the end went up to 1,00,000$ per episode. One of the good things in this TV series that all the 6 characters are there through out! I think this is an record Below are some trivia of FRIENDS ... because I am sure like me there are many people who are fans of this wonderful series


The first line of dialogue in the very first pilot episode of Friends was "There's nothing to tell."

The six characters full names are Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston),Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt le Blanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and Ross Geller(David Schwimmer).

The occupations of the characters are as follows: Ross, palaeontologist; Monica, chef; Joey, actor/model; Phoebe, masseuse; Rachel, waitress; Chandler, data processor.

A 30-second commercial during the break in the show in America cost advertisers £500,000.
Other titles considered for the series included "Once upon a time in the West Village", "Insomnia Café" and "Across the Hall". The original title, "Friends like Us", was shortened to the current one-worder.

Over 5 miles of film are used for every episode. They hold around 12 hours of footage which has to be cut down to 22 minutes.

If all goes well it takes 5 hours to film an episode.

Matthew Perry admits to still getting nervous before episodes.

Friends use 4 cameras for each scene.

Canned laughter is used where the audiences laughter lasts too long or isn't what editor, Steve Prime, is looking for.

According to Aniston, her famous "Rachel" hairdo was created by accident when her "friend" Chris cut her hair with a razor. In US at the time when show was on air, "The Rachel Cut" became famous!

David Schwimmer attended Beverly Hills High, the school on which the series Beverly Hills: 90210 was based.Matthew Perry appeared in Beverly Hills: 90210 earlier in his career. He said of his role: "Its kind of a blur, but I remember playing the most popular kid in school who ends up with a gun in his mouth because his Dad is so overbearing".

Perry's wit is so legendary that the scriptwriters have often incorporated his gags into the show.
Aniston attended the New York High School for the Performing Arts, the school that Fame was modelled on.

Central Perk, the café in which they all hang out, is based on the Manhattan Café in New York's West Village. The decor in Central Perk is changed every 5 episodes or so.

Cox was a cover girl for People Magazine's "50 most beautiful people in the world" issue.She was also dubbed "TV's hottest babe" by American Playboy magazine.

Director James Burrows, responsible for many of the early episodes of Friends, also directed Taxi, Cheers and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Matt le Blanc loves dogs and has a mutt called Lady that he rescued from a dog pound, and a Doberman called Shadow.

Kudrow is married to a French advertising executive called Michel Stern.

Schwimmer is the son of two Los Angeles lawyers. His mother, Arlene, handled Roseanne's first divorce.

Le Blanc, son of a mechanic and a circuit-board maker, originally studied carpentry. "I am not a dumb guy," he says. "I just play one on TV".

Famous guest stars on the show have included ER's George Clooney and Noah Wyle, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chris Isaak and Julia Roberts.

Perry dated Roberts after her appearance on the show. His verdict? "She does leave toothpaste all over the sink and she's always wanting to borrow money". :)

The whole cast huddle together before each episode to wish each other luck. This made frequent guest star Tom Selleck feel a bit left out.

Perry's Dad was an actor who starred in the Old Spice aftershave ad's, his mother was Press Secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Kudrow has made appearances on several "worst dressed" lists in American magazines, but because of her characters clothes rather than her own.

Perry is very fond of female vocalists. He says, "If you're a woman and in any kind of emotional duress and you sing a song about it, I will buy your album". Favorites include Shawn Colvin, the Indigo Girls and Tori Amos.

When the pilot show was approved by the network, and a series commissioned, the entire cast was sent on a free trip to Las Vegas.

Cox dated Batman actor Michael Keaton for five and a half years, and they are still reportedly "good friends".

After graduating from speech and theater from Chicago's Northwestern University, Schwimmer founded a theatre company, Lookinglass, with 17 classmates.

Aniston's Dad was an actor, John Aniston, who starred in top US soap Days of our Lives. He divorced her mother when Aniston was nine.

Kudrow gets fed up with being considered in real life to be as dippy as her on-screen character, Phoebe. "People talk slower to me, as if I were a ten year old", she reveals.
Kudrow graduated from exclusive American college Vassar, where she gained a major in biology.

Like Ross, le Blanc has simian friends, he starred with an animatronic chimp in the baseball movie Ed.

Aniston, real name Anistonopolous, used to be 30lb heavier, until her agent told her to lose weight. She gave up mayonnaise, pre-meal snacking, white bread, post-meal snacking and butter to reach her current trim size.

Cox, who weighs 7st 3lbs (101lbs) and wears a British size six, is terrified of being fat. She says, "My ideal weight would be 100lbs. My whole family is shaped like pears and I'm afraid of looking like that".

Aniston recently played a very unglamorous role in Ed Burn's film Shes the One. She was cast as a wife whose husband refuses to sleep with her.

Courteney Cox's stepcousin is Stuart Copeland, of pop group The Police fame.

Schwimmer is very keen to become a father. "I've always wanted a family", he says. "I think that's why we're here - to have children, raise them well and try to improve the quality of life for all the people who will follow".

The cast apparently get on as well in real life as they do on screen. They play poker and Scrabble together, and the girls often shop with each other.

Le Blanc and Aniston were rumored to have had a fling. (Hmmm...how u doinnnn?)

The day he auditioned for Friends, Le Blanc had a big scab on his nose and forehead after falling down drunk on a bender the night before.

When Schwimmer first met Le Blanc he was sceptical. Le Blanc was wearing leather jeans and Schwimmer thought he was "Joe cool stud" and hated him on sight.

Cox originally read to play the part of Rachel.

Perry has been linked to actress Tricia Fisher, daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher, who played Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss in a TV film.

LeBlanc is a speed freak who competed in amateur motor-racing competitions at the age of eight. In a recent celebrity Grand Prix he ran into a wall, taking Jason Priestly's car out of the race.

As a teenager, Cox was Bruce Springsteen's dancing partner in Brian de Palma's video of Dancing in the Dark.

Like his on-screen character Joey, Le Blanc has a reputation as a womaniser. He has been linked to volleyball star Gabrielle Reece, English actress Minnie Driver, porn star Jenna Jameson, Goldie Hawn's 16 year old daughter Kate Hudson and several strippers.

Schwimmer complains of being hounded by women who demand that he kiss them - even when their boyfriends are there too.

In The Pallbearer, Schwimmers first film since joining Friends, he starred with Gwyneth Paltrow. The film did badly in the USA.

When she was younger Aniston wanted to be a sculptor. At the age of 11, she had a painting in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

After being picked to play Roz Doyle in Frasier, Kudrow was subsequently dropped in favour of actress Peri Gilpin before the pilot was even shot.

Friends is Channel 4's top-rating comedy, regularly attracting four million viewers.

Kudrow's father is one of the world's leading experts in headaches.

Le Blanc was down to his last $11 when he got the part in Friends.

Schwimmer claims to have been a "fat, ugly geek" in high school.

Cox played the part of Michael J Fox's girlfriend Lauren in Family Ties, between 1986 and 1988.
She claims to have been really in love only once. The lucky man was called Paul, hailed from Leeds, and "he made a hell of a Yorkshire pudding".

Now engaged to marry Sandra Bullock's ex-fiance Tate Donovan, Aniston counts among her former loves ER's Noah Wyle, actor Jonathan Silverman, co-star Matthew Perry and Grant Heslov, from True Lies.

David Schwimmer accused the handlers of his on-screen pal Marcel the monkey of being "too possessive". He claims that he was never allowed to bond with the creature.

Marcel's trainer, Nerissa Pulizer, said of her charge: "If Marcel were human, she'd be Meryl Streep".

The monkey was the first cast member to get a Hollywood movie role, appearing in the movie Outbreak.

The daughter of Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, Jennifer Grant, played Nina Bookbinder, an employee of Chandler's who ended up dating him in the first series.

The Friends album includes songs from REM, Joni Mitchell and Hootie and the Blowfish, a band four of them once went to see.

The theme tune, I'll be there for you by the Rembrants, has been a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

Friends executive producers Marta Kuaffman and David Crane also created the adult sitcom Dream On.

The characters of Ross's ex-wife and her girlfriend Susan are based on the godmothers to Kauffman's daughter.

The opening footage of the cast dancing around a fountain was filmed on the Warner Brothers lot in LA at five o'clock one morning.

The first thing Cox bought with her Friends money was a brand new Porsche.

Cox was the best-known member of the cast before the show. She played opposite Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and was in Cocoon: The Return.

Le Blanc is currently filming Lost in Space with Gary Oldman at Shepperton Studios. He's renting a flat in London's Kensington and has been seen shopping in Budgens.

Two models for American underwear company Victoria's Secret appeared in the first series. One was the dream girl Chandler gets stuck with during a blackout, the other was a girl who is convinced that Joey has VD.

Perry looked at 40 houses before buying his current W-shaped ranch house with pool in LA.
Aniston bought her brother Bronco car for Christmas, and he cried.

Schwimmer was in the first series of NYPD Blue. He was a nerd who lived in the apartment next door to Sherry Stringfield and ended up shooting a mugger.

Kudrow co-stars with Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino in a new film, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.

Christina Pickles, who plays Monica's mum, also worked with Cox ten years ago on the film Masters of the Universe.

Cox has said of her character: "She's obsessive, the one who has to be perfect and please everybody. I'm so similar to her it's frightening".

When Jay Leno asked Aniston to touch her nose with her tongue on the Tonight show, she politely declined.

Kudrow started her showbiz career at Groundlings, a local improvisational comedy school in LA.
Schwimmer has a multi-million-dollar deal with top Hollywood studio Miramax to star in and direct several films.

Aniston starred in an unsuccessful horror movie called Leprechaun in 1993.

Her next feature is a romantic comedy, Picture Perfect.

Kudrow used to date American talk show host Conan O'Brian.

Le Blanc admits to having spat in someone's food when he worked in a New York burger joint.
Aniston's shampoo commerical for L'Oreal is only being shown in Europe. She says she will never do a hair-product ad in America.

Her godfather was former Kojak actor Telly Savalas.

Perry has recently lost two and a half stone, while allegedly depressed and on painkillers. Despite celebrity girlfriends such as Julia Roberts, he attributes his state of mind to his failure with women.

Raised in Ottawa, Canada, Perry was a junior tennis ace before taking up acting. He never graduated from college. He gave up his studies when he won a role in a sitcom called Boys will be Boys. His first movie role since joining Friends was Fools Rush In, playing a nightclub promoter.

Childhood Friends of southern belle Cox were reportedly shocked at the lesbian storyline in the show.

Perry's grandfather, however, loves the show. And so do all his friends.
In a somewhat unlikely claim, Perry also insists that Mrs Thatcher is an avid viewer, particularly of Joey and Chandler's scenes.

Neurotic about her looks, Cox worries about the thin, dry skin under her eyes, having different sized nostrils and a double chin.

There's a book out called Cooking with Friends, full of comfort-food recipes for when "it hasn't been your day, your month or even your year" - a reference to the theme song.
Matt le Blanc used to model Levi 501's and has appeared in TV ads for Coca-Cola and Heinz Ketchup.

Le Blanc admits to being a mummy boy, and is devoted to his Italian mother, Pat Grossman. He didn't meet his father until he was eight.

Cox plays a TV reporter chasing down a serial killer in horror flick Scream.

The show's producers admit that the characters could never afford the rents on the apartments they live in on the show.

Highlights of the third series include guest appearances by Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, and a scene in which Joey strips naked.

From series 6 onwards, the title music I'll Be There For You is cut from 45 to 35 seconds.

There are 500 tickets available per show, but there are only 300 seats in the studio.

Friends is shot in Studio 9 at Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, California.

The studio is 4 stories high and the top is known by gaffers as the "ozone".

The cast and crew are big fans of the Nintendo 64 and play Mario Kart 64 on their breaks.

Friends averages over 26 million viewers every week in the US alone.

Props Master, Marjorie Coster-Praytor, had to make 6 version of Phoebe's shoe-house in case they didn't get the shot of it burning down first time.

Matthew Perry is the only cast member aloud to the screen writings. He often helps the writers with jokes for the show.

In 2008 there were rumors that they will make a feature film but nothing has happend so far, Hope all the fans of the Friends get to see a full lenght feature film because if they delay, all the 6 famous characters are now in 40's!