Top 10 Fun Facts About You Should Know About F.R.i.E.N.D.S.

The opening credits were not shot in New York.


The fountain in the opening credits of Friends is not in New York City but on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank.


The producers wanted Courteney Cox to play Rachel, but cox resisted.


Courteney Cox requested to play the role of Monica on Friends instead of Rachel because she admired Monica's strong character.


The cast could have been completely different.


Griffin and Lynch auditioned for Phoebe, while Favreau and Cryer were considered for Chandler. Perry almost missed out due to another pilot, but it wasn't picked up.


Friends was originally called Insomnia Café (and a bunch of other things).


Friends was originally titled "Insomnia Cafe" and featured a different concept with Joey and Monica as love interests. The show had various working titles before premiering with the title "Friends" in 1994.


Lisa Kudrow didn't know how to play guitar.


Kudrow considered having Phoebe play the bongos but ended up learning a few guitar chords. She decided Phoebe would only know a handful of chords, leading to the creation of "Smelly Cat."


The cast took a trip to Las Vegas together before the show aired.


Director James Burrows took the Friends cast to Vegas before the show aired, telling them it was their last chance at anonymity before becoming famous.


Caesar's Palace played an important role on Friends later on.


Joey plays a gladiator at Caesar's Palace in "The One in Vegas" where Ross and Rachel get drunk-married, while Monica and Chandler witness the event, having planned to get married themselves.


Monica was an early Mental Floss fan.


David Arquette gave Courteney Cox a copy of Mental Floss, which later appeared in a Friends episode where Monica can be seen reading the magazine.


They were the first TV cast to negotiate as a group.


Friends cast received $22k per episode in the first season, with their salaries reportedly varying in the second. In 1997, they demanded $100k per episode, and by the final season, they were earning $1 million per episode.


It's one of the most watched shows on Netflix.


Friends is a popular show, most streamed on Netflix in the UK and second only to The Office in the US. When Netflix announced its removal in 2019, fans' petition with #Justice4Friends was successful in bringing the show back.