10 Ways Friends Was Almost Completely Different From Now

Friends was an undoubtedly important show for a whole generation, and people still talk about it today. The 1st episode aired on September 22, 1994, and the last was on May 6, 2004, after ten seasons. This decade was one of the most important in TV history, and a simple sitcom about an usual group of 20-somethings living in New York that became a big hit has since become a classic comedy.

10. It Shouldn’t Have Been Called Friends

The name “Friends” is one of the most well-known in television history. If you say “Friends,” people immediately think of the show’s six main characters sitting around Central Perk, drinking coffee and making jokes.

9. Joey used to be A D*CK

Joey Tribbiani, played by Matt LeBlanc, is still one of, if not the, most well-known characters from Friends.

Joey Tribbiani, played by Matt LeBlanc, is still one of, if not the, most well-known characters from Friends.

8. Phoebe and Chandler were made to be secondary characters.

It’s impossible to think of Friends as anything other than a story about the six main characters at the center of each season.

7. Phoebe was supposed to be a goth.

During the early stages of making Friends, Phoebe was not only supposed to be a side character but she was also supposed to be a goth.

During the early stages of making Friends, Phoebe was not only supposed to be a side character but she was also supposed to be a goth.

6. Rachel and Gunther Shared an Apartment

During the ten seasons of Friends, the six main characters moved from one living situation to another. So many times, new roommates and flatmates were on the way when a particular character moved from one apartment to another.

5. Hank Azaria And Jon Favreau, Joey and Chandler

David Schwimmer was the only person in the cast who didn't have to try out for their part. Friends producers always considered Schwimmer to play Ross Gellar because he was so good in a different project a year before.

David Schwimmer was the only person in the cast who didn’t have to try out for their part. Friends producers always considered Schwimmer to play Ross Gellar because he was so good in a different project a year before.

4. There could not have been a “Smelly Cat.”

There are a lot of iconic parts and moments that make Friends so popular, and Smelly Cat is one of them.

3. Joey and Phoebe’s big secret that never came out

During the run of Friends, almost every character kissed every other character. Heck, Monica and Chandler got married, and many people think that Ross and Rachel's on-and-off relationship ended the same way, with them getting married and living happily ever after.

During the run of Friends, almost every character kissed every other character. Heck, Monica and Chandler got married, and many people think that Ross and Rachel’s on-and-off relationship ended the same way, with them getting married and living happily ever after.

2. Joey and Rachel were supposed to be a couple.

As has been said elsewhere, Joey Tribbiani went from one-night stand to one-night stand for ten seasons of Friends, dumping or ignoring women when he got tired of them.

1. Rachel was supposed to be played by Courteney Cox.

In a strange turn of events, Courteney Cox was not at first considered for the role of Monica Gellar. At a time, the Friends producers were adamant that Cox should play Rachel Green. The part that made Jennifer Aniston a mainstream pop culture icon.

In a strange turn of events, Courteney Cox was not at first considered for the role of Monica Gellar. At a time, the Friends producers were adamant that Cox should play Rachel Green. The part that made Jennifer Aniston a mainstream pop culture icon.

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