40 Things You Didn't Know About 'Friends'

By now, everyone has seen at least half a dozen Friends episodes, right? The popular sitcom, which catapulted six unknown actors to superstardom in the 1990s, has found a second life in the streaming era, becoming one of the biggest hits in Netflix's library before eventually making its way to HBO Max.

Many moments and storylines from the classic TV series have become entrenched in pop culture in the years since its 1994 premiere. Everyone knows about Ross and Rachel. Everyone knows about "Smelly Cat." But not everyone knows every bit of Friends trivia that has accumulated over the years. So try these behind-the-scenes facts on for size and see if you can come out on top next time your local bar has a Friends-themed trivia night.

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  • Tom Selleck Was TOO Good

    Tom Selleck Was TOO Good
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    When Tom Selleck made his initial on-set appearances, he received standing ovations from the studio audience.

    This would render his entrances unusable, prompting the need for later reshoots without the audience.

  • The 'Friends' Cast Got A Really Big Raise

    The 'Friends' Cast Got A Really Big Raise
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    In the first season, each of the six lead cast members received $22,000 per episode.

    By the final season, they each got $1,000,000 per episode.

  • Joey Tribbiani Was Supposed To Be Smarter

    Joey Tribbiani Was Supposed To Be Smarter
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    According to the show's creators, Matt LeBlanc interpreted Joey as "dimmer" than the writers intended - but the network liked him so much that they demanded he be cast as the character.

  • Phoebe's Triplets Made Way For Lisa Kudrow's Real Bundle Of Joy

    Phoebe's Triplets Made Way For Lisa Kudrow's Real Bundle Of Joy
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    Phoebe's triplets storyline was written in for Lisa Kudrow to cover up her real-life pregnancy.