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42 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.

  • All Cast Salary Negotiations Were Done As A Group

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    No friend ever made more money doing the show than the others. Each time they negotiated their salaries, the negotiations were done in unison. As Lisa Kudrow put it, "The six of us are far stronger than just one person."

  • Matt LeBlanc Really Needed The Job

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    When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role, he only had $11 to his name. When the cast got their paychecks, the first thing that Courteney Cox bought was a car. LeBlanc bought a hot dinner.

  • The Opening Sequence Wasn't Easy To Film

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    The water fountain opening sequence was filmed at the crack of dawn, 4 a.m. to be exact. The water had to be kept heated during filming. Additionally, the actors were given the lines of the theme song to lip sync because the song had not yet been recorded. 

  • The Six Main Stars Isolated Themselves Backstage Before Every Episode

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    The lead cast held a private huddle backstage before every episode and wouldn't allow anyone else in the room while prepping for the show.