By now, everyone has seen at least half a dozen Friends episodes, right? The comedy, which catapulted six unknown actors at the time to superstardom, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014 after hitting airwaves back in 1994. And if you haven't even seen one episode yet (for shame!), many fond memories of the series live on as it airs in syndication on a boatload of networks. But first, get a load of all this cool Friends trivia!
Seriously, who could forget the ongoing relationship drama between Ross and Rachel? Remember Joey's brilliant one-liner, "How you doin'?" Or how about Phoebe singing "Smelly Cat" at the resident hangout, Central Perk? Would anyone have guessed a Monica and Chandler hook-up resulting in marriage? Whoa, we could go on here, but instead, we've rounded up a list of behind the scenes easter eggs you might not have known about the classic TV series.
Check out these 47 offbeat BTS facts about the show, and vote on which ones surprised you the most!
All Cast Salary Negotiations Were Done as a Group
No Friend ever made more money doing the show than the others. Each time they negotiated their salaries, the negotiations were done in unison. Kudrow said, "The six of us are far stronger than just one person."
Matt LeBlanc Really Needed the Job
When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for the role, he only had $11 dollars 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 So Easy to Film
The water fountain opening sequence was filmed at the crack of dawn, 4 AM 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.
Private Time for the Friends Cast
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.