The hit TV show, Friends, was launched in 1994 and over the course of the decade that followed fans of the show grew to love the 6 quirky main characters. The show’s successes largely came down to the incredible chemistry of cast members Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox, and Jennifer Anniston. Any fan of the show can tell you just how incredible it is to see them on the screen together. We can imagine them cracking each other up to no end and if you look closely you can even see this in some of the episodes. However, the producers didn’t show those bloopers during the end credits like some programs of the era did. Now you can see some of these outtakes and also find out which rumors about the show are and aren’t true.
Many actors are rumored to have auditioned for various roles on the show, like that Jane Lynch of Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and Glee had auditioned for the role of Phoebe. However, Lynch says she never read for that part.
One of the rumors that is actually true is that Courtney Cox auditioned for the part of Rachel and Jennifer Aniston was to play Monica. The pair talked producers into swapping the casting roles and it worked out well. Since then Cox has shared how she’s a natural Monica in real life with her need to organize, so it seems like the swap was the right decisions after all. Plus, we couldn’t imagine seeing Anniston as the über-responsible Monica. It just doesn’t seem right.
Another fun fact: the show went through many different titles before being named Friends. One of the working titles was Six of One, which just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Perhaps they were going for a Party of Five vibe, but we much prefer the simpler name.