5 Facts about FRIENDS You Will Love To Know
FRIENDS- A Show Which Gave The Correct Definition of a Sitcom
F.R.I.E.N.D.S- A sitcom which gave a new dimension to the American sitcom industry and prompted the culture of open-themed café and restaurants. The sitcom started its journey of laughter, love and fun-filled moments in 1994, completed 10 seasons and ended in 2004. The popularity of the show can be gauged by this that it's been 16 years since the show is being off-aired but still it tops the chart on Netflix today. Here’s a throwback at the series that still beats in the viewers’ hearts.
1. Original Title of FRIENDS was 'Insomnia Café'
The co-creators of the show David Crane and Marta Kauffman titled the show as Insomnia café. The essence of uniqueness is visible from the title as well as the plot where Ross and Rachael were not the key relationship. Instead of them, Joey and Monica were the love birds.
When NBC took the charge of the sitcom, it suggested the title ‘Friends like us.’ Warren Littlefield, NBC President suggested Across the hall too. But when the show was on-aired, cutting down the edges, it finally landed as ‘Friends’ only. Isn’t it simple and sweet?
2. David Schwimmer wrote the character Ross Geller
To your surprise, the character of Ross Geller was written by Davis Schwimmer himself. Executive producer Kevin Bright had the opportunity to work with David before, so the writers started develop Ross character in Schwimmer’s voice.
3. The 47-seconds opening credit was NOT shot in New York
Don’t get tricked with the opening credit of the show as it looks like it is been shot in New York’s Central Park Pulitzer Fountain but it is not! You might be shocked but yes, it was shot in Warner Bros. lot.
4. A trip to Las Vegas Before the show was on-aired
Director James Burrow, who directed a handful of episodes from 1995-1997 took a trip to Las Vegas along with the six members of the show. While encouraging the cast to enjoy to the fullest, director Burrow said,” This is your last shot at anonymity, once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded.”
5. The show was filmed in front of a live audience, Except for cliffhangers
Usually it took five hours in a day to shoot for an episode in front of a live audience. Yes, a live audience, because that’s how the cast wanted it to be! LeBlanc told the reason why the cast wanted it in this way, “It’s kind of like a test to see if the material works, if the jokes work, if the story tracks.” Agreeing to him, Perry said, “Our energy just elevates every time there’s an audience.”
The shooting of the cliffhangers such as “Ross’s wedding,” the audience was removed so that the suspense and mystery remains captivated.