Can you believe it’s been 10 years since the sitcom “Friends” took its final bow and said goodbye to Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Ross and Rachel?
In honor of the show’s tenth anniversary, here are 25 fun facts about the sitcom’s iconic sets.
How many of these things did you know? Take a look and see!
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25 Fun Facts About the Sets on “Friends”
1. In the first season, the street outside Central Perk was just a painted backdrop.
2. The artwork on the walls of the coffee house was always changing.
3. The famous orange velvet sofa was pulled out of the Warner Bros. Studios basement storage.
Phoebe’s Apartment on “Friends”
4. Phoebe’s address was 5 Morton Street, Apartment #14 in New York City.
5. The show took some heat over the episode that featured prominent
Pottery Barn product placement: “The One with the Apothecary Table.”
In the episode, Rachel tricks Phoebe into believing that it’s a one-of-a-kind antique, but the jig is up when Ross buys one just like it for his apartment.
Ross Geller’s Apartment on “Friends”
6. When asked about the product placement in the episode, Peter Roth of Warner Bros. said
it “offset the high cost of production.”
It was a good deal for Pottery Barn, too. A rep reports that “the phones still light up every time that episode airs.”
7. Even though the gang lives in NYC, we rarely see them lock their doors.
One of the times was when Ross and Rachel accidentally locked baby Emma in his apartment, so maybe it was safer to just leave them open!
The “Friends” Apartment Building in the West Village
8. Monica, Rachel, Chandler, and Joey lived at 90 Bedford Street in New York City.
It’s in Greenwich Village on the corner of Bedford and Grove Streets.
Joey’s Apartment on “Friends”
9. The Magna Doodle hanging on the door had a
different drawing or message written on it for each episode.
Monica’s Apartment on “Friends”
10. Monica’s two-bedroom, one-bath apartment was about 1,500 square feet.
11. It would cost around $7,000-$8,000 a month to live in a West Village apartment this size today.
12. The quirky gold frame on Monica’s purple door was originally a mirror
that broke, so they used it as a frame around the peephole instead.
13. In the first season, Monica lived in apartment number 5.
It was later changed to 20 to reflect the fact that she lived on a higher floor.
14. In “The One With the Secret Closet,” the locked door where Monica
supposedly stashed all her junk really just led to the area backstage.
15. The Set Designer for the show was Greg Grande, who’s worked on
other shows with great sets like “Joey” and “Switched at Birth.”
16. When it came to Monica’s apartment, Grande wanted to develop
“a whole new kind of eclectic taste with a flea-market, whimsical, and anything-goes style.”
17. The mix of chairs around Monica’s kitchen table changed throughout the seasons.
Courteney Cox was pregnant with her daughter Coco during the final season, which is why she was wearing lots of scarves and baggy clothes toward the end of their run.
18. The vintage refrigerator in Monica’s apartment actually worked
and was kept stocked for the cast and crew.
19. In early episodes there was a beam between the kitchen and the living room.
It later disappeared but was reinstalled whenever James Burrows directed an episode as a kind of inside joke.
20. The purpose of the poster behind Monica’s TV set was to hide a hole
in the wall that cameras could film through.
21. The doors to Monica’s bedroom and guest room were fake entries.
The Central Perk set was on the other side of that wall.
The bedrooms were only put together when needed for a scene.
22. The studio audience went so crazy every time that
Tom Selleck entered a scene that they had to re-tape some of them on an empty set.
23. The flower poster above Monica’s bed was from the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Monica had 11 different categories for towels, including “everyday use,” “fancy,” “guest,” and “fancy-guest.”
24. The layout of Monica’s bathroom sometimes changed between episodes.
25. When Rachel goes back home to visit her dad in the final season,
they used the house from the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
I always love their ’80s flashbacks, so I can’t resist throwing this screenshot in:
The final episode aired in May of 2004 and was watched by over 52 million viewers.
Were you one of them?
There’s lots of fun “Friends” swag fans can score:
“You’re My Lobster” Mug (affiliate links):
A Jouets poster like the one over Monica’s TV:
A yellow frame like the one on Monica’s apartment door:
Your own Central Perk Coffee Mug:
The Laurel and Hardy Print from Joey and Chandler’s Apartment:
from your youth from the series:
And, of course, the must-have Complete Series on DVD:
If you know any other facts about the sets, fill us in!
I found these photos and Friends facts on Grande Design,
Friends TV, Buzzfeed, Movie Mistakes, Chasing Props, and IMDb.com.