What was almost “there for you”

What was almost there for you

Cassie Lahn , Staff Reporter

Friends is a very popular TV show about six friends who share laughs, heartaches and amazing memories while trying to live a good life in the big city, but there’s a lot we could learn behind the scenes.

According to Buzzfeed and Reelrundown.com, the name of the show didn’t start as Friends; it was originally named Insomnia Cafe. It was then renamed  Friends like Us, then Across the Hall and then Six of One before finally becoming Friends.

Another interesting fact about our favorite sitcom: the love interests in the show portrayed by Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) were not  supposed to be the “central romance” of the series; it was actually supposed to be between Monica Geller (Courtney Cox) and Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), but the directors thought Ross and Rachel had better chemistry and a deeper connection.

Another classic scene that grew out of the characters’ crazy quirks is Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow) actually hated the guitar at first and quit her lessons only to have learned a handful of chords, thereby bringing us the magnificent masterpiece “Smelly Cat.” 

Also, the first time Kudrow and Cox read the script, they thought Chandler (Matthew Perry) was supposed to be gay, but he was so awkward around women in real life, the directors wrote his character like that.

The actors literally took a piece of the show with them when Friends went off the air. At the end of the series, the cast each got a part of the sidewalk from outside of Central Perk cafe, and a ton of amazing memories.

The entire show could have been much different if the characters were portrayed by other people such as Ellen Degeneres, who turned down the part of Phoebe Buffay, or Eric McCormack (Will from Will and Grace) who auditioned for the roll of Ross  Geller. Luckily the directors made the right decision by casting the amazing group of six who gave us a fabulous sitcom to watch and enjoy over and over again.