get to know me meme: [1/5] favorite tv shows → Friends.
"It’s about sex, love, relationships, careers, a time in your life when everything’s possible. And it’s about friendship because when you’re single and in the city, your friends are your family." — The original treatment used by Crane, Kauffman and Bright to pitch the series to NBC.
Lisa Kudrow had originally been cast as Roz on the sitcom Frasier but was fired during rehearsals for the pilot episode, which Jimmy Burrows directed.
LISA KUDROW: I was terrified that first week. It was Jimmy … again. He would say, “Why are they friends with her?” Meaning me. “We have to figure that out. She doesn’t fit.” And I was like, “Oh my God, here we go again. Well, if everyone just acts like they like me. If Monica acts like she likes me.” And at one point he thought it would be funny if I deliver my monologue under the table. They’re all sitting around the table. Instead of being with them, I’m under the table, because I’m “quirky.”
I thought, This is the run-through where Marta and David are going to say, “This character doesn’t work. We have to reconceive it. She’s just not part of the group.” And I really thought that was going to be what came out of that run-through. And, thank God, they said, “Um, Lisa, not that it’s a bad choice, but I don’t think that’s a good spot for you, under the table.” I didn’t know how to answer. I would never put myself under the table. Jimmy said, “No, that was me. We were just trying it.”
LISA KUDROW: When we started shooting that first season, Jimmy (director) said, “Use my dressing room to hang out.” Because it was bigger. We would all hang out playing poker and bonding because I think we all understood that the point of the show was that we were family and best friends. We needed to hang out, get to know each other, and bond as quickly as possible, because that’s the only way that the show was going to work.
MATT LeBLANC: It wasn’t like we were in college together. We were on a giant fucking television show together. Everybody worked really hard. Lisa Kudrow said it best. She said that she worked harder on these relationships than she did on her marriage.
We really spent a lot of time if someone’s feelings got hurt. “Oh, let’s drop everything and fix that. And I’m sorry.” Rule No. 1: Get along. Everyone knew the importance of getting along the whole way through.
September 22nd, 1994Happy 20th Anniversary, FRIENDS!
↳ September 22nd, 1994 - ∞Happy 20th anniversary, Friends!
HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY, F.R.I.E.N.D.S!!
LISA KUDROW: Courteney Cox was the best known of all of us, and she had done a guest star on Seinfeld. She said, “Listen, I just did a Seinfeld, and they all help each other. They say, ‘Try this,’ and ‘This would be funny.’ ” And she said, “You guys, feel free to tell me. If I could do anything funnier, I want to do it.”
There’s a code with actors. Actors don’t give each other notes under any circumstances. So she was giving us permission to give her notes, and we all agreed that that would be great. Why not? And she also said, “Listen, you know, we all need to make this thing great.” She just set the stage with: “I know I’m the one who’s been on TV, but this is all of us.” She was the one who set that tone and made it a real group that way. And I thought that was a real turning point.
HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY, F.R.I.E.N.D.S!
September 22nd, 1994
thank you :)
that’s so stupid it’s not even worth talking about.. and i don’t know if a lot of people know this but david crane (co-creator of friends) is actually gay
thank you :)
hey :) i don’t know sorry… if anyone can help?