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  • "With a Little Help From My Friends" is a song written by the Beatles (and expertly covered by Joe Cocker) and it could easily be the subtitle for the thirty minute comedy, "Friends". In 1994, the idea was created for "Friends": a show about six friends in New York as they navigate their way through life and learn to grow up as they approach their thirties. All, with the help from each other to get them through the obstacles that life naturally has for us. Monica is the excessively neat and organized "older sister" of the group, who works as a chef while yearning to find her ideal love. Ross, Monica's older brother, is a paleontologist with a lifelong crush on Rachel. He is a laid-back man with low self esteem and a recent divorcee. Rachel is the pretty, bubbly girl who spent most of her life as a spoiled rich princess. Now she must learn to face the real world. Chandler is Ross' college buddy and the guy who will crack jokes at a moment's notice. Phoebe is a lovable eccentric masseuse who easily could have fit in with Haight Ashbury in the 1960s. And then there's Joey, the friend who has an inverse relationship between his good looks and his intelligence. He dreams of becoming an actor. These six individuals make up the cast of Friends. In May 2004, Friends officially ended it's phenomenal 10 year run. The show's time slot was taken over by a spin-off called Joey.moreless

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  • S 10 : Ep 20

    The Last One (2)

    Aired 5/6/04

  • S 10 : Ep 19

    The Last One (1)

    Aired 5/6/04

  • S 10 : Ep 18

    The One with All the Other Ones (2)

    Aired 5/6/04

  • S 10 : Ep 17

    The One with All the Other Ones (1)

    Aired 5/6/04

  • S 10 : Ep 16

    The One With Rachel's Going Away Party

    Aired 4/29/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller-Bing

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan

  • Matt LeBlanc

    Joey Tribbiani

  • Matthew Perry

    Chandler Bing

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  • Quotes (3841)

    • Ross: So, Rachel, uh, what are you up to tonight?
      Rachel: Well, I was kinda supposed to be headed for Aruba on my honeymoon so, nothing.
      Ross: Right! You're not even getting your honeymoon. God. No, no! Although, Aruba? This time of year? Yeah, talk about your... big lizards.

    • Joey: And you never knew she was a lesbian... Ross: No! Okay?! Why does everyone keep fixating on that? She didn't know, how should I know?

    • Ross: I just feel like someone reached down my throat, grabbed my small intestine, pulled it out of my mouth, and tied it around my neck... Chandler: Cookie?

    • Phoebe: Ooh... I just pulled out four eyelashes. That can't be good.

    • Rachel: And that's when it hit me-- how much Barry looks like Mr. Potato Head. Ya know, I mean, I always knew he looked familiar, but...

    • Phoebe: Wait! Does he eat chalk? Just 'cause I don't want her to go through what I went through with Carl.

    • Ross: I'll be fine. Really, everyone. I hope she'll be very happy. Monica: No, you don't. Ross: No, I don't. To hell with her. She left me!

    • Monica: I said that you had a nice butt. It's just not a great butt. Joey: Oh, you wouldn't know a great butt if it came up and bit ya. Ross: There's an image.

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    Notes (1292)

    • Ellen DeGeneres was the first choice to play Phoebe Buffay. When she turned down the role, it went to Lisa Kudrow.

    • Monica is a chef at Iridium, located at 1650 Broadway. Iridium is a basement jazz club long associated with legendary guitarist Les Paul.

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Zrušená svatba (Canceled Wedding)

    • The apartment building used for exteriors is located at the corner of Grove and Bedford Streets in Manhattan's West Village.

    • Matt LeBlanc had the flu and was running a fever of 102 degrees on the first day of filming.

    • Alternate Title: The One Where It All Began

    • Months after the show ended, the episodes started airing in syndication in Latin America. However, only seasons 4 through 10 were aired. On October 5, 2007, this episode aired, and now all seasons are shown in syndication.

    • The art department updates the food in Monica's kitchen cupboards, such as canned goods, weekly.

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    Trivia (1591)

    • Trivia: Joey and Phoebe don't have their own storyline in this episode.

    • Trivia: Although both Chandler and Monica's apartments have mechanical doorbells installed, they are not used once throughout the entire series. People just knock.

    • Trivia: Chandler has the closing line in both this episode and the last episode of the series.

    • Continuity: Ross's year of birth is inconsistent. In "The Pilot" (1994) Ross says he is 26, implying he was born in 1967. Also, in "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends" (1997) he says he is 29. However in the next season in "The One Where They're Going to Party" Ross also says he is 29, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in the next season in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" Ross says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still 29 and born in 1969. Also, in "The One with the Video Tape," Ross claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983 then whispers to himself "I was thirteen?" implying he was born in 1969 or 1970.

    • Phoebe's Song: "Your Love" Love is sweet as summer showers Love is a wondrous work of art But your love, oh your love, Your love is like a giant pigeon Crapping on my heart. La la la la la...

    • Trivia: The waitress in Central Perk is Jasmine, the masseuse who works with Phoebe starting in "The One with the Dozen Lasagnas."

    • Continuity: At Ross's apartment, when they are assembling his new furniture, Chandler says that he and Joey have never had a relationship that had lasted longer then a mento. It is revealed in "The One with the Dirty Girl" that Joey was in a relationship with Angela Del Vecchio for three years.

    • Goof: When Ross comes in depressed, Monica mentions that Carol moved her stuff out of his apartment today. However, later in the episode when Chandler and Joey are helping Ross move, Joey mentions that Carol got the apartment. Why, then, did she have to move anything out? This is not true. Monica did say that Carol moved her stuff out today, but Joey never said that she got the apartment, although he did say that she got the furniture, the stereo and the TV.

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    Allusions (696)

    • Monica: (Mocking the show on TV) Now I'm guessing that he bought her the big pipe organ, and she's really not happy about it. Chandler: Tuna or egg salad? Decide! Ross: I'll have whatever Christine is having. The Spanish soap opera that the friends watch at Monica's apartment is the very successful Tres Destinos. The lady that doesn't seem to be too happy about the pipe organ is Puerto Rican actress Angela Meyer.

    • Paul: No, I'm telling you last night was like, um, all my birthdays, both graduations, plus the barn raising scene from Witness. Witness was a 1985 Academy Award-winning thriller starring Harrison Ford, as a police chief protecting a witness, and Kelly McGillis, as an Amish widow. Paul refers to the barn raising scene in which the Amish were immensely satisfied with the arduous task they had performed.

    • Monica: (Referring to Joey and Chandler) Oh good, Lenny and Squiggy are here. Lenny and Squiggy, played by Michael McKean and David Lander, are the neighbors on the hit show Laverne and Shirley who were constantly dropping in on the girls and were always together.

    • Monica: Oh wait, wait, unless you happened to catch the Wee One's production of Pinocchio at the little theater in the park. Joey: Look, it was a job all right? Chandler: "Look, Geppetto, I'm a real live boy." Joey: I will not take this abuse. Chandler: You're right, I'm sorry. (Bursts into song and dances out of the door.) "Once I was a wooden boy, a little wooden boy..." Geppetto was the puppet creator in Pinocchio, a traditional story about a wooden puppet's quest to become a real live boy. It was later adapted into the Disney film, Pinocchio.

    • Chandler: Kids, new dream... I'm in Las Vegas. I'm Liza Minnelli... Liza Minnelli is a famous actress and singer who has won Tony awards for her roles on Broadway. She is best known for her role in the musical Cabaret.

    • Priest: (On TV) We are gathered here today to join Joanne Louise Cunningham and Charles, Chachi-Chachi-Chachi, Arcola in the bound of holy matrimony. Rachel: See! But Joanie loved Chachi! That's the difference! Joanie and Chachi, played by Scott Baio and Erin Moran, were the main characters from the TV show, Joanie Loves Chachi, which was a spinoff from the TV show, Happy Days.

    • Monica: (Trying to calm down Rachel) Just try to think of nice calm things... Phoebe: (Singing) Raindrops on roses and rabbits and kittens. Bluebells and sleigh bells and... something with mittens. La la la la... something and noodles with string. These are a few... Rachel: I'm all better now. Phoebe was attempting to sing "My Favorite Things" from the 1965 film The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and with music by Rodgers & Hammerstein. The actual lyrics are: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings, These are a few of my favorite things. Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, These are a few of my favorite things.

    • Ross: Do you know how long it's been since I've grabbed a spoon? Do the words "Billy Don't Be a Hero" mean anything to you? "Billy Don't Be a Hero" was a popular anti-war song by Paper Lace in 1974.

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  • Fan Reviews (1217)
  • Great show

    By nkeeley01, Jan 05, 2016

  • Amazing.

    By OwenWhaley, Jan 04, 2016

  • How did this show last 10 FUCKING SEASONS????!!!!!! >:(

    By a34trgv1, Nov 28, 2015

  • Always There!

    By tybudde22, Oct 28, 2015

  • The greatest show ever made!

    By Chuckyfriends, Oct 08, 2015