Season 1 Episode 1

The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (a.k.a. Pilot)

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 1994 on NBC

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  • Why won't it play

    I can't figure out how to play it somebody help please
  • it all began to chage our lives

    This episode change my life i dont know about your it was a really great episode I love the way they introduced thre characters. Like Rachels the spoiled never lived in the city type. Ross the Divored from a lesbian guy. Phoebe the weird hippie singer. Monica the obesssed with cleaning gal. Chandler funny man. And joey the man who sleeps with every one!
  • Great Pilot Episode

    The beggining of something wonderful. We delve into the lives of each character, and learn about who we will be watching. I think that the first episode was great. However, i did notice that after just the first episode a few things changed. The comedy in the first episode was great, but seemed somewhat different to even the second episode. I think this is probably one of the best pilot episodes for a t/v series. It'fun and entertaining. And i love how we see a little spark between Ross & Rachel, which will be a storyline continnued throughout the 10 years.
  • A great start for the best series ever!

    The pilot episode is classic Friends material. It is brilliantly written and packed with laughs. The cast is absolutely amazing and they click together so well. This is an incredibly smart show and you can't help but love it. I only had to watch one episode of Friends to fall in love with it. I bought every season on DVD and the first season may seem somewhat different from the others but its just as great. This first episode really portrays the characters very well; you can tell they all have distinct personalities yet they understand one another. Watching this episode makes you feel as though you are included in their little group.
  • Help please 10

    How can I watch it?
  • Rachel Moves In With Monica After Dumping Barry At The Altar, Monica Sleeps With Paul The Wine Guy And Ross Splits Up With Carol Because She Is A Lesbian.

    Rachel Moves In With Monica & Meets The Rest Of The Gang, She Dumps Barry At The Altar Because He Looked Like Mr Potato Head!
    Monica Sleeps With Paul, The Wine Guy :) Ross Divorces Carol Because She Is Now A Lesbian With Susan, And Ross Moves Into A New Apartment With The Help Of Chandler & Joey.
    Joey & Chandler Try To Cheer Up Ross, Who Is Sad That Carol Is A Lesbian.
    This Is Such A Great Start To A Amazing Show Which Has Taken The World & Lasted 10 Years!
    What A Great Show, I Love Friends So Much, Especially Rachel, She's Funny :)
  • this was the start of something very special

    this was the start of something very special this is a great show i cant belive it ended . They just grew on you . I loved this show from the beginning . its sad it had to end but they ended it perfectly . there are so many great episodes. . . . . . . i can not pick one they are all great all of the actors play there part good which just makes this show really work . . it can make u cry and laugh all in the one episode! ! ! ! ! !

    Rachel leaves Barry at the alter and moves in with Monica. Monica goes on a date with Paul the wine guy, who turns out to be less than sincere. Ross is depressed about his failed marriage. Joey compares women to ice cream. Everyone watches Spanish soaps. Ross reveals his high school crush on Rache
  • The first episode of one of the most popular comedy shows of all time.

    In the first episode of "Friends", one of the most popular sitcoms in the history of television, we meets five friends, who hang out in Central Perk, their favorite coffee place, and with the sudden arrival of Monica's ex-best friend Rachel, the story of Friends begins. While Rachel is trying to fit in the life without the support of her parents, Monica is dating a guy who tricks her into sleeping with him on the first date, Joey & Chandler are kidding around, just like in the entire show, and Ross is unhappy due to his divorce.

    I thought the first episode was above average, but still wasn't such an amazing episode. We meet the characters, we find out about each person's personality, but this episode is just a lead-in to a huge and successful series. It's all that a pilot episode needs to be -- it doesn't reveal too much, but just enough to get the show starting.
  • A Classic

    Does anyone notice that in the first few episodes of the series Jennifer
    Aniston uses a slightly higher voice than the rest of the series? It's a little more nasal and ahrd to take at times. It's especially noticeabl when she's on the phone to her father talking about the hat and the gravy boat.
    I liked this episode but am always annoyed at how Phoebe doesn't tend to do anything. If you watch the DVD version you see that there is a deleted scene in which she sings in the subway, but otherwise there is really nothing else she's doing that isn't annoying.
  • good

    This is just an all-time classic episode, from the opening scene to the end. This episode is fantastic. The thing that is so amazing about it, is that it feels as if it could've been any episode. Even today when I watch it on re-runs, it doesn't look stale or outdated. The writers did such a great job introducing the characters to us and making me feel as if I have been watching for years.
    The scene where Phoebe, Monica, Ross, Joey and Chandler are watching the spanish soap opera is hilarious. I have never seen a pilot episode that was as funny as this one. It is brilliantly written and perfectly acted.
  • Classic episode from beginning to the end.

    This is just an all-time classic episode, from the opening scene to the end. This episode is fantastic. The thing that is so amazing about it, is that it feels as if it could've been any episode. Even today when I watch it on re-runs, it doesn't look stale or outdated. The writers did such a great job introducing the characters to us and making me feel as if I have been watching for years.
    The scene where Phoebe, Monica, Ross, Joey and Chandler are watching the spanish soap opera is hilarious. I have never seen a pilot episode that was as funny as this one. It is brilliantly written and perfectly acted.
  • From this episode on our lives changed! (may contain SPOILER on this episode and the major storyline)

    The pilot episode of FRIENDS isn't just the berginning of the amazing adventure of those six friends that became a myth. I think this episode is amazing. We can find everithing that brought friends to success: great comedy, good romance (at least a glimpse of it) and "real" characters. In fact I can't stop laughing when I watch this episode and at the end we can see the beginning of Ross&Rachel love story ("I grabbed a spoon"). But the key to success are the characters, I mean who hasn't a funny friend, a geek friend, a Rachel-like friend and so on...? So this episode "is" friends... Watch it but I warn you= you'll want to watch all the other ones after this one.
  • What a great start to the series

    In the series premiere, you're introduced to the cast and feel like you've known them a long time. Rachel moves in with Monica after leaving her groom-to-be at the altar and the gang convince her to try to make it on her own without her Dad's financial help. Ross is depressed after his marriage ends upon learning his wife is a lesbian and drags Chandler and Joey down as they set up their apartment. This doesn't last long though as they give Ross some good advice. This advice gives us our first glimpse into his future relationship with Rachel as he asks her out and she accepts. Monica also becomes involved with Paul, the wine guy, much to the amusement of everyone else. This was a very solid episode with some great lines and was done surprisingly well for a premiere. With such a great start as this, it's easy to see why the show lasted ten seasons.
  • Brilliant to start the series off. Great to watch if you have no idea what the show is about.

    Brilliant to start the series off. Great to watch if you have no idea what the show is about.

    This is where it all starts and I've not even seen one show that starts off better than this. This classic episode sets up the rest of the show. It includes Ross and Rachel getting close, Monica's relationship trouble and Phoebe's singing.

    Full of humour and laugh out loud moments.

    The only bad part was some of the continuity but apart from that it shows that we all knew it was going to be a great programme that would last a very long time.
  • The one where it all started

    If this was the first episode i had seen of Friends, I wouldn't have bothered to watch the rest. This first episode wasn't anything special in my opinion. It wasn't special and in my opinion one of the worst episodes of Friends. The only thing that stood out, was Chandler's sarcasm. He manages to brighten up every episode ^_^ It shows how spoiled Rachel is and it introduces Ross' whining. It does make good material for comparison with other episodes throughout the series. It makes a nice contrast since you can really see how much the characters have developed since then.
  • If this episode aired, and everyone had to post their comments on it, I dont think the show would go anywhere. This si probably the worst episode, ironic, it is the pilot, It should have done better, much much better.

    This is probably the worst episode, ironic, it is the pilot, It should have done better, much much better. It is a great series, but, just, not good enough to be the pilot. This episode is also called The Pilot, the only episode without the The one (with.)

    The acting wasnt that good, and it went very slow, very slow. But do not let this bad illistration be a bad mark on the series, just the pilot episode is not, well not "that" good, its ok, I should say. They have done better, but never worst, but other than that, it is just ok.
  • We're introduced to 6 people who whine about their dates!

    We meet our heroes (?) in the coffee shop Central Perk. Monica (Courteney Cox) is trying to dispel rumors that she's dating a coworker, that they're merely going out to dinner. I honestly wonder what "date" meant in 1994. Time elapses and now Chandler (Craig Beirko.. Uh, I mean Matthew Perry) is telling a dream he had where he's naked in school, and instead of his… well… manhood there's a phone, and it's his mother calling him. Foreshadowing any parental issues Chandler may encounter in the future. Monica's older brother Ross (David Schwimmer) comes in depressed as ever. His wife Carol left him for…. another woman. Ouch! Joey (Matt LeBlanc) suggests he should go to some strip joints and have some hormones. Ross doesn't want that, he just wants to be married. A woman in a bride's dress runs into the coffee shop frantically (Chandler: "And I just want a million dollars!"). It's Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), and she has just walked out on her wedding to… Mr. Potato Head. Damn she passed up an opportunity to be Mrs. Potato Head! She could have been famous, for reasons I can't figure out yet. Actually, she says her fiancé only LOOKS like Mr. Potato Head. At Monica's apartment, Rachel tries to speak with her father on the phone, but that doesn't work out. Meanwhile, the others are playing an arousing game of "Foreign Film Dub". Later Rachel has an anxiety attack and does that thing where she breathes into a paper bag (hope she made sure there wasn't a receipt in there to accidentally choke on). Monica's date Paul the Wine Guy buzzes the apartment and then awards it 1,000 points. Well, I wish he did anyway. And how is it that I've made two references to "Whose Line is it Anyway?" in just one paragraph? Everyone gets excited for Monica that Paul has asked her out, including Rachel, even though she just got here and shouldn't have any idea who Paul is. Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) has a question about Paul: "Does he sell it, drink it, or just complain a lot?" Paul finally enters the apartment and we see that Paul is played by Baywatch's John Allen Nelson. Well, at least Monica won't have to worry about being in trouble on the beach. He'll be ready... Chandler and Joey head to Ross's apartment to watch porn. Well, that would have been ideal, but instead they're just helping him put up his new furniture. Useless fact: Ross has a poster promoting a Speed Racer animated film. The poster was designed by animation historian Jerry Beck. It's funny how we're all connected in some way. Now we have a bunch of scene transitions. Monica is at dinner with Paul, discussing smashing watches and shredding bath towels for no particular reason. Then, we see Rachel on the phone, talking to Barry… via the answering machine. Also, I love how when Rachel redials the number, it takes one second for the machine to pick up. In the late 90's that would have indicated he was home, and was using AOL. Back at Ross's apartment, Ross is moping about Carol leaving him. Chandler tries to console him by saying this is why Joey and him "don't do it". Whatever that means, I really don't want to know. Ross then ponders the possibility that there really is only one woman for every man, and once you lose her, that's it. Joey then introduces the analogy, that it's like saying there's only one flavor of ice cream for him: "Let me tell you something, there's lots of flavors out there. There's rocky road, and cookie dough, and BING cherry vanilla. This is the best thing that's ever happened to you! Grab a spoon!" By the way, all Friends fans know that "Bing" is Chandler's last name, so I think Joey saying "Bing" must have been a joke, but we never find out Chandler's last name until much later, so why the reference to "Bing" was added here is a mystery to me. We're back to Monica and Paul who is now depressed and talking about his ex-girlfriend, which in my opinion is something you really shouldn't be discussing on a date, but then, what do I know? I've never been on a romantic date before. Paul wines (oh, so THAT'S why he's called "Paul the wine guy"!) about his old girl leaving him (Dude! Chill! You're now with a woman who looks like Courteney Cox! Buck up!), and how since then he has not been able to perform sexually. This causes Monica to spit her drink out onto him. Ah, nothing beats a good old spit take. Paul reveals he's been impotent for two years, but Monica strangely doesn't care. She seems ready and willing to get in bed with him now. By the way, it's this subplot that NBC had a problem with when this pilot was being filmed. They felt that the storyline made Monica look like a slut, and make audiences dislike her. Now, I normally don't agree with network executives and their over-accusations, but here I kind of agree. If you're a fan of Friends, and have never seen the pilot, when you do see it, Monica's persona here is wildly out of place, and very different from subsequent episodes where she's more refined and obsessed, as opposed to man-hungry. That trait would be given to Rachel. Monica appearing to be a slut does make her a little unlikable, but I'm glad that personality flaw was thrown out by episode 2. Now, Rachel is seen watching an old rerun of "Happy Days". Or maybe it's the spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi", I really don't know. On what series did Joanie and Chachi get married? Ross is still moping in his apartment. Joey and Chandler are quite tired of it, and Joey bails out, claiming to have a date with a girl. Now we get into a mercifully short montage that's supposed to make us sad. It features both Ross in his apartment, and Rachel at Monica's, and the song "Sky Blue and Black" plays. During this scene, Jennifer Aniston looks awkwardly like Cyndi Lauper. Probably the lighting. The next morning, Rachel has made coffee for Joey and Chandler, but I'm guessing it tastes terrible, because after one sip, they both pour the coffee into a potted plant when Rachel isn't looking. Poor, unlucky plant, I'm sure this isn't the first time it's had to consume a distasteful liquid. Monica comes out of her bedroom, and we get another Happy Days-related reference. She calls Joey and Chandler "Lenny and Squiggy". Paul comes out of Monica's bedroom as well (oooooh!), and everyone seems surprised that Paul spent the night. I don't know why Rachel is surprised, as she spent the night too, and surely would have heard the constant squeaky mattress throughout the night. Also, don't you think it's a little tacky that Monica had sex while her old friend Rachel is sleeping in the other room depressed about love? Monica walks Paul to the door, and he rambles on about how this was better than all his birthdays, and graduation, and he repeatedly thanks her, but doesn't say for what (I know, I know….). Chandler announces he has to go to work: "If I don't input those numbers… doesn't make much of a difference." Rachel asks if they all have jobs, and Monica says they do, that's how they buy things. Hey, you can buy things without a job! You just need a load of Monopoly money, and a really stupid sales clerk! Not that I've ever tried that… Joey proudly mentions that he's an actor. Rachel asks if she's seen him in anything, and Joey says he's mostly done just regional work, which I assume means foreign films. Monica spills out that he's actually a stage actor, and Chandler ranks on him for his apparently bad Pinocchio performance. Chandler demonstrates his own crappy Pinocchio by dancing wildly out the door [!]. Joey tells the girls he's going to go kill Chandler, and chases after him. Then, we have a really girly scene with Monica glowing and everything, and Rachel offering her friend her "hardly-used" wedding dress. Really, it'd only be "hardly-used" if she wasn't going commando. Monica says she has to go to work, and Rachel decides to get one of those "job things" as well. She tells Monica to wish her luck, even though Monica never actually does. Also it's interesting that she leaves the apartment in her night dress, plus the fact that she clearly didn't shower after making out with Paul. Monica is a chef, and she's violating health codes here! This definitely isn't the obsessive-compulsive Monica that we become familiar with later in the series. Monica cooks something up in the restaurant's kitchen when a coworker of her's Frannie returns from Florida, and she somehow senses that Monica has had sex. Perhaps she's a descendant of Anakin Skywalker. Monica reveals she's getting nailed by Paul the wine guy (and it's obvious at this point that even though Monica is seeing the guy, she has no clue what his last name is). Frannie comments about how she is the woman who "takes credit for Paul", and how before her there was "no snap in his turtle for two years." Okay, show of hands. Who here DIDN'T see this coming? Anyone? Um… *raises hand slowly and nervously* So, um… anyway, back at the coffee house, Monica is expressing her frustration and anger, and asks why a guy would do such a thing. Ross comments, "I assume we're looking for an answer more sophisticated than, to get you into bed." Rachel comes in wearing some spiffy clothes, and it's unclear if they're Monica's clothes, or if she bought them. The only thing she claims to have bought are a pair of fancy boots. And about he "job thing", she didn't get it. She says she was laughed at 12 interviews. Heh, you gotta love those arrogant managers who only look for people who have had "experience". If all managers were like that, NOBODY would have a job now! Rachel reveals she bought them using her dad's credit cards, which for some reason she has possession of. Monica takes her upstairs and makes her cut up her dad's credit cards, so she won't be tempted to use them again. Of coarse, Monica doesn't seem the least bit concerned that Dr. Green may show up at her front door one day, asking her daughter for his Visas and MasterCards only to find out, they have long since been recycled. That never happens, I'm just saying. Later that night, Monica leaves to get ready for bed, and Ross and Rachel have their first moment alone. Ross admits he had a crush on her in high school and asks her if it'd be alright if he asked her out sometime. Rachel says that'd be nice, but there isn't much sincerity in her tone. Rachel leaves, and Ross gulps down an Oreo and then grabs his coat to go home. Monica comes out of her bedroom in a robe and asks why he's smiling. Ross tells her he just grabbed a spoon. Monica just stands there not knowing what that meant. Maybe she should check the script. Back at the coffee house, Joey is finding out from Monica what she really thinks of his butt. Joey tells her she wouldn't know a great butt, if it came up and bit her. And just how would a butt bite a person? With it's crack? Ross puts it nicely, "There's an image." It's revealed now that Rachel is working as a waitress for the coffee shop. After it's confirmed that Rachel didn't make the coffee, everyone asks for a cup.
  • love it and allways the best

    best show ever made
  • l like it so much

  • Ross: (About Carol being a lesbian) She didn't know! How should I know? Chandler: Sometimes I wish I was a lesbian. (Everyone turns to stare at him) Did I just say that out loud?

    Monica and the gang introduce Rachel to the "real world" by mugging her after she leaves her fiance at the altar. I have started to re-watch "Friends" again. This episode is awesome, I love it. Some really awesome lines in this episode. I love the gang, all of them the writers and everyone else did a great job getting the right people for each character in my opinion and don't think anybody else could of done the job these guys did. I loved every minute of this episode every time I watch it. All in all one of the best pilots ever.
  • Phoebe: Ooh... I just pulled out four eyelashes. That can't be good

    Monica and the gang introduce Rachel to the "real world" after she leaves her fiance at the altar. Well I just started rewatching Friends last night and I found myself laughing at this episode more than I ever have, there are so many great lines in this fantastic Pilot episode and we are introduced to our favourite group of friends, Chandler, Pheobe, Monica, Rachel, Ross and Joey. My favourite part is when Chndler say, "Sometimes I wish I were a women... Did I just say that out load" it was really funny and it always makes me laugh, this was probaly one of the best pilots of all time after Lost's of course.
  • perfect start to a perfect show!

    Meet Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, Ross and the newest addition, Rachel.

    Monica is a chef and Ross's younger sister. Phoebe is a musician/massager. Joey is a struggling actor. Chandler is an office worker and Ross, the paleontologist is recovering from his recent divorce to his now lesbian ex-wife, Carol.

    Rachel has just left her husband, Barry Farber, at the altar and storms into Central Perk, looking for old high school friend, Monica. Rachel is very spoilt, and relys on her 'daddy' to do everthing for her, so its up to Chandler, Joey, Ross, and Monica to introduce her to the real world!

    This truely is a GREAT start to the GREATEST show ever created! Thankyou to Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane for creating the best show ever!
  • The beginning of 10 years of magnificent entertainment.

    We are introduced to six very different, but all very lovable characters. Each with his or her own weaknesses and strengths and each with his or her own lovable attributes. We are introduced to Monica Geller, sister of Ross Geller, who's best friend is Chandler Bing, who's roommate is Joey Tribiana and who's friend, Phoebe Buffet. Wait, that's only five. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the spoiled little girl who is introduced a little later to everyone else. Her name is Rachel Green and she my friends, has never worked a day in her life. No it is up to the gang to teacher her how to live a normal life and they also teach her the way to live. Amazing episode, the beginning of it all!
  • A great start to a great show

    This show is awesome. You can usually tell how well a show is going to be by the pilot episode. The pilot episode for this show gets a 10/10 from me. It's stylish, sexy and funny. What more could we wish for. I hope the six are around for a long time filled with comedy and laughter.
  • great start

    THis episode is just the beginging. We learn about Ross and his divorce with this lesbian wife. We learn that phoebe is quirky and different but brings great humor to the group. We learn that Rachel is used to being spoiled and someone else caring for her but now she's ready to make a new start and get her first job. We learn that Joey is a goofy actor and Monica is obsevssive compulsive about keeping things clean. THis is a wonderful comedy about 6 friends in their mid twenites trying to make it in the world with work and love.
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  • This episode was a beginning on an era

    Who knew freinds would have such an impact on our lives? and this is where it all started of! where Rachel runs away from her wedding to crash at Monica's! Where we are first introduced to all the characters and see how they will unfold over 10 superb seasons! We find out that Ross married a woman who eventually became a lesbian and he is stil reeling from the divorce! We see Joey a smooth talking new york failed actor. Monica and obsessive compulsive person! Chandler sarcastic and funny! Rachel spoilt and typical head cheerleader and Ross who is a mess!
  • The One That Started It All

    This was the first episode ever, the one that started it all. I love this episode. This is where we first meet the gang and learn how they know each other. It's such a sweet moment when they help Rachel gain independence from her family. I loved when Ross tries to ask out Rachel at the end and tells Monica he "grabbed a spoon". It's interesting to see how little involvement Joey, Chandler and Phoebe had early on. Watching this episode and the later ones and you can see the evolution of their characters. I'm glad they writers developed them so nicely. Overall this is a great beginning of a great show.
  • Great way to start a great show!!!!!!!!

    This is by far my favorite sitcom ever. I have all 10 seasons and have watched every show numerous times. This pilot was a great way to introduce all the characters and their stories. Each character develops a little more in every show and by the end of the 10th and final season it's almost like there are different people walking out of the apartment. You notice the way there characters change, the wardrobe changes, and especially all the hair changes.

    For instance, Rachel's voice is higher and kind of annoying in the beginning, her outfits are shorter, and you can tell that she is the newcomer, but as the seasoons go on her character becomes more stylish and goofy.
    Monica is like the mother hen in the beginning. She's not real funny yet, and she is the more serious, grown up one. She really gets funny and kind of like a kid at times, but by the end, she is the serious one again.
    I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.

    I know that this was not really about the pilot episode, but I just wanted to give my opinion of the show.
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