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NBC (ended 2004)

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  • Season 1 Episode 1: The One Where Monica Gets...

  • 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.

  • Trivia: Ross's first line in the pilot was a depressed "Hi." This greeting becomes one of his catchphrases throughout the series.

  • Goof: Joey's wristwatch disappears and reappears throughout the entire episode.

  • Goof: As Monica is walking to her room and steps on Paul's watch, if you look carefully, you can see that she just steps on the band. That would not damage the watch.

  • Continuity: Rachel's spelling of her last name kept switching between "Green" and "Greene" throughout the series. When the writers and production cast finally noticed this discrepancy, they made the decision that it would be Green.

  • Continuity: In many of the first episodes, there is a beam going from the ceiling to the floor in between the kitchen and the living room. You can see it when they show the door. In "The One with the Giant Poking Device," Ross actually runs into it. In the majority of the later episodes, the beam is non-existent. (The beam became the trademark for director James Burrows. Whenever he returned to direct an episode, the crew intentionally added the beam.)

  • Goof: Although there is no rain falling in the doorway as Rachel entersthe coffeehouse, rainfall is clearly audible and visible outside the main window. It was likely set up that way to keep Rachel's dress from getting soaked in the event of retakes.

  • Continuity: In this episode, Rachel is introduced to Chandler. But later on in "The One with the Thanksgiving Flashbacks," it is revealed that Rachel and Chandler spent a few Thanksgivings together at the Gellers' house many years ago.

  • Trivia: Monica's date Paul the Wine Guy's name is mentioned 21 times in this episode.

  • Trivia: When Joey is naming different ice creams to Ross at his apartment, one of the flavors is "Bing! Cherry Vanilla." At the time of the original airing it wasn't known that Bing was Chandler's last name.

  • Trivia: In the opening credits, Rachel's character is the only person who mouths the theme song during the credits. She mouths "...there for you."

  • Goof: In the very first shot, the Central Perk logo is on the window. However when they show inside, the logo has disappeared.

  • Continuity: In the first couple of episodes, Chandler and Joey's apartment number was #4 and Monica and Rachel's apartment number was #5. However, in the later episodes, they are #19 and #20, respectively. This is because the producers noted that #4 and #5 corresponded to apartments on lower floors and the Friends' apartments were higher up the building.

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Romantic Comedy, feel good comedy, 90s, life in a new city, city living