If you haven’t seen Friends, stop reading now and go watch the series on Netflix! If you have seen this favorite American television sitcom, I imagine there’s a chance you missed a few things on the first (second, third?) time watching. I get it, there’s a lot to watch in those ten seasons! So here are a few things you missed, or may not have known, about Friends.If you haven’t seen Friends, stop reading now and go watch the series on Netflix! If you have seen this favorite American television sitcom, I imagine there’s a chance you missed a few things on the first (second, third?) time watching. I get it, there’s a lot to watch in those ten seasons!
The show certainly transformed the six major cast members — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — into A-list celeb status, but there were many other celebrities who made an appearance on the show.
In season six, episode 21, “The One Where Ross Meets Elizabeth’s Dad”, Bruce WIllis plays the part of Paul Stevens (starting at the 2-minute mark in the video above). He also made an appearance in episode 22, “The One Where Paul’s the Man,” and episode 23, “The One with the Ring”. The character is Elizabeth’s father. He strongly dislikes Ross but has a brief romance with Rachel.
Julia Roberts makes an appearance
Julia Roberts is another major celebrity who appeared on Friends. In season two, episode 13, “The One After the Superbowl: Part 2,” Julia plays the role of Susie Moss. Susie was a former classmate of Chandler’s. He humiliated her and she got the nickname “Susie Underpants.” They wind up in the bathroom and she entices Chandler to wear her panties. Then she ditches him and steals all his clothes.
Many more celebrities made appearances
The list could go on an on. A few of my favorite celebrities to grace the set include Tom Selleck, who played Dr. Richard Burke for ten episodes. and Morgan Fairchild, who guest-starred as Nora Tyler Bing in five episodes over several seasons. Christina Applegate played Amy Green, one of Rachel’s sisters, in two episodes on seasons nine and 10 — and even won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy. Reese Witherspoon guest-starred as Rachel’s other sister, Jill Green, in two episodes in season six. Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Jeff Goldblum, Danny DeVito, Ellen Pompeo, and Jon Lovitz each make a cameo appearance in various episodes of the show, per the Friends IMDb page.
Executive producers make an appearance
Marta Kauffman, Kevin Bright and David Crane formed Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions and began a development deal with Warner Bros. Television to produce Friends. Bright directed 54 episodes, while Kauffman and Crane are both uncredited for directing three and two episodes respectively. The trio also made several cameos during the run.
In the very first episode, “The One with Fake Monica,” Joey Holden McGroin auditions at the very end, onstage. The executive producers are all seen (the back of their heads anyway) in the audience as seen in this video clip.
In season two, episode 13, “The One After the Super Bowl (Part 2)”, the executive producers are seen near the director after Joey shakes Phoebe and screams to get away from a “horrible flesh-eating virus” as seen in the photo above.
In season three, episode one, “The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy,” as the gang enters Central Perk, the executive producers are sitting on the couch at :09 in this video clip.
In season four, episode 23, “The One with Ross’s Wedding,” Kauffman and a writer for the show, Adam Chase, are on the double-decker bus sitting behind Chandler and Joey at the end of the episode as seen starting at 4:02 in this video clip.
Family members make an appearance
A-list celebrities and the executive producers weren’t the only ones to make cameos on the show. Some of the cast’s family members did too!
In season seven, episode 22, “The One with Chandler’s Dad,” Chandler and Monica travel to Vegas to meet Chandler’s dad. When sitting at a club, a cocktail waitress appears. It’s Alexis Arquette, Courteney Arquette’s sister-in-law.
And in season four, episode 18, “The One with Rachel’s New Dress,” the actor who plays Mr. Burgin was John Bennett Perry, Matthew Perry’s real-life father