8 Ways 'Friends' Was Almost An Entirely Different Show

Friends Season 1 Cast

For 10 years, “Friends” remained one of the most popular and influential programs on television.

But in 1994, when the show’s co-creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman were trying to make their idea about six friends living in New York City into a TV reality, there were countless decisions that could have, and almost did, go very differently.

In its May issue, Vanity Fair has published “The Oral History of Friends: Jennifer Aniston Almost Didn’t Play Rachel Green.”

The article is an excerpt from the former president of NBC Entertainment, Warren Littlefield‘s new book, “Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV.”

In it, Littlefield spoke with the cast of “Friends” and the show’s creators eight years after the hit show went off the air to reveal that there are casting decisions that could have easily gone another way—not to mention the show’s name, which was almost “Six of One” instead of “Friends.”

'When we originally wrote the role, we had Janeane Garofalo's voice in our head,

'We saw a countless number of actors.… One of the first actors on our list was Matthew Perry to play Chandler, but he was doing a show called 'LAX 2194' so he wasn't available. We brought other people in,

The cast did not support the Rachel-falling-for-Joey storyline.

The show's creators knew they had a hit.

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