- Friends -The Dipp's 'TV. Watch. Repeat.' Podcast Digs Into The History Of The 'Friends' Pilot
Could we be any more excited to talk about the 1994 debut of a series that changed television? On this week's new episode of TV. Watch. Repeat., co-hosts Allison Piwowarski and Kate Ward dig deep into the history of Friends, a series that began as a logistical solution, and grew into a phenomenon that commanded $1 million per episode salary for its cast.
Created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane in an attempt to attract Gen X audiences, Friends gathered together six then-unknown actors (unless you were a Bruce Springsteen fan) to play six Manhattanites whose dreams were as big as their unrealistically large apartments. It didn't take long for Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, and Matthew Perry to become household names — even if some of them might not have made it into the cast in the first place. In this week's episode of The Dipp's podcast, we look into who could have played Ross and Rachel, the surprising break-out star of the show's first season, why Kudrow thought her Friends days were over before they even began, what major plotline LeBlanc labeled "wildly inappropriate," and more fun facts about the NBC series.