"It's about sex, love, relationships, careers, a time in your life when everything's possible. And it's about friendship because when you're single and in the city, your friends are your family."

- Crane, Kauffman and Bright, pitching the series to NBC.

Main Characters

  • Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston)
  • A fashion enthusiast and Monica Geller's best friend from high school. Rachel and Ross Geller are involved in an on-off relationship throughout the series. Rachel's first job is as a waitress at the coffee house Central Perk, but she later becomes an assistant buyer at Bloomingdale's and a buyer at Ralph Lauren in season five.

  • Monica Geller (Courteney Cox Arquette)
  • The hen mother of the group, known for her obsessive-compulsive and competitive nature. Monica is often jokingly teased for having been an extremely overweight child by the others, especially her brother Ross. Monica is a chef who changes jobs often throughout the show, and marries longtime friend Chandler Bing in season seven.

  • Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow)
  • An eccentric masseuse and musician. Phoebe became homeless at the age of 14, and is known for being ditzy and yet street-smart. Kudrow previously played Ursula Buffay on Mad About You, and reprised the dual role of twin sister Ursula as a recurring character during several episodes of Friends.

  • Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc)
  • A struggling actor and food lover who becomes famous for his role on Days of our Lives as Dr. Drake Ramoray. Joey is a womanizer with many girlfriends throughout the series, and develops a crush on his friend Rachel in season eight.

  • Chandler Bing (Matthew Bing)
  • * Matthew Perry portrays Chandler Bing, an executive in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration for a large multi-national corporation. Chandler quits his job and becomes a junior copywriter at an advertising agency during season nine. Chandler is known for his sarcastic sense of humor, and marries longtime friend Monica.

  • Ross Geller (David Schwimmer)
  • A paleontologist working at a museum of Prehistoric History, and later a professor of paleontology at New York University. Ross has three failed marriages during the series, and is involved in an on-off relationship with Rachel.