Friends have had an amazing ten years, and even now, 17 years since his last episode aired, he continues to make us laugh and cry. Although I bet every fan has watched the sitcom on repeat dozens of times, do you remember the first dialogue from the six main characters and a few of our other favorites?
This pilot episode of Friends opens with most of the gang having fun with a mug of beer at their adda – Central Perk. While the group is “excited” for Courteney Cox’s Monica Geller to go on a date, they all deliver their first line before Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green can step into her wedding dress.
While the six main characters of Friends had delivered their dialogue in the first minutes of the pilot episode, we bet you forgot what they were. So today, as we refresh your memory on their first line, we also bring you the opening lines of a few of our other beloved characters.
Friends’ favorite cafe playing a pivotal role in their entire lives, it makes sense that all of the main characters – Ross, Monica, Joey, Chandler, Phoebe, Rachel, had their opening lines there. So scroll down below and be nostalgic for this trip down memory lane.
Monica Geller (Season 1, Episode 1)
Courteney Cox’s Monica Geller delivers the first lines we hear in the series. In this scene, she’s ready to go on a date – well, she doesn’t think it’s a date – while her friends are pulling her legs. His first words are – ” There is nothing to say ! He’s just a guy I work with!“
Joey Tribbiani (Season 1, Episode 1)
Responding to Monica who is dating, Matt LeBlanc’s Joey Tribbiani says: “Come on, you’re dating the guy!” There must be something wrong with him!
Chandler Bing (Season 1, Episode 1)
Matthew Perry’s Chandler Bing then joins the conversation. The band’s comedian shows humor when he says: “Okay Joey, be nice. [to Monica] So does he have a bump? A bump and a hairpiece?
Phoebe Buffay (Season 1, Episode 1)
Next to speak among friends is Lisa Kudrow’s Phoebe Buffay. Expressing her concern that Monica is dating, she said, “Wait, is he eating chalk?” “ Before continuing, “Just, because, I don’t want her to go through what I’ve been through with Carl- oh!”
Ross Geller (Season 1, Episode 1)
The next friend to make an entry in the series is David Schwimmer as Ross Geller. Suffering from heartache after his wife became a lesbian and moved in with her new partner, we hear Ross say the saddest “Hi” we never heard. When asked how he is feeling, he replies: “I just feel like someone has reached my throat, grabbed my small intestine, pulled it out of my mouth and tied it around my neck…”
Rachel Green (Season 1, Episode 1)
The last of six main Friends characters to make an entry is Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel Green, in her wedding dress. Upon reuniting with her high school friend Monica, we hear her say: “Oh my God Monique. Hi! I just went to your apartment building and you weren’t there and then this guy with a big hammer said you might be here and you are, you are… you are!
Janice Hosenstein (Season 1, Episode 5)
While the six main stars left an impression in the first episode, Maggie Wheeler’s Janice Hosenstein. While she’s known to always deliver her iconic line with a lot of energy, the first time we’ve heard her say it was when she’s having a bad day. His first dialogue in Friends was – “Oh my God, I’m so glad you called me. I had the most horrible day.
Mike Hannigan (Season 9, Episode 3)
Paul Rudd’s Mike Hannigan made a very late entry in Friends but still managed to win the heart of Phoebe Buffay. During a double blind date arranged by Joey, the first words he says are: “No, I didn’t! “ when Joey accuses him of hitting his mother with a car.
Dr Richard Burke (Season 2, Episode 15)
Tom Selleck’s Dr. Richard Burke was one of the longest relationships Monica had ever had. He first appeared in Season 2 when Monica and Phoebe arrive at his house with dinner in hand. His first dialogues on Friends were, “It’s okay, come in. I’m sorry, is Monica Geller coming? I was told it was.
Gunther (Season 2, Episode 9)
James Michael Tyler’s Gunther had one of the shortened opening lines in Friends. As we interact with Ross, we hear him say, “Yes.” That’s it.
Estelle (Season 2, Episode 10)
Joey’s agent Estelle made an appearance in Season 2. The first words we hear from June Gable’s character are: “No No No No. I’m not saying you’re not talented. You’re very talented. It’s just that with the dead bird and all, there’s very little act left.
Let us know if you want to get the first lines of other Friends guest stars, and we promise. Also, do you remember the opening lines of these characters? Share it with us in the comments below.
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