The apartment numbers change throughout the first series
But as the first season went on, it dawned on show producers that the flat numbers would surely be higher than that given how high up the building the apartment was supposed to be. So Monica's flat changed to number 20, and Chandler's to number 19. GOTCHA.
The staff found it difficult coming up with different points of view for each character as all wanted to win the game. The writers decided to go through with the apartment switch to avoid creating fake stakes, which they called "schmuck bait".
It was an ongoing joke about the show, apparently. Writers tried to explain away the unusually low apartment pricing by saying stuff was inherited or rent-controlled. Sometimes they'd say that the characters used savings, or whatever, to afford rent. The truth is that the apartments had to be big.
And, as the cast members were frequently shown walking up stairs to get to their floor, this was clearly not the case – so they changed it to apartment 20. Of course, this meant that Chandler and Joey's apartment had to be changed, too, taking them from apartment 4 to 19.
At the beginning of the series, Monica and Rachel's apartment number is 5, and Chandler and Joey's is 4. The apartment numbers were permanently changed and in this episode, Monica and Rachel's apartment number is 20, while Chandler and Joey's is 19.
Courteney Cox explained to NewBeauty that she ended up getting too many procedures in part because she kept seeing different doctors. “What would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, 'You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there.
Frances may have purchased the apartment before her death, allowing Phoebe to stay near her friends and not have to worry about rent. This could explain how she can afford to live in the heart of New York.
During the run of the show, Monica explains that she inherited the apartment from her grandmother and paid just $200 per month in rent due to rent-control. The average cost of rent in the 1970s was already $335 per month on the island of Manhattan.
In fact, according to Julep and the aforementioned CNBC article, Monica's rent throughout the duration of "Friends" was a mere $200 a month, based on the rent being stabilized since the 1940s. In the series finale, when Chandler comments that because of the rent control it was "a friggin' steal," he wasn't lying.
We all know Friends, like any other show, uses body doubles. The thing is, the point of doubles is you don't dwell on them long enough to notice the difference – and here you can definitely notice the difference.
The Post factored in the apartment's presumed location (90 Bedford Street, if you're curious), the price of recent listings nearby, and rental averages in that area. They decided that that the apartment would cost—drumroll please—$4,500 a month.
First, they calculated that Joey and Chandler's rent would have equated to roughly $3,500 a month, totalling approximately $63,000 over three years. User ASmileThatKills then added on another $1000 for Joey's half of the utilities, bringing the current total up to $64,000 so far.
The six main protagonists frequently visited Central Perk throughout the series. It is situated in New York City's Greenwich Village, in the same apartment block as Monica's apartment. It was where they spent much of their free time conversing.
Lisa Kudrow was pregnant in real life when she was shooting the triplets storyline for Phoebe Buffay in Friends. The actor had earlier shared that the makers were not really into hiding the pregnancy so they wrote it into the show. The trailer of the Friends' reunion special episode sure left the sitcom fans emotional.
Chandler's hatred for his job is surpassed only by the amount of money he makes from it. With an annual salary of $68,440 he is by far the richest of the six. Ten years later, in the show's final season some of the six have moved up a few income brackets.
Meanwhile, Ross earned a peak of $75,000 as a palaeontologist, while Rachel Green topped out at $55,000 in her fashion career. Surprisingly, it was jobbing actor Joey who earned the highest single-year amount, with his annual take-home pay spiking at about $130,000 when he won a role as co-star in a feature film.
According to BuzzFeed, Chandler and Joey's rent was $3500, and for at least three years, Chandler paid it all. That's $42,000 a year. On a salary of about $50,000 (before taxes, mind), that's impossible to afford. Many landlords require that tenants make 40x the monthly rent, as explained by StreetEasy.
While speaking to Great Big Story, Shaffner revealed that he had to work to convince producers that purple was the right choice for the iconic New York City set—which would house every main character except Ross at some point in the series. “Everybody was really anxious about it,” he said.
While Central Perk exists solely on a Los Angeles soundstage, the space that would house the corner-side café below the building where Monica, Rachel, Chandler, and Joey lived is very much real. Little Owl opened in May 2006, just two years after one of the most popular television series of all time aired its finale.
How much would the Friends apartment cost in real life?
In real-life, it would definitely be an above-average size apartment for that neighborhood at an estimated 1500 square feet, and Scott Elyanow, real estate broker who lives in the West Village, estimated an apartment of that size would cost between $7,000 and $8,000 per month to rent and $2+ million to buy (via CNBC).