Friends (1994–2004)
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The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate 

Monica and the gang introduce Rachel to the "real world" after she leaves her fiancé at the altar.


James Burrows


David Crane (created by), Marta Kauffman (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jennifer Aniston ... Rachel Green
Courteney Cox ... Monica Geller
Lisa Kudrow ... Phoebe Buffay
Matt LeBlanc ... Joey Tribbiani (as Matt Le Blanc)
Matthew Perry ... Chandler Bing
David Schwimmer ... Dr. Ross Geller
John Allen Nelson ... Paul
Clea Lewis ... Franny
Cynthia Mann ... The Waitress
Barry Heins ... The Guy in the Coffee House (scenes deleted) (as Barry Hine)


In a New York City coffee house called Central Perk, we're introduced to six friends: chef Monica Geller, data controller Chandler Bing who lives across the hall from Monica, Chandler's roommate/actor Joey Tribbiani, Monica's brother Ross Geller, new ageist Phoebe Buffay, and "born to be a wife" Rachel Green. One of the friends is just getting into a relationship and two are just getting out of one each. Monica is in the former category, going on a real/not-so-real date, dates with guys she's interested in being a rare occurrence. But she is excited by her upcoming one with Paul the Wine Guy from her place of work. Out on their date, their intimate conversation includes the fact that trauma from his last relationship has left him sexually incapable, something that only the right woman like Monica can fix, and she apparently does. Later however she finds that it was just a line to get her into bed, and thus her streak with the "wrong guy" continues. Ross is one of the two in the ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Romance


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This episode has three alternate titles: "The One Where It All Began", "The First One" and "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate." See more »


In the pilot while Rachel is on the phone, apologizing to the guy she left at the Altar, she says his name is Barry Finkel but in later episodes it is changed to Barry Farber. See more »


Joey: [Monica has slept with Paul the Wine Guy on the first date] That 'wasn't a real date.' What the hell do you do on a real date?
Monica: Shut up and move my table back.
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Not A Good Episode But A Decent Pilot
14 November 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

The first episode of Friends certainly gives no indication of greatness following. It's a mile away from being one "Friends" best episode, but as a pilot episode it does a good job of setting the scene and introducing us to the characters

We are introduced to the six main characters room mates Joey Tribianni and Chandler Bing, brother and sister Monica and Ross Gellar, hippy Pheobe Boufay and runaway bride Rachel Green.

Some of the cast come off as awkward and seem to be trying to hard. Matt Le Blanc can be excuses because he was allegedly suffering with a heavy bout of flu.

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22 September 1994 (USA) See more »

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