Actors don’t give each other notes under any circumstances.So she was giving us permission to give her notes, and we all agreed that that would be great. And she also said, ‘Listen, you know, we all need to make this thing great.’ She just set the stage with: ‘I know I’m the one who’s been on TV, but this is all of us.’ She was the one who set that tone and made it a real group that way. A chill ran down my spine.”Kudrow explains that the cast, led by Courteney, decided from the very beginning that they had each other’s backs: “Courteney Cox was the best known of all of us, and she had done a guest star on , and they all help each other. That’s it.” Littlefield talks to cast members, creators, writers, and producers about what made the decade-long show so special. “She said that she worked harder on these relationships than she did on her marriage.”Co-creator Marta Kauffman said they knew they had something special the first time the cast all came together: “The first day we went to a run-through, and the six of them were together for the first time, onstage in the coffee shop, I remember the atmosphere being electric.
“Darker and edgier and snarkier, and Courteney brought a whole bunch of other colors to it.
We brought other people in.” Kauffman’s writing partner, David Crane, goes on to explain, “We brought everybody in.
We were so sure that Chandler would be the easiest part to cast. It’s sarcastic and kind of quippy, but no one could do it. There was something Snidely Whiplash about Craig Bierko,” says Littlefield.
And I thought that was a real turning point.”“ which we thought was such a snore.
Some people thought the show was too Gen X, way too narrow.”“It was a fascinating casting experience,” says Marta Kauffman on casting the pilot. One of the first actors on our list was Matthew Perry to play Chandler, but he was doing a show called [a Fox pilot about baggage handlers in the year 2194], so he wasn’t available.We decided that, week after week, that would be a lovelier place to go to.” Cox did have competition, though, explains former head of casting at NBC, Lori Openden: “Nancy Mc Keon, from , also read for Courteney’s part.