Various characters appeared in the sitcoms Friends and Joey , which respectively aired for ten and two seasons on NBC from to Many celebrities guest-starred on both series throughout their twelve-year run.
The main cast members were familiar to television viewers before their roles on Friends , but were not considered to be stars. All six main actors in Friends had prior experience in situation comedy , and, in some cases, improvisational comedy as well. All six actors appear in every episode. Rachel Karen Green Jennifer Aniston is the spoiled but warm-hearted and likable daughter of a rich vascular surgeon and his wife.
Rachel already knows Ross Geller , Monica's brother, as all three went to the same high school. In the first episode, she is also introduced to Chandler Bing , Ross's college buddy; however, later episodes retcon this, and she is shown to have met Chandler on previous occasions whilst Ross was at college. Rachel's first job is as a waitress at Central Perk coffee house. She later begins to work in fashion, becoming an assistant buyer, and later a personal shopper, at Bloomingdale's. She eventually becomes a buyer at Polo Ralph Lauren.
A great deal of Rachel's life throughout the series revolves around her relationship with Ross Geller. At the end of season seven, during Monica's and Chandler's wedding, it is revealed that Rachel is pregnant from a one-night stand with Ross. Initially, Rachel is determined to raise the baby on her own, but later she realizes she needs Ross's help.
She decides to move in with Ross, even though the two are not involved in a relationship. Their daughter, Emma, is born during the eighth-season finale. Emma's aunt, Monica, is the one who chooses her name. She states in the beginning of season nine that Emma is what she wanted to name her daughter. Rachel really liked the name, so Monica gives it to her indicating her love of their friendship. During the tenth season, Rachel is offered a job with Louis Vuitton in Paris.
She accepts and prepares to move herself and Emma to France. However, in the series finale , she declines the job offer and famously "gets off the plane". Rachel and Ross get back together in the final episode of the series. Monica E. Geller Courteney Cox is the younger sister of Ross and best friend of Rachel, the latter of whom she allows to live with her after Rachel forsakes her own wedding.
She works primarily as a chef at a variety of restaurants. She is described as the mother hen of the group,  and is known for her obsessive-compulsive and competitive nature. Despite the twenty-one year age difference, Monica and Richard are happy, and her parents accept their relationship. However, as a result of Monica yearning for a family but Richard having already had one, they break up at the end of the second season.
Monica then pursues a chain of various men until she unexpectedly begins a relationship with her longtime friend, Chandler Bing , at the end of the fourth season, during her brother Ross' wedding to Emily Waltham.
Monica and Chandler try to hide their relationship from the rest of the group for much of the fifth season, but eventually everyone finds out.
After celebrating their first anniversary in Las Vegas , they move in together and get engaged by the sixth-season finale. After their marriage, Monica and Chandler try to conceive children, only to discover that they are unable to do so.
In the final season of the series, they adopt new-born twins, whom they name Erica and Jack. Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan Lisa Kudrow is an odd, ditzy albeit sweet-natured masseuse who grew up homeless, sometimes telling her friends outlandish tales of life on the street. She is an aspiring musician who plays the guitar and sings songs with somewhat unusual lyrics at the coffee shop. She has an identical twin sister, Ursula also played by Kudrow , who is just as odd as Phoebe and appeared as a recurring character on Mad About You.
After a series of dates and relationships with a number of men, Phoebe meets Mike Hannigan Paul Rudd in season nine, whom she eventually marries in season ten. She also became a surrogate mother for her half-brother Frank Jr.
Giovanni Ribisi , giving birth to his triplets in the fifth season. Joseph Francis "Joey" Tribbiani Jr. Matt LeBlanc is a good-natured but not-so-bright struggling actor and food lover, who becomes mildly famous for his role as Dr. Drake Ramoray on a fictionalized version of Days of Our Lives. Joey is a womanizer , with many girlfriends throughout the series, often using his catchphrase pick-up line "How you doin'?
Prior to his role on Friends , LeBlanc appeared as a regular on the short-lived TV , a minor character in the sitcom Married Chandler Muriel Bing Matthew Perry is an executive in statistical analysis and data reconfiguration for a large multi-national corporation. He later quits his job and becomes a junior copywriter at an advertising agency. Chandler is known for his sarcastic sense of humor. Chandler is often depicted as being somewhat of a hapless individual, suffering a lot of bad luck while struggling through life and occasionally struggling with an on-and-off smoking addiction.
However, he eventually falls in deep mutual love with Monica and proposes to her at the close of season six, with the two of them marrying at the close of season seven. By the end of series, he and Monica adopt twins, whom they name Jack and Erica. Like Aniston, Perry had already appeared in several unsuccessful sitcom pilots before being cast.
Ross Eustace Geller , Ph. David Schwimmer is a paleontologist at a museum of prehistory, and later a professor of paleontology at New York University. The most intelligent of the six main characters, but at the same time a clumsy, quirky man, Ross is known for being a smart, know-it-all who prides himself on his rationality, despite his clear hopeless romanticism.
He is shown to be the most caring of all the six members in the various instances on the show. Ross is Monica's older brother, Chandler's college roommate, and Rachel's on-again, off-again boyfriend. His first marriage has already failed by the time the show begins, with his second lasting mere weeks.
The second divorce seemed to greatly depress him and make him quick-tempered near the start of season five, such as when he screams at his colleague for taking his sandwich and throwing it away. After he gets Ugly Naked Guy 's apartment, he is offered to return to work, but he loses his temper again when he sees Chandler and Monica having sex through his window, becoming the last one to find out about their relationship.
He also drunkenly married Rachel in Las Vegas , after which they unsuccessfully tried to annul it and had to settle for a divorce, which became Ross' third one. Ross's relationship with Rachel is a major storyline throughout the series. He is also the father of his ex-wife Carol's son, Ben, and Rachel's daughter, Emma. In the series finale, Ross and Rachel finally reconcile, deciding to be together once and for all. The character of Ross was developed with David Schwimmer in the minds of writers and Schwimmer was also the first actor to be cast on the show.
Schwimmer is the only cast member native to New York City. Temperamental, promiscuous and not particularly bright but very street-wise, Gina is a caring but over-protective and domineering mother.
For years she convinced her genius son Michael that he was born when she was 22 instead of 16 years old, and always says he is the one thing she has done well. She and Joey are friends in addition to being siblings, both having the gift of being extremely appealing to the opposite sex, with numerous lovers. Initially working as a hairdresser, by season two she works as a secretary for Joey's agent Bobbie, having impressed Bobbie with her brash manner.
In season two she starts dating Michael's father Jimmy once again. She is an educated, but slightly ditzy, blonde lawyer who graduated from Northwestern University and Pepperdine University School of Law. Initially intimidated, but also intrigued by Joey's tough street-wise older sister Gina, the two women eventually become friends, and she becomes more bold in the way she dresses and acts, thanks to Gina's influence.
She is puzzled but impressed by Joey's intuitive gift at being able to know when she is wearing thong panties, and spends most of her time hanging out at Joey and Michael's apartment. She and Joey bond and become close friends.
Her husband is a professional orchestra musician and is away from home most of the time, and she confides her problems with her marriage in Joey.
At the end of season one, she and Joey become romantically involved during her separation from her husband. In season two she becomes romantically interested in Joey and has a crush on him for a long period. Gina tries to help her to get over Joey, but once Alex starts dating Joey's friend Dean, Joey soon realizes that he is also in love with Alex. Michael Tribbiani Paulo Costanzo is Joey's nephew who idolises his Uncle Joey's ability to date many women, and who himself is sheltered and nervous around girls.
He is self-conscious that he has been so sheltered and that his mother Gina breast fed him until he was seven. Early in the second season of Joey it is revealed that Michael has Asperger syndrome. He is extremely intelligent, an aerospace engineer , attends Caltech and specialises in applied thermodynamics , works with his rival Seth frequently on engineering projects, and is an obvious direct opposite from his more street-wise mother and uncle.
He turns to Joey as a big brother and substitute father figure, even after his biological father Jimmy re-enters mother Gina's love life. Roberta "Bobbie" Morganstern Jennifer Coolidge is Joey's oversexed agent whom he hires after Estelle Leonard's death, and reportedly the twelfth most powerful woman in Hollywood. She has an enormous crush on Joey's nephew Michael.
She often entertains herself by making her office assistant do funny tricks, or shocking herself with a stun-gun. She is brash, forward, aggressive, highly entertaining and slightly ditzy, laughing at everything and at anyone's expense, including her client Joey's.
She was once sued by Phil Collins. Howard Ben Falcone is Joey's friend and neighbor in Joey. Zach Miller Miguel A. Zach has an interesting career, going from playing extras on TV, to directing amateur plays.
Zach does not appear to have a home; he was seen at one time living in Joey's trailer while working on a major blockbuster movie.
In one episode, Zach and Joey, both drunk, married in Tijuana, possibly a parody of Ross and Rachel marrying each other in the season-five finale of Friends. Zach's final appearance was in " Joey and the Big Move ".
Zach's absence within the show was not mentioned, nor was the character at all. Each of the following characters of Friends may or may not be particularly significant to the story of the series; each was introduced in one season and would usually appear in subsequent seasons. He is a former actor who once played Bryce on All My Children before that character was "killed in an avalanche. His motivation for disliking Ross is jealousy as he is aware of Ross' relationship with Rachel , which is made clear numerous times, most notably in "The One with the Morning After" when he reveals to Rachel that Ross who mistakenly thought at the time that his relationship with her was over—"We were on a break" got drunk and cheated on her.