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Friends season one cast

The American television sitcom Friends featured six main cast members throughout its run, with numerous characters recurring throughout the ten seasons. The main cast members were familiar to television viewers before their roles on Friends, but were not considered to be stars. Series creator David Crane wanted all six characters to be equally prominent and the series was lauded as being "the first true 'ensemble' show".The cast members made efforts to keep the ensemble format and not allow one member to dominate; they entered themselves in the same acting categories for awards,opted for collective instead of individual salary negotiations,and asked to appear together on magazine cover photos in the first season.The cast members became best friends off screen,[7] and one guest star, Tom Selleck, reported sometimes feeling left out.[8] The cast remained good friends after the series' run, most notably Cox and Aniston, with Aniston being godmother to Cox and David Arquette's daughter, Coco.[9] In the official farewell commemorative book Friends 'Til The End, each separately acknowledged in his/her interview that the cast had become his/her family.[10]

In their original contracts for season one, each cast member was paid $22,500 per episode.[11] The cast members received different salaries in the second season, beginning from the $20,000 range to $40,000 per episode.[11][12] Prior to their salary negotiations for the third season, the cast decided to enter collective negotiations, despite Warner Bros. preference for individual deals.[13] The actors were given the salary of the least paid cast member, meaning Aniston and Schwimmer had their salaries reduced. The stars were paid, per episode, $75,000 in the third season, $85,000 in the fourth, $100,000 in the fifth, and $125,000 in the sixth season.[14] The cast members received salaries of $750,000 per episode in the seventh and eight seasons, and $1 million per episode in the ninth and tenth.[15] The cast also received syndication royalties beginning with the 6th season. and what would have happened if they were still and Chandler had a New Room-Mate Eddie

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