The first season introduces the six main characters: Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross.
Rachel arrives at Central Perk after running away from her wedding to her fiancé Barry and moves into an apartment with her friend Monica from high school.
Ross and Rachel's intermittent relationship is the most often-recurring storyline; during the ten seasons of the show they repeatedly date and break up, even while Ross briefly marries Emily, he and Rachel have a child, Chandler and Monica date and marry each other, and Phoebe marries Mike Hannigan.
Other frequently recurring characters include Ross and Monica's parents in Long Island, Ross's ex-wife and their son, Central Perk barista Gunther, Chandler's ex-girlfriend Janice, and Phoebe's twin sister Ursula.
Joey is shown to be a bachelor and struggling actor, while Phoebe works as a masseuse and portrays a sort of "crazy" attribute to her personality based on her troubles as a child after her mother committed suicide.
However the rest of the group loves her regardless.
The actors were given the salary of the least-paid cast member, meaning Aniston and Schwimmer had their salaries reduced.
At the time, that financial benefit of a piece of the show's lucrative back end profits had only been given out to stars who had ownership rights in a show, like Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby.
However, she discovers that he is dating Julie (Lauren Tom), someone he knew from graduate school.
Rachel's attempts to tell Ross she likes him mirror his failed attempts in the first season, although the characters eventually begin a relationship.
When people get older, their life circumstances change and often they find themselves alone while those around them - their family and friends - are busy with their everyday lives.
They are living in tough times, which is why they need to find companionship by meeting new people around them.
With an ensemble cast starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, the show revolves around six 20-30 something friends living in Manhattan. They presented the idea to Bright, and together they pitched a seven-page treatment of the show to NBC.