Phoebe [Buffay] - Sweet. Flaky. New age waif. Monica’s former roommate. Sells barretes on the street and plays guitar in the subway. A good soul.
Rachel [Green] - Spoiled. Adorable. Courageous. Terrifed. Monica’s best friend from high school. Has worked for none of what she has. On her own for the first time. And equipped to do nothing.
Monica [Geller] - Smart. Cynical. Defended. Very attractive. Had to work for everything she has. An Assistant chef for a chic uptown restaurant. And a romantic disaster area.
Ross [Geller] - Intelligent. Emotional. Romantic. Monica’s brother. Suddenly divorced. Facing singlehood with phenomenal reluctance. A paleontologist. Not that it matters.
Chandler [Bing] - Droll. Dry. A wry observer of everyone’s life. And his own. Works in front of a computer doing something tedious in a claustrophobic cubicle in a nonderscript office building. Survives by way of his sense of humor. And snacks.
Joey [Tribbiani] - Handsome. Macho. Smug. Lives across the hall from Monica and Rachel. Wants to be an actor. Actually, wants to be Al Pacino. Loves women, sports, women, New York, women and most of all Joey.