They become roommates, and Rachel joins Monica's social circle of single people in their mid-20s: struggling actor Joey Tribbiani, business professional Chandler Bing, masseuse and musician Phoebe Buffay, and newly divorced palaeontologist Ross Geller, Monica's older brother.To support herself, Rachel becomes a waitress at Central Perk, a Manhattan coffeehouse where the group often hangs out; when not there, the six are usually at Monica and Rachel's nearby West Village apartment, or Joey and Chandler's across the hall.Before his relationship with Monica, Chandler dated Janice Hosenstein in season one and subsequently broke up with her many times.Monica Geller's older brother, a palaeontologist working at the Museum of Natural History, and later a tenured professor of palaeontology at New York University.He becomes a junior copywriter at an advertising agency later that season.Chandler has a peculiar family history being the son of an erotic novelist mother and a gay, crossdressing Las Vegas star father.Despite his womanizing, Joey is innocent, caring, and well-intentioned.Joey often uses the catchphrase pick-up line "How you doin'?
He eventually quits this job in season nine due to a transfer to Tulsa.
Rachel’s first job is as a waitress at the coffeehouse Central Perk, but she later becomes an assistant buyer at Bloomingdale's in season three, and a buyer at Ralph Lauren in season five.
Rachel and Ross have a daughter named Emma in "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby, Part Two" at the end of season eight.
Episodes depict the friends' comedic and romantic adventures and career issues, such as Joey auditioning for roles or Rachel seeking jobs in the fashion industry.
The six characters each have many dates and serious relationships, such as Monica with Richard Burke and Ross with Emily Waltham.
Rachel and Ross Geller are later involved in an on-again-off-again relationship throughout the series.