Have you ever watched a TV show and wondered to yourself, how much would this actually cost? How can Rachel afford her half of the rent when she’s just a coffee waitress?
Here’s the truth, they couldn’t afford it at all! But that wouldn’t make for good TV would it? Fortunately they added a line earlier in the show that said Monica had inherited the apartment from her Grandmother and it was rent controlled.
They also manage to explain how much rent would cost in other shows like HIMYM, Gossip Girl, and my wife’s favourite, Sex & The City.