Well I had already seen Courtney Cox in a number of things before Friends, going back all the way to Misfits of Science. I remembered her from Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" video, Alex' girlfriend Lauren on Family Ties, Masters of the Universe movie, Cocoon 2, Ace Ventura, her guest appearance on Seinfeld. So those early seasons of Friends, she was still "Courtney Cox" to me. It wasn't until season 3 that I started to see her as Monica. I'm going to die alone on the "Middle seasons were the best" hill.