As everybody knows, four of the six lead characters in F.R.I.E.N.D.S were together by the final season. So, why didn’t Joey and Phoebe get together? Writer David Crane reveals all.

After Rachel and Ross declared their love for each other and Monica and Chandler got hitched,  F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans expected Joey and Phoebe – famously played by Matt Le Blanc and Lisa Kudrow – would get together to complete the set. However, as we’re all aware, the two remained friends.


This is something that regularly bugs F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans as they believe the show would’ve come to a perfect close if each of the six characters were loved-up with another. Many viewers felt that Joey and Phoebe were meant for each other, even more so than the two other couples.

Apparently, even Le Blanc and Kudrow wanted the two to get together!


Well, we’ve got news for you.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S writer David Crane has revealed to Metro WHY the two never ended up together:

“It all would have been too tidy and too complete. When your goal is to keep the six character in stories together, it would be really easy to go down that road but I think we all felt it would be a mistake.”


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It seems that although everyone wanted the two remaining single friends to get together by the end of the tenth season, it was never meant to be. Why? Well, because F.R.I.E.N.D.S is a relatable show and if they all ended up together, it would’ve been, as Crane put it best, ‘too tidy’ and also unrealistic.


Plus, having three main couples to concentrate on would’ve proved too much. The writer explained the difficulty of focusing on two couples on the show (never mind three):

“Because we’d done Ross and Rachel, we had to give Monica and Chandler another set of challenges. And so their whole journey of how they ended up together and having babies, it needed to be different. I think that’s the biggest challenge of doing a show for 10 years.” David Crane in conversation with Metro


Saying that, Joey and Phoebe’s relationship was, arguably, the most fun to watch – even if it was strictly platonic. Who can forget their flirty banter, their ‘perfect kiss’ or the time when Joey proposed because he thought Phoebe was pregnant.

They may have not been together, but they were most certainly friendship goals. (Cute.)

You never know, perhaps they’ll get together in the reunion.


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