How “Friends” Decided To Pair Off Monica And Chandler

“We plotted it out in a self-protective way. It wasn’t a relationship [the other characters were] talking about. Nobody knew about it. We as writers were almost as protective of it as those characters were. We didn’t want to make too much of a deal about it too early. That’s what you saw on the screen, but it’s also how we experienced it. We didn’t want to spend too much too fast. We didn’t want it to be high drama. So we just kept taking baby steps forward and feeling our way through. …

If you didn’t have a Monica-and-Chandler relationship, if the center of ‘Friends’ had remained Ross and Rachel, you would’ve seen a much shorter shelf life for the show. Without Monica and Chandler, it ends three years earlier. I don’t owe my whole house to them, but at least two bedrooms and a bath are because of them.”

I’ve never been much of a sitcom fan, but “Friends” is one exception. I still think the show, which ended its run in 2004, is one of the funniest TV shows ever and, thanks to the endless repeats on TBS, I’ve seen every episode at least five times. So, I lovvvvved this piece on about how the show’s producers and writers, including executive producer Scott Silveri, quoted above, came to the decision to make Monica Gellar and Chandler Bing a couple.

Many TV shows try to throw random pairings together, with mixed-to-awful results, so it’s interesting to read how thoughtful and protective the writers and cast were about deciding to have Monica and Chandler hook up and eventually fall in love. It’s no wonder that once the audience’s shock wore off, they had nothing but love for Miss and Mrs. Chanandler Bong. Seriously, if you’re a “Friends” freak, the whole piece will leave you just tickled. []