‘Friends’ Originally Planned to Pair Monica Up With Joey But Here’s How Matthew Perry’s Chandler Snagged Courtney Cox

by Jeremy Spirogis
Courteney Cox as Monica Geller and Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on NBC

Few TV {couples} are as iconic as Ross and Rachel and Monica and Chandler on Friends. For 10 seasons, Ross and Rachel’s relationship was a rollercoaster of ups and downs, a collection of makeups and breakups.

It took 4 full seasons for Chandler and Monica to lastly get collectively, and lately, the present’s creators and writers have revealed that Friends followers performed an enormous position of their love story. 

‘Friends’ was one of the well-liked reveals of all time 

Friends revolved round six 20-somethings dwelling and dealing in Manhattan. Season one begins with Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) fleeing her wedding ceremony and transferring in along with her childhood friend, Monica Geller (Courteney Cox).

Rachel joins Monica’s friend group, which additionally consists of her former roommate, Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), her neighbors Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), and Monica’s older brother, Ross (David Schwimmer). It aired for ten seasons, from September 1994 to May 2004, throughout which it turned one of the well-liked TV reveals of all time. 

Monica and Chandler’s love story 

Courteney Cox as Monica Geller and Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on NBC's 'Friends.'
Courteney Cox as Monica Geller and Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing on NBC’s ‘Friends.’ | NBCU Photo Bank

Season 4 of Friends was ending as Monica and Chandler’s romance was blossoming. The chemistry had been constructing lengthy earlier than that, although—the 2 first meet at Thanksgiving 1987, when Chandler and Ross are school roommates.

Monica develops a crush on Chandler and is even impressed to turn into a chef after he compliments her mac and cheese. They stay shut mates and, finally, neighbors, when he strikes into the condominium throughout the corridor.

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Toward the tip of season one, Monica and Chandler promise that they’ll get collectively if each are nonetheless single at 40. Their relationship doesn’t truly begin till the very finish of season 4 after they sleep collectively for the primary time after they’re in London for Ross’ wedding ceremony.

They begin courting in secret, and one after the other, the others uncover the reality. They get married in season seven, and on the finish of the final season, they undertake twin infants.

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What did followers must do with it? 

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For the tip of season 4, filming was moved from Burbank to London. The ultimate episode was shot from begin to end in entrance of a reside studio viewers there.

“So we got to experience them seeing that [Monica and Chandler] scene three times,” Friends author Scott Silveri advised Vulture. “The first time, I was huddled around a monitor, watching [the actors] perform. And when Monica popped up from beneath the sheets, there was just this explosion from the audience. It was a combination of a laugh/gasp/cry/shriek. They were just blown away by it. It was so intense, for the second or third takes, instead of watching the monitors, I just turned around and watched the audience.” 

The response was so robust that producers had no alternative however to take notice. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, collection creator Marta Kauffman revealed: “You set out to do things, and then actors come in and they breathe life into it, and it’s not quite what you imagined it was going to be.”

For instance, to start with, the present’s creators thought Monica and Joey could be collectively as a result of they appeared probably the most passionate. The romance between Monica and Chandler wasn’t meant to final, however with the viewers’s response to their hookup throughout taping.

“We were stunned. So that’s when we sort of went, ‘Huh, guess this is going in a different direction,’” she defined.

Monica and Chandler’s relationship went on to turn into a fan-favorite and an integral a part of the present. You can relive their love story by streaming Friends now on HBO Max. 

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