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‘Friends’: Showrunners Regret These Two Plotlines

If you\u2019ve ever watched Friends, you probably can agree that there was so much to love about the show. Like, remember the enviable bromance that Joey and Chandler shared? Or the nonstop bickering between Monica and Ross that you just couldn\u2019t look away from? And who could forget episodes like the one where Ross, Rachel, and Chandler nearly died trying to move an oversized sofa up a narrow staircase? But showrunners aren\u2019t totally satisfied with the storylines.

While speaking at the show\u2019s 25th-anniversary panel at the Tribeca TV Festival on Sept. 13, showrunners Marta Kauffman and David Crane said they\u2019re not happy with two plotlines. Cast of ‘Friends’ | Photo by NBC\/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images The first plotline Friends showrunners regret \u201cThe stalker,\u201d Kauffman said (via Page Six).

The outlet notes that Kauffman was referring to an episode from the show\u2019s third season where Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) falls for a man named Malcolm (David Arquette). But, unbeknownst to her, Malcolm is stalking her twin sister, Ursula. \u201cWe did a lot of rewriting on that to make that work,\u201d Kauffman added.

The second plotline they regret The second, Kauffman said, happened in season 2. It\u2019s when Phoebe gives her Navy lieutenant boyfriend Ryan (Charlie Sheen) chickenpox after they reunite before a deployment. Crane went on to say that certain story arcs actually make the show a little cringeworthy to watch.

\u00a0 \u201cIt\u2019s one of those things where I don\u2019t watch the show at home, but occasionally if we\u2019re traveling or whatever, it will be on and sometimes I\u2019ll see something \u2026 and it will be like, \u2018Wow, that actually holds up,\u2019 and then there are definitely times where I\u2019ll go, \u2018Really? We went with that?’\u201d he explained.

Kauffman agreed, saying (via Vulture), \u201cI watch the show once in a while and it\u2019s much harder for me to enjoy the good moments when there are moments in it that I\u2019m just going, Oh my god, we let that happen? We did it?\u201d Cast of ‘Friends’ | Photo by Reisig & Taylor\/NBC\/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images How to watch \u2018Friends\u2019 If you\u2019re in the mood to go back and check out these episodes (or if you simply want to binge the entire series for yet another time), it\u2019s currently on Netflix for your viewing pleasure.

But you have to watch it fast, as it will leave Netflix and move to WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, HBO Max, in 2020. “The One Where We Have to Say Goodbye,” Netflix tweeted back on July 9. \u201cWe’re sorry to see Friends go to Warner’s streaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in the US).

. Thanks for the memories, gang. The One Where We Have To Say Goodbye.We\u2019re sorry to see Friends go to Warner's streaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in The US). Thanks for the memories, gang \u2615— Netflix US (@netflix) July.....

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