Most of the Friends characters have fallen in love with one another.
But they never really got Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) there.
The screenwriters didn’t want them to end up as a couple so there was a reason.
Some fans wanted Joey and Phoebe to be on ‘Friends’ together,
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Because he was not smart and focused on his looks, Joey was a dumb character.
Since he was an actress, this succeeded. Phoebe even stood out as a singer for her wild tales and her shows.
Some fans thought they could function as a couple given their personalities.
The show allowed another story to play out.
Joey was dating Ursula, Phoebe’s twin sister (Kudrow).
Since Ursula and Phoebe do not have a good friendship, this made things uncomfortable. Ursula began to avoid him, so Phoebe pretended to break up to be her girlfriend.
Then they share a kiss, and Joey discovers that he’s Phoebe.
After that, the characters finally kiss again.
But there’s no romantic relationship they have.
Phoebe is ending up with someone else
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With their characters, the authors created a few twists and turns. Later in season 10, Joey attempts to get together with Rachel (Jennifer Aniston).
She does not feel the same way about him, however, and ends up with Ross (David Schwimmer).
The show ends with Joey remaining single and Phoebe marrying Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd). Most fans seemed happy, regardless of the characters.
But there are some who still wonder why it never happened to Joey and Phoebe.
The screenwriters claimed it was “too tidy.”
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Six people who were just friends started the show.
Yet there were four of them together, and they were romantic.
That made the writers hesitant to make Joey and Phoebe a couple, too.
“It all would have been too tidy and too complete,” Friends writer David Crane told Metro. “If your goal is to keep the stories of the six characters together, it would be really easy to go that route, but I think we all felt it would be a mistake.”
He went on to clarify that the two couples had an impact on how their stories evolved as well. “Because we had done Ross and Rachel, we had to give Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) another set of challenges,” he said. “And so their whole journey of how they got together and had babies had to be different. I think that’s the biggest challenge when you’re doing a series for 10 years.”
It sounds like Ross and Rachel and then Monica and Chandler being together contributed to a compromise. Phoebe and Joey wouldn’t happen, or the writers would risk making things too unrealistic for viewers.