The cocreator of 'Friends' says there are 2 storylines she regrets, and they both involve Phoebe

Frederick M. Brown/Getty & NBC/NBCUniversalMarta Kauffman, left, and Lisa Kudrow and Charlie Sheen in ‘The One With The Chicken Pox.’
  • “Friends” creator Marta Kauffman would do a few things differently if she could rewrite the show.
  • Speaking alongside cocreator David Crane and executive producer Kevin Bright at the Tribeca TV Festival on Friday, Kauffman highlighted two storylines she regrets, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • She said it took “a lot of rewriting” to make “The One With The Jam,” which sees Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) start dating her twin sister Ursula’s stalker (David Arquette), work.
  • She also highlighted “The One With The Chicken Pox,” in which Phoebe and her love interest, played by Charlie Sheen, spent a romantic weekend dealing with an outbreak of the chicken pox.
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The cocreator of “Friends” says there are two storylines she regrets, and they both involve Lisa Kudrow‘s character, Phoebe.

Marta Kauffman appeared alongside the iconic NBC sitcom’s cocreator David Crane and executive producer Kevin Bright on a panel at the Tribeca TV Festival on Friday night.

After two fan-favourite episodes were shown on the big screen (just one of the ways the show is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year), the trio shared behind-the-scenes details about the beloved show, as well as their thoughts on what they could have done differently.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the creators were asked by the audience if there were any storylines they regret.

Kauffman had two in mind.

Firstly, she highlighted the season three episode that sees Phoebe start dating her twin sister Ursula’s (also played by Kudrow) stalker, who was played by David Arquette.

“We did a lot of rewriting on that to make it work,” she said of “The One With The Jam.”


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Second, she drew on the season two episode “The One With The Chicken Pox,” which sees Phoebe and a love interest, played by Charlie Sheen, both experiencing an outbreak of the chicken pox during what was supposed to be a romantic weekend together.

Crane, on the other hand, admitted he doesn’t remember many specific scenes and jokes having worked on the show for 10 seasons starting 25 years ago, but while watching an episode, he does sometimes ask himself: “Wow, really? We went with that?”

“There are some that are better than others,” he said.

Kauffman added: “It’s much harder for me to enjoy the good moments when there are moments in it where I’m going, ‘Oh my God, we let that happen? We did that.'”

Crane added: “We couldn’t stay 10 more minutes and just find a better joke?

“But that’s just us beating ourselves up.”

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