'Friends' may have come to an end over a decade ago (if that doesn't make you feel old, nothing will) but we're still living our lives through the valuable lessons we learnt in the ten seasons the show aired. And, let's face it, there's never been a cast quite as stellar as Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe and Monica since they left our TV screens for good.
However, the entire dynamic of the show could have been very different if the script went the way the writers originally intended.
It has just been revealed by the show's co-creator Marta Kaufman that Monica and Chandler's relationship was never meant to go pass their one night stand. Say what?
They may have turned out to be one of the most stable couples in the programme but that's definitely not how the writers of the show thought the storyline would go — in fact, the only reason the show's bigwigs even thought of making their relationship last longer than Ross's wedding was the incredible knee-jerk reaction the fans had when the storyline was revealed.
Speaking at the ATX Television Festival, Marta said: 'We had no idea what response that was going get.' Apparently the live studio audience who were lucky enough to witness the 'Do you think he knew I was here?' scene being filmed by Courteney Cox (Monica) and Matthew Perry (Chandler) were so excitable at what they were seeing, the director actually had to break from shooting the scene. 'We had to stop [taping] the show because people were screaming,' Marta continued.
'We thought it was going to be funny and we were going to get rid of it. Suddenly the audience told us they had been waiting for that and we had to rethink how we were going to keep going and change the relationship. But that wasn't a person — it was an entire, immediate expression of joy.'
In another turn for the books, Marta went on to add that the main love story intertwined throughout the series was never meant to be Ross and Rachel either — it was originally penned to be Monica and Joey! Why? 'They just seemed the most sexual of the characters.'
Yep — life as we know it would be VERY different if the audience hadn't spoken up when they did. We owe those on the 'Friends' front-line a great deal...
LONG LIVE MONDLER.