‘Friends’ Writer Says Cast “Rarely Had Anything Positive To Say”!
2023/12/05

In her memoir End Credits: How I Broke Up With Hollywood, former 'Friends' writer Patty Lin disclosed that the esteemed cast was seldom satisfied with the scripts they were given. Lin, who also wrote for popular TV shows like 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Breaking Bad,' shed light on her experience working on the seventh season of 'Friends' from 2000 to 2001.

According to Lin, the initial excitement of meeting the renowned cast quickly dissipated. She revealed that the actors seemed dissatisfied with being associated with a worn-out show and yearned to explore new horizons. Lin felt that they were always preoccupied with how each script would specifically cater to their desires. If a joke did not please them, they would purposely undermine it, knowing that the writers would have to rewrite it. Lin vividly remembered the intense discussions that took place in Monica and Chandler's apartment, where the actors would vehemently voice their opinions.

However, she noted that their comments were predominantly negative, and they rarely offered any practical solutions to the problems they highlighted. Describing these sessions as having a severe and aggressive atmosphere, Lin believed they lacked the lightheartedness that one would typically associate with the making of a sitcom. While 'Friends' would remain Lin's most recognizable achievement, she confessed that the experience taught her a valuable lesson - she never wanted to work on a sitcom again.

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