‘Friends’: Phoebe and Joey Would Have Been Perfect Together

Friends was one of the most iconic shows in the 1990s and early 2000s. The show just celebrated its 25th anniversary, and fans are celebrating by binge-watching the complete series on Netflix.

One of the things that people loved the most about the show was the romantic relationships that the friends had with each other. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Ross (David Schwimmer) had their on-again, off-again thing. Monica (Courtney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) actually ended up getting married starting a family together. And Rachel and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) had a brief emotional attraction to one another.

Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow crack each other up on the set of the hit NBC series "Friends."
Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow as Joey and Phoebe on Friends. | David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

Joey and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) played close friends that were never romantically involved with one another. But there’s a sect of fans that think it’s a mistake, as the two would have made a perfect couple. Did the writers make a mistake?

Why Phoebe and Joey would have been a great pair

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One of the things that fans love about both Phoebe and Joey is their goofy personalities. They sometimes seem a bit ditzy and act as if they may be the dumbest of all of their friends. However, they both also have the biggest hearts and are willing to do anything for the happiness of their loved ones. 

One example of Phoebe’s kindness is when she had agreed to become a surrogate for her brother and his wife and became pregnant with his triplets. She sacrificed a whole lot to make sure that her brother could be a father. During this pregnancy, lifelong vegetarian Phoebe had cravings to eat meat but was ethically torn. To help her out, Joey offered to be vegetarian so Phoebe can eat his share of animals.

Later in the show, when Rachel first found out she was pregnant, Joey had thought that it was actually Phoebe who was pregnant. Because Phoebe was single at the time, Joey wasted no time to get down on one knee and ask Phoebe to be his wife just so that she would not have to be a parent all by herself, which was one of the sweetest things that we had ever seen.

Phoebe and Joey didn’t always make the best choices when it came to romantic partners

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Phoebe was one of the most eccentric, yet fun-loving characters on the show. So it would only make sense that her relationships were just as entertaining to watch as she was. Some of the men that Phoebe chose to date made perfect sense to us, however, she had some suitors that fans just couldn’t seem to like.

Phoebe dated Roger the psychologist who used his degree and knowledge to analyze and negatively judge her friends. Or Gary the New York City cop who used his gun to shoot a bird that was disrupting his sleep. Or even Malcolm who was stalking her twin sister Ursula.

Joey’s track record was not better. The character was portrayed as a clean-hearted womanizer that dated around and never wanted to settle down.

Why didn’t Joey and Phoebe ever end up together

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We are not exactly sure why there was never a romance between Joey and Phoebe. However, because Ross and Rachel were an item and Chandler and Monica were an item, we assume that it may have been too predictable for the only other two friends in the group to hook up as well. 

The two characters did spend a good amount of time flirting with each other but nothing ever came of their innocent flirtations. But according to Express, Kudrow and LeBlanc did approach the writers with an idea to reveal at the end of the series that Joey and Phoebe actually did have a secret “friends with benefits” arrangement with each other the whole time. 

LeBlanc had talked about their plan and said: “We’d go back and shoot all historical scenes… Just before a moment that everyone recognizes, there’s Joey and Phoebe coming out of a broom closet.”

The writers and creators of the show decided not to go with Kurdow and Le Blancs idea and fans were left to settle with the fact that Joey and Phoebe are destined to be just friends.