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Were These Two Characters Really the Best Couple on ‘Friends’?

Though it’s been off the air for over 10 years, many are still wild about Friends. The sometimes-controversial ’90s TV show featured several up and coming actors and actresses, but none has amassed the same star power as Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel Green.

The earliest storylines — and, eventually, one of the final ones — revolved around Rachel and Ross Gellar, the ultimate will-they, won’t-they couple of the time. But were they really meant to be?

Obviously, the show’s cultural impact has stood the test of time and had a lasting influence on the cast’s careers. Aniston and co-star Matt LeBlanc recently reflected on their days on set, while also speaking out about their new projects. Read on for more about the show and its stars, especially Aniston.

The Joey and Rachel theory

Rachel and Joey having a conversation in Barbados in Friends

Rachel and Joey having a conversation in Barbados in Friends Rachel and Joey during a trip to Barbados | NBC via Netflix

Amongst the partisan mess that is Twitter these days, a thread arose that was arguably as divisive as anything political you’ve read. Claire Willets, a writer and podcaster, wrote an epic 100-tweet argument for why she believes Joey Tribbiani and Rachel were a better couple than Ross and Rachel.

Under her handle @kaneandgriffin, Willets argued Ross saw Rachel first as the girl he idolized in high school, then later as “beneath him,” and their relationship is fraught with this damaging dynamic.

On the other hand, Joey and Rachel began as friends, and their romantic feelings grew out of mutual respect.

Despite Rachel and Joey’s brief tryst often cited as one of the most hated ‘ships in all of TV history, it’s hard to argue with any of Willets’ points. But considering the possibility of a Friends reunion has been shut down many times, it seems unlikely that we’ll ever see any ending other than Rachel with Ross.

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