Friends Co-Creator Marta Kauffman attended a panel on her new Netflix dramedy, Grace and Frankie at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas on Friday where she dished on a number of behind the scenes stories from her 90s show “Friends.”
Kauffman declared that NBC TV execs were misogynists for not wanting to see a single young woman have a one night stand — or any short term relationship — on television, but had no such problem with the men. The problem first arose over a script from the show’s first season where Monica (Courtney Cox) slept with a guy after only one date.
“He [the NBC exec] handed out a questionnaire and one of the questions was, ‘For sleeping with a guy on a date, do you think Monica is A) A Slut, B) A Whore, C) Too Easy, D) None Of The Above. And it was all none of the above. Nobody cared except for this one guy.”
Remember Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) Italian stud boyfriend Paolo who cheated on her? Well he was almost an Eskimo, but Kauffman says that she nixed that idea.
And one of her strangest revelations was that NBC did not think that a show with an all twenty something cast would work. “We were told by the network, ‘No one’s going to watch a show about people in their 20s. You have to have an older person.'”
So that is how the absurd idea of “Pat the cop” came about. He would have been a father like figure to the group who would dispense words of advice to them on their relationship[ problems.
Instead, Monica and Ross’ parents were introduced early on.