'Friends' cut the "seventh" friend from the original scripts

goss 18/10/2019

Monica, Ross, Chandler, Rachel, Joey and Phoebe. They were the iconic six best friends who lived in New York and hung out at Central Perk, navigating love and life for 10 years on our TV screens.

But did you hear the one about the seventh friend?

In the first set of scripts of 'Friends Like Us' (the original name for the show), TV network NBC was interested in having a "seventh" friend in the series. 

Hoping to target the more "mature" audience, the network pressured the show creators to craft the character of 'Pat', a cop who would be a voice of reason for the six younger friends.

However, the writers hated having Pat the Cop in the story, and pleaded the TV execs to let them drop the character, who was already cast.

Whoever that actor was, we never got to know as Pat was cut from the script before the show began recording.

Imagine how different the show would have been if there was 'Pat the cop'!