Patty Lin Friends Writer : In her new book, “End Credits: How I Broke Up with Hollywood,” former Friends writer Patty Lin candidly discusses her misfortunes on the beloved show.
Lin discusses her reluctance to join the Friends writing staff around Season 7 in a Time book clip. She witnessed the show’s popularity and saw how big an opportunity it was, even though she was fresh to the profession and had more drama than comedic expertise.
Lin was upset because she thought the gang wasn’t as thrilled about the show. From 1994 until 2004, Friends took ten years on TV. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, and Matthew Perry appeared.
Lin was disappointed by her first writing job. Lin, who stopped TV writing at 38, stated that “Freaks and Geeks” helped her temporarily, but joining Friends didn’t solve her difficulties.
Lin was delighted about the table reads with the “Big Stars.” Her excitement vanished fast.
Lin added that my enthusiasm for being in the same room as these celebrities and eating a catered brunch waned over time.
She discussed how the players’ attitudes had shifted, suggesting they were less interested in the show’s idea and more in how each story fit their interests.
Lin noted that during table reads, if the group didn’t like a joke, they seemed to want to make it less humorous, knowing it would be modified. This sabotage led to many wonderful jokes because one muttered the phrases while eating breakfast.
After the first rewrites, Lin remembers a script discussion with the cast and crew at Monica and Chandler’s apartment. Lin remembers that this was the first time the performers could express their beliefs, although they often needed to be more helpful and focused by a need to defend their characters.
Lin also thought Friends authors operated like a clique, making her feel excluded. She talked about her lengthy writing hours and the uneasiness in the room.
Lin claimed that despite sitcoms being shorter and supposed to speed up “breaking” news, the table was still quiet.
Lin experienced impostor syndrome and felt awkward not being a comedy writer in a room full of them. She was opposed to her plans and had conflicting sentiments about David Crane and Marta Kauffman, who made the program.
Lin was sacked from Friends after one season when her option was not honored. Given how awful things had been for her, Lin left feeling embarrassed, rage, and relief.
Lin wrote for Desperate Housewives and Breaking Bad after Friends before retiring. Lin learned a lot from Friends, including that she didn’t like sitcoms.
When she thinks about those days, Lin knows she had to go on, and “Friends” is still her most famous work, for better or worse.