The iconic "break" between Ross and Rachel in Friends was not originally planned, but added later to create more sexual tension. The producers wanted to give viewers something to root for as their relationship lacked spark. While fans may have wanted them to stay together, their toxic relationship needed to end for the series to progress.
Their break-up allowed for other interesting storylines like Ross saying Rachel's name at the altar, Ross and Rachel having Emma, and Rachel dating Joey. Despite ongoing debates about the "break", it was a necessary addition to their storyline and made way for further developments in the show.