• Publication date: January 8, 2011

Same Player. Different Town. Joey: Everyone's Favorite Friend is Back

Friends fans who have been heartbroken since the program's end need weep no more. One of the sitcom's most amusing characters, Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) has his own spin off, the aptly titled Joey.

Friends fans who have been heartbroken since the program's end need weep no more. One of the sitcom's most amusing characters, Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) has his own spin off, the aptly titled Joey.

Like before, the ladies man is still a struggling actor. In a move reminiscent of Frasier Crane's migration from Boston to Seattle, Joey has decided to pursue his film career fulltime, and has left the Big Apple for Los Angeles.

In LA we meet his new 'friends.' Next-door neighbor Alex (Andrea Anders) is Joey's landlord and buddy. Her husband is a famed orchestra conductor, who spends most of his nights out of town; that forces Alex to befriend Joey's sister, Gina (Drea de Matteo) and spend more time at her brother's apartment. As the gap between Alex and her husband grows wider Joey becomes increasingly important as the married woman's confidant. Early on it is obvious that something more is brewing between the two � whether they like it or not. Regardless of Alex's marital status Joey's pal Dean (Gregory Harrison) shamelessly pursues her.

20-year-old nephew Michael (Paulo Costanzo) is literally a boy genius whose hobbies include Star Trek, Star Wars, and last but not least -- applied thermodynamics. Like in many cases, high intelligence (in addition to a case of Asperger's syndrome) reduces Michael's social skills, a deficiency no doubt worsened by an overprotective mother who breastfed him until age 7. With Michael's father out of the picture, Joey serves as his nephew's surrogate dad. Michael, in turn, is mesmerized by his playboy uncle who seems to attract women with the snap of a finger.

Next we meet Gina, Michael's mother who gave birth to him at the mere age of 16. Ashamed of her teenage pregnancy, Gina claims that she was 22 at her son's birth. She is attractive, though abrasive, and loves Michael more than anyone else on earth.

Lastly there is Roberta 'Bobbie' Morganstern (Jennifer Coolidge), Hollywood's supposed twelfth most powerful woman and fulltime nymphomaniac. Bobbie serves as Joey's agent; her client's most notable role to date includes an appearance on the soap opera, Days of our Lives. She eventually hires Gina as her secretary, and enjoys humiliating her workers by forcing them to perform tricks � like shocking themselves with tasers.

The question remains, however, whether or not the pizza and sandwich obsessed fledging actor can survive in the City of Angels. Is his move the beginning of an unstoppable ascent to stardom, or merely the marking of an inevitable downfall?

Joey was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Teen Choice Award. The program received a People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy.

Year: 2004-06

Duration: 30 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Starring:

Matt LeBlanc

Andrea Anders

Paulo Costanzo

Drea de Matteo

Jennifer Coolidge

Created By: Scott Silveri & Shana Goldberg Meehan

Rating: TV-14