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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 2004
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Matt LeBlanc, Drea de Matteo, Jennifer Coolidge
  • Summary: From three of the executive producers behind the mega-successful hit series "Friends" comes the highly anticipated new comedy "Joey." Multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee Matt LeBlanc reprises his "Friends" role as charming and still-single Joey, who has struck out on his own and moved to Hollywood, hoping to truly make it as an actor.

    Joey says goodbye to a time when his friends were his family and welcomes the chance to turn his family into his friends. After reuniting with his high-strung sister Gina (Emmy winner Drea de Matteo, "The Sopranos"), a strong and sexy hairdresser, Joey moves in with her genius 20-year-old son, graduate student Michael (Paulo Costanzo, "Road Trip"), who literally is a rocket scientist. What Joey lacks in book smarts, however, he more than makes up for with his people skills, making him the best new friend his nephew could ask for.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 25, 2013
    One of the benefits of watching LeBlanc keep his character afloat is that it's all comfortable. Not always funny, mind you, but an easy 22 minutes.
  2. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 18, 2013
    Groundbreaking it's not ... With its laugh track and punchline pauses, bite-size stories and strange, frozen moments where the characters all stare at each other before a commercial break, Joey is, to its core, a traditional sitcom. But so was Friends. Each works because of its witty comedic cast and producers.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jul 1, 2013
    Deftly written, Joey sets up running gags and delayed payoffs with the precision of the special forces laying mines, much as Friends did. No, exactly as Friends did, and that's a problem. It reminds us that five-sixths of the Dream Team is missing. And where Joey does change, it's abruptly and implausibly.
  4. 20
    Joey Tribbiani is, incredibly, even more irritating when he's freed from his friends in New York and moves to L.A. ... Joey is a lame, hollow and utterly unoriginal show. [9 Sep 2004]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 1, 2014
    I love Joey. It's a fun/good follow up to the very popular show Friends
    But when they cancelled it, i were a bit upset, even if i didn't
    watch it back in 2004. Actually i'm watching it from this year (2014) and hope maybe they at least can put it out on the internet with the remaining seasons :D But as long as Friends is still here and there, then i'm satisfied! Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. One of the best comedy shows I ever seen, Matt LeBlanc like every time was wonderfull, it is a frinds just with Joey and his family and new friends in LA. Expand
  3. Jan 18, 2013
    Creating a spin-off from a popular series is always a risky proposition and it can be difficult to retain the charm of the original series whilst also providing something new to make viewers want to reinvest in a character all over again. Matt Le Blanc has certainly always brought a certain amount of charm to the character of Joey Tribbiani but whereas Frasier, arguably the greatest spin-off of all time, allowed for the exploration of a fairly unknown character from Cheers it is difficult to believe we can learn anything more about a character most viewers have spent ten years watching. The biggest problem for me however was that I watched most episodes expecting to see Chandler, Ross, Monica, Phoebe and Rachel walk through the door at any moment. For six people who were such close friends it is difficult to believe they would not visit and the supporting cast simply do not have the charm and comic timing of his long term pals from New York. Its not all bad of course, there are certainly some humorous scenes throughout this first season, but for me Joey remains a spin-off that simply wasn't needed. Expand