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Friends: Why The Joey Spinoff Failed

Joey is undoubtedly one of the most forgotten-about spinoffs in the history of television, even though it is tied to one of the most popular sitcoms that is still frequently referenced and discussed almost 20 years after its series finale. Friends premiered in 1994 and was an overwhelming success, mostly in part due to its dynamic cast of Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, and David Schwimmer as Ross Geller. So, when the sitcom ended in 2004, NBC decided to greenlight a spinoff featuring one of the six characters — Joey.

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