Created by
Based onJoey Tribbiani
by David Crane
Marta Kauffman
Kevin S. Bright
Opening theme"Sunny Hours" by Long Beach Dub Allstars (featuring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes46
Executive producers
Running time20–24 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 9, 2004 (2004-09-09) –
August 23, 2006 (2006-08-23)

Joey is an American sitcom created by Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan. It is a spin-off to Friends, with Matt LeBlanc reprising his role as Joey Tribbiani. It premiered on NBC on September 9, 2004. Midway through the second season, the show was placed on a hiatus but returned on March 7, 2006. Only one episode aired before the show was pulled when it was overshadowed in ratings by American Idol. NBC canceled the series due to low ratings in May 2006.


The series centers on Joey Tribbiani, who has struck out on his own and moved to Hollywood, hoping to truly make it as an actor. After reuniting with his high-strung sister, Gina, a hairdresser, Joey moves in with his genius twenty-year-old nephew Michael, who is a rocket scientist. He begins a tentative romance with his superintendent, Alexis Garrett, and becomes close friends with fellow aspiring actor Zach Miller.

Cast and characters

Main article: List of Friends and Joey characters

Several cast members had previously appeared as different characters in Friends: Coolidge appeared as Amanda, an old friend of Monica and Phoebe, in a tenth-season episode. Adam Goldberg, who played Jimmy, appeared in the second season of Friends in the recurring role of Eddie, who moves in with Chandler after Joey moves out. Carlos Gómez, who played Sam the director, appeared in one episode of Friends as the restaurant worker Julio in "The One with All the Jealousy". Patrick Kerr, who played the producer of the Daytime Soap Awards, appeared in one episode of Friends as a restaurant manager who auditions Monica for a job as a chef. Brent Spiner, who played himself, appeared in one episode of Friends as James Campbell, who interviews Rachel for a job.

Additionally, Robert Costanzo reprised his role as Joey's father, Joey Tribbiani Sr., who originated in the first season of Friends, in "Joey and the Dad", making Costanzo the only actor besides LeBlanc to play the same character in both series, since Gina and Mary Theresa both appeared in a third-season episode of Friends, but were not played by Drea de Matteo and Christina Ricci, respectively. Simon Helberg appeared in four episodes as Seth Tobin, a nerdy engineer and friend/rival of Michael who shared many similarities with one of Helberg's later characters, Howard Wolowitz, in The Big Bang Theory. David Schwimmer, who previously portrayed Ross Geller and directed several episodes of Friends, returned to direct two episodes of Joey.

Background and development

After the series finale of Friends in 2004, LeBlanc signed on for the spin-off series, Joey, following Joey's move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Friends producers Marta Kauffman and David Crane were not interested in the spin-off, although Kevin S. Bright agreed to be executive producer, along with Joey creators Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan,[2] the latter of whom left the show after the first season and was replaced by Jon Pollack.[citation needed]

The pilot episode was released in screener for test audiences and members of the entertainment industry to preview the show and drum up business. The screener was subsequently leaked on the internet and thus has received a much wider critical review process than initially conceived.[3] There were few differences between the unbroadcast pilot and the version that was broadcast. Ashley Scott played the role of Allison in the unbroadcast pilot[4] but was replaced by Andrea Anders, and the character name changed to Alex.

The series did well in the Nielsen ratings in its first season (2004–2005) and was subsequently renewed for a second season (2005–2006). In the second season, Miguel A. Núñez Jr. was added to the show as a series regular and Jennifer Coolidge had a more prominent role. The show was pulled from its Thursday-night timeslot in December 2005 and NBC returned it in a new timeslot (Tuesdays at 8pm) on March 7, 2006. Due in part to being in competition with American Idol, Joey was the lowest-rated prime time program of the week for NBC.[5] The network pulled the series after the first Tuesday broadcast, and its cancellation was announced on May 15, 2006. The remaining episodes have never been broadcast by NBC but have been shown on various other networks around the world. Episode 5 and Episode 13 of season one were directed by David Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller in Friends. NBC heavily promoted Joey and gave it Friends' Thursday 8:00 pm timeslot.[6][7] The pilot was watched by 18.6 million American viewers,[8] but ratings continually decreased throughout the series' two seasons, averaging 10.20 million viewers in the first season and 7.10 million in the second.[9] The final broadcast episode, on March 7, 2006, was watched by 4.1 million viewers; NBC canceled the series on May 15, 2006, after two seasons.[10] Bright blamed the collaboration between NBC executives, the studio, and other producers for quickly ruining the series:[9]

On Friends, Joey was a womanizer, but we enjoyed his exploits. He was a solid friend, a guy you knew you could count on. Joey was deconstructed to be a guy who couldn't get a job, couldn't ask a girl out. He became a pathetic, mopey character. I felt he was moving in the wrong direction, but I was not heard.

— Kevin S. Bright on the reason for Joey's cancellation.[9]


Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
124September 9, 2004 (2004-09-09)May 12, 2005 (2005-05-12)
222September 22, 2005 (2005-09-22)August 23, 2006 (2006-08-23)

Season 1 (2004–05)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"Pilot"Kevin S. BrightShana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott SilveriSeptember 9, 2004 (2004-09-09)18.55[11]
When Joey's new TV show is cancelled and the show he turned down is a big hit, it leaves Joey kicking himself and in search of work. Joey's nephew wants to leave his mother's house and live with his cool uncle but is afraid to tell her.
22"Joey and the Student"Kevin S. BrightScott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-MeehanSeptember 16, 2004 (2004-09-16)15.37[12]
When Joey plans to teach Michael how to pick up women, Gina invites herself along, even though the guys don't want her to come. Joey finds out that Alex is the one who has been placing complaint notes about everything he does and that everyone hates her because of this.
33"Joey and the Party"Gail MancusoRobert CarlockSeptember 23, 2004 (2004-09-23)14.87[13]
Joey and Michael plan a party, with the hopes that Joey makes a new friend. Michael's college rival announces he'll be showing up with his girlfriend. Michael tries to compete by enlisting the help of Alex to play his fake girlfriend. Guest star: Jayma Mays as Molly and Simon Helberg as Seth.
44"Joey and the Book Club"Andrew D. WeymanJohn QuaintanceSeptember 30, 2004 (2004-09-30)13.59[14]
To woo a girl in his book club, Michael assigns a romantic novel to the group. However, when he tries to make his move, he finds out that she is already in love with Joey. Gina makes a deal with Alex in order to get more work.
55"Joey and the Perfect Storm"David SchwimmerVanessa McCarthyOctober 7, 2004 (2004-10-07)12.83[15]
When Joey gets the job of understudying in three different plays, it leaves him in a tight spot when all three main actors call in sick. Meanwhile, there is a vacant apartment in the complex and Joey, Michael, and Alex try to hide it from Gina.
66"Joey and the Nemesis"Kevin S. BrightSherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen PlummerOctober 14, 2004 (2004-10-14)13.37[16]
An actor named Brian Michael David Scott repeatedly tricks Joey into missing auditions. When Michael gets sick, Gina moves into Joey's place to take care of him, and Joey moves to Gina's place to get away from them. However, when staying at Gina's, her secret boyfriend mistakes Joey for her and snuggles up to him.
77"Joey and the Husband"Gail MancusoBrian KelleyOctober 21, 2004 (2004-10-21)11.69[17]
Alex tells Joey that her husband may be threatened by him. When Joey finally meets Alex's husband, Eric, he is stunned when Eric is not threatened by him. Joey decides to donate his savings to Gina so that she can open up her own salon, but she has second thoughts.
88"Joey and the Dream Girl, Part 1"Gary HalvorsonBrian BucknerNovember 4, 2004 (2004-11-04)12.56[18]
Gina's high school friend Donna, whom Joey used to have a huge crush on, visits. Joey promises Gina he won't do anything with Donna, who is getting a divorce, but cannot resist. Michael learns he used to be a great baseball player when he was younger.
99"Joey and the Dream Girl, Part 2"Gary HalvorsonRobert CarlockNovember 11, 2004 (2004-11-11)11.69[19]
Joey tries to plan the perfect week for Donna, so she will choose him over her husband, who is attempting to reconcile with her. Alex discovers that she can get free stuff because she is a "hot girl".
1010"Joey and the Big Audition"Sheldon EppsJohn QuaintanceNovember 18, 2004 (2004-11-18)11.92[20]
At Alex's Northwestern alumni party, Joey is mistaken for a fellow alumnus by a movie producer. This helps him get an audition for a new show called Deep Powder, described as "Baywatch on skis". However, Joey soon finds out that the audition is not for the lead character, but for the lead's father.
1111"Joey and the Road Trip"Kevin S. BrightVanessa McCarthyDecember 2, 2004 (2004-12-02)11.44[21]
Joey gets a job as a celebrity judge for the Miss Southwestern U.S.A. pageant in Las Vegas. There, he sleeps with a woman, not realizing she is a contestant, while Alex goes to a Celine Dion concert and Michael teaches Gina how to count cards. Guest stars: Steven Schirripa as the Pit Boss and Bob Saget as himself.
1212"Joey and the Plot Twist"Kevin S. BrightStory by : Jon Pollack
Teleplay by : Craig DeGregorio
December 9, 2004 (2004-12-09)10.20[22]
At a press conference for Deep Powder, Joey accidentally reveals a plot twist, leading him to believe his character will get killed off in the first episode. Meanwhile, when the California heat makes it hard for Joey to get in the holiday spirit, Gina, Michael, and Alex decorate Joey's apartment for Christmas. Guest stars: Lucy Liu as Lauren and Colby Donaldson as Gunnar.
1313"Joey and the Taste Test"David SchwimmerShana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott SilveriJanuary 6, 2005 (2005-01-06)12.51[23]
After Gina teaches Alex how to make lasagna, Joey and Michael are forced to partake in a taste test. Joey's relationship with his costar Katie gets him in trouble with the executive producer. Guest stars: Lucy Liu as Lauren.
1414"Joey and the Premiere"Kevin S. BrightMatt HubbardJanuary 13, 2005 (2005-01-13)12.26[24]
Joey brings Gina, Michael, and Alex to the premiere of Deep Powder. Gina's date is Lauren's ex-boyfriend and Alex's is a lesbian. Michael must decide between a girl and a Star Trek actor, and Joey kisses Lauren. Guest stars: Lucy Liu as Lauren, Colby Donaldson as Gunnar, and Brent Spiner as himself.
1515"Joey and the Assistant"Andrew D. WeymanJohn Quintance & Brian KelleyJanuary 20, 2005 (2005-01-20)12.55[25]
Joey hires an assistant named Glenn, who turns out to be perfect. However, after he begins dating Gina, things start to go downhill. Meanwhile, Alex holds a mediation between Michael and his friend Seth over a patent dispute.
1616"Joey and The Tonight Show"Andrew D. WeymanDoty AbramsFebruary 3, 2005 (2005-02-03)9.96[26]
Joey is supposed to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno but gets stuck in heavy traffic. In traffic, Michael ends up stuck next to a guy he gave the finger to, and Gina meets two guys. Guest stars: Jay Leno as himself and Antonio Sabato Jr. as Kyle.
1717"Joey and the Valentine's Date"Andrew D. WeymanStory by : Brian Kelley
Teleplay by : Robert Carlock
February 10, 2005 (2005-02-10)11.40[27]
Joey unintentionally makes a date with a People magazine reporter on Valentine's Day, which causes her to believe Joey is looking for a serious relationship. A drunken Alex reveals sexual secrets to Gina, and Michael becomes 'one of the girls' after an attempt to hit on a group of girls.
1818"Joey and the Wrong Name"Kevin S. BrightStory by : Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer
Teleplay by : Matt Hubbard
February 17, 2005 (2005-02-17)9.84[28]
Joey is nominated for a Daytime Soap Award, and he is also presenting an award but ends up announcing the wrong name. He brings Gina, who is uncomfortable because she is forced by Joey to dress unlike herself. Guest stars: Julia Duffy as Kimberly.
1919"Joey and the Fancy Sister"Gary HalvorsonRobert Carlock & Brian BucknerFebruary 24, 2005 (2005-02-24)9.96[29]
Joey's sister Mary Theresa, whom Gina dislikes, comes to visit. When Mary Theresa discovers her engagement ring is fake, she decides to call off her wedding and stay in LA, causing Joey and Gina to try to find a way to get her to move back to New York. Meanwhile, Michael is oblivious that a girl likes him.
2020"Joey and the Neighbor"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Nicholas Darrow
Teleplay by : Vanessa McCarthy
March 24, 2005 (2005-03-24)8.76[30]
Joey starts to date his new, hot next-door neighbor Sara, but he forgets to cancel his backup date on the same day. Eric is back for the first time in two months, but Alex and he have problems after being apart for so long.
2121"Joey and the Spying"Kevin S. BrightStory by : Tracy Reilly
Teleplay by : Brian Buckner
April 21, 2005 (2005-04-21)7.51[31]
Even though Joey and Sara agreed to see other people, Joey realizes he cares too much about her. Alex and Eric separate, leading Eric to move into the apartment next door. Alex sees Eric with another woman and spies on him. Gina wants to break up with Glenn and tells him the reason is because Michael doesn't like him, causing Glenn to try to become closer with Michael.
2222"Joey and the Temptation"Sheldon EppsStory by : Craig DeGregorio
Teleplay by : Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer
May 5, 2005 (2005-05-05)7.46[32]
Joey and Sara become exclusive, but Joey has a love scene with Carmen Electra for Deep Powder. Joey brings Michael along to help him resist her. Alex finds out Eric kissed another woman.
2323"Joey and the Breakup"Andrew D. WeymanStory by : John Quintance
Teleplay by : Nicholas Darrow
May 12, 2005 (2005-05-12)8.56[33]
Joey helps Sara get an interview with Newsweek, but she gets offered a job in Washington, D.C. Gina meets Michael's new girlfriend, who turns out to be a much older woman. Meanwhile, Alex struggles with her divorce, and Gina tries to cheer her up.
2424"Joey and the Moving In"Kevin S. BrightScott Silveri & Shana Goldberg-MeehanMay 12, 2005 (2005-05-12)8.56[33]
Joey freaks out after asking Sara to move in with him. Alex doesn't know how to act on her first date after her divorce. Bobbie gives Michael tickets to a Star Wars preview but shows up as well, which leads Gina to confront Bobbie about her behavior around Michael.

Season 2 (2005–06)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
251"Joey and the Big Break"Kevin S. BrightScott Silveri & Robert CarlockSeptember 22, 2005 (2005-09-22)7.80[34]
Things become awkward between Joey and Alex after having sex. Due to Joey's popularity on Deep Powder, Bobbie makes some outrageous demands, leading to him being fired. Gina starts working for Bobbie. A young aspiring actress moves in the complex and thinks Michael is Joey. Hearing voices in his head causes Joey to blow a couple of auditions. Gina gets to tell everyone bad news for Bobbie, Michael wants Joey to go on a double date with him, and Alex wants Joey to take her on a romantic date so she feels better about sleeping with him.
273"Joey and the Spanking"Kevin S. BrightMichael BorkowSeptember 29, 2005 (2005-09-29)7.45[35]
Joey must deal with an unruly child actor on the set of his new movie. In order to discipline him, Joey spanks him. Gina helps Alex meet a guy so she can get over Joey. Guest stars: John Larroquette as Benjamin Lockwood.
284"Joey and the Stuntman"Kevin S. BrightJohn QuaintanceOctober 6, 2005 (2005-10-06)7.18[36]
Joey's stuntman shadows him to learn his mannerisms. Abby, the script supervisor at the movie set, who nags Joey to memorize his lines, dates Michael, which annoys Joey. A photo of Joey and Alex appears in US Magazine, and Alex freaks out after Joey lets her tell the magazine what their relationship status is. Guest stars: Dan Cortese as Chuck.
295"Joey and the House"Ben WeissBrett Baer & Dave FinkelOctober 13, 2005 (2005-10-13)7.35[37]
Joey thinks about buying a new house because of the amount of money he is making from his new movie. After helping Bobbie with anger management, Alex learns that she too has anger because of her relationship with Joey.
306"Joey and the ESL"Peter BonerzVanessa McCarthyOctober 20, 2005 (2005-10-20)7.60[38]
Joey follows a girl into an English-as-a-second-language class. After losing a client for Bobbie, Gina tries to sign Joey's costar Benjamin Lockwood, which irritates Joey.
317"Joey and the Poker"Kevin S. BrightMatt HubbardNovember 3, 2005 (2005-11-03)7.70[39]
Joey and Alex play poker, but Alex lets Joey win so he'll continue to play with her. Because of this, he decides to play in Celebrity Poker Showdown. Zach tries to get Joey to donate to a children's recreation center.
328"Joey and the Sex Tape"Kevin S. BrightLinda Videtti FigueiredoNovember 10, 2005 (2005-11-10)8.08[40]
Joey tries to prevent a woman from releasing a sex tape of him. Gina discovers Bobbie has no plans for her fortieth birthday.
339"Joey and the Musical"Gary HalvorsonVanessa McCarthyNovember 17, 2005 (2005-11-17)8.02[41]
Joey and Zach direct a musical starring Gloria, Joey's girlfriend's grandmother. Alex writes a letter to Joey as a way to vent her anger, but Joey reads it and thinks it's about Eric. Bobbie's mother wants a part in the musical.
3410"Joey and the Bachelor Thanksgiving"Kevin S. BrightJohn QuaintanceNovember 24, 2005 (2005-11-24)5.46[42]
Despite Gina spending a lot of time planning Thanksgiving dinner, Joey decides to go to his bachelor neighbor Dean's party instead. Joey finds ancient Native American artifacts in his backyard and accidentally gives them away.
3511"Joey and the High School Friend"Sheldon EppsMichael BorkowDecember 8, 2005 (2005-12-08)7.77[43]
Joey's best friend from high school, Jimmy, visits. It turns out their friendship abruptly ended because Gina was secretly sleeping with him. The crew from Joey's movie use chocolate milk as code for marijuana, but Joey thinks they are actually talking about chocolate milk. Joey thinks Jimmy is Michael's father.
3612"Joey and the Tijuana Trip"Gary HalvorsonRobert CarlockDecember 15, 2005 (2005-12-15)7.99[44]
Joey and the guys go to Tijuana after Michael breaks up with Abby. After Dean criticizes Alex's lifestyle, she and Gina go to a party to have fun.
3713"Joey and the Christmas Party"Gary HalvorsonMatt Hubbard & Linda Videtti FigueiredoDecember 15, 2005 (2005-12-15)7.99[44]
Joey finds out Alex is in love with him. He throws a Christmas party.
3814"Joey and the Snowball Fight"Gary HalvorsonTracy Reilly & Matt HubbardMarch 7, 2006 (2006-03-07)4.09[45]
Joey wants to be with Alex, but she is dating Dean. The action figure of Joey's character has problems. Gina thinks she is pregnant, and Jimmy must deal with the prospects of being a father.
3915"Joey and the Dad"Kevin S. BrightRobert Carlock & John QuaintanceApril 18, 2006 (2006-04-18)[A]N/A
Joey flies his dad in for his movie premiere, but his dad disapproves of Joey's career; Joey is oblivious to this until Alex tells him. Joey's billboard is right next to Carmen Electra's, which is getting a lot more attention than his.
4016"Joey and the Party for Alex"Gil Cates Jr.Vanessa McCarthyMay 9, 2006 (2006-05-09)[B]N/A
Joey's feelings for Alex grow stronger. Dean throws a party for Alex's thirtieth birthday and plans to propose. Meanwhile, Gina and Jimmy decide to get tattoos together.
4117"Joey and the Big Move"Gary HalvorsonJean YuMay 16, 2006 (2006-05-16)[C]N/A
Joey finally moves into his house, but a fire destroys it. Jimmy learns that he is Michael's father, and he and Joey try to get Michael's DNA without him knowing, so they can conduct a paternity test. Meanwhile, Michael gets new roommates.
4218"Joey and the Beard"Peter BonerzDan Holden & Linda Videtti FigueiredoMay 23, 2006 (2006-05-23)[C]N/A
Joey dates a famous actress, Edie, but doesn't know she only needs him as a beard. Jimmy moves in with Gina.
4319"Joey and the Critic"Ben WeissMichael BorkowMay 30, 2006 (2006-05-30)[A]N/A
Joey's movie is getting great reviews, except one critic gives it a 0%. The critic turns out to be an eleven-year-old girl. Joey starts his own production company and hires Jimmy, but things do not go well. Alex breaks up with Dean but needs Joey to be her friend.
4420"Joey and the Actor's Studio"Kevin S. BrightJohn QuaintanceJune 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)[A]N/A
Joey appears on Inside the Actors Studio. There, Alex learns how badly Joey has treated some women in the past and is unsure if she wants to go out with him. Joey and Jimmy sign up for a clinical trial for testing new medicine so Jimmy can afford a ring to propose to Gina.
4521"Joey and the Holding Hands"Peter BonerzVanessa McCarthy & Robert CarlockJune 28, 2006 (2006-06-28)[C]N/A
Joey's sexual relationship with Alex is great, but he wants a deeper connection. Michael meets a woman online named sexysteve87. After Gina accepts Jimmy's proposal, she learns he is already married.
4622"Joey and the Wedding"Kevin S. BrightAlison Flierl & John QuaintanceAugust 23, 2006 (2006-08-23)[C]N/A
After Alex gets really excited about planning the wedding, Joey thinks she wants to get married. However, it turns out she doesn't ever want to get married. Michael thinks he's the best man, even though Jimmy asked Joey. Jimmy and Gina both get cold feet right before the wedding.
A First broadcast in Ireland on RTÉ Two
B First broadcast in Latin America on WBTV and Norway on TV 2
C First broadcast in Latin America on WBTV

International airings

In Brazil, the show premiered on November 2, 2004, and it was first aired on Warner Channel. The entire series was broadcast. Two years later, it also premiered on terrestrial television channel SBT, under the name Vida de Artista ("Artist's Life").[46][47] The show was also screened in New Zealand on TV2[citation needed] and in Australia on the Nine Network.[48] In the United Kingdom, it aired on Channel 5 from 13 February 2005.[49]

Reception and cancellation

Joey premiered on NBC on September 9, 2004, as part of the network's Thursday-night comedy lineup. Although the series was not well received by critics, the pilot episode attracted 18.6 million viewers. As the first season progressed, ratings fell but remained average (10.1 million viewers). NBC renewed the series for a second season and moved it to Tuesday nights, opposite Fox's highly rated American Idol.[50][51]

Ratings for the second season fell to an all-time low (4.1 million viewers), and NBC put the show on hiatus in March 2006.[51] The network officially canceled the show in May 2006, citing low ratings.[50]

Nielsen ratings

Average Nielsen ratings for Joey
Season Timeslot (ET) Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
18-49 rating/share
Season high
(in millions)
Season low
(in millions)
1 Thursday 8:00 P.M. (September 9, 2004 – May 12, 2005) September 9, 2004 May 12, 2005 2004–2005 #45[52] 10.7 4.2/12 (#32) 18.6 7.5
2 Thursday 8:00 P.M. (September 22, 2005 – December 15, 2005)
Tuesday 8:30 P.M. (March 7, 2006)
September 22, 2005 August 23, 2006 2005–2006 #85[53] 7.0 2.8/8 (#74) 8.4 4.1

Awards and nominations

Joey won the People's Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy, and Matt LeBlanc won Favorite Male Television Star.[citation needed] LeBlanc was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.[citation needed]


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