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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.
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    • Missing chemistry

      5.0
      Well, Joey was still Joey, true, but most of the other characters were just "cheaply funny" like on Nickelodeon shows, and their interaction with Joey missed mostly some inner spark that the genius show "Friends" had. I blame partly the actors and partly the writers.

      The very first episode of season 1 really had my hopes going to keep a similar feeling going as with "Friends". These hopes very quickly crash landed.

      "Episodes" did a much, much better job capturing the old Joey feeling (although in a new environment, circumstances and even different character for some aspects, but somehow the "spirit" was there again). And I keep praising LeBlanc for his courage to play this spitting image version of himself.



      But in Joey - while really representing Joey from "Friends" - he is like Ronaldo or Messi transferring into a new but very mediocre soccer team. His new team mates tried but were not able to really "click" with him to show great play combinations.

      So, most of the jokes felt cheap, were absolutely foreseeable, and the whole pace of the show and the scenes shown was recognizably lower than with "Friends". The mastermind concept behind success shows like "Friends" (but also "Cheers", "Frasier") inherited from Monty Python to have several story lines interwoven at any moment of time, with every line having its own punch line but presented at sometimes totally unexpected points of time and in combination with other lines still going on (which made many punch lines even funnier than they were just by themselves) - was mostly gone here, or presented/tried in a rather "tired" way.moreless
    • 10 years later

      9.0
      So, with episodes shooting its final season, is the time ripe to bring back joey? :P
    • Well, I like it!

      7.5
      I know this show isn't always well rated, I know some people didn't liked it, but I did! It's a funny show, not the greatest, but you spend good times watching it!
    • Wish the show was still on!

      10
      I've never really been into blogs or writing reviews but when I finished watching all the episodes of Joey recently, I so sad and disappointed that the show was canceled that I started searching for answers on why anyone would be crazy enough to do that. The show was amazing!!! There were so many moments I couldn't stop laughing out loud! The characters grew on you quickly and I loved how Joey's character developed so subtly and went from somewhat of a silly character on Friends to one that was pretty irresistible. He was still silly but witty and a little romantic and just plain old lovable. Even the writers on Friends couldn't develop Joey's character that way. Towards the end when the whole thing with Rachel happened, I don't know if it was just me, but it was odd and difficult to believe. And this is coming from a HUGEEE Friends fan. I, too, miss the show dearly and was hoping to get a little more from the rest of the group when I started watching the first few episodes of Joey but it didn't take long for me to appreciate the show for what it was. And that slight continued hope of seeing Rachel and Ross or Monica and Chandler, etc. appear just added to the charm of the show. Compared to what's on tv now, I would say it would easily rank on the same level as Big Bang, Two and a Half Men (with Ashton and before), and How I Met Your Mother (aside from this last almost below mediocre season) and definitely miles ahead of shows like Rules of Engagement and Mike & Molly. Anyway, what a bummer! Oh and Matthew Perry's Go On is pretty awesome if any of you are still looking for those familiar faces! [Cougar Town just didn't cut it for me, maybe a part of it is because Courteney Cox looks so different now (not being mean just thought she was beautiful without the changes) that I don't feel like she's as familiar of a face but, regardless, the writing is just blaaa].moreless
    • If Only We Had Known

      9.0
      Friends fan from episode 1. I have to say that when Joey Premiered, I was fired up. I just kept thinking about how they could work special guest stars into the shows through the years and keep us abreast of everything that was going on in the other friends lives. I liked Joey but was having a hard time adjusting to the other characters. By the time season 1 ended, they had jelled and it was an excellent show. The writing was smart, LeBlanc was fantastic and his supporting actors really came into their own. Too bad too many people dissed it thinking it was going to be the same rehash of Friends. Probably people like me that thought they would sprinkle a few guest appearances in there. And then it was gone. If it had made it through season 2 with the 8 million average viewers from season 1 then it would have been fine and we likely would have gotten the surprise visit from Ross and Rachel episode and the Joey and Michael go to visit Monica and Chandler episode and the Phoebe Stays for a week episode and then the ratings would have soared and the storylines would have opened up a little because they would have no fear of cancellation. It is just too bad. I have spent the last couple weeks watching the season 1 and season 2 episodes and it is fantastic. Many hard laughs and I for one am sad that it didn't get a fair shake.moreless
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    ensemble cast, large family, jumping back into the dating world, city living, Sitcoms