|Created by||Scott Silveri
Shana Goldberg Meehan
Drea de Matteo
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
|Opening theme||"Sunny Hours" by Long Beach Dub Allstars (featuring will.i.am)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||46|
|Running time||23 mins (approx)|
|Production company(s)||Silver & Gold Productions
Warner Bros. Television
|Original run||September 9, 2004– March 7, 2006|
Joey is an American sitcom, which starred Matt LeBlanc reprising his role as Joey Tribbiani from the sitcom Friends. It premiered on the NBC television network, on September 9, 2004, in the former time slot of its parent series, Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. Midway through the second season, the show was placed on a hiatus by NBC but returned on March 7, 2006, in a new timeslot of Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. One episode, "Joey and the Snowball Fight", was shown on a Tuesday at 8:30 p.m, but was pulled by NBC when it was overshadowed in ratings by American Idol. NBC cancelled the series in May 2006 and did not broadcast the remaining episodes.
Repeats are currently broadcast in India on WB TV, in Norway on TV2, in Denmark on TV 2 Zulu, in Portugal and Bulgaria on Fox Life, in Japan on Super Drama, in Taiwan on AXN and in the United Kingdom on Fiver.
Two 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 appeared in Friends' second season in the recurring role of Eddie, who moves in with Chandler after Joey moves out. Additionally, Robert Costanzo reprised his role as Joey's father in "Joey and the Dad", a character originated in the first season of Friends. Costanzo was the only actor besides LeBlanc to play the same character in this series as in Friends (Gina appeared in a third season episode of Friends, but was not played by Drea de Matteo; Joey's sister Mary Theresea also appeared in a third season friends episode, but was played by a different actress than on Joey).
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. 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, she 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. Also, Jennifer Coolidge had a more prominent role.
The show was pulled from its Thursday-night timeslot in December 2005, and NBC returned the show in a new timeslot (Tuesdays at 8pm) on March 7, 2006. Despite being in competition with American Idol, the ratings were even higher; Joey was the highest rated prime time program of the week for NBC. 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.
After the series finale in 2004, LeBlanc signed on for the spin-off series, Joey, following Joey's move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Kauffman and Crane were not interested in the spin-off, although Bright agreed to executive produce the series with Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan. NBC heavily promoted Joey and gave it Friends' Thursday 8:00 pm timeslot. The pilot was watched by 18.60 million American viewers, 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. The final broadcast episode on March 7, 2006 was watched by 7.09 million viewers; NBC canceled the series on May 15, 2006 after two seasons. Bright blamed the collaboration between NBC executives, the studio and other producers for quickly ruining the series:
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.
|1||1||"Pilot"||Kevin S. Bright||Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri||September 8, 2004|
|2||2||"Joey and the Student"||Kevin S. Bright||Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri||September 16, 2004|
|3||3||"Joey and the Party"||Gail Mancuso||Robert Carlock||September 23, 2004|
|4||4||"Joey and the Book Club"||Andrew D. Weyman||John Quaintance||September 30, 2004|
|5||5||"Joey and the Perfect Storm"||David Schwimmer||Vanessa McCarthy||October 7, 2004|
|6||6||"Joey and the Nemesis"||Kevin S. Bright||Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer||October 14, 2004|
|7||7||"Joey and the Husband"||Gail Mancuso||Brian Kelley||October 21, 2004|
|8||8||"Joey and the Dream Girl, Part 1"||Gary Halvorson||Brian Buckner||November 4, 2004|
|9||9||"Joey and the Dream Girl, Part 2"||Gary Halvorson||Robert Carlock||November 11, 2004|
|10||10||"Joey and the Big Audition"||Sheldon Epps||John Quaintance||November 18, 2004|
|11||11||"Joey and the Road Trip"||Kevin S. Bright||Vanessa McCarthy||December 2, 2004|
|12||12||"Joey and the Plot Twist"||Kevin S. Bright||Story: John Pollack
Teleplay: Craig DeGregorio
|December 9, 2004|
|13||13||"Joey and the Taste Test"||David Schwimmer||Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri||January 6, 2005|
|14||14||"Joey and the Premiere"||Kevin S. Bright||Matt Hubbard||January 13, 2005|
|15||15||"Joey and the Assistant"||Andrew D. Weyman||John Quintance & Brian Kelley||January 20, 2005|
|16||16||"Joey and the Tonight Show"||Andrew D. Weyman||Doty Abrams||February 3, 2005|
|17||17||"Joey and the Valentine's Date"||Andrew D. Weyman||Story: Brian Kelley
Teleplay: Robert Carlock
|February 10, 2005|
|18||18||"Joey and the Wrong Name"||Kevin S. Bright||Story: Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer
Teleplay: Matt Hubbard
|February 17, 2005|
|19||19||"Joey and the Fancy Sister"||Gary Halvorson||Robert Carlock & Brian Buckner||February 24, 2005|
|20||20||"Joey and the Neighbor"||Gary Halvorson||Story: Nicholas Darrow
Teleplay: Vanessa McCarthy
|March 24, 2005|
|21||21||"Joey and the Spying"||Kevin S. Bright||Story: Tracy Reilly
Teleplay: Brian Buckner
|April 21, 2005|
|22||22||"Joey and the Temptation"||Sheldon Epps||Story: Craig DeGregorio
Teleplay: Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Plummer
|May 5, 2005|
|23||23||"Joey and the Breakup"||Andrew D. Weyman||Story: John Quintance
Teleplay: Nicholas Darrow
|May 12, 2005|
|24||24||"Joey and the Moving In"||Kevin S. Bright||Shana Goldberg-Meehan & Scott Silveri||May 12, 2005|
|1||25||"Joey and the Big Break, Part 1"||Kevin S. Bright||Scott Silveri||September 22, 2005|
|2||26||"Joey and the Big Break, Part 2"||Kevin S. Bright||Robert Carlock||September 22, 2005|
|3||27||"Joey and the Spanking"||Kevin S. Bright||Michael Borkow||September 29, 2005|
|4||28||"Joey and the Stuntman"||Kevin S. Bright||John Quaintance||October 6, 2005|
|5||29||"Joey and the House"||Ben Weiss||Brett Baer & Dave Finkel||October 13, 2005|
|6||30||"Joey and the ESL"||Peter Bonerz||Vanessa McCarthy||October 20, 2005|
|7||31||"Joey and the Poker"||Kevin S. Bright||Matt Hubbard||November 3, 2005|
|8||32||"Joey and the Sex Tape"||Kevin S. Bright||Linda Videtti Figueiredo||November 10, 2005|
|9||33||"Joey and the Musical"||Gary Halvorson||Vanessa McCarthy||November 17, 2005|
|10||34||"Joey and the Bachelor Thanksgiving"||Kevin S. Bright||John Quaintance||November 24, 2005|
|11||35||"Joey and the High School Friend"||Sheldon Epps||Michael Borkow||December 8, 2005|
|12||36||"Joey and the Tijuana Trip"||Gary Halvorson||Robert Carlock||December 15, 2005|
|13||37||"Joey and the Christmas Party"||Gary Halvorson||Matt Hubbard & Linda Videtti Figueiredo||December 15, 2005|
|14||38||"Joey and the Snowball Fight"||Gary Halvorson||Tracy Reilly & Matt Hubbard||March 7, 2006|
|15||39||"Joey and the Dad"||Kevin S. Bright||Robert Carlock & John Quaintance||April 18, 2006Latin America)(in|
|16||40||"Joey and the Party for Alex"||Gil Cates Jr.||Vanessa McCarthy||May 9, 2006(in Latin America)|
|17||41||"Joey and the Big Move"||Gary Halvorson||Jean Yu||May 16, 2006(in Latin America)|
|18||42||"Joey and the Beard"||Peter Bonerz||Dan Holden & Linda Videtti Figueiredo||May 23, 2006(in Latin America)|
|19||43||"Joey and the Critic"||Ben Weiss||Michael Borkow||June 6, 2006Ireland)(in|
|20||44||"Joey and the Actor's Studio"||Kevin S. Bright||John Quaintance||June 28, 2006(in Ireland)|
|21||45||"Joey and the Holding Hands"||Peter Bonerz||Vanessa McCarthy & Robert Carlock||May 30, 2006(in Latin America)|
|22||46||"Joey and the Wedding"||Kevin S. Bright||Alison Flierl & John Quaintance||August 23, 2006(in Latin America)|
Joey won the People's Choice Award of Favorite New Television Comedy and Matt LeBlanc won Favorite Male Television Star. LeBlanc was also nominated for the Golden Globe of Best Actor in a Television Comedy or Musical.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Season premiere||Season finale||TV season||Rank||Viewers
|1||Thursday 8:00 P.M. (September 9, 2004 - May 12, 2005)||September 9, 2004||May 12, 2005||2004-2005||#40||10.2||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||March 7, 2006||2005-2006||#85||7.1||2.8/8 (#74)||8.4||4.1|
The Complete First Season was released on DVD on May 30, 2006 with all 24 episodes and French and Spanish subtitles. The Complete Second Season was released on April 29, 2008 in Canada (Region 1) and on September 10, 2008 in the Netherlands and September 11, 2008 in Portugal (both Region 2).
|DVD name||Ep #||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|The Complete First Season||24||May 30, 2006||July 25, 2005||February 15, 2006|
|The Complete Second Season||22||April 29, 2008||September 10, 2008||TBA|
Joey was a 2004 American television series. It was a sitcom on the NBC network. The series was a spin-off of the series Friends. It starred Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, his character from Friends. It consists of Joey, his sister, and his nephew.
Joey was seized of production during the epsode "Joey and the Snowball fight" because fewer than 4 million viewers tuned in. Compared to 18 million who tuned into see the pilot episode. Joey Season 2 on DVD have rocketed to over £35 in some cases because so few were made, and they were only released in Canada.