If you’re a fan of Matt Leblanc for his iconic portrayal of Joseph ‘Joey’ Trebbiani in the golden era sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S, then you’re missing out on a treat by not watching the few episodes that its immediate spinoff ‘Joey’ immortalized.
Thankfully, the makers of the series have now syndicated the rights to distributing the first season of Joey to Amazon Prime, and it is now available to stream on Prime Video India!
About ‘Joey’ – The Series
‘Joey’ was created by Shana Goldberg-Meehan and Scott Silveri (who also served on the FRIENDS team), as a spin-off situational comedy of F.R.I.E.N.D.S, starring Matt Leblanc in the titular character, which he reprises from the original show. It aired for the first time on 9th September 2004 on the NBC television network in the same time slot as F.R.I.E.N.D.S, on Thursday nights at 8:00 PM.
After the final episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S aired in 2005, LeBlanc agreed to play Joey in the new series, which follows his adventures as he shifts base to Los Angeles in order to further his acting interests, and moves in with his eccentric sister Gina (who is a professional hairdresser) and her prodigal 20-year old son Michael. The series leaves you in splits with the iconic Trebbiani humor exemplified through three diversely imagined characters. The participation of Kevin S Bright (F.R.I.E.N.D.S Co-Creator) as the executive producer for the show, also ensures that the spirit of F.R.I.E.N.D.S-era repertoire is not lost on the new cast and crew.
Episode List – Joey (Season 1)
Unfortunately, the show was only produced for two running seasons, and the airings of the show were paused by NBC mid way through the second season, before resuming it with a Tuesday 8:30 PM time slot. Finally, NBC cancelled airing the series on May 15, 2006 and that brought an end to what could have otherwise become a cause to celebrate for all F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans alike.
I have personally come across many ‘clippings’ and scenes from the show scattered on the web across MetaCafe, YouTube and DailyMotion in their earlier days, and I was delighted to find out that the entire first season has been retrieved and made available on Amazon Prime! With Hotstar swooping in over HOOQ.TV’s acquisition to air F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Amazon Prime’s ‘Joey’ seems to be a good wildcard to retain and engage viewers in equal measure.
Source: Amazon Prime Video