Joey - The Complete First Season
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Charming and single Joey Tribbiani (series star MATT LeBLANC) embarks on his own and moves from New York City to Hollywood, hoping to truly make it as an actor. Joey says good-bye to a time when his friends were his family and welcomes the chance to turn his family into his friends. After accidentally ending up in Dallas instead of taking a connecting flight to California, Joey finally arrives in Los Angeles and reunites with his high-strung older sister Gina (series star DREA de MATTEO), a strong and sexy hairdresser. While Gina shows Joey the apartment she arranged for him, her genius 20-year-old son, graduate student Michael (series star PAULO COSTANZO), who literally is a rocket scientist, arrives. Although Joey lacks book smarts, he more than compensates with his people skills, making him the best new friend his nephew could ask for. Joey finds out from his flamboyant agent, Bobbie (series star JENNIFER COOLIDGE), that the cop show he was starring in has been cancelled, forcing him to begin auditioning for roles again. When Michael asks to move in with Joey because it's difficult living with overprotective Gina, Joey is afraid to confront his sister--until he learns what a great cook Michael is. Gina is furious to find out that Michael wants to move out of her home, but Joey persuades her that her son needs to change his life, just like Joey did. She reluctantly allows Michael to move in with her brother. Meanwhile, Joey befriends his new neighbor, Alex Garrett (series star ANDREA ANDERS), a lawyer specializing in environmental law, but he soon learns that she's married.]]>
- 24 episodes on four discs
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Don't make the mistake of comparing this show to the original "Friends" because it just doesn't stack up, and that kind of comparison is just unfair. The supporting cast doesn't measure up, and this show is about Joey, not an ensemble of six. However, if you're looking for a few cheap laughs or if Joey has always been your favorite "Friend" than be sure to pick up a copy of this show as soon as it hits the shelves. I know I will.
Oh and by the way, "How you doin?"
To start with, the first episode of Joey produces unsettling feelings; if you are a fan of Friends you really want to like it, but you can't and you're left... well... feeling numb.
This is a one-man show with 2-3 supporting characters vs the 6 main characters of the original series.
That can become a bit of a problem when you are used to having six great actors depicting six great characters vs having only one who gets relegated to being just "good" because the others are dragging him down. The two (his sister and nephew) are not that likable. His neighbor and his agent seem out of place. As for the minor roles cast, they are very weak indeed.
Simply put, the show (in the beginning) is not so funny (the humor is indeed poor), and what is worse is that Joey, the character, is too weak; he is down on his luck, he is not confident, and he does not even seem to be dating (!), among other things (you get the picture...).
Too make matters worse, during this time of difficulty (both for the show being new and for the character being bummed out), there is no mention of anyone from Friends! How come he doesn't mention their names? How come he doesn't talk on the phone with them??? (Especially with Chandler for crying out loud!)
And then, around the eighth episode or so, there is the major turnaround! AMAZING TRANSFORMATION!!! Something kicks into gear and everything falls into place. The humor, the dialogues, the acting, the stories, the chemistry, it's all there! It's as if the addiction we had with Friends had never left! You want more and more and more!Read more ›
Joey: The Complete First Season tells of Joey Tribbiani's adventures in L.A. as he tries to get serious with his acting career. As he attempts to transition from a New York lifestyle to a more laidback City of Angels existence, he meets up with his transplanted family and new support group: sister Gina, nephew Michael, and also cute neighbor/lawyer/apartment complex super Alex.
You could tell the cast was new to each other, as the first episodes were unveiled; the actors weren't seemingly on the same page, the chemistry not there initially. The first episodes were awkward and stilted, with mostly LeBlanc holding down the fort. The show didn't begin to truly take on personality until the episode "Joey and the Big Audition," which set the stage for Joey signing on for the nighttime TV drama Deep Powder. The show took off from there. Other neat episodes were "Joey and the Taste Test" (Alex and Gina in The Lasagna War! and Lauren's "When you knock, I have to knock.Read more ›
NBC get your heads out of your asses! you should have
givin this show a little time to 'get legs' and grow.
anyway, this show so funny! watch it you'll be glad you did!
If you liked Friends and it's been a while since you did that, feel free to check out "Joey" for what it is. It's some very good fast food laughs in the same tradition though with a different scenario and cast. For the price this series is going for now, you can't go wrong checking it out. Get through the first few episodes and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised and wanting more! But more, in the form of season 2, will cost a pretty penny! A real pity they didn't keep this one up longer than they did. It had great potential.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this series. Bummer it got cancelled. Rather you love Friends or never seen it this is still a great show.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great spin-off with a great supporting cast. The writing at times didn't live up to Friends but it was certainly better than Cougar Town, Episodes and most of Matt Perry's post... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Johnny D.
good show but not as exciting as friends. matt is a great actor and the shows good but its still no friends.Published 9 months ago by firefly
Not nearly as entertaining as friends. I couldn't finish the first disk.Published 10 months ago by Michael Wilson
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