Joey (2004–2006)
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Pilot 

Joey moves to Los Angeles to try his luck in Hollywood. His nephew, Michael, is thinking about living with him to get out of his mother's house, Joey's sister Gina.

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Episode complete credited cast:
... Joey Tribbiani
... Alex Garrett
... Michael Tribbiani
... Bobbie Morganstern
... Gina Tribbiani
... Director #2
... Taxi Driver
Matthew Mullany ... The Director
... The Slate Guy (as Lawrence A. Mandley)
... Herself
... Sam Baxter
... Criminal
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After erroneously getting out at his Dallas lay-over from New York, Joey Tribbiani (whose "Friends" mates stay in the Big Apple) arrives in L.A., where his sassy sister (who cracks Chandler and him would love it there 'together') Gina has found him an ideal apartment, it even has a sexy neighbor, corporate lawyer Alex. He gets a warm welcome too from his charming, nerdy cousin Michael, an actual rocket scientist, who is desperate at age 20 to move out from ma and with cool uncle Joe, alas without money to share the rent, and both fear Gina's reaction, however a demonstration of Michael's cooking makes it worth braving a dragon-mother for in food-focused Joey's eyes and watering mouth... Joey tragically believes the new TV show "Nurses" isn't worth accepting a part in, but it becomes a hit, while the show he chose over it is canceled so he desperately turns to his new agent Bobby, who can only get him an audition for TV news show presenter, which he fails, proving unable to face the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance

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9 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Joey mentions that his friends, Ross and Rachel, are married. See more »

Goofs

Joey and Gina are sitting by the pool and Gina has black feet from walking around. In the next shot they are clean. See more »

Quotes

Michael: [just discovered Gina was 16 when she had him] How did I not figure THAT out! I took calculus when I was eight!
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Hooray for Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Ethel Merman
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"I'm giving change a shot"
30 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

When 'Friends' ended in May 2004 it was only inevitable that NBC would look to continue it in some way, and with Joey being the only character whose story hadn't been wrapped up, and with Matt Le Blanc's film career not really ever have taken off, it made sense for them to try to create a spin-off around him.And this is the result.

I liked this pilot when I first saw it (i.e. before the show was cancelled) and still like it today (now that 'Joey' has sadly become a punchline as a lousy show - which it isn't) Matt Le Blanc is endearing as ever as Joey, and his speech about change at the end was almost like him talking to the audience as much as anything.

For any spin-off it is important that the supporting cast are strong, and Drea De Matteo, Paulo Costanzo and Andrea Anders all add a lot to the episode.

This episode showed the potential this show had. It's a shame it didn't live up to it.


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