Since “Friends” ended in 2004, the sitcom’s stars have regularly popped up all over the entertainment spectrum. Just this week alone, Jennifer Aniston is starring in a new film and Matthew Perry is debuting a television series. With our old “Friends” as relevant as ever, amNewYork looks at what each member of the cast has been up to lately.
Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing)
Following “Friends,” Perry landed a starring gig in Aaron Sorkin’s wonderful but short-lived series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” playing opposite Amanda Peet and Bradley Whitford. When “Strip” was cancelled after 22 episodes, Perry worked sporadically, but he’s back in prime time with a starring role in the new sitcom “Mr. Sunshine.” In the show, premiering tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. on ABC, he plays Ben Donovan, who runs a sports arena in San Diego.
Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green)
Aniston is most famous by far for her marriage — and messy divorce — to Brad Pitt. When she’s not taking up tons of real estate on the gossip page, she also has been a successful movie star. That’s not to say she’s been doing particularly good work. Looking at her post-“Friends” films on Metacritic.com, starting with “Along Came Polly” in 2004 and through last year’s “The Switch,” her average score for those 10 films, out of 100, is 44.2. She has three movies on the docket for this year, including “Just Go With It” with Adam Sandler, coming out on Friday, which looks as though it will continue her usual trend.
Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani)
After the “Friends” finale, LeBlanc’s dimwitted character Joey was spun off to his own series. Joey, the aspiring actor, moved to L.A. to work on his career. While LeBlanc got a best-acting Golden Globe nomination for “Joey,” the show, which lasted a generous 46 episodes over two seasons, failed to find an audience and was cancelled in 2006. But all was not lost for LeBlanc. He showed up on Showtime this past month with the inspired series “Episodes,” playing himself in what is easily the finest role of his newly resurrected career.
Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay)
Kudrow went to HBO with the critically acclaimed series “The Comeback” shortly after “Friends” ended. She portrayed Valerie Cherish, who was a sitcom star trying to revive her career. “The Comeback” was canned after 13 weeks, but the show netted three Emmy noms, including one for Best Actress for Kudrow. She’s done a few other supporting film roles, including “Easy A” last year, and 48 episodes of a web series, “Web Therapy,” which can be seen at lstudio.com.
Courtney Cox (Monica Geller)
Cox has spent her post-“Friends” time on TV, including a leading role in the short-lived FX series “Dirt.” These days, she’s starring in the popular ABC series “Cougar Town” and in the occasional mediocre film, including the fourth installment of “Scream,” due out this year.
David Schwimmer (Ross Geller)
It might seem as though Schwimmer has been invisible after “Friends,” but he lent his voice to the “Madagascar” movies and has done quite a bit of theater and film directing, including the movie “Run, Fatboy, Run.” He’s appeared on the stage in London and on Broadway.