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The Best Shows That Star Friends Cast Members  

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List Rules Vote up the best live-action TV / streaming series that feature a former or future Friends cast member in a starring role.

Friends: They're just like us! NBC's sitcom phenomenon ran for 10 seasons, making the Friends cast some of the most famous actors in the world. But behind the witty banter and rent-controlled apartments, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Rachel, Joey, and Chandler were just characters played by regular people doing jobs and trying to get paid. By the time Friends premiered in 1994, several of the cast members had already starred in several other failed series that were canceled after a single season. Then, on the other side of the show's 2004 finale, these big-name stars have struggled to find continued success. But that hasn't stopped them all from trying!

What are the best TV shows starring the Friends cast? This list ranks all the TV series that featured Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, or David Schwimmer in a starring (not just recurring guest) role - before or after Friends. Everyone knows Jen played the sister on the TV version of Ferris Bueller, but did you know that LeBlanc played a character named Vinnie Verducci on two different spin-offs of Married... with Children? (Two failed spin-offs.) Meanwhile, TPTB tried Perry in three early-'90s pre-Friends series - and four since. Which are your faves? Vote them up! You can also vote for The Comeback - for which Kudrow has been nominated for two Emmy Awards - and Episodes, for which LeBlanc has been nominated for three.

One way the Friends cast has continued serving their loyal fanbase is by supporting each others' projects. Noted for their "real-life friendships," the actors frequently make guest appearances on shows that star other Friends. Notably, Aniston, Kudrow, and Perry have all appeared in Courteney Cox's Cougar Town, and Cox, Schwimmer, and LeBlanc have appeared on Kudrow's online series Web Therapy. Also, all of the cast members have probably gone to see a few of Jennifer Aniston's successful major motion pictures. Pals til the end!
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Episodes is a British/American television sitcom created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik and produced by Hat Trick Productions. It premiered on Showtime in the United States on 9 January 2011 at 21:30 hrs. and on BBC Two in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2011 at 22:00 hrs. The show is about a British husband-and-wife comedy writing team who travel to Hollywood to remake their successful British TV series, with disastrous results. It stars Matt LeBlanc, who previously collaborated with Crane in the series Friends, which Crane co-created. On 11 December 2013, it was announced that Showtime had renewed Episodes for a fourth season which began airing on January 11, 2015. Episodes has ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Matt LeBlanc (2011-present)

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, BBC HD

Characters: Matt LeBlanc, Stoke, Beverly Lincoln, Castor Sotto, Morning Randolph, + more

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Cougar Town is an American television sitcom that ran for 102 episodes over six seasons, from September 23, 2009 until March 31, 2015. The first three seasons aired on ABC, with the series moving to TBS for the final three seasons. Set in the fictional town of Gulfhaven, Florida, nicknamed "Cougar Town" since its high school teams are the Cougars, the series focuses on a recently divorced woman in her 40s facing the often humorous challenges, pitfalls, and rewards of life's next chapter, along with her teenage son, her ex-husband, and her wine-loving friends who together make up her dysfunctional, but supportive and caring, extended family. The pilot episode was broadcast after Modern ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Courteney Cox (2009-2015)

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 76

Network: TBS, American Broadcasting Company

Characters: Jules Kiki Cobb, Bobby Cobb, Grayson Ellis, Travis Cobb, Andy Torres, + more

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This show is an American anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, following separate unrelated true events. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: David Schwimmer (2016)

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Web Therapy debuted on LStudio.com and is an improvised online series starring Lisa Kudrow as Fiona Wallice, a therapist who has conceived of a new form of therapy: the titular "web therapy". ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Lisa Kudrow (2011-present)

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 1

Network: Showtime

Characters: Putsy Hodge, Camilla Bowner, Fiona Wallice, Tammy Hines, Claire Dudek, + more

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