The dreaded Friends curse. Although it was one of the most popular shows of all time, winning countless awards and having each friend pocket $1 million per episode at the height of the show, their success was short lived. The curse is real.
While Jennifer Aniston might be the most well-known star to have come out of Friends, her career has largely been a flop, shadowed by box-office failures as well as critically panned ones. Several of the cast members went on to star in their own television shows after Friends, all of which ended up being cancelled after only a season or two. Some fared even worse with the critics. No one seemed to want to watch Matthew Perry or Matt LeBlanc after their Manhattan apartment dissipated: they all wanted Chandler and Joey back.
With Friends coming back for another season (just kidding!), we thought it was time to talk about how easy it was to go from one of the biggest television series in the world to becoming basically irrelevant. Let's explore these 15 major failures that prove how much the members of the Friends cast are cursed.
15 The Comeback - Kudrow's TV Follow Up
14 Cougar Town - Nothing Special
13 LeBlanc's Employment Gaps
12 17 Again - Perry’s First Film Lead
11 Kudrow's Quirky Film Roles
10 Dirt - Cox's TV Follow Up
9 Wanderlust - Abysmal Box Office
8 Feed The Beast - Schwimmer's TV Follow Up
Post Friends, David Schwimmer had some minor roles in successful television shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock or most recently The People v O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story. He has done some directing, theatre and some voice acting in bigger movies like Madagascar. His career hasn’t been too terrible overall. But if we take a look at Feed the Beast, which is Schwimmer's first attempt at starring in a television role, it turns out he can’t carry it at all.
7 Joey - The Failed Spin Off
Friends has been off the air for 12 years but Matt LeBlanc hasn’t done a lot in that time compared to some of his other cast members. LeBlanc also seems to have tried to cash in on his Friends success the most, beginning with a spin-off of the show the very same year Friends ended. The sitcom, entitled Joey, sees Joey Tribbiani make the move to Hollywood to try to make it big. While this show could have been good (and it did last two seasons and was nominated for a Golden Globe before it was cancelled due to poor ratings), the show didn’t quite pan out. There were a couple of problems with the show, including the poor characterization of Joey, as well as leaving it up to, well, Joey, to be able to carry an entire sitcom. Fun fact: its poor ratings were partially because people preferred to watch American Idol. Ouch.
6 The Odd Couple - Perry's Latest Flop
5 Mothers and Daughters - Cox's Film Attempt
4 Cake - Aniston's Dramatic Film Attempt
3 Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip - Perry's TV Follow Up
2 Derailed - Aniston's Thriller Attempt
1 The Bounty Hunter - A Witless Razzie Winner
2012’s The Bounty Hunter may just be Jennifer Aniston’s biggest failure ever. While we really aren't expecting Aniston to be in any critical masterpieces, this one was particularly bad. Starring alongside Gerard Butler, the film is about the mishaps that ensue after a bounty hunter is forced to track down his ex-wife after she skipped bail. Mostly everyone would agree how much of a spectacular failure this film was, given its rather embarrassing rating of 5.5 on IMDb. The movie was also destroyed by the critics. Rotten Tomatoes said that "Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston remain as attractive as ever, but The Bounty Hunter's formula script doesn't know what to do with them — or the audience's attention”, while The New York Times said that it was full of "witless sexual innuendo and witless violence.” The film was so terrible that it got itself nominated for a whopping four Razzies, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Actress and Worst Screenplay. We apologize if you shelled out to see this film.
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