When Friends ended in 2004 after a decade of ruling the small screen, the future looked bright for its fresh-faced cast. But just as their characters discovered, life outside the Central Perk coffeehouse isn’t always easy!
She’s garnered the most critical acclaim, starring in hits like the Scream franchise and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. But not even Courteney has escaped bad luck since Friends went off air: Her FX show Dirt was canceled after two seasons, and Cougar Town jumped to cable’s TBS earlier this year.
She may have serious star power, but she’s had her share of failures. The Bounty Hunter, Wanderlust and Just Go With It were all box-office busts, leaving Jen better known for her equally unfortunate marriage to Brad Pitt than for her acting successes.
A string of rehab stints halted his career momentum, and while he’s now clean and sober, his star refuses to rise. His latest show, Go On, was canceled by NBC after one weak season, as was his 2011 project, Mr. Sunshine, which got the axe after just nine episodes. He hasn’t done much better on the big screen; his last movie was 17 Again… in 2009.
Hunky and hilarious, Matt surely had high hopes for his career. But his spin-off, Joey — he was the only Friends cast member to get his own series — only lasted from 2004 to 2006. Matt is currently enjoying success on Showtime’s Episodes, where he stars as a caricature of himself, but his big-screen efforts have been unsuccessful.
Friends are exactly what David seems to be lacking in Hollywood. While he voices a character in the Madagascar franchise, he claims he would rather focus on directing than acting. But that hasn’t worked out so well; his 2010 thriller Trust was a turkey.
Just like her quirky character Phoebe, Lisa tried a variety of offbeat projects, including a short-lived show called The Comeback in 2005, which was intended to be just that for her career. Her current series, Showtime’s Web Therapy, while still on the air, has failed to become a mainstream hit.