[[caption-width-right:302:Go [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles west]], young man.]]

->''"On ''Friends'', Joey was a womanizer, but we enjoyed his exploits. He was a solid friend, a guy you knew you could count on. Joey was [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] to be a guy who couldn't get a job, couldn't ask a girl out. He became a pathetic, mopey character. I felt he was moving in the wrong direction, but I was not heard."''
-->--'''Kevin S. Bright''', executive producer of the show.

''Joey'' was a SpinOff of the wildly popular sitcom ''Series/{{Friends}}''. It transplanted wannabe actor Joey Tribbiani ([[Creator/MattLeBlanc Matt [=LeBlanc=]]]) to Los Angeles, where he tried to make a go of becoming a big star. It added new characters such as Gina, his equally promiscuous sister, played by Creator/DreaDeMatteo of ''Series/TheSopranos''; Michael, his sheltered nephew, played by Creator/PauloCostanzo, and their neighbor Alex, played by Creator/AndreaAnders. Plots usually revolved around one of three things:

* A. Gina's love life in trouble.
* B. Michael's inability to get a date.
* C. Alex and Joey's [[WillTheyOrWontThey romantic issues]].

Some people were apprehensive about this spin-off as they were unsure of whether Joey would be able to stand on his own as a character and support his own show. The first episode drew in fairly impressive ratings (18 million viewers) and the show was successful enough to get a second season. Though in the second season Creator/{{NBC}} [[ScrewedByTheNetwork put it up against]] ''Series/AmericanIdol'' among other things, causing its ratings to drop which was the final nail in the coffin. In the middle of the second season, ''Joey'' was no more, at least in the US, the remaining episodes did air overseas and were eventually released on DVD... in Canada. A total of 46 episodes were released, from September, 2004 to May, 2006.

Not to be confused with the other kind of joey (a [[KangarooPouchRide newborn marsupial]]).
!!This show provides examples of:
* AndStarring: Drea de Matteo
* AsHerself:
** Carmen Electra
** Brent Spiner
* BigEater: Joey, just as much as ever.
* BlackBestFriend: Zach
* BrotherSisterIncest: Played for laughs - Gina kisses Joey deliberately to {{squick}} him out, so that he'll understand just how inappropriate it is to flirt with the actress playing his character's daughter.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
** Zach was absent from the last five episodes of the series with no explanation and he was never mentioned or refered to again.
** Lauren the ''Deep Powder'' producer (played by Creator/LucyLiu) appeared on several episodes and was set up as a potential love interest for Joey, but disappeared before anything could come of it.
* DawsonCasting: In-universe example: Joey flirts with an actress in her mid 20s at an audition, then finds out that she has been cast as the ''teenage daughter'' of the character he is auditioning for. While reading a scene with her, the two of them put in huge amounts of DoubleEntendre into all their lines, and finally end up making out. The casting director simply tells Joey "Never have a daughter!"
* DoubleStandard: Joey's middle-aged agent Bobbi, who frequently hit on Joey's 21-year-old nephew Michael. This was PlayedForLaughs until the end of season one, where she told Joey she could get Michael and a friend tickets to ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', but used it to trick Michael into a date with her. Gina was ''pissed''.
* EasterEgg: Joey has a picture of himself and Chandler near his door.
* TheEponymousShow
* GoshDarnItToHeck: When upset Alex exclams "Geez Luigi!".
* HandsOffParenting: One episode features Joey upset with an online critic who happens to be an 11-year-old girl. Her father lets Joey see her no questions asked despite the the visible anger he is showing. Then when witnessing a hug between the two, he offers Joey pizza.
* HypocriticalHumor: Gina is often critical of others' decisions, such as saying Joey was rushing things by wanting to move in with his new girlfriend.
-->'''Joey''': "You like thinking through life's big decisions?" ''(points at Michael)''
* IAmYourFather: Inverted--everybody except Michael's father is aware that Michael is his son.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In the pilot, Joey is given the choice between two shows, one about nurses and one about cops. He goes with the cop show, thinking the nurses one will not be any good. One GilliganCut later, the cop show is cancelled before it even airs while ''Nurses'' is a smash hit.
* LaughTrack: One of the last NBC comedies to have one. The failure of this show, as well as the success of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' (which began airing in between ''Joey'''s two seasons), are the reasons that most NBC comedies of [[TurnOfTheMillennium the new millennium]] were free-camera sitcoms without laugh tracks. (The three-camera sitcom is currently making a comeback, though, due to [=CBS=]'s skyrocketing ratings.)
* MistakenForGay: Joey's sister Gina thought that Chandler and Joey were a gay couple. Understandable, considering they did squabble like man and wife.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Joey accidentally revealed that a specific character was going to be killed off in an early episode of his new show, ''Deep Powder'' in a press junket. The rest of the episode featured Joey being worried that he'd be killed off in retaliation for the leak, but the producers of the show instead killed off a different character, who was played by a {{Jerkass}} that nobody involved with the show liked.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Joey is a Casanova with an IQ of 2; Michael's a refugee from ''The Big Bang Theory.''
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: The eponymous Joey says, "I did the soap thing, but I can be serious. 'Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?' That's Romeo."
* TeenPregnancy: Part of Gina's backstory.
-->'''Gina:''' That's the good thing about having a kid so young.\\
'''Joey:''' Yeah, you rarely hear the argument for teen pregnancy.
* TerrifiedOfGerms: Lauren
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Joey/Alex/Dean.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the finale of ''Friends'', Joey bought a baby chick and duck for Monica and Chandler's housewarming, before deciding that he should have them. The birds do not seem to make the move to LA with Joey.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Joey and Alex in Season 2.
* YankTheDogsChain: At the end of Season 1, ''Deep Powder'' ran a stunt where viewers would get to vote in an online poll which one of the main characters would be killed off. Thanks to some bungling on Howard's part (he thought the question was who should be kept), Joey's character lost out big time. However, because of Joey's popularity on the series, they were going to keep him. At Bobbi's suggestion, Joey then asked for a raise... which promptly led to him filming a death scene.
* ZanyScheme