Friends: Why Joey Is Actually The Show’s Main Character

The lovable Joey Tribbiani had a complex character arc and was often a struggling actor with a few regional credits to his name. It took time, but by the end of Friends, Joey was doing well for himself. He had been nominated for a Soapie Award for his work in Days of Our Lives and co-starred in a World War I movie with famed actor, Richard Crosby (played by Gary Oldman).

10. Survived In The Challenging Acting Business

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Not a single member in the group has a story nearly as dynamic as Joey’s. He knew there was more to life than paying bills. So, instead of caving to family pressure and going into his father’s pipe-fitting business, Joey pursued the field he was actually passionate about. A struggling actor in New York, he had to work a number of survival jobs before he caught his big break.

9.Compelling Character Arc

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Joey’s slow transformation is the biggest testament to the strength of his character. He didn’t get to promptly work as an actor but nevertheless persevered. He was home in the middle of the day while his friends were hard at work.

8.Astute Remarks

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Chandler may be hailed as the king of sarcasm, but sometimes his witty one-liners paled into insignificance when compared with Joey’s astute observations. In “The One with the ‘Cuffs,” while speaking to an encyclopedia salesman, Joey rightly remarked there were a few things in life that couldn’t be learned from books.

7.The Loved One

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Things would many a time turn sour between the friends. Ross and Rachel’s on/off relationship inevitably led to conflict and the first time they split, they couldn’t stand being in the same room as each other. Ross angered Chandler by fooling around with his mother. The Chandler himself crossed the line when he kissed Joey’s girlfriend behind his back. The brother-sister duo, Monica and Ross either bickered about the latter’s constant presence in her apartment or blurted out each other’s secrets.

6.The Man Behind The Famous Pick-Up Line

When Joey wasn’t goofing around with Chandler, drinking coffee at Central Perk, or eating his fill at Monica’s, he was spending time with the ladies. Chandler and Ross seemed to have the worst luck with women, whereas Joey was quite the charmer.

5.Good At Giving Advice

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Joey almost always made sense to his pals, even when he uttered gibberish. A case in point is the ‘moo point’ moment in “The One where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs.”

4.Most Selfless Friend

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Joey would oftentimes go out of his way to make life better for all of his friends. He showed genuine concern for Rachel and Phoebe upon hearing they were to become single parents. Without any hesitation, he offered them marriage saying people who shared special bonds could marry to raise a child together.

3.A Truly Good Person

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Joey was a good human being, as he was compassionate and empathetic towards the people around him. In “The One with The Birth,” he offered his support to a single pregnant woman while she delivered her baby.

2.The Famous One

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As Friends reached its conclusion, the gangs’ respective careers panned out the way they wanted or hoped to. Joey’s path wasn’t nearly as smooth, and he had his fair share of struggles. But the fact remains, no one amongst a group of well-educated adults ended up becoming famous like him.

1.Officiated Two Weddings

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Monica and Chandler couldn’t have found a better minister than Joey to officiate their wedding. On the day of the wedding, Joey had a full plate but managed to arrive just in time to lead the wedding ceremony. He kept the officiant speech sweet and told a room full of people he couldn’t imagine two people more perfect for each other.

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