We've Kind Of Missed You, Matt LeBlanc: A Look Back
Matt LeBlanc appeared on Chelsea Lately Thursday night to promote his new Showtime series, Episodes. Confession: I've always kinda liked Matt LeBlanc. In fact, I believe that Joey Tribbiani was the best character on Friends. Unfortunately, both Tribbiani and LeBlanc became punchlines after the dismal spin-off series Joey was canceled during its second season. (OK, Leblanc's work in films such as Ed didn't help, either.) Now he's back though after a five-year absence, and dammit, I kind of missed him. Let's take a look back at some of LeBlanc's finer past work. (No, seriously.)
TV 101 (1988)
This 1988 television series about journalist who returns to his alma mater to create a news program featured a letterman jacket-wearing Matt LeBlanc at the sports desk.
Top of the Heap (1991)
Top of the Heap was a short-lived Married With Children spinoff that was...well, not very good. But it does offer us some vintage LeBlanc as a downtrodden quasi-scam artist who tries to get rich with his father by marrying into money. The show lasted seven episodes before being canceled. But, the good news: A spinoff of Top of the Heap, Vinnie & Bobby, developed from the leftover carcass. The bad news: Vinnie & Bobby also only lasted seven episodes, too.
Bob Seger's "Night Moves" video (1994)
Yep, a pre-Friends LeBlanc finds himself quite smitten with Daphne Zuniga at a drive-in movie theater. You can almost see the question "How you doin'?" about to pop out of his mouth.
"Everybody lies on their resume, OK? I wasn't one of the Zoom kids, either." (When this episode originally aired, I was in a room of 15 people and I was the only one who found this line hilarious. Probably because I was the only one who used to watch Zoom.) Again, the Friends version of Joey Tribbiani ranks as one of the best characters in sitcom history. Unfortunately...