For 15 years, Emmy winner Jennifer Aniston was the lone standout among her former Friends, all of whom had previously returned to television since the mega-hit ended in 2004. But that finally changed in 2019, when Apple TV+ began streaming The Morning Show, a one-hour drama that reunited the erstwhile Rachel Green with onetime TV sister Reese Witherspoon.
Prior to Aniston’s small-screen return, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer had all headlined their own shows, some of which ran for multiple seasons (and, in the case of Cougar Town, on multiple networks). All told, the six of ’em have collectively fronted 14 series over two decades — some good, some not so good — and the time has come for TVLine to determine which of those vehicles were the very best (and conversely, which of them were the absolute worst).
As a rule, the following ranking does not include series where the actor appeared in a supporting capacity — such as Schwimmer’s turn in FX’s Emmy-winning People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, or Kudrow’s recent roles on Netflix’s Feel Good and Space Force. We’ve also excluded any animated work.
Scroll down to see which post-Friends series came in at No. 1 — we’ll update this ranking when at least one full season of any additional follow-ups (such as Cox’s forthcoming Starz comedy Shining Vale) have aired — then hit the comments and tell us how you’d rank the 14 shows.