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    Updated on Jan 28, 2019. Posted on Jan 25, 2019

    Here Are Some Of The TV Shows The Cast Of "Friends" Appeared On Before They Did "Friends"

    Yes, there was a time when their careers were stuck in second gear!

    1. Courteney Cox on Family Ties (1987-89)

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    Courtney appeared in a recurring role during the last two seasons of the show as Alex P. Keaton's (Michael J. Fox) girlfriend, Lauren Miller.

    Also, for those of you readers too young to know what Family Ties is; it was the sitcom that gave Michael J. Fox his big break and probably his best-known role aside from Marty McFly from the Back to the Future films.

    2. Matt LeBlanc on Married with Children (1991)

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    Matt appeared on three episodes of the show, playing Vinnie Verducci, the son of one of Al Bundy's (Ed O'Neill) friends, Charlie Verducci. Matt's character also eventually starts dating Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate).

    But there was a bigger reason why he appeared on the show, he was actually introduced on the show because Charlie and Vinnie were part of a spin-off series called Top of the Heap. The spin-off only lasted seven episodes, but Matt's character was then spun-off into his own series called Vinnie & Bobby in 1992, which also only lasted seven episodes.

    3. Lisa Kudrow on Cheers (1989)

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    While Lisa only appeared on one episode of the show, it was by far the most high-profile of all the TV shows on this list (for those readers who might not know, Cheers was both a critical and ratings success).

    4. Matthew Perry on Growing Pains (1989)

    Matthew appeared on three episodes of the show playing Sandy, a love interest of Carol (Tracey Gold). Fans of the show remember his character well because he was shockingly killed off — dying from injuries he suffered after getting into car accident while driving under the influence.

    5. David Schwimmer on The Wonder Years (1991-92)


    David appeared on four episodes during the final season of the show playing Michael, Karen's (Olivia d'Abo) boyfriend who she eventually marries.

    David was very much a struggling actor when he appeared on the show. In fact, in an interview in 2014, he spoke about how he continued working as a waiter while filming the show and that the restaurant played the first episode he was on during his shift.

    6. Jennifer Aniston on The Edge (1992-93)

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    OK, so this wasn't a "big" TV show, but it did last an entire season on Fox. The series was a sketch comedy show (like SNL or In Living Color) and featured Jennifer playing a variety of characters.

    The series also featured an impressive cast, including Julie Brown, Wayne Knight, Alan Ruck, Paul Feig, and Tom Kenny (who is best-known today as the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants).

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