On May 6, 2004, as the final credits rolled on the Friends series finale, tears rolled down pale faces everywhere and White America wondered, "What’s going to happen to the gang?" Sure, the finale told us what happened to Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe, but for the actors who made the characters iconic, there was nothing but a giant question mark. We knew they couldn’t all be successful; it just doesn’t happen. It’s some unwritten TV role where only one or two stars of an amazingly popular show can remain relevant.
With varying degrees of success, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry have all tried to move on. Cox's ABC comedy Cougar Town (Wednesday, 9:30 p.m.) is a surprising delight, as is LeBlanc's Showtime series, Episodes (Sunday, 9:30 p.m.); this Friday, Aniston joins the ranks of hot women playing opposite Adam Sandler, in Just Go With It; and today, Perry's new ABC comedy, Mr. Sunshine, premieres at 9:30 p.m. With all this action, we decided to take a closer look at what the actors have done personally and professionally since the show ended and rank their post-Friends careers from least to most successful. Don't cry for anyone on this list, though—at one point, they got paid more per episode than you will make in your entire life.