Catching Up With Lisa Kudrow and 'Friends'

"Friends" made its mark in sitcom history, dominating television for a decade. But since the hit NBC show ended six years ago, most of the "Friends" ensemble has faced an uphill battle reaching the same pinnacle of success.

"'Friends' was a hit immediately," said Lisa Kudrow, who starred as Phoebe Buffay on the show, and recently sat down with "Nightline's" Bill Weir for an interview. "It's almost like we kind of ruined it, in a way by hitting so fast, that that became the new standard."

The women of "Friends," including Kudrow, Courteney Cox, and Jennifer Aniston have cultivated noteworthy careers since the show ended, while their male co-stars, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry, appear to have had a harder time finding work and staying in the spotlight.

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There has been speculation that the "Friends" cast will reunite on the big screen, but there is still no official deal. Until then, ABC News looks at what they've been doing since the show wrapped.

Lisa Kudrow

The quirkiest member of the "Friends" cast has followed her hunches in the years since the show went off the air.

Her latest gig is a comedy web series, where she plays Dr. Fiona Wallice, a psychiatrist who listens to exasperated people's neuroses in the three-minute, improvisational therapy sessions.

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"People kept asking do you want to do a web series and my answer was no. Absolutely not. I don't want to do a web series. Why, would we want to do a web series? I don't understand the question," Kudrow said.

It seemed like a silly idea for an actress who spent 10 years at the pinnacle of sitcom success, but "Web Therapy," which started as a lark, now has an iPhone app, a best-comedy Webbie Award, and landed Kudrow a deal with Showtime.

Post-"Friends," Kudrow showed her range in a number of indie films. But it was her first foray back into comedy with the HBO series "The Comeback," that brought the biggest sting of her career.

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Kudrow, who was also a writer and producer of the series, starred as a has-been sitcom star, trying for a comeback. Though she earned an Emmy nomination for her role, the series was cancelled after just one season.

"I didn't take it personally...I just felt injured that you have no control over perception and the perception was, 'Oh, so you failed. You tried to do your own series and it failed,'" Kudrow said.

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But Kudrow has bounced back: "Web Therapy" is one example and the show "Who Do You Think You Are," which takes is a different celebrity on a journey to trace their roots each week, is another. Kudrow was so moved by the British version that she bought the rights, brought it to America, and set off on her own voyage of discovery, tracing her roots back to Belarus. She learned how her grandmother's village was destroyed by the Nazis and met long-lost relatives in Poland, who recognized her from "Friends."

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"[My uncle's son] said, 'I can't believe Phoebe is in my living room and not on my TV,'" she said. "They didn't ask me to sing Smelly Cat, so that was nice."

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