Maggie Wheeler was supposed to act in only one Friends episode but came back

Ashley Bautista August 8, 2022
Maggie Wheeler was supposed to act in only one Friends episode but came back
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Maggie Wheeler has appeared in a total of 19 episodes of Friends throughout its ten seasons. Although she should have been in only one episode, the directors decided to keep her character involved.

Janice Litman-Goralnik (née Hosenstein) became a well-loved character in Friends despite her being Chandler’s love interest – and an annoying one at that.

Popular television series Friends streamed on NBC from 1994 to 2004. For the younger generation, the series was available on Netflix from 2015 to 2019.

The annoying but lovable Janice Hosenstein went from only supposedly starring in one episode to becoming a regular “but appearing occasionally” in the series.

The Focus tells you more about the time Maggie Wheeler almost got a spin-off Friends show.

Oh My God… Happy 61st birthday, Maggie!

Maggie’s character Janice Hosenstein

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Despite Maggie’s character only being set to appear in one episode, she appeared occasionally in each of the show’s ten seasons.

What most caught the attention of the viewers was her high-pitched irritating voice. Also, her hyperactive attitude, nasally laughter, and overbearing presence.

Not only do viewers get to enjoy her antics but also her on-and-off relationship with Chandler before he settles down with Monica.

Almost getting a spin-off

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Even though Janice could be an irritating character, she was present during some of the most important scenes. Let’s not forget that episode of her and Rachel going into labor at the same time.

As reported by Digital Spy, the character of Janice became a fan-favorite despite only being in 19 of 236 episodes. Could you imagine a show based on constantly hearing “Oh my God”?

Receiving the support of viewers, Janice’s future seemed promising enough for the possibility of getting a spin-off show based on her Friends character.

A British writer approached the actress with his pitch idea of her character being “a therapist solving problems”. Although it was a good idea for the 61-year-old actress and was sent to the directors, it didn’t manifest into anything.

She revealed at the time: “I would have absolutely loved a spin-off show for that character. I’m not sure why it never happened. Those things are not in my hands but I guess it was not meant to be – it didn’t happen.”

Although a series about Matt LeBlanc’s Joey character was later released until its cancellation in 2006, fans were rooting for Janice’s appearance as the two characters often argued. However, that never happened.

Could you see yourself attending Janice’s therapy to solve your problems? Who knows!

Life after Friends

It’s been almost 30 years since we met Janice Hosenstein. Maggie’s path on television has gone from appearing on various shows such as Jack & Jill, CSI, Drake & Josh, and How I Met Your Mother.

Maggie’s voice has also been heard in popular animated series such as Justice League, Kim Possible, and most recently The Epic Tales Of Captain Underpants – I guess her voice remains one of a kind.

Since her iconic appearance in the series, Maggie’s popularity is reflected in her net worth of $2 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Her infamous catchphrase “Oh my God” became Maggie’s trademark.

It was also used more than 1,000 times in the span of ten years.

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Ashley is a journalism graduate from Kingston University, currently writing for HITC, Reality Titbit and The Focus. She loves to travel and learn new languages and cultures. She also has an interest in celebrity news and the entertainment world. When she’s not writing, she’s on social media, watching K-dramas or shopping.