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Jennifer Aniston Was In Another 90s Sitcom Before 'Friends'

Jennifer Aniston Was In Another 90s Sitcom Before 'Friends'

The cast of Friends are so synonymous with their characters that it's difficult to imagine them in any other roles early on in their careers.

So it was with a lot of intrigue that we discovered some grainy footage of Jennifer Aniston in a pre-Friends series that never made it to screens.

Since her breakout role as Rachel Green in 1994, Jen has been a household name, but prior to that she scooped roles in a number of sitcoms, many of which were cancelled.

Jen played Molloy's sassy, beauty-obsessed older step-sister Courtney Walker (Credit: Fox)
Jen played Molloy's sassy, beauty-obsessed older step-sister Courtney Walker (Credit: Fox)
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The show in question is Fox's Molloy, which starred The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik.

Mayim played 11-year old Molloy Martin, who relocates from New York to LA following the death of her mother, moving in with her father, step-mother and family.

Jen - who was 21 at the time - plays Molloy's sassy, beauty-obsessed older step-sister Courtney Walker.

The show never aired but luckily Twitter is a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes snaps and clips from pilot episodes.

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Everything about Molloy, from the fashion to the set design, is oh-so-nineties. And FYI, Jen has not nailed those subtle Rachel Green highlights just yet. We're talking a back-combed side pony tail.

In one show snippet, Jen storms into the family kitchen - dressed in a mini and some questionable white tights - to sound off about the contents of her beauty hoard going missing.

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"We have to talk right now!" she fumes. "Mother, my mousse is missing!"

We can confirm: no more mousse is required.


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Mayim herself has shared a couple of mega cute throwbacks to filming Molloy and they're comedy gold, with plenty of sweeping side fringe involved.

"Happy early bday & TBT to Jennifer Anniston," wrote the actress, sharing a vintage snap where the pair genuinely look like sisters. "Here we are during the time we both worked on @FoxTV's Molloy."

Adorable!

Elsewhere in Jen's early acting CV are a TV adaptation of Ferris Bueller's Day Off in 1990, Fox comedy sketch show The Edge in 1992, and CBS comedy Muddling Through in 1994, when the actress was on the cusp of landing her role in Friends.

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Jen was 21 when she appeared in the Fox comedy series, which never aired (Credit: YouTube)
Jen was 21 when she appeared in the Fox comedy series, which never aired (Credit: YouTube)

But throughout it all, Jen felt that a change was around the corner.

She told Collider in 2015. "I just had this deep feeling in my gut that somehow something was going to happen, and I just had to be patient."

Didn't it just, Jen. Didn't it just.

Featured Image Credit: NBC

Topics: TV and Film, TV News, mayim bialik, TV Entertainment, Jennifer Aniston, Friends

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.