The definitive retrospective of the most beloved TV show of all time, this celebration of Friends incorporates interviews, history and behind-the-scenes anecdotes to explore how a sitcom about six twentysomethings changed television forever
When Friends debuted in 1994, no one expected a show about six twentysomethings living and falling in love in New York City to become a mainstay of NBC’s “Must See TV” lineup, let alone a global phenomenon. In the years since it premiered, Friends has gone through many phases of cultural relevancy, from prime-time hit to ‘90s novelty item to certified classic. Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe have entered the pantheon of great television characters, and millions of people around the globe continue to tune in, or stream, their stories every day.
I’ll Be There for You is the definitive retrospective of America’s most beloved television show, exploring all aspects of Friends from its very beginning to its current appeal with viewers too young to have watched the show during its original run. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most iconic moments and examines the many trends the show inspired, from the rise of coffee-shop culture to “Friendsgivings” to the ultimate ‘90s haircut, The Rachel.
Weaving interviews, history and behind-the-scenes anecdotes with a look at the series’s high-profile guest stars (including Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Tom Selleck, George Clooney, Bruce Willis, Reese Witherspoon and more), I’ll Be There for You is the ultimate book for Friends fans everywhere.
|Publisher:||Hanover Square Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Kelsey Miller is a journalist and the author of Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life. Her work has been featured in Glamour, Allure, Teen Vogue, Salon, People, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health and other outlets. She is the founder of The Anti-Diet Project, one of Refinery29's most popular franchises, and was the recipient of the Project HEAL Social Impact Award. She lives in Brooklyn.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Sweet Spot 9
Part 1 17
1 The One That Almost Wasn't 19
2 The One with Six Kids and a Fountain 39
Part 2 81
3 The One with Marcel and George Clooney 83
4 The One Where Two Women Got Married 98
5 The One Where We All Got the Haircut 110
6 The One After "The One After the Super Bowl" 124
7 The One Where They All Go to London (and Everywhere Else in the World) 134
Part 3 147
8 The One Where Everything Changed 149
9 The One Where Nobody Died 175
10 The One Where It Ended, Twice 190
11 The Comeback 216
Source Notes 245
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
FRIENDS was a defining part of my childhood and teen years. I've probably seen every episode at least 7 times and I regularly re-watch the series. Because of all that, I loved reading about the success of the show, how it all began, how it evolved and how it ended. Reading I'll Be There For You was a great trip down memory lane and now I have a bunch of new FRIENDS trivia to share!
After just reading the synopsis, I was excited to read it and it definitely did not disappoint. I thought it was going strictly about the show, but it also give us an inside glance into what the actors did before and after the show. It was everything I wanted and more!
To say I’m a Friends fan is a vast and ridiculous understatement. I am possibly THE Friends fan. I have loved this show for the majority of my life - I love this show even now, when parts of it are dated. I don’t care. It’s my show through and through. I watch an episode (or 5.... usually 5) legitimately almost every day. It’s the show I have on as background when I’m puttering around or cooking or cleaning or reading and I never ever get tired of it, despite the fact I clearly have entire episodes memorized. So I am BEYOND excited to have finally snapped up a copy of I’ll Be There For You, because honestly I’m was going to love this book no matter what. This book was written for me. This book is my perfect Monday night. Honestly this book is PERFECT for fans. Does it have new groundbreaking information in it? No, but it really doesn’t need it. It revisits the show and the seasons with insight to what was going on behind the scenes of the show for the decade it was on tv. That in itself is enough to satisfy even the most rabid fan, as it adds depth and perspective to our beloved show. It made me want to flip on all the specifically referenced episodes again and watch them with refreshed eyes. This book is like one of the notorious group hugs from the cast that happened when they shot every episode. Warm, comforting and like coming home. I love this book - if you loved Friends, or liked Friends, you are probably going to love this book too. Its an easy relaxing read, and let’s face it, it would make a GREAT gift for that Friends addict in your life. Absolutely pick this one up. You won’t regret it.
“The thing that mattered most about Friends was right there in that simple, one-word, unambiguous title.” I watch the complete series of Friends at least once a year. More if a major event or life catastrophe happens. There’s something about it I can’t quite pinpoint, but it makes me feel calmer, like everything will be okay even if real life is a complete disaster right now. “Some things don’t change. Friends is a reminder of that, and that’s why so many of us reach for it in times of grief or fear, when catastrophe strikes or when life seems suddenly unrecognizable.” When I heard a book was coming out about my beloved series, I jumped at the chance to get an ARC. But I was also nervous. This is something I love and have read and watched so much about already. If you are a Friends’ fan you will love this book. Not only does Miller give us great behind-the-scenes access, she also brings to light some criticism and issues with the series. I’ll Be There For You is knee deep in nostalgia but it also doesn’t shy away from any controversies Friends had (lack of diversity, etc). Like the ending of the series, this book leaves you feeling bittersweet. “The memories we made on Stage 24 are better than any dreams we ever had.”
I loved this book. I loved friends, yes watching them today, I do notice some sexism, but "Friends" was simply a product of the time. This TV show did not set out to be trailblazers, lighting the way for equality. It was a show from the 90's, it was written in a language we all understood. This book not only gives you a behind the scene look at the creation of the series, character development, and auditions. But it also talks about the cast dynamic, the way they stood together as a team during contract negotiations, as well as the way the show was and is perceived in regards to homophobia, sexism and lack of diversity. I have been talking about this book non-stop since I started reading it. Highly recommend for any friends fan
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but I had to request this one. I adore the show FRIENDS! It's one of my favorite shows of all time, and this book really reinforced why I feel that way. It's got a timeless quality and delves into the feelings of what it means to have a framily when your family disappoints. This book doesn't make it all appear to be roses and rainbows, either. It discusses the problems with the show - the gay jokes, the huge lack of diversity and representation, etc. And I can see those problems, more so as the years go by and those things have become a bigger part of the national dialogue. While it has its issues, every show does, and it doesn't diminish the huge effect that the FRIENDS phenomenon had on the world. The author's telling of the history of the show is compelling, and I really enjoyed it.