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I wanted to find things that I've never heard of before, I wanted more insight on episodes, on actors themselves, maybe even some piece of juicy gossip. Things like 'the part of Ross Geller was written specifically for David', 'or Matt Le Blanc was really poor before landing this role', ' or the show was supposed to be named "Insomnia Cafe"'. First of all, most of it reads like a page from Wikipea, but maybe with a little bit of soul. Second, there was a lot of useless information about other shows of that time - most of which I've never heard off.

That is honestly my biggest complain - the book reads as if it only was written for people who grew up with the show, who watched the episodes as they came out. People like me, who started watching Friends only when Netflix acquired them, weren't really taken into consideration at all. Such a missed opportunity.

The thoughts didn't seem original or organic - they all were things said brother people. I honestly feel like the author didn't do much herself at all, except collect the information and type it all together. It says that they didn't want to be too cliche with it, which I agree with, but then it contradicts itself and says that they straight washed it all to be safe. Maybe they did, but with openly gay producer I'm pretty sure they knew what they were doing. The book also seems to focus on the fact that 'Friends' were indeed friends. It repeats that statement at least once in every chapter.

They were friends, they really were close, yes they were friends - which made me think 'maybe they really weren't? Unless it's just bad, repetitive writing - which, I mean it was. Nov 13, Kim marked it as to-read. A book about Friends? Can it BE any more obvious that I need this, like right now?

Nov 26, Grace rated it really liked it Shelves: There wasn't a ton in this that I didn't already know, although there were a few things that either were new-ish to me or were just things I had long suspected and just were confirmed here. It wasn't a bad thing, but our There wasn't a ton in this that I didn't already know, although there were a few things that either were new-ish to me or were just things I had long suspected and just were confirmed here. It wasn't a bad thing, but our relationships with the show are different. I approach it more from the perspective of I'm not sure why so many other women wanted to marry Ross, but the point still stands that the pacing of that doesn't work.

I had never heard about it before, and it's something that people should know about. I might not have learned a lot that was new, but I did genuinely enjoy reading this. View all 15 comments. See what I did there? Allie I am so glad I am not alone because I always complain about Netflix not airing the whole thing, and half of my favorite jokes going missing and no one I am so glad I am not alone because I always complain about Netflix not airing the whole thing, and half of my favorite jokes going missing and no one else seems to care.

Nov 16, Renee itsbooktalk. I'm probably a 3. I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it. I watched every episode of Friends when it was out in the 90's and this brought back good memories of a favorite show. I especially loved how she highlighted many of the the show's episodes and themes through today's lens.

Very interesting and worth a listen or a read. Sep 27, Inge marked it as to-read Shelves: I must have this. A wonderfully compiled and researched retrospective on the utter cultural phenomenon that was and remains the iconic television show Friends.

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Miller does such an excellent job of stating all that was right with Friends and all that later turned out to have been wrong with it, and weaves it together into the now and present climate. Keeping my own personal tidbits to a minimum, I loved this show and still do. The flaws are sometimes blindingly glaring now with my spectacles on, but hindsi A wonderfully compiled and researched retrospective on the utter cultural phenomenon that was and remains the iconic television show Friends.

I was a sophomore in high school when the show started, but I was just getting over my first love and first heartbreak that year, and I don't really remember its first season at all. I know I didn't watch it. Before its second season, I had really started hearing a lot about this show, and I paid attention enough to have my interest piqued and tune in.

Though I waffled a bit near the end of the show's run, I made sure to be one of the millions to watch it all end, and I still live my life with Friends thoroughly entrenched on my mind and in my heart. The details and trivia, along with the carefully paced narrative, had me whipping out my phone to look up everything and anything. Photos, video clips, etc. Mostly it was hilarious stills or commercials from the cast's pre- Friends repertoire.

However, on that stood out included a court case I had never heard about, Lyle v. But, as one can and does usually say about many things in regards to Friends , that was another time. Somehow this general crawl towards an all-encompassing embrace of acceptance of all humans was executed with this sweeping of things under rugs, hiding things on the back shelf, letting things simmer on the back burner, and completely covering your eyes to all things that make us unique and different all while shouting merrily that you don't see people's skin color, backgrounds, bank accounts, sexuality, or jobs Not surprisingly that gave the actual bigots and racists corners and shadows in which to hide—and now, with the benefit of having arrived in a murkier future, we can see where all these people where hiding and how.

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To watch this show now, many of us have to look at it with a similar lens as you would for something equally iconic like Gone with the Wind or I Love Lucy , both for different but similar reasons. Writer, producer, and comedian Akilah Hughes, a fan of the show, is quoted in this book aptly stating, "This may be harsh, but it's the way that I watch Gone with the Wind.

I can enjoy these things even though I know that they could have done a lot better by people of color, and women. There's so many problematic things about it. But also, that's just what it was back then. We can't just delete the media that came before, because it does inform why we like shows now. So to love Friends becomes this other thing As a point that Miller drives home well, Friends was escapism at its peak for situational comedies.

Like I Love Lucy before it, there's a general sense of being similar to the "regular person" but not completely. There's a lot you have to overlook when your eye starts to edge toward being overly critical of the fundamentals of the show: This show was the bubblegum pop song of the television lineup. And it was so damn fun. So suffice it to say, I laughed—often out loud—and read some passages aloud to my husband whether he asked or not.

But I cried off and on while reading this one, too.

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I'm one of those people who naturally taps sometimes unwittingly into the emotional aspect. All that is here, and much, much more! Clearly, 80's and 90's is on my brain. Altogether this was a fantastically executed book, detailing the entire path, from beginning to the end and beyond. There's trivia, there's tiny bits of social commentary, and there's a plethora of excellent footnotes. In short, there's everything I could have asked for. I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This affected neither my opinion of the book, nor the content of my review. Nov 26, Abril Camino rated it it was amazing. Oct 21, Seregon rated it did not like it Shelves: I wanted to read this book when I first found out about it, but I won't. I don't want some SJW bullshit. My bf and I always say this show couldn't be made today. Why does "diversity" have to be forced all the damn time? Why can't 6 white people be friends without someone bitching about it?

There is NOT homophobia. They just bust on Chandler. Doesn't anyone know how to razz their friends anymore? And heaven forbid all th I wanted to read this book when I first found out about it, but I won't. And heaven forbid all the women are thin! Oh no not that!! Truth is, this show was actually ahead of its time. Ross's ex wife is gay, Ross and Joey both dated not one, but two black women the same ones actually and they don't go "hey everybody, we're a mixed race couple"!!! They touch on abortion without making a big deal about it In case you're wondering it's when Phoebe lied about the test being positive at Monica's wedding and then said "at least you know how you really feel about it".

Joey, for all his serial dating, is actually a sensitive guy who leaves women alone if they say no. Like I said, I love this show, and it's perfect - just the way it is. Nov 11, Caryn rated it really liked it. My high school and college years would not have been the same without Friends. There were so many traditions of gathering with friends to watch the episodes. This was such a fun trip down memory lane and I loved the behind the scenes anecdotes, especially the casting process. It was fascinating to read fro, a different perspe My high school and college years would not have been the same without Friends.

It was fascinating to read fro, a different perspective, now as a wife and mother, since I was still a teenager when this show premiered. Definitely a must read for Friends fans and one that goes in depth on the inner workings of the show. Dec 12, Breanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is probably more like a 4 or 4.

Miller has a relatable tone to her writing and you can see the love she has for the show. This is my favourite TV show every ahhhh ahhhh. Dec 07, kippen uponthepages rated it really liked it. I picked this up from my online library in an audiobook format because I had seen it on Goodreads and immediately added it to my TBR. Friends is something I've loved all throughout my teenage years and I still watch re-runs to this day.

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Whenever I can't sleep, Friends is on. Whenever I don't feel well mentally or physically, Friends is on. It's definitely my comfort show. I recently bought this book and sent it to my friend after finishing it because she's the one who showed me Friends and I can I picked this up from my online library in an audiobook format because I had seen it on Goodreads and immediately added it to my TBR.

I recently bought this book and sent it to my friend after finishing it because she's the one who showed me Friends and I can guarantee she'd love this book. This book was incredibly fun to listen to on audiobook because of my love for Friends. I'm always into the behind the scenes type stuff so this was an easy read for me.

I loved learning about the production of the show and what went into the writing. It's interesting because Friends is really such a huge show and even 20 years later, it remains one of the most re-watched shows on air. In fact, I'm pretty sure this book mentions that the viewer count is only growing for Friends re-runs.

But again, I'm one of those re-watchers. It's something I definitely noticed but it was oddly progressive for it's time. I'd go more into this but I think the book explains it well enough. I also listened to this one on audiobook so hearing the author speak about it all really made it more entertaining for me. I love it when authors read their own audiobooks. You can totally hear the passion of the subject from the author and it makes an even better reading experience! I gave this book 4.

It made for a great audiobook and I'm glad I've added to all the useless Friends knowledge I have in the back of my head. Brb while I go watch "The One with the Embryos" again. Nov 14, Priyanka Sofia rated it really liked it Shelves: Friends is a problematic TV show. But again most movies and TV shows of its time are. My ethnic background would probably be a punchline on the show. Actually I think it was in a couple of episodes.


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Friends also represents my childhood when popular culture was so far away from ideas of representation and wokeness that the line separating the two was a dot sorry! The show takes me back to a simpler time in my mind at least when dial up internet and desktop computer were for games. Emails were Friends is a problematic TV show. Emails were fun things you sent out from joke email addresses.

You still surfed the World Wide Web. Mobile phones were giant objects from which calls cost too much to justify their use. Travel was simpler, more straightforward. Friends got me through university. So different from literary fiction set in the same city. It represents escapism for a lot of people my age. It could not be ahem a more 90s show for better or worse. Miller indulges in nostalgia but that does not stop her from exploring the more negative aspects of this show. Thanks to Netgalley via Hanover Square Press for the free digital copy!

Friends is one of those series that will stand the test of time as one of my go-to shows. No matter how outdated or unrealistic it becomes, I still turn to it when I just need a break, I'm sad, or I need a distraction. It's great for zoning out and just forgetting the world for a few brief moments. Miller explains how Friends is still a comfort show for so many people, and continues to be one of the most watched series. She details how the show was created, how the writers developed their ideas, and how each cast member came to be.

It is a nice little walk down memory lane and it made me come to truly care for the actors. I love that when they began the show they knew they needed to be a unit of one, not six individual actors. They did everything together and they made that Friends bond truly stand out. Miller takes us through the highs and lows of each of the seasons. She makes me jaw drop when she discusses salaries and she makes me warm and fuzzy as I learn new facts about the actors. Miller also gives us some history lessons of the time and the way television has transformed and advanced.

I found many sections to be so much more thought provoking than I was prepared for. If you love Friends and going behind the scenes I honestly think you will love this book. Much of it is information you could discover for yourself, but Miller adds her own touches and personality to this delightful read. Nov 13, Josh rated it did not like it. The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller is a book reflecting on one of the most popular US television shows at turn at of the millennium. Despite promising to delve into the behind-the-scenes making of the show, the book never even addresses basic questions about the show.

There are very few interviews with the support staff involved in the show which limits the book to publicly available material. In fact, most of I'll Be There for You: In fact, most of the book feels lifted from wikipedia and other popular internet sites without containing any independent research. Furthermore, the majority of the book is spent criticizing a corporately-produced, year-old show for not demonstrating contemporary sensibilities with regards to equality in gender and race.

This time would have been better spent exploring exactly why Friends continues to resonate with viewers. I'll Be There for You is a fantastic concept but completely misses what made the show a phenomena in the first place. Dec 05, Ellie rated it liked it Shelves: I can see many of its flaws: Nonetheless, I never get tired of it. It started after my hip surgery--it's a great show to recover to! I guess the idea of friends as family appeals to me. So, I'll Be There for You was a necessary read for me.

And it doesn't disappoint. Like Friends, for the most part it stays on safe paths other than a discussion of a writer who sued for sexual I love Friends. Like Friends, for the most part it stays on safe paths other than a discussion of a writer who sued for sexual harassment; news to me--and not good news at that--but interesting. I'll Be There for You starts with the creators meeting, friendship and partnership and moves through all the mechanics of the casting of the show, the production work, the salary battles, and the popular dream of a reunion show apparently not happening.

Nothing thrilling here or hilariously funny but consistently entertaining. I'll be there to comfort you Build my world of dreams around you I'm so glad that I found you I'll be there with a love that's strong I'll be your strength I'll keep holding on Holding on, holdin on Yes I will, yes I will. Let me fill your heart with joy and laughter Togetherness, girl, is all I'm after Whenever you need me I'll be there I'll be there to protect you, yeah baby With an unselfish love that respects you Just call my name And I'll be there. If you should ever find someone new I know he better be good to you 'Cause if he doesn't I'll be there Don't you know, baby, yeah, yeah I'll be there I'll be there Just call my name and I'll be there Just look over your shoulders, honey I'll be there I'll be there Whenever you need me I'll be there Don't you know, baby, yeah, yeah I'll be there I'll be there Just call my name I'll be there I'll be there.

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