View all 46 comments. Dec 15, Brina rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction , celebrity. In need of a book that did not require much brain power, I was drawn to a new book about the Friends television that I have seen circulating around my goodreads feed. Friends is one of the few television shows that my husband and I watch other than live sports.
More than ten years past its last episode air date, the show is still good for a half hour of laughs. I know that most nights between 7 and 10 pm, I will be guaranteed to find at least two episodes of this now iconic program. What is it that is so far reaching about a show about six Friends? From , Friends was must see tv. Ironically I was not much of a fan when the show originally aired. A conscientious student in both high school and college, I rarely watched tv at all. Of course, I heard about Friends from classmates and my own friends but at the time I was not drawn to the group of six New Yorkers.
Perhaps it was that age gap that did not draw me to the show initially. Chicago raising three kids. Not Friends material. Fast forward fourteen years- - married, four kids- - and as Miller notes, the era of must see tv has past. I still mainly watch live sports, but I do need a sitcom or two for comic relief and there are not any current ones that resonate with me. And that is how my husband and I have turned to Friends in recent years and have watched pretty much every episode in syndication.
My generation smack in between Generation X and the Millennials have married much later than their predecessors.
The Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You” was a golden albatross
After college when still finding themselves, a close knit group of friends can be more than a substitute for family. There was no official star but an ensemble as each friend represents different characteristics that are most often found in any group of friends. This is what NBC was banking on when they signed a group of six young, unproven actors to work as a symbiotic team. NBC bet on the house and won. Today the actors from Friends are still for the most part known as their character from the show than as themselves.
They are now middle aged and moved on from the stage of their lives when friends are family. Yet, the show lives on. Kelsey Miller has written about the show in chronological order and allowed fans to relive all their favorite moments from the ten years of the show from the opening in Central Perk to the emotional ending ten years later to everything in between. From hysterical Phoebe and Joey moments to the Ross-Rachel drama and Monica keeping everything grounded in her neurotic way, Miller has highlighted all the reasons why Friends was the highest ranked show on television for most of its run.
In the days before digital streaming, a fan had to wait a week for the next episode. This lead to many what ifs and speculation, which added even more fuel to the Friends phenomenon. While Kelsey Miller will not win awards for her book on Friends, she touched on the iconic show in a way that was light, fun, and fast to read.
I did not watch Friends initially- too busy - - but I do watch the show regularly in syndication and on Netflix.
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Even my eleven year old daughter recognizes the Rembrandts opening song and sometimes watches episodes with me. The show might be dated, filled with references from the s and early s, but it is still fun to watch whenever I get the chance. Kelsey Miller has reminded me once again why my husband and I still tune in to watch a show that has been off the air for over ten years, when we ourselves are much past the stage that the Friends were made to represent.
View all 6 comments. Oct 14, Kristy K rated it really liked it Shelves: , netgalley , arc , reference. More if a major event or life catastrophe happens. But I was also nervous. This is something I love and have read and watched so much about already. Not only does Miller give us great behind-the-scenes access, she also brings to light some criticism and issues with the series.
Like the ending of the series, this book leaves you feeling bittersweet. Oct 21, Evie rated it did not like it Shelves: avoidlikethefuckingplague. 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.
The Friends theme tune was nearly this catchy hit song instead of I’ll Be There For You
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! No fat girls?
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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"!!! No, they just 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. 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. 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 pro Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 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.
The author's telling of the history of the show is compelling, and I really enjoyed it. I was quite excited about this one. At least. Although every time I re-watch it I find something else that's problematic which I haven't noticed the first time. Which is totally fine, because the times back then and right now were so, so different.
I also felt like reading some non-fiction so this was perfect timing. So why such low rating? Because this book really didn't bring anything new I was quite excited about this one. Because this book really didn't bring anything new to the table. Which is so, so disappointing. 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 by other 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. You Should Read This Book If: -You love nostalgia and want to prance down memory lane with people who can drop Friends inside jokes as frequently as you can.
Because Friends definitely is one. Kelsey Miller loves Friends in the way that I do. Miller also looks at some of the serious social justice issues of Friends. Homophobia runs rampant. LGBT characters are scarce, and people of color are virtually non-existent. The one trans character the show features is designed to be the butt of a series-long joke. Additionally, instead of casting a trans actor, they cast a cis woman to play a trans woman.
The author acknowledges all of these things, but is perhaps a bit too easy on the show. At least they HAD a gay wedding! Perhaps Miller is just more forgiving than me. In a powerful chapter, Miller does bring to light a story about a black, female assistant in the Friends writers room who was subject to racial and sexual harassment.
Miller points out that Lyle was truly at the forefront of metoo and bravely speaking up to end misogyny in the entertainment field. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. View 2 comments. For a long time now this series was my refuge and my security blanket when dealing with anxiety and life in general. There are is no doubt in my mind that everything that came out about some things that were happening behind closed doors are true. And not talking about the elephant in the room would have been a mistake.
Nov 13, Josh rated it did not like it. 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 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. Sep 27, Inge rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction , beat-the-backlist , ow-book-club.
Feb 01, Katharine rated it really liked it. This book was SO much fun. It probably helped that I had just finished rewatching every single episode when I picked this gem up. If you're a Friends fan, you'll LOVE this book -- it's nostalgic and funny and insightful and gives a great behind-the-scenes look at both what happened on the show, but also how the time in which it aired impacted its popularity, as well as the mark it left on our culture and cultures beyond the U. Whether or not you've seen every episode, this book is an absolu This book was SO much fun.
Whether or not you've seen every episode, this book is an absolute joy to read. It made me want to watch the show all over again. Besides being a pleasurable read that revisits one of the most popular sitcoms on television, it also doesn't ignore the problematic aspects of the show way too many homophobic jokes and a lack of diversity being big ones. It does a good job of discussing why those aspects existed it was the 90s after all without excusing them and acknowledging that it wouldn't -- and shouldn't -- fly today.
Whether you're a diehard fan or a casual viewer, I'd highly recommend adding this to your TBR. 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? A wonderfully compiled and researched retrospective on the utter cultural phenomenon that was and remains the iconic television show Friends.
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 in this book, 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, one that stood out included a court case I had never heard about, Lyle v. Warner Bros. But, as one can and does usually say about many things in regards to Friends , that was another time. The 90's. 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.
But I digress. 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.
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