I'll Be There for You: The One about Friends

I'll Be There for You: The One about Friends

by Kelsey Miller


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The definitive Friends history.”—Entertainment Weekly



Today, Friends is remembered as an icon of ’90s comedy and the Must See TV years. But when the series debuted in 1994, no one anticipated the sensation it would become. From the first wave of Friends mania to the backlash and renaissance that followed, the show maintained an uncanny connection to its audience, who saw it both as a reflection of their own lives and an aspirational escape from reality. In the years since, Friends has evolved from prime-time megahit to nostalgic novelty, and finally, to certified classic. Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe have entered the pantheon of great television characters, and yet their stories remain relevant still.

I’ll Be There for You is a deep dive into Friends history and lore, exploring all aspects of the show, from its unlikely origins to the societal conditions that amplified its success. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show’s most powerful moments, sheds light on its sometimes dated and problematic elements, and examines the worldwide trends that Friends catalyzed, from contemporary coffee culture to the wildly popular ’90s haircut The Rachel. Taking readers behind the scenes, Miller traces the cast’s rise to fame and untangles the complex relationship between the actors and their characters. Weaving in revelatory interviews and personal stories, she investigates the role of celebrity media, world-changing events and the dawning of the digital age—all of which influenced both the series and its viewers.

I’ll Be There for You is the definitive retrospective of Friends, not only for fans of the series, but for anyone who’s ever wondered what it is about this show—and television comedy—that resonates so powerfully.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335005526
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 59,746
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(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

Acknowledgments 241

Source Notes 245

Index 297

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