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I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller

At the time, Friends was an incredible advancement in television culture. Even though not every part has aged well, you can still see the cultural advancements where they were. Lesbian wedding, surrogacy, single motherhood, etc. These were not topics that were typically broached in 90s television. Granted, a lot of the jokes are now outdated, and some are now considered offensive, but many parts of Friends still lives on today.

On the air for a decade, with reruns still going 15+ years later, it is rare that you will find someone who has not heard of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, and Chandler. This book was a wonderful look into the behind-the-scenes aspect of one of the most popular television shows.

I loved learning that the cast were friends in real life, and not just on the show. I loved that they handed together when it came time to renew their contracts….if one person was fired, they were all going to leave. And that they all stuck together for their pay as well. They weren’t just friends, they were a family.

This book was wonderfully written and extremely engaging. I listened to about 95% as an audiobook during my daily commute and it brought back all kinds of feelings of nostalgia. And as I was reading this, iTunes released a deal of the entire series of Friends for only $30-$40 (I can’t remember the exact amount now). Needless to say, I’m rewatching for the umpteenth time and loving it.

If you are curious at all about Friends, love the show, or just want to learn some background information on creating tv shows, I highly highly recommend this book!

2 thoughts on “I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller

  1. I’ve loved this show ever since I was a little kid. There was even a point where I started naming my stuffed animals after the characters- I still have Chandler the wolf. It’s still my favorite sitcom besides ‘Frasier.’ I’m really not much of a non-fiction gal, but this might be a nice change of pace for me. Great review! 🙂

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    1. I’m actually weird where lately the only audiobooks I can listen to are non-fiction! Regular reading, I definitely prefer fiction though 🙂

      Thank you for the kind comment, I really appreciate it 🙂 I love the show also, although I didn’t start watching until high school! Frasier is wonderful too!

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