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I'll Be There for You: the One about Friends
I'll Be There for You: the One about Friends | Kelsey Miller
This definitive retrospective of Friends incorporates interviews, history and behind-the-scenes anecdotes to offer a critical analysis of how a sitcom about six twentysomethings changed television forever When Friends debuted in 1994, no one expected it to become a mainstay of NBC's "Must See TV" lineup, let alone a global phenomenon. In the years since, Friends has gone through many phases of cultural relevancy, from prime-time hit to Ô90s 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 Friends, exploring all aspects of the show from its unlikely origins to the elusive reasons why we still watch it. Journalist and pop culture expert Kelsey Miller relives the show's most iconic moments, analyzes the ways in which Friends is occasionally problematic and examines the many trends it inspired, from the rise of coffee-shop culture to "Friendsgivings" to the ultimate Ô90s haircut, The Rachel. Weaving incisive commentary, revelatory interviews and behind-the-scenes anecdotes involving high-profile guest stars, I'll Be There for You is the most comprehensive take on Friends, and the ultimate book for fans everywhere.
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Cinfhen
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#MayMovieMagic I‘m #soclose to finishing this audiobook. It‘s a really in depth look at the behind the scenes actions and dealings of NBC, Must See TV, Friends and the writers and producers who worked to create the iconic show. Totally recommend for anyone who grew up on 90‘s television 📺

marleed That sounds interesting - both the book and way to go on the title. 3d
Cinfhen It was really good @marleed #Nostalgic 3d
rohit-sawant Echoing @marleed! Looking forward to your review. 3d
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Cinfhen
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Time for my first #BFC “weigh” in😜Week 1
If I‘m #KeepingItReal I had some successes and a failure too 😔

My scorecard:
Fitness Goals - 1 ( need to improve during week 2)
Nutritional Goals - 3 ( can do better but off to a good start)
Book Goals - 4 (I finished 3 physical books & I‘m in the middle of 2 audio books 🤓🎧 tagged book is really good)

Overall Week 1 score 2.75

Doing some #AudioCooking ~ weekend guests 😜

TheSpineView Awesome! 1w
wanderinglynn A great week 1! 🙌🏻 1w
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bewareofwords Way to go for Week 1! 🤗 1w
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 1w
britt_brooke 🙌🏻 1w
LauraBeth Sounds like you did a pretty good job to me! 1w
guinsgirlreads Great job this week! 1w
Bookwormjillk 👏👏👏 1w
Cinfhen Thanks for the positivity @Bookwormjillk @guinsgirlreads @LauraBeth @britt_brooke @BookwormAHN @bewareofwords @wanderinglynn @TheSpineView I‘m just disappointed in myself that I gave up so easily when the fitness portion of the challenge was too difficult. #NoPainNoGain I need to sweat it out a little more and build up my strength/ breathing 1w
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saresmoore
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I thoroughly enjoyed this in-depth account of the pop-culture revolution that is “Friends”. Miller is clearly a fan of the show and her experience of watching it (perhaps obsessively) was similar to mine, but that didn‘t keep her from panning out to objectivity in order to deal with the perceived triumphs & abundant failings of something (not just TV, a phenomenon) that is truly larger-than-life. Well written and not gossipy—this was a lot of fun.

Christine Agreed! 2mo
LeahBergen And nice endpapers! 2mo
rather_be_reading those end papers 😍 2w
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saresmoore
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever enjoyed non-fiction this much. Admittedly, I couldn‘t BE a more ideal reader for this book.

ravenlee Oh, I see what you did there. 😉 2mo
AlaMich Channeling Chandler? 😆 2mo
Laughterhp Haha I can‘t wait to read this book. I got it for Christmas! 2mo
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saresmoore @AlaMich Psh, as if I could relate to the use of such self-deprecating, defensive sarcasm! 2mo
saresmoore @Laughterhp It‘s thorough and objective, incredibly well-researched, insightful and still a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2mo
tracey38 🤣🤣 2mo
batsy I love this photo! 2mo
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krismlars
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My usual 'comfort food' TV show is 30 Rock. But Friends is helping me right now to get through hard times.

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krismlars
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A shout-out to my hometown of Grand Forks, where I happen to be now. Also, why haven't I read Chuck Klosterman yet? Also, My So-Called Life was amazing.

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krismlars
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I wish I could check out of real life and binge Friends in its entirety. I'm a third through the book and loving it. It's much more informative than I expected it to be.

Lovesbooks87 I love Friends. I watched the whole series but it took me almost a year to do it! 2mo
CSeydel 😂 that comment makes me feel old. I also watched the whole series, but it took me almost a decade to do it. 2mo
Swati @CSeydel 😂good one 2mo
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krismlars
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Taking a cue from Kelsey Miller... I need to get 4 miles in today. This show (and book) makes me so happy!

Lovesbooks87 Love love love Friends!!!!! 2mo
RadicalReader @krismlars I love finding ways to pass the time when working out makes it all the more effortless 4w
RadicalReader This will definitely help in improving the amount of exercise I‘ve done this many times even when having music playing such a difference 2w
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krismlars
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Some comfort reading📖😊

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eanderson
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1. I‘ve been in a few swaps and whatnot. 🤗
2. Last week by stepping out of my comfort zone and creating a Facebook page for my business. Also had something happen and handled it much differently that I expected.
3. Schwimmer knee without question he wanted to be an actor himself.
4. So late with this post so if anyone wants to join! 😋
#wondrouswedneaday

Thank you for the tag @robinb 💕💕💕

Crazeedi Good for you on number 2! Good luck with your endeavor! 3mo
robinb YAY for you, my friend! You go, girl! 👊👊🙌🏼👏👏👏💪🤗 3mo
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Caroline2
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I‘ve been slowly dipping in and out of this each morning with my coffee and it‘s been a delight to read. Sometimes I feel it‘s a little unfair to judge Friends by today‘s standards (is Friends really homophobic??? 🤔) but overall it was a fun, nostalgic read! 😊 Thank you for sending it to me @TrishB

Ruthiella I definitely need to pick this book up! Yes the show was not perfect but I still get a lot of enjoyment from watching it. And I reference it all the time in daily conversation!😀 4mo
TrishB I think when I watch now sometimes I cringe. But times have thankfully changed and I‘m pretty sure it would not be written the same now. I watch with both my kids and they still laugh - we do point out things that wouldn‘t work now, but still laugh. 4mo
TrishB I think the lack of realistic gay characters means people have labelled it homophobic. I brought my son this for Christmas too - he enjoyed it too 👍🏻 (edited) 4mo
Caroline2 @TrishB I know what you mean! I was watching with Xavier (7yrs old) and I had forgetting how many porn references there are!! 😱 I don‘t think you‘d get that now! And the whole Fat Monica thing makes me cringe now! 😬 but then I still laughed till I cried over Ross‘s sandwich!!! And PIVOT!!! 😂 4mo
TrishB The porn refs are way out of line now. Love the sandwich still! It‘s like watching anything even slightly dated....you can wince a lot! 4mo
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Allietaylor16
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I am beyond excited for this one!

Kristy_K I really liked this one! 4mo
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emilyhaldi
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I put together a nice little stack for #24in48 but so far I‘ve just been listening to the tagged book while I put clothes away into my new dresser.

My husband bought me Of Mice and Men because he was incredulous that I've never read it ... So I might prioritize that just to appease him 😉

Tamra You won‘t be disappointed by Mice & Men! 4mo
KarenUK I LOVE lady Susan.... she gives great snark! The movie version (Love & Friendship) is great too 💕 4mo
Reviewsbylola Of Mice & Men is one book Alex and I can agree on! 4mo
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Cinfhen It‘s a small book with a big gut punch #AllTheFeels 4mo
LeahBergen Lady Susan! 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
CouronneDhiver 🖤 Convenience Store Woman is great 4mo
Mdargusch 💗💗💗 4mo
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eanderson
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I can‘t seem to focus on one or two books at the moment and these are ones I‘m going to try to spend most of my time on for #24in48 5 books plus an audiobook should keep me busy! 😋

SilversReviews LOVED Kristen Harmel‘s book. ENJOY!! 4mo
cathysaid Faithless ❤️ I think this is one of the better ones in this series. 4mo
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eanderson
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Reading a book about Friends with a Friends Bookmark while watching Friends. Perfect evening! 💕 (I love the endpapers for this book!)

Lovesbooks87 Love Friends!! 💜💜💜💜 4mo
Gizmo86 which friends episode?? 😁💟 4mo
eanderson @Gizmo86 the One with the Rumor. It‘s one of the Thanksgiving episodes. 🤗 @lovesbooks me too! 4mo
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Gizmo86 @eanderson I do love a turkey club! 4mo
Liatrek Me and my son are in the middle of a Friends marathon😊 love this show! 4mo
robinb I may have to get this book for my daughter! She was too young to appreciate it when it was on originally, but now that she‘s 22 she‘s devoured it! 😱🤣🤣 4mo
eanderson @robinb I love it!!! She‘d probably enjoy the book. It‘s kinda how the show was created and some behind the scenes things. I like it so far! 🤗 4mo
robinb @eanderson 👍👍😊 4mo
ambam1987 Where did you find that bookmark?! I need it! 4mo
eanderson @ambam1987 I found it at Barnes and Noble. It was the only one at my store. I just happened to spot it! 🤗 4mo
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cinann
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This is one of my cozy reading spots. I hope that I'll get a chance to be there tonight and read this book. I decided I had to read this book because I've loved the show Friends since it was originally on tv.

#wildcard #anewchapter
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you‘re there enjoying it!! ❤️❤️ 4mo
vkois88 Looks cozy and fun ❤ Enjoy! 4mo
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LA_Mead
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I just started reading this #arc from #netgalley and I‘m zipping through it! How old were you when Friends was on the air? I remember not being allowed to watch it because I was too young! ...But I totally watched it anyway...😆

teebe I was four when it started but I didn‘t start watching it until maybe 2 years after that. Lol I was allowed to watch it because my parents knew the jokes would go over my head. 4mo
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Coleen
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This is available on audio through Hoopla. I LOVED it! It‘s just like curling up with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and a best friend. I have to admit to not watching the series as regularly during the last few seasons when it originally aired, but I‘ve started binge watching over the past few days and I‘m appreciating it all over again, esp. with the added insight that this book provided.
💛💗💙

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eanderson
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A little #bookhaul from B&N with a gift card from Christmas! I‘m so excited about the Friends book. One of my very favorite shows! 💕🤗

TrishB Love Lisa Gardner and Friends 💕 5mo
tracey38 I loved Friends! And the Lisa Gardner book is really good 5mo
Christine11 I love friends and I found the book to be a really fun read! 😊 5mo
eanderson @TrishB @tracey38 🤗 I‘ve only read one Lisa Gardner so I‘m looking forward to this after seeing you both liked it! @Christine11 Yayy!!! I‘ve seen lots of different reviews but this makes me happy I decided to pick it up! 💕 5mo
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Abs
Pickpick

For the true Friends fan!

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thebookishtype15
Bailedbailed

It seems like a good idea and is well written but I guess I'm kind of over the hype. While this does have a lot of information that probably isn't well known I feel like all the juicy inside info I can quickly look up. This isn't very "exciting" at least not where I decided to stop it which was a little over 100 pages.
#dnf #theoneaboutfriends #90s

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Laughterhp
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Merry Christmas Littens! 🎄🎄🎄

Here‘s a little Bookish Christmas haul I got this morning from the family. 💕

#merrychristmas #christmasgoodies #bookishgoodies

Graciouswarriorprincess Merry Christmas ! 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ❤🎅🏼💚 5mo
inthegreensandblues Merry Christmas! 🎄🦌❤️ 5mo
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AnneCecilie Merry Christmas 🎄 5mo
Kaye Merry Christmas 🎄 5mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas 🎄 ❤️ 5mo
shellleigh33 Merry Christmas! 5mo
Redwritinghood Merry Christmas!🎁🎄 5mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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Oh my goodness thank you so much, @erinreads !!! Above and beyond on this 😍😍

I hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

#DMVlittens #jolabokaflodswap @MaleficentBookDragon

erinreads You‘re welcome! I hope you enjoy it all! Have a great holiday! 🎄💕 5mo
kellyann28 Thin Mints 😍😍 5mo
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thebookishtype15
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I love reading with my new kitty, Petra!

Newfoundlilac Awww, so cute!! 5mo
thebookishtype15 Thank you! 5mo
Lauram 😻 5mo
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Bklover
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Well, @MinDea I can copy this right from your post because my all time favorite show is
1. Friends! Still watch with my daughters. Loved this show.
2. I‘m hoping to spend time at home with my family and I have way too many books I want to read before year‘s end.
3. Classics. I need to read more classics. What are your favorites?
4. Sleeping soundly.
5. I REALLY want a LITSY mug or tote. They are great!!!
#humpdaypost

wanderinglynn 💜 Friends! As for classics, I have several faves including Pride & Prejudice, Dracula, The Handmaid‘s Tale, Franny & Zooey, The Plague, Sherlock Holmes (all the stories), and everything by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, including 5mo
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JacqMac Little Women and 5mo
TheKidUpstairs One of my fave classics 5mo
KrystleTheBookSlayer I love Friends! My favorite classics are Pride & Prejudice, Frankenstein, The Bell Jar, and I'm currently reading Jane Eyre, which is wonderful! One of my goals for 2019 is to read more classics too! 5mo
HannaPolkadots Wuthering Heights, The Count of Monte Cristo, Persuasion and A Tale of Two Cities 😍😍😍 5mo
Naj Mrs. Dalloway 5mo
Susanita Second Rebecca and A Tale of Two Cities. Also Anna Karenina. 5mo
ravenlee Dracula, Frankenstein, Persuasion, Siddhartha, The Count of Monte Cristo, Little Dorrit, Night (Elie Wiesel). 5mo
JenlovesJT47 Gone With the Wind!! 5mo
Birdsong28 Not a classic book but if you love Friends try this 5mo
wordslinger42 A Tale of Two Cities, Jane Eyre, North & South, Wives & Daughters 5mo
Doughtah Ive heard good stuff about this one, its on my tbr: 5mo
xicanti MOLL FLANDERS is my absolute fave. Most people seem to see it as a cautionary tale, but I've always read it as a book about a woman who has a marvellous time living an unconventional (and criminal) life. 5mo
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Caroline2
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Oh wow!! Thank you so much @TrishB for the awesome Christmas gifts! I can‘t wait for the school holidays to start so I can curl up with a coffee and this book and stay in the warm! 😊 ☕️ lovely gifts! Thank you! 😙

squirrelbrain How lovely! 💖 5mo
Birdsong28 Just got I'll be there for you can't wait to read it!! Glad I eventually got it as I have read mixed reviews but from what I have seen on here and glimpsed in the book it looks really good. 📚📖 5mo
TrishB You‘re welcome 😘 hope it‘s a good read! 5mo
eanderson That mug!!! 5mo
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kezzlou85
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Well yesterdays total was just over 3 hours so I'm currently at 6 hours. Think I may need to try and read a bit more today. Hope everyone else is doing well.

TheReadingMermaid You're doing great sweetheart keep it up! 👏🏻 5mo
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Callemarie
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I can't recommend this book enough. If you are a fan of friends, this is one for you. It was such a wonderful trip down memory lane and was just so neat to hear about the behind the scenes. It made me laugh, it made me sad, and I cant think of a better book to talk about this cultural icon that alot of us grew up with.

saresmoore Sold! 6mo
SomedayAlmost When I was a social worker, I would come and watch Friends after work. Nothing truly dark happens in their world (in the apartment that they never, ever would have been able to afford), so Friends was a nice transition from a day of working with good kids in bad situations. 😄 6mo
Callemarie @SomedayAlmost I COMPLETELY agree. I was a juvenile probation officer for 5 years and used to fall asleep to friends. They were literally like my comfort food for sitcoms 6mo
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Callemarie
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I cant get any work done today because I CANT STOP LISTENING TO MY AUDIO BOOK. It's so good!!!!! If you're a devoted friends fan, I highly recommend this book. It's a wonderful trip down memory lane.

Birdsong28 I've been working out whether to get this or not but this might have convinced me!!! 📚📖 6mo
Callemarie @Birdsong28 I wasnt sure what I was getting myself into when I started but I'm so happy I decided to go for it 6mo
Birdsong28 @Callemarie I finally bought it!! And from what I've glimpsed in just reading a few sections I need to thank you for convincing me. 😘📚📖 5mo
Callemarie @Birdsong28 yayyyyy!!! I'm so happy!!!! 5mo
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cinann
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I ordered these four books on Black Friday from Amazon. I couldn't resist because Bibliophile was half off and I had a coupon code.

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keys_on_fire
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I haven‘t posted in a while, so I need to catch up on the things that I have been reading. BUT, I had to drop everything else when I got word that THIS came in at my library!! I am a huge Friends fan, and can‘t wait to dive in to this one. I SHOULD be going to sleep right now, but I‘m sacrificing at least an hour because I can‘t bear to wait until I get home from work tomorrow 😂😂😂

Ruthiella I MUST GET MY HANDS ON THIS!😍 I loved the show and I love these kinds of books for the fans. 6mo
Bookwormjillk This book was really fun 6mo
Caroline2 @TrishB as a fellow Friends fan: how awesome does this look!! 😯 😎 👍🏻 6mo
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TrishB @Caroline2 I literally have this in my basket! I was going to get for one of my kids - but whoever I don‘t get it for will probably moan! 6mo
Caroline2 @TrishB but they can take it in turns to read! A books shared is a book.....erm....that‘s awesome?!?! 😊 6mo
keys_on_fire @Ruthiella So far I am ❤️‘ing it! Stayed up way too late last night reading ‘one more chapter‘ lol 6mo
keys_on_fire @TrishB @Caroline2 This reminds me of the scene in Devil Wears Prada where Andie has to get copies of Harry Potter made for the twins: “Only one copy? Whatever are my twins going to do with that, share???” 😂😂😂 6mo
TrishB I know whichever one I get it for the other will say - oh you think they like it more! The fact that they both like cos of me - maybe I just buy it for me 🤷‍♀️ @Caroline2 6mo
Caroline2 😆 so funny! Yeahhh get it for you then they can both borrow it! 😉 @TrishB 6mo
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Christine
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I‘ve long enjoyed Miller‘s writing about body positivity/the anti-diet movement (including her memoir Big Girl), so I‘ve been looking forward to more from her...though I‘ll admit I didn‘t really feel like I needed a book about Friends in my life (despite loving the show back in the day)! But this was a well-written social history and an undeniably fun nostalgia trip that I will certainly recommend to many of my own (even non-bookish!) friends.

Librariana Adding both this one and the former to my list! Thank you for sharing! 6mo
Christine @Librariana Oh yay! Hope you enjoy them both!! 6mo
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BookItBilly
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What is it about Friends exactly? Is it even that funny? Isn‘t it dated? Don‘t we quote Seinfeld way more? Miller emphasizes that the secret to the series‘ success, decades after its 1994 debut, relies less on memorable jokes and more on undeniable chemistry—the kind between the cast members that feels familiar and mirrors our own best memories, of when we were young and unsure, but laughing with our best friends, together in one room.

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Eggs
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"We were on a break!!" Friends was and still is a global phenomenon. Miller explores this, with lots of backstory about the actors, and updates us with their current status. The 1990s , (pre 9/11) were more carefree and the chemistry among writers and actors was amazing.

cassiopia Ad much as I love Friends, how did I not know this book was a thing? I'm definitely going to buy it. 6mo
cassiopia *as. My bad. I wish we could edit our mistakes without deleting the entire comment 😂 6mo
Eggs You can edit; just tap on your comment for the edit menu, edit, then repost😊😊 6mo
cassiopia I don't have that option. I only get Delete, Mark As Spoiler, or Cancel. Oh well 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
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irre
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I was thinking about buying this book for my sister for Christmas since she is a big Friends fan. I had to check it out first and found it on #Hoopla
Entertaining. Made me want to watch Friends again.

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Bookwormjillk
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Could this book be any more fun?

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farre
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Pickpick

I love non-fiction and it was nice to hear about Friends with today‘s prospective intermixed. I do have trouble watching returns at times, and this books talks about that a bit.

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sophierayton
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Hurray for Friends and for all the Super-fans out there making this book possible. I loved learning so much about what was happening behind the scenes and what real-life events were shaping the episodes.
This would make a great Christmas gift for any Friends Super-fan.

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Birdsong28
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Didn't know this existed but now I do I will certainly get my hands on this 😀📚📖

TrishB Both my kids would love this! 7mo
tracey38 I loved this show. Still watch reruns sometimes. 💜 7mo
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Kristy_K
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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. This book 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.

#arc #netgalley #friends

Lovesbooks87 I have a hold at the library for this book. Can't wait to read it! 7mo
trazo Soooo excited for this release!!! 😆 7mo
Kristy_K @Lovesbooks87 @trazo I loved it! Made me want to watch the series again even though I just finished a re-watch prior to reading. :) 7mo
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Suetara
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How did I not know this was coming out??!! I NEED THIS.