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I'll Be There for You: The One about Friends When Friends Debuted In , No One Anticipated The Sensation It Would Become Through Its Decade Long Run, 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 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 S Haircut The Rachel I Ll Be There For You Is 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 This was like drinking a tall glass of fat just a vanilla milkshake with chicken bits floating in it Ah the nostalgia I am a HUGE Friends fan, I owned all the DVDs in high school and have been re watching them over and over again Now, that the reruns are on TV, I ve set my DVR to record them so I can watch a few episodes to fall asleep to every single night I love the camaraderie and the collaboration that this group of actors brought to this TV show It s hard to choose one favorite This was like drinking a tall glass of fat just a vanilla milkshake with chicken bits floating in it Ah the nostalgia I am a HUGE Friends fan, I owned all the DVDs in high school and have been re watching them over and over again Now, that the reruns are on TV, I ve set my DVR to record them so I can watch a few episodes to fall asleep to every single night I love the camaraderie and the collaboration that this group of actors brought to this TV show It s hard to choose one favorite main characters as their are parts that I love about every single character, but Monica would be my absolute favorite Miller pulls together her research and packages it in a way that was both interesting and made sense Her devotion to this franchise drives the novel forward and drips off the page I can feel her passion and resonate in our Friendshood of this show I learned a lotthan I thought I would about the series and appreciated the delightful stroll down memory lane Now, to take advantage of the show streaming on Netflix before it ends I ll Be There for You The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller is a 2018 Hanover Square publication So no one told you life was gonna be this wayYour job s a joke, you re brokeYour love life s D.O.AIt s like you re always stuck in second gearWhen it hasn t been your day, your week, your monthOr even your year, butI ll be there for youWhen this book started showing up on my Goodreads feed sometime back in the fall of 2018, I immediately thought of someone I know, who happens to be a die hard Fri I ll Be There for You The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller is a 2018 Hanover Square publication So no one told you life was gonna be this wayYour job s a joke, you re brokeYour love life s D.O.AIt s like you re always stuck in second gearWhen it hasn t been your day, your week, your monthOr even your year, butI ll be there for youWhen this book started showing up on my Goodreads feed sometime back in the fall of 2018, I immediately thought of someone I know, who happens to be a die hard Friends fan The minute the book went on sale I bought a copy for that die hard fan, who was thrilled to receive it for Christmas When asked if they enjoyed the book, they praised it highly, and seemed like a satisfied customer So, I began to wonder if maybe the library had a copy of it, because, while I can t tell you I m one of those die hard fans of the show, I do have fond memories of it My family used to gather around and watch it together, which was rare back in those days While I do have Netflix, I never watch the reruns of Friends any But, after reading this book I feel the urge to do a little binge watching It would be fun to view the series in hindsight, watching the show develop the way the author describes it in this book.As the blurb states, this book is a critical analysis and a retrospective What does that mean exactly and what should one expect to find in this book that they didn t already know Retrospective an exhibition or compilation showing the development of the work of a particular artist over a period of time.Even if you think you know everything there is to know about the show, the characters and the actors who portrayed them, this book does an admirable job of proving how the show solidified over time, showing the ways it improved, the mistakes that were made, how they rebounded from them, and what they could have done differently, or if they should have Naturally, to examine the show in such a way some background is imperative While some of you probably know a lot of trivia about the show and the actors, I must confess, that while some of the information was mildly familiar, I d forgotten most of it by this time I don t remember that infamous Coke campaign The Who stole the Diet Coke game I do remember the show airing after the Superbowl one year, but I don t recall the backlash Do you The business savvy of the actors, the impact the show had on the culture of other countries, and how the characters evolved over the years was especially interesting to me This book, I think, could give even the most knowledgeable fan a new perspective on the show Even if you are one of those who frequently watches the show on Netflix, at least for now, you may not really remember the climate of the country at the time those episodes originally aired This bittersweet look back, is perhaps the part of the book I enjoyed most It is also worth noting that while Friends was certainly unrealistic, we forgave it for many faux pas we wouldn t let pass today The author examines the show s obvious lack of diversity, which is an unavoidable subject, and the way it approached Carol and Susan s wedding, Chandler s father, and other social issues, which, of course, would have been handled much differently today In some ways the author seems to be examining the show under an unfair microscope, since I really don t recall , Seinfeld, Home Improvement, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frazier, or countless other shows in the nineties being dens of diversity or addressing some of the topics that Friends did In fact, some of the jokes on other nineties sitcoms were faroffensive that anything on Friends So, really, Miller s argument could be applied to nearly all network television in the nineties and early 2000 s The show is a freeze frame of a very specific period in time, a time in one s life when your friends were your family, those days before marriage, before kids, beforeserious career obligations It s the promise of what might be, what could be, and now it s a show people often turn to in times of stress, like comfort food So, the question is, why does it still resonate Why is Friends the show people turn to when they need a break, when they are upset, stressed or in times of tragedy Maybe, just like with books, there s a time when one grabs hold of the fluff, the lighter, gentler stories, for comfort, to take us away from all that in your face reality for a while It s why we give the show a break from the criticisms, why we overlook its flaws and lack of realism To expect the show to live up the our current normal, to criticize it for its light fluff, to wish it had been different, edgier, darker, orrealistic would take away the very thing that drew viewers to it to begin with, and what keeps drawing them back time and time again The thing you must remember, is what the show was intended to be in the first place It was never supposed to be cutting edge, or political, or groundbreaking or an envelope pusher Its purpose was to provide an escape, and that is why it is still so popular.I don t think the purpose of this book is to drop never before seen footage, so to speak, or to bring new information to light, or to be a book of Friends trivia or tabloid gossip fest It is meant to be a critical analysis, and retrospective, which shows how the characters and actors grew and developed over the course of the series ten seasons I suppose there are some who will have heard all the anecdotes, and will therefore, find the information here redundant It s not a rehash of old and tired information, nor is it an enthusiastic fan girl homage It did exactly what the blurb suggested it would, offer a critique, analyzing the show from various angles, pointing out its strong suits and weak points, and the impact the show had on pop culture Overall, the show survives Kelsey Miller s scrutiny At the book s conclusion, I, like so many others, am happy to let Friends stand, just as it is, frozen in time But one can t overlook the show s staying power, the way it still offers hope, peace and comfort to global audiences of all ages and stripes However, I must also make it clear that while I rarely watch television any, it is good to see the medium finally make some inroads into diversity land Besides the obvious nostalgia, I loved how the reader is given open permission, and even urged to indulge in the light, fun, fluffy comfort that Friends offers Having a bad day Watch some Friends episodes No one feels embarrassed, afraid or ashamed to admit they like to binge watch the show when they are at home sick, or just when they need a little pick me up or for no special reason at all It s okay to still watch Friends No one is going to shame you for it Everyone understands They get it, and it s still funny, and yes, it feels good, even if it is unrealistic Now if we could just give readers that same permission to enjoy something light, fluffy, fun and comforting, without feeling the need to make up excuses, apologize or pull out the guilty pleasure card 4 stars I wanted to read this book when I first found out about it, but I won t Why B c I LOVE Friends, and having read some of the reviews changed my mind 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 any And heaven forbid all th I wanted to read this book when I first found out about it, but I won t Why B c I LOVE Friends, and having read some of the reviews changed my mind 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 any And heaven forbid all the women are thin No fat girls 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 justlive their lives hey imagine that 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 Today there d be 6 different races, 2 gays FLAMING gays mind you, one trans now b c that s the new in thing and if you don t have any of that you re a bigot , rape jokes and all sorts of other shit Like I said, I love this show, and it s perfect just the way it is Yesterday culminated a hectic week in my life as I celebrated my son s bar mitzvah 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 Yesterday culminated a hectic week in my life as I celebrated my son s bar mitzvah 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 I knew that Kelsey Miller s new boom was one I had to read From 1995 2004, 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 In high school I did not aspire to be single living in New York City and in college I thought I would be a single mom living I 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 The creative team of Crane Kauffman Bright created a now iconic premise of six twenty somethings who are in between school and starting families My generation smack in between Generation X and the Millennials have married much later than their predecessors After college when still finding themselves, a close knit group of friends can bethan a substitute for family This is the premise that Crane Kauffman Bright set out to achieve and come to symbolize with their now iconic show 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 evenfuel to the Friends phenomenon Miller has touched on all this andmaking the book a fun read and an escape from stressful life, just as the show was designed to be during an in flux time in many viewers and the characters lives 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 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 1990s and early 2000s, 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 A fun read, I ll Be There For You The One About Friends helped to diffuse the hectic week I just lived, much like the show was designed to do, showing how much of a cultural phenomenon the show still is 3 stars average writing, above average content

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