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

I'll Be There For You: The One About Friends

byKelsey Miller

Hardcover | October 23, 2018

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SIX FRIENDS THAT BECAME A FAMILY.

A TELEVISION SHOW THAT BECAME A PHENOMENON.


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.
Title:I'll Be There For You: The One About FriendsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 9.28 X 6.28 X 1.07 inShipping dimensions:304 pages, 9.28 X 6.28 X 1.07 inPublished:October 23, 2018Publisher:Hanover Square PressLanguage:English

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"The definitive Friends history."—EW.com"Deeply reported and brimming with delicious insight, Kelsey Miller's account of the Friends phenomenon takes us on a nostalgic, thrilling and bittersweet journey behind the scenes of a TV show that captured the fleeting moment in our lives when friends became family. I'll Be There For You illuminates the real-life bonds between cast members and how Jennifer Aniston and company stuck together through ups and downs, meteoric fame and iconic haircuts, break-ups and Brad Pitt. All the while, Miller's intelligent analysis of the series' enduring legacy reveals a universal truth: The friendships we make in our twenties change us forever—and for those eager to relive the magic of the past, Friends now feels like family."—Erin Carlson, author of I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy"Can you write with a fan's affection about both what makes a show timeless and what makes it dated? What makes it rewatchable and what makes it sometimes regrettable? This book suggests that you can."—Linda Holmes, host of NPR’s “Pop Culture Happy Hour”“I'll Be There for You is a lot like Friends: you come for the comfort, you stay for the much larger (and far more interesting) conversations it sparks. Like Kelsey Miller, I was a casual Friends fan back when it aired — and have been fascinated by the show's afterlife with an entirely new set of fans. Miller not only gives all the fascinating backstory on how such a seminal and popular show made it to air, but answers the question that's been following me for years: how is this show still so popular? I'll Be There for You isn't just about Friends—it's about the specific void that Friends has filled in so many people's everyday lives.”—Anne Helen Petersen, culture writer at BuzzFeed and author of Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud“Nostalgic and affectionate, with plenty of dish; just the thing for fans of the show.”—Kirkus Reviews“This detailed, affectionate look at the history of the 1990s megahit Friends traces the show from its beginnings… to one of the defining cultural touchstones for an entire generation… A smart, nostalgic read.”—Booklist “Kelsey Miller's encyclopedic history of beloved sitcom Friends does something rare among non-autobiographical works of non-fiction: it welcomes the reader….In addition to this victory of tone, I'll Be There for You is truly a trove of knowledge.”—InStyle, “10 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down This October”“Through extensive research and thoughtful examination, Miller’s engaging retrospective explores Friends’ meteoric rise, and how and why it became known as the show for Generation X.  I’ll Be There For You is both a loving celebration of one of the most iconic television shows of all time, and a whip-smart piece of pop cultural criticism.”—Bustle“The definitive retrospective of Friends. If you speak in Friends references and always have the show streaming in the background, this is the book for you.”—Hello Giggles“An affectionate look at the iconic ’90s television show and the reasons behind its continuing appeal.”—The Columbus Dispatch“A fond history of the beloved ‘90s sitcom.”—Newsday “You’ve already re-watched Friends nine hundred times on Netflix, so the next logical step would be to read this deep dive on the ’90s sitcom phenomenon. Through commentary, interviews, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Kelsey Miller looks at the history of the show and the reasons for its success, ultimately making you want to rewatch it yet again.”—Brit + Co“A must for any fans of the mega-show Friends. Kelsey Miller takes us by the hand in order to fully explore all aspects of the huge hit of the 90s show. For any who have wondered about the lives of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe both on and off screen, this book will be your complete guide!”—Bookstr“Now you can read interviews and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the sitcom that captivated millions.  From all the Friendsgiving episodes to Janice’s infamous “Oh my God,” I’ll Be There for You: The One About Friends, by Kelsey Miller, shares why the comedy became a fan favorite.”—Family Circle“Expertly written…Miller is interested in the alchemy of Friends. What factors led to a show about six people becoming a cultural monolith?... I'll Be There For You is a book for everyone, from Friends fanatics who want to rack up trivia to Friends skeptics who want to know what the fuss is about.”—Refinery29  “A delightfully mixed bag: Miller shares the play­ers’ origin stories and gives insight into how TV shows are made. She also considers the show’s impact on ev­erything from advertising to fashion to coffee culture and thoughtfully examines the show’s fatphobia, lack of diversity and depictions of gay characters. It’s an entertaining read for fans.”—BookPage "The quintessential fan book for those obsessed with the hit TV sitcom 'Friends.' ''I'll Be There For You' gives readers an insider's look at what it takes to launch a show that not only had an impact on a decade of broadcast television, but also remains a pop culture icon."—Associated Press "Deeply reported...it's hard to believe that any thinkpiece or retrospective will be more nuanced, considered, or better-researched than I'll Be There For You."—Bust“An absolute gift..thoroughly reported, researched and written in a fun and educational way.”—Good Morning America“Relive the show that practically made the ’90s in I’ll Be There for You, a homage to the sitcom that made viewers everywhere think they could afford a two-bedroom apartment in New York. Miller gets to the root of her own obsession…to suss out why Friends reruns are still so delicious all these years later.”—Parade “Kelsey Miller takes readers behind the scenes for a more intimate look at the heart of the show. Miller examines the cast's relationships with each other and their insanely famous characters, from the show's biggest moments…to how the actors supported each other in their fight for salary parity.”—Mental Floss