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

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  8,867 ratings  ·  1,230 reviews
When Friends debuted in 1994, 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 unl ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Hanover Square Press
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Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 way
Your job's a joke, you're broke
Your love life's D.O.A
It's like you're always stuck in second gear
When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month
Or even your year, but
I'll be there for you

When 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
Oct 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
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 anymore? And heaven forbid all th
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: celebrity, nonfiction
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 ...more
Kristy K
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reference, arc, 2018
“The thing that mattered most about Friends was right there in that simple, one-word, unambiguous title.”

I watch the complete series of Friends at least once a year. More if a major event or life catastrophe happens. There’s something about it I can’t quite pinpoint, but it makes me feel calmer, like everything will be okay even if real life is a complete disaster right now.

“Some things don’t change. Friends is a reminder of that, and that’s why so many of us reach for it in times of grief or f
Melania 🍒
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

Full disclosure: I am crazy about Friends. For a long time now, this series was my refuge and my security blanket when dealing with anxiety and life in general. So when I’ve heard that a new book about Friends is coming up I was over the top happy.
I’ve previously read articles and watched interviews with and about the cast and directors and I’m happy to say that not a lot of information that I’ve personally found on the internet was on the book. So I’ve learned a lot of new things.
The st
Iryna *Book and Sword*
I was quite excited about this one. Mainly because I'm a big Friends fan - when I say I watched the TV show 20 times, I really mean 20 times. At least. Although every time I re-watch it I find something else that's problematic which I haven't noticed the first time. Which is totally fine, because the times back then and right now were so, so different. I also felt like reading some non-fiction so this was perfect timing.

So why such low rating?

Because this book really didn't bring anything new
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but I had to request this one. I adore the show FRIENDS! It's one of my favorite shows of all time, and this book really reinforced why I feel that way. It's got a timeless quality and delves into the feelings of what it means to have a framily when your family disappoints.

This book doesn't make it all appear to be roses and rainbows, either. It discusses the pro
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arts-and-media, arc
You Should Read This Book If:
-You love nostalgia and want to prance down memory lane with people who can drop Friends inside jokes as frequently as you can.
-You want a well-researched look at the writing, casting, and those highly-publicized salary negotiations.
-You’re into pop culture phenomenons. Because Friends definitely is one.

Kelsey Miller loves Friends in the way that I do. Soothed by those TBS reruns and able to easily ramble off some of the all-time best quotes (“They don’t know we kno
Nov 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller is a book reflecting on one of the most popular US television shows at turn at of the millennium. Despite promising to delve into the behind-the-scenes making of the show, the book never even addresses basic questions about the show. For example, why is each show titled "The One about BLANK"? There are very few interviews with the support staff involved in the show which limits the book to publicly available material. In fact, most of ...more
Chris Lira
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
I love Friends. I have watched the entire series as it aired, on DVD, and streaming on Netflix when it had the rights. There are so many iconic moments that still make me laugh. So I was excited to see a book about the show and I quickly bought and read it.

Ehhh. There are some insights but nothing that great, given that the show ran for so long. And much of what is there is just retelling. So I would have given it three stars.

Unfortunately, the author felt compelled to examine the show, albeit b
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was SO much fun. It probably helped that I had just finished rewatching every single episode when I picked this gem up. If you're a Friends fan, you'll LOVE this book -- it's nostalgic and funny and insightful and gives a great behind-the-scenes look at both what happened on the show, but also how the time in which it aired impacted its popularity, as well as the mark it left on our culture (and cultures beyond the U.S.). Whether or not you've seen every episode, this book is an absolu ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Nov 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
A book about Friends?

Can it BE any more obvious that I need this, like right now?
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm probably a 3.5 on this but I'll round up.

I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it. I watched every episode of Friends when it was out in the 90's and this brought back good memories of a favorite show. I especially loved how she highlighted many of the the show's episodes and themes through today's lens. Very interesting and worth a listen or a read.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, nook
This book was not what I was expecting, but it turned out to be much better. I was expecting a behind the scenes, light fluffy paean to a popular TV show that I enjoyed. Instead it was an insightful analysis of why Friends became a cultural touchstone, flaws and all.

Friends was supposed to be a show about the time of your life when your friends are your family; when you are trying out different life trajectories to find the ones that fit you best. There is nothing traditional about this show. I
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
There wasn't a ton in this that I didn't already know, although there were a few things that either were new-ish to me or were just things I had long suspected and just were confirmed here.

(view spoiler)
"How you doin?" Not well. Not well at all. Ugh!

I love Friends so I was so excited to be selected to read this (from NetGalley). I wish I hadn't.
I figured once I got past the very long-winded, self-serving intro about the author by the author (about how she loved Friends, not about her writing qualifications) that I would get some good tidbits and stories that I hadn't yet heard. Not really. There was nothing new at all. The writing was so dull. Although it was interesting to learn about the hi
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
Let me give a little heads up that this isn't going to be a review so much as just a bunch of ramblings from a die hard Friends fangirl about her favourite show.

Because fun fact about me: there are few things I love more in life than Friends. To try and explain what that show meant to me back when I was a teenager would be impossible, not to mention the fact that when I entered my twenties (the year after the final Friends episode had aired), the show suddenly resonated even more with me because
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Super fun book for hardcore Friends fans! Made me nostalgic and wanting to binge watch the series again.
Ash Wilson
This book could go from amazing to infuriating faster than I could flip a page. I landed at 2 stars because it genuinely went from being between 1 star to 3 stars at any given time.

I felt that it was marketed as a new book written as a love letter to “Friends” and those of us fans who have loved it since it originally aired, as well as its resurgence in popularity in recent years with a whole new generation of young people not even born when it first aired. Mixed in would be some behind the sce
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 4-stars
A wonderfully compiled and researched retrospective on the utter cultural phenomenon that was (and remains) the iconic television show Friends . Miller does such an excellent job of stating all that was right with Friends and all that later turned out to have been wrong with it, and weaves it together into the now and present climate.

Keeping my own personal tidbits to a minimum, I loved this show and still do. The flaws are sometimes blindingly glaring now with my 2018 spectacles on, but hind
I enjoyed this! I appreciated that the author didn't let the show slide on things (lack of diversity, homophobia), but also viewed the show as a product of its times and didn't hold it up to today's standards. And it also made me reflect on how much we HAVE gotten better, like it mentions "don't ask don't tell" and, wow, that was so liberal at the time!

And of course I knew the cast stuck together, all for one and one for all, but that was amazing to read about. I mean, it really was an amazing t
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was so much fun to read (as an audiobook)!! I loved learning about the show, Friends. The way the cast was chosen, how the show came to be in the first place, and everything that happened during and after the show. I started this after watching Friends for the millionth time.. so now I might start it again ;)
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll Be There For You is a reminiscent walk down memory lane, summarising the 10 entertaining years of Friends, from the very beginning (with castings, pilot episodes and anticipation of how it would be received by audiences) to the massive success it became. It’s a really informative book because it charts not only Friend’s successes but also its various problems, and the way it was lacking in some key areas. 

I used to absolutely love watching Friends but have to admit I haven’t sat down to wat
I'm a big Friends fan from way back. I was a fan from day one. I've rewatched the series numerous times. I am aware that it has a lot of issues (lack of diversity to name one) but I still love it. And so when I saw that there was a book about the series ... I had to pick it up. And I'm glad that I did ... it is a really good overview of how the show was made and explored why it was so beloved by so many people. If you're looking for a lot of show gossip, that isn't what this book is. However, if ...more
•Bookish Em•
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Friends is by far my favorite tv show. I watch reruns when I’m getting ready for work, cleaning, cooking, literally all day long. I LOVE IT. This book has a lot of behind the scenes insights to the show and for that I really enjoyed it. However, I do feel that it had way more information about other series in the 90s that I did not care to read so much about. I found myself skipping the paragraphs that just KEPT ON talking about it. The only complaint that I have is that it’s more about other sh ...more
I really, really enjoyed this. This is my second book by this author, and I really like her writing style and POV. I found this book fascinating and I enjoyed her delving into the show re: it's flaws and deficiencies as well as the parts of it that made it work well (the 6 stars all deciding to be an united front from the very beginning for example). It's funny because if asked I would never think to list Friends as my top 5 favorite show, but at the same time it probably IS one of my favorite s ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
In this book, Kelsey Miller looks at the phenomenon of Friends and examines why people love it so much.

Personally, I started watching Friends when it began airing in Ireland in or around 1995. I liked it, but I don't remember being a die-hard fan. My sister and I did have the book that was released around the time of the London episode, and we had some of the seasons on video, but that was it. By the time it finished airing in 2004, I was expecting my first baby and wasn't really following the
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, 2018
This is probably more like a 4 or 4.5 star rating, but I felt compelled to give it a 5 star because the nostalgia alone is worth it. Miller has a relatable tone to her writing and you can see the love she has for the show. She doesn’t let Friends totally off the hook, but being able to look at the show through a critical 2018 perspective made it fresh and enjoyable while taking a trip down memory lane.
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Kelsey Miller graduated from Boston University with a BS in Film & Television. She began her career in the film production industry before transitioning to full-time writing. Soon after joining the staff of Refinery29, she created The Anti-Diet Project, one of the website's most popular franchises. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently working on her next book. ...more

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