New book lets you meet up with old Friends

Toronto Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

Kelsey Miller has writ­ten 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.

Miller leads read­ers through in­ter­est­ing in­sider scoop and in­cludes var­i­ous be­hind-the-scenes in­ter­views span­ning the length of Friends. She high­lights trends such as “the Rachel” hair­cut and high-pro­file celebrity guest ap­pear­ances, but doesn’t ig­nore the bad.

One theme that weaves through the book is the ca­ma­raderie among the lead­ing ac­tors. Spear­headed by Lisa Kudrow and David Sch­wim­mer, they were among the first to in­sist on equal pay for cast mem­bers. And Court­ney Cox im­ple­mented the un­of­fi­cial “all for one” agree­ment with the group. If one left, the other five would fol­low. Miller points out that

Friends, which de­buted in 1994 and ran for 10 sea­sons, has with­stood the test of time. Once Net­flix of­fered the show to sub­scribers, a new gen­er­a­tion be­gan binge­watch­ing six friends try­ing to make it in New York City. Fi­nally, Miller com­pares

Friends to com­fort food. No mat­ter what your mood,

Ross, Joey, Chan­dler, Mon­ica, Phoebe and Rachel will al­ways be there for you.

I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends Kelsey Miller (Hanover Square Press)

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