Saul Austerlitz – Generation: Friends
Oct 28, 2019 - Jan 30, 2020
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show’s premiere. How you doin’?
In September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering about sex, relationships, jobs, and just about everything else. A quarter of a century later, new fans are still finding their way into the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe. Thanks to the show’s immensely talented creators, its intimate understanding of its youthful audience, and its reign during network television’s last moment of dominance, Friends has become the most influential and beloved show of its era. Friends has never gone on a break, and this is the story of how it all happened.
Noted pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz utilizes exclusive interviews with creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman, executive producer Kevin Bright, director James Burrows, and many other producers, writers, and cast members to tell the story of Friends’ creation, its remarkable decade-long run, and its astonishing Netflix-fueled afterlife Saul Austerlitz is the author of four previous books, including Just a Shot Away and Sitcom. His work has been published by The Boston Globe, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of Yale and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an adjunct professor of writing and comedy
history at NYU.
Friends Trivia Answers:
- Q: Fun Bobby was the boyfriend of which character? A: Monica
- Q: What did Chandler lose after his wedding? A: The disposable cameras.
- Q: What does Ross dress up as when he can’t find a Santa Suit? A: An Armadillo