When you get to a certain age, your friends become your family. For ten years, the television show Friends reflected that time in our lives.
Back in September, pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz published his latest book, Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era. The book takes readers and fans behind the scenes from the conception of the show to height of its popularity and ends by reflecting on it’s legacy as a modern American sitcom. Containing interviews with the cast, the creative team and the crew, this book is one that Friends fans will want to read.
This book is well written. However, it is not for the casual Friends fan or someone who only knows of the show in passing. This book is for the superfan who has seen every episode, can quote every line and knows everything that there is to know about this program.
I would like to say that I loved this book. But I can’t. I felt like there were moments that the author was only writing for the superfan. As a casual fan, I felt like the author was not writing to or for me, which nearly led me to put the book down without finishing it.
Do I recommend it? Not really.