Can you believe that it has been nearly 25 years since the premiere of “Friends” first took to the airwaves? Time absolutely waits for no man. To this date, Friends remains one of the most watched television series of all times.
In light of the 25th anniversary of the show’s premiere, it has been revealed that Kelsey Miller’s book, “I’ll Be There for You,” will be released in commemoration of the show and its characters. There is a been a great deal of buzz surrounding the book, as fans of the show and its characters want to know what the book will actually be about.
At the core, the book will explore the history and phenomenon associated with the show and attempt to explain why the show is still able to attract the attention of younger audiences.
The rights of the book have been acquired by Hanover Square Press and the publication and release of the book are scheduled for some time in 2019 in time for the 25th anniversary of the premiere date of the show.
If you are looking for an example to compare this book to, many critics are comparing it to Seinfeldia, a book that not only endeavored into exploring the history of the show but invested great effort into explaining the phenomenon of its massive and enduring appeal to an ever-expanding audience. The book will also explore the overall cultural impact the show had, which should be interesting.
When the show aired for the first time in 1994, it captured an audience that would go on a 10 season ride in which the show would rank in the top five most viewed shows for nine of those 10 seasons, which is almost unimaginable. What is even more astounding is that the show ended production more than 10 years ago and it still attracts more than 16 million viewers per week. The 16 million does not even take into consideration those who watch the show through Netflix or live streaming.
Currently, there is no shortage of prose articles attempting to explore the force that drives the appeal of the show to an ever-widening audience, and this new attempts to take the exploration of this phenomenon to an entirely new level, in a manner that will spark the interest of the public for the book and the show.
Some things that you can expect from the book is a look into how the show originated from the conception of the idea to the actual production. Additionally, Miller takes a substantial look at the number of high-profile guest stars that the show became famous for.
Stars like Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox seemed to gain more traction after the show than the other members of the cast and the book will take a brief look at the unique appeal they possess, especially Aniston.
There is no denying that Friends has had a powerful influence on social culture in general — from the way relationships are viewed to the severity that we arbitrarily apply to any temporal event in life. The show became a paradigmatic lens through which millions of American now view life, and this new book by Kelsey Miller will hash all of that out and more.