Generation Friends by Saul Austerlitz

Generation Friends

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the show’s premiere, including brand-new interviews with the series creatorsIn September 1994, six friends sat down in their favorite coffee shop and began bantering. A quarter of a century later, new fans are still finding their way into the lives of Rachel, Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe, and thanks to a combination of talented creators, i...

Details Generation Friends

TitleGeneration Friends
Release DateSep 17th, 2019
PublisherPenguin Random House
GenreNonfiction, Media Tie In, Tv, Culture, Pop Culture, History, Biography, Adult, Reference

Reviews Generation Friends

  • Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
    My first thought when I saw this book was coming out? ‘Oh. My. Gawd.’ And then, “How You Doin’?” Could I BE any more excited? Nope. I don’t think I could. It’s a 'Moo' point. This book, Would Be Perfection. This book, will be my Lobster. We will go together like a Chick and a Duck because it’s not that common, it doesn’t happen to every guy and it IS a big deal!!You’re going to want to be ‘On a Break’ and summon all your U...
  • Laura G (lauralovestoread)
    I grew up watching FRIENDS, and still find myself drawn in to watch the show if it’s on. I knew I needed to read this book, to get all of the behind the scenes details. I loved that some of the influences of the show creators were represented in Phoebe, Chandler and Monica. I can’t imagine the characters being represented by any other actor, so that was interesting to learn that som of the actresses auditioned for other characters for the sho...
  • Ellie
    If you're a Friends fanatic--as I am--then this book is a must read. I was already familiar with some of the information here of course having read everything else I could find on the subject but Austerlitz offers interesting analysis of the Friends' phenomena here in the U.S. and across the world. This sit com from the 90s continues to be popular with new generations. Why?Austerlitz finds the answer in the world presented in Friends. It's one of...
  • Lyndsey
    holy nostalgia!I consider myself to be a FRIENDS superfan, okay? i’ve seen each episode well over 100 times, and I STILL laugh at Chandler’s jokes, Rachel’s ditziness, Phoebe’s eccentric personality, Joey’s blonde moments, Monica’s antics, and Ross’s hopeless romantic gestures. I was beyond excited when I saw this book was being released because I had hoped it would dive further into the behind the scenes life of FRIENDS than a cert...
  • Janet
    When you don't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can get a LOT of reading done!! I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Friends, published for the twenty-fifth ann...
  • Leah Lawson
    This is the second book in the last year that I have read about Friends. I enjoyed reading this one much more. If felt less political and more about the actual show and actors/actresses.
  • Claire
    I received Generation Friends as part of a Goodreads giveaway.On the 25th anniversary of its premiere, Saul Austerlitz recounts the background, meteoric popularity, and aftermath of Friends. Overviews of episodes and story arcs, interviews with creators and writers, and related information about the cast and crew give a well-rounded portrait of the ratings juggernaut.As someone who adored Friends as a teenager, I really enjoyed this. There were s...
  • Jenny Leitsch
    A fun, fast read. Not as juicy as I hoped, but I did enjoy a peek into the life of a television writer. I also liked the analysis of why the show was an audience favorite when it originally aired versus why audiences like it now. Interesting social commentary. Definitely a worthy read for fans of the show!
  • Lulu
    Interesting read for "Friends" fans, a few mistakes (misattributed quotes from some episodes) but those are minor quibbles, overall an enjoyable, behind-the-scenes look at television's most enduring sitcom.
  • Lorraine
    Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The book will be published on September 17th, 2019. 📚As someone who has only seen about a third of Friends' 236 episodes, I wasn't sure if this was going to be the book for me. I was a year and three months old when the first episode hit the air. I've watched episodes casually with friends and seen clips on Youtube, but ...
  • Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
    I loved reminiscing through reading this book! Packed with informative tidbits about the show, from its initial conception through its very last episode as well as the individual actors' lives beyond its end, this book truly brings insider information to the average viewer and reader. While I initially thought the layout of the chapters was odd, by the end I appreciated that it read more like a collection of essays. It was easy to finish a chapte...
  • Laura Hill
    Thank you to Penguin Group Dutton and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on September 17th, 2019.A fun read for those of us who are big Friends fans (and apparently there are a lot of us). I’m not a big TV person — I don’t have cable, and usually just watch a single movie on DVD at night — but I loved Friends, owned all the DVDs, and it was definitely my go to ...
  • Caleb Hoyer
    I already read a book about Friends earlier this year, Kelsey Miller's I'll Be There For You. Whereas that book felt more about the series' place in our culture rather than about the creation of the series, this book is much more about how the show came to be and the history of its ten-year production and afterlife. It spends less time, although (I would argue) still too much, trying to figure out why the appeal of this sitcom has lasted as long ...
  • Jennifer Mitchell
    Special thanks to NetGalley, Penguin Group Dutton and Saul Austerlitz for a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.If I had to title this book as an episode with Friends, I would name it - The One With All the Memories. As a HUGE fan of Friends - I own all ten season on DVD and have even pre-ordered some items from the Pottery Barn 25th anniversary collection but not that apothecary table - I found myself reminiscing about the show a l...
  • Erin
    (Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book!) I was (and am) a diehard Friends fan and proud champion of the Friends trivia game I own but no one will play with me anymore, so this deep dive into the history of the show was mostly a delight. Austerlitz clearly knows his stuff, and managed to get extensive, tidbit-laden interviews with most of the people involved in making the show, from the creators and writers to actors and gu...
  • Flossmoor Public Library (IL)
    5 starsFriends is one of those shows that has found both an audience in people who watched it when it was "Must-See TV" and in younger generations looking for a glimpse of what friendships and life in your 20s might look like. For those interested in learning more about this iconic show, Saul Austerlitz has written a book that explains, analyzes, and remembers all the best (and worst) parts of Friends. There is information about the creators, how...
  • Jessica Terry
    I'm a nut for behind-the-scenes stuff, so I was rather excited to read this book after reading a preview chapter online a while back. And overall, I did enjoy it. There were several things I learned that I didn't know before, and it presented a lot of tidbits from different angles than others have. So I dug that.I was surprised to notice a couple of errors (like them saying Gabrielle Union's character dated both Ross and Chandler when it was real...
  • Andrea Pole
    Generation Friends by Saul Austerlitz is a must-read for even the most casual, or closet, fan of the iconic television phenomenon that is Friends. Having watched the show from its inception in 1994, I believed that I was fairly well-versed in the intricacies of each episode and storyline, but I quickly realized that my memories of the show only scratched the surface. Through detailed interviews with the show's creators, writers, and network execs...
  • Lee Ann
    3.5 stars. I saw every episode in its first run and occasionally watch reruns but wouldn't consider myself fanatical. This was a fun and fascinating look at the show's continuing importance to television. It follows the show's history and people from idea, to casting, to episodes, to a new generation discovering the show via Netflix streaming. (I can attest that the late teen/early 20-somethings in my life are obsessed with this show.) There aren...
  • Katie Mac
    I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have a complicated relationship with the show; it was a huge part of my life as a teenager, and my friends and I even embarked on a mission to watch all ten seasons my freshman year of college, but I now cringe at the homophobic remarks and other insensitive plot lines of the show, and I still fume when I think about Amaani Lyle's awful experience with the writers o...
  • April Greissinger
    Thanks to Dutton Books for my free copy in exchange for my honest opinion!I am a huge fan of the show Friends, even though it came out a year after I was born, but it's such a fun show that never gets old! And I'm not even sure how many times I have rewatched it! I was so excited to read this book and find out so many new things about the show and actors! This was a light and fun book, and it was so interesting to see what went on behind the scen...
  • Lexi
    A behind the scenes look at the pop culture phenomenon that is Friends! I usually don’t read too much Nonfiction but when I saw this was about my favorite TV show I knew I had to read it! This novel has exclusive interviews with staff members that were present during the filming of Friends. Fun Fact: Friends was not the original title they had planned for the series! I also found it interesting that the entire cast that we know and love were al...
  • Ashley Collins
    As someone who has loved Friends for a decade of my life, despite the ways it doesn't hold up as our society evolves, this book was a surprising gem. Definitely a treat for younger friends fans or fans who didn't know much about the behind the scenes ways Friends came to life before it got a pilot order and for the ten years that followed. I learned so much about the show, the writers, the creators, the actors, and even the audience of its time! ...
  • Deane Barker
    The definitive history of Friends, from the spark of and idea, all the way through the current day and the lingering fandom.I read "I'll Be There For You" last year, but I remember that book as being quite strongly about the social justice aspects of the show. This book touches on some of those issues as well, but it's mainly a detailed, comprehensive history of the show, from start to finish.It does spend weird lengths detailing various plots. I...
  • Jessica
    In September 1994, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe all sat down in a coffee shop for their first infamous cup of coffee as “Friends”. Twenty-five years later, Friends still airs on television and has never taken a break. What makes this series so iconic? How does it withstand the test of pop culture through time? In this book, Austerlitz dives into the pop culture, the making, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at what occurr...
  • Bookgirl
    Other than details of how the writers worked, there isn't much here that I didn't already know. Why he inserted his political views into a book about a T.V. show is beyond me. However, the real kicker is the numerous mistakes he makes when recounting (unnecessarily) details of episodes. He goes on and on about what happens in the episodes instead of telling what happened behind the scenes. Just a waste of time and money.
  • Ang
    Aw, I liked this a lot. It spends A TON of time on Ross and Rachel, but that's okay, I guess. It does mention the tweet thread to end all tweet threads, about Joey and Rachel, so that's a positive. (But I'm not sure I agree with the author's conclusions on the whole thing.)Anyway, if you're a Friends fan, this will likely entertain you.Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for the ARC!
  • Vicki Roberts
    If you are a Friends fan this is the book for you. You will recognize lines from the show and appreciate the behind-the-scenes look at the creation and making of the show. Potential plot lines that never made it will make you appreciate the show as it was performed in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The writing is superb.
  • Jamie
    The best chapter, and the one that got me interested in reading the rest of the book, is excerpted on Vulture (The Fifth Dentist), and is about the writers' room on the set of Friends. It's a fascinating look at the symbiotic and deeply collaborative and creative work that was done in the writers' room. The rest of the book is interesting enough, and is worth a read if one was a fan of the show.
  • Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
    Generation Friends is a trip down memory lane that fans will cherish! What a wonderful way to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Friends. This book is filled with interviews, memories, and reminiscing some of the best episodes/moments. I cherished this book and will be purchasing the physical copy as well. Such a great addition to any fans collection!