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

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...
  • Heather McC
    Saul Austerlitz does his very best to commemorate Friends' 25th anniversary and while his book does serve as a love letter of sorts to the beloved TV show of the mid 90s and early aughts, the book falls short in terms of getting little details correct in quite a few instances. It wouldn't take very much for a superfan to notice referenced storylines that are not quite accurate, or pieces of character backstory that do not add up with what viewers...
  • 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.
  • Rachel
    Could this book BE more awesome?!?
  • 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...
  • Shannon K
    Generation Friends by Saul Austerlitz is the latest in a recent wave of analyses and retrospectives on the history and lasting legacy of FRIENDS. FRIENDS will always hold a special place in my heart as I watched it with my brother on DVD and it was one of the first things we really bonded over. Generation Friends takes a look at the history of the show - how it came to be in every facet, what made it so successful, and why it has endured long sin...
  • 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...
  • Katie
    This was an excellent time! It's clear the author did a lot of research, and I appreciate that he made an effort to speak with a wide range of people who had been involved with Friends. There's both behind the scenes information on how the show was created and what it took to get sets made and scripts written, as well as analysis of the various plotlines throughout the show's run - those that held up well, and those that didn't - and how they imp...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Beth Trabue
    While parts of this book are a lot of fun for a friends superfan like me, I feel this author just doesn’t get it. I was expecting some behind the scenes gossip and show facts and that would have been really good to me. What it actually was turned into a TON of stupid opinions by this obviously liberal idiot author and at least four stupidly mentioned digs on the president of the United States. Automatic deductions of Stars for those comments. I...
  • 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! ...
  • 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...
  • Diana
    Even though I just read I'll Be There for You: The One about Friends about a year ago, I was still really excited to pick this one up. Friends has long been my favorite show and probably the one I've seen the most. I can watch any episode, out of order, and know right where the story is. A lot of information in this book was covered in the other but I still really enjoyed this. I couldn't even say what was really different about the two but there...
  • Sarah Bowe
    Thanks to Dutton for sending me this free copy!I was 12 years old when Friends premiered. So I wasn't a watcher or fan..... At first.One night, I was browsing TV channels (as we did "back then") and came across the ending of the Season 4 finale. I stopped in time for Ross to do his famous flub "I, take thee, Rachel". Now I didn't know the characters yet, but from the reaction of the studio audience...I KNEW this was a significant moment. Thus, my...