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, and 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.
Please join the JCC of Greater New Haven in welcoming author Saul Austerlitz for a discussion of his new book, “Generation FRIENDS: An Inside Look at the Show That Defined a Television Era”, featuring clips from the show and a “nostalgic, fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster success of NBC’s Friends, including brand-new interviews with the series creators, published for the 25th anniversary of the show’s premiere.”
Austerlitz is a pop culture historian who has written for many publications (the Boston Globe, NYT Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Slate and the LA Times), as well as authoring such books as “Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes” and “Money for Nothing: A History of the Music Video from the Beatles to the White Stripes.”
The program takes place from 7-9 PM on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Best Video Film & Cultural Center. Advance tickets are $10 for JCC members and $15 for non-members. They are available through the JCC’s Web site.
The program is part of the JCC’s Jewish Author Series. The JCC previously presented Mike Reiss, a writer for “The Simpsons,” at Best Video Film & Cultural Center last November.