Twenty-five years after its first season aired, Friends remains incredibly popular: if it were counted in the Nielsen ratings as a new show, it would rank at #9.
In early July 2019, when it was announced that Friends would be leaving Netflix for WarnerMedia’s upcoming service, HBO Max, in 2020, the story instantly went viral. Even after all this time, the Friends phenomenon continues to grow and evolve, attracting a new generation of younger fans, who weren’t alive when the show premiered.
For the twenty-fifth anniversary of the pilot episode, Kelsey Miller, author of I'll Be There for You: The One about Friends, and Saul Austerlitz, author of Generation Friends: An Inside Look at the Show that Defined a Television Era, will share a nostalgic, fascinating look at how the show was created, cast, and filmed. They'll analyze the best episodes, plot points, and themes and provides insight into why the show that defined 1990s television has a popularity and legacy that has endured beyond anyone’s wildest expectations.
A book signing follows the event.