A fully illustrated and authorized episode guide celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the hit-television show Friends, including a look behind-the-scenes of cult-favorite episodes, exclusive photos from Warner Bros., brand new interviews with show creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane, and set designer John Shaffner, and more.
The beloved show Friends introduced the world to six young New Yorkers living together, falling in love, breaking up (cue Ross's "We were on a break!"), and getting into hilarious shenanigans, which became an instant classic formula that inspired dozens of "hangout sitcoms" long after the show's reign. But no sitcom has ever come close to the series that started it all, spawning iconic looks like "the Rachel" and timeless catchphrases like "How you doin'?" while creating a cultural sensation that catapulted the cast members to instant mega-stardom.
Throughout the show's ten- season run, viewers watched Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey navigate their twenties and thirties with unwavering friendship, determination, and, of course, plenty of sarcasm. Friends Forever takes fans back to the set where it all began with exclusive photos of the sitcom that won four Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, eleven People's Choice Awards, and a Golden Globe for Jennifer Aniston for Best Lead Actress in a Television Series. This fully illustrated episode guide will treat readers to nostalgic flashbacks of the top one hundred episodes and sneak peeks of how popularly referenced lines from the show came to be. Friends Forever also boasts new interviews with show creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman on how the show got its start and set designer John Shaffner who reveals his inspirations behind the iconic looks behind Monica’s and Rachel’s apartment and Central Perk.
It's no wonder why the Friends cast was chosen by TV Guide readers as the Best Comedy cast of all time, while countless other publications such as Vanity Fair named the show one of the best sitcoms of all time.
Fun, hilarious interactives include:
- Joey’s fake resume vs real one
- Countdown to the funniest Thanksgiving foods
- Trivia game Q&A from "The One with the Embryos" (Seriously, what is Chandler Bing’s job?)
- Follow Ross’s infidelity trail from "The One with the Morning After"
- Who’s that celebrity? A comprehensive guide to some of the most famous celebrity guest stars from all ten seasons
About the Author
Gary Susman has covered TV and pop culture for such outlets as People, Rolling Stone, Moviefone, CNN, MSNBC, Vanity Fair, Time, the Guardian, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Village Voice. He was a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, where he wrote a column about Friends during its initial run. He is a coauthor of the book LIFE 75 Years: The Very Best of LIFE. He’s interviewed two of the Friends sextet and numerous guest stars. He and his wife live in Denver, Colorado. He thinks he’s a Chandler, but he’s really a Ross.
Jeannine Dillon is a writer, blogger, and bestselling editor. She has published many books in her editorial career, including Cyanide & Happiness, Color Me Calm, and Burning Man: Art on Fire. She was nominated for the Publishers Weekly Star Watch and is currently working on a YA fiction series. Her favorite Friends episode is “The One with All the Resolutions” (season 5, episode 11) because there’s nothing funnier than Ross trying to pull up leather pants. She lives in New York.
Bryan Cairns is an entertainment journalist whose work has been featured in various publications such as Sci Fi magazine, Lost: The Official Magazine, SFX magazine, The Walking Dead: The Official Magazine, Dog Fancy, Huffington Post Canada, SYFY WIRE, and CBR. Some of the books he has worked on include Fantastic 4: The Making of the Movie and Firefly: The Official Companion. He has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, including Hugh Jackman, Rachel McAdams, Dwayne Johnson, and Ryan Reynolds—not to mention Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane, along with production designer, John Shaffner, for this book. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.