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Friends reconsidered: Cultural politics, intergenerationality, and afterlives

Cobb, Shelley, Ewen, Neil and Hamad, Hannah ORCID: 2018. Friends reconsidered: Cultural politics, intergenerationality, and afterlives. Television and New Media 19 (8) , p. 683. 10.1177/1527476418778426

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With the passing in 2014 of the twentieth anniversary of its debut episode, the iconic millennial sitcom Friends retains a rare cultural currency and remains a crucial reference point for understanding the concerns of Generation X. This special issue, therefore, interrogates the contemporary and historical significance of Friends as a popular sitcom that reflected and obfuscated American fin de siècle anxieties at the time, and considers the lasting resonance of its cultural afterlife. Its abiding impact as millennial cultural touchstone can be seen in its persistent ability to find new generations of viewers and its manifest influence on myriad extratextual phenomena.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 1527-4764
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 8 June 2018
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 16:58

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