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TV & Film/Media: Friends – Why A Sitcom From The 1990s Still Matters Today With Dr Simone Knox From University of Reading

April 29 @ 12:45 - 13:45



In the so-called age of ‘Peak TV’, where an unprecedented number of new programmes are getting made, what is the most binge-watched show across the globe? Which series attracts dozens of hourly fan posts on Facebook and Instagram? And which programme has been dominating the headlines for its ‘problematic’ politics of representation that have caused offense among Millennials? The answer to these questions is: Friends – not bad for a multi-camera sitcom from the 1990s.

This talk will reflect on the programme’s ongoing extraordinary success, which has transformed it from a television show into a global cultural phenomenon. We will consider some of the strategies adopted by the key practitioners involved in the creation and development of the programme, drawing on original interviews. We will also reflect on the backlash the show has been receiving in recent years, engaging with the argument that the criticism levelled against the show has been lacking nuance and awareness of context.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Simone Knox

Suitable for: Year 12 and 13 students (and equivalent). This session is designed for students studying, or with an interest in studying, TV and Film, Media and related subjects.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: No preparation or pre-reading is required although you may wish to consider the proposed subject area and related questions you might like to ask.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



April 29
12:45 - 13:45
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