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Episode 51: Friends

September 11th, 2019

Welcome back to a new season!

For the fifty-first episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard are joined by colleague and pop culture scholar Jennifer Dunn to discuss the 25th anniversary of one of the most successful sitcoms of all time: Friends (1994-2004).

In this episode, the trio consider the impact of the series on television and pop culture history. They also discuss how the series reflected the 1990s, from the soul-searching of Generation X and the emerging gay rights movement. Friends was not perfect, but it was definitely one of the most important television series of the 1990s.

The co-hosts would like to thank Dr. Dunn for being the episode's guest, and recommend all Poppers check out her upcoming book: Friends: A Cultural History.

Primary editing on the episode was done by Jean-Michel Berthiaume, and end song comes from The Rembrandts.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website