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The Arts and Medicine
February 14, 2017

The One With FriendsA TV Show Within a Play

Author Affiliations
  • 1Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health, New York, New York
JAMA. 2017;317(6):568-569. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.20747

In October 2016, the 75-minute play The One With Friends premiered at the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society in a university theater, telling a story about how a common media experience, in this case the popular ’90s television series Friends, has the power to foster relationships and heal broken hearts. It also addressed the reigning stigma about mental illness in the United States.