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Television Westerns: Six Decades of Sagebrush Sheriffs, Scalawags, and Sidewinders

by Alvin H. Marill Scarecrow Press (June 01, 2011)

This volume looks at the Western as it was represented from the beginning of television, encompassing all manifestations of the Western, including such series as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Wild, Wild West, as...


Historical Dictionary of African American Television

by Kathleen Fearn-Banks & Anne Burford-Johnson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 03, 2014)

This second edition covers the history of African Americans on television from the beginning of national television through the present day including:

  • chronology;
  • introductory essay
  • appendixes
  • bibliography
  • over...


Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television

by Laura Mattoon D'Amore Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2014)

In Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television, Laura Mattoon D’Amore brings together a collection of essays that examine the disparate portrayals of beauty and brains in...


Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

by James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales Little, Brown and Company (September 09, 2014)

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade.

When first published to celebrate the 30th...


Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition: Cultural Contexts in Monty Python

by Tomasz Dobrogoszcz & Terry Jones Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 16, 2014)

This short collection of essays looks at the television show and films produced by the Monty Python troupe from a number of perspectives:

  • Gender studies
  • Post-structuralism
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Cultural studies


Talking Dirty on Sex and the City: Romance, Intimacy, Friendship

by Beatriz Oria Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 05, 2014)

Sex and the City (1998-2004) was one of the most popular programs on HBO, spawned two successful feature films in 2008 and 2010, and continues to do well in syndication. This book explores how Sex and the City...


The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues

by Jason Barr & Camille D. G. Mustachio Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 15, 2014)

The BBC television series Doctor Who has been a cherished cornerstone of science fiction for five decades. This edited collection provides critical analyses of the series, connecting popular culture and academia...


Joss Whedon's Dollhouse: Confounding Purpose, Confusing Identity

by Sherry Ginn, Alyson R. Buckman & Heather M. Porter Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 08, 2014)

This collection of essays contextualizes Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse as a postmodern investigation into what makes us human and as an examination of how technology invariably transforms our identity and perhaps...


Doctor Who and the Art of Adaptation: Fifty Years of Storytelling

by Marcus K. Harmes Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 01, 2014)

Doctor Who is one of the most enduring British programs over the last 50 years and its success has translated to the U.S., where it has been shown for decades, first on PBS stations and currently on BBC America....


Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture

by Bob Batchelor, Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones & Suzy D’Enbeau et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

Despite the increasing variety of heroic women portrayed in film, television, and other popular culture channels, much of the understanding of heroines has been limited to females as versions of male heroes...


Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice

by Sean Zwagerman, Diana Solomon, Paul Matthew St. Pierre & Anne Higgins et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (March 27, 2014)

Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice brings together leading researchers from Canada, the United States, and Europe in an interdisciplinary collection of essays to chart the future of critical inquiry...


The Untold History Of Television

by Kathleen Olmstead HarperCollins Publishers (April 22, 2014)

The Untold History of Television provides a captivating glimpse behind the scenes of the groundbreaking series that have both defined and changed the pop culture landscape. Go behind the scenes to explore the...


The Boys Of Saturday Night

by Scott Young HarperCollins Publishers (April 08, 2014)

Since its first radio broadcast in November 1931, Hockey Night in Canada has been a Canadian tradition. In The Boys of Saturday Night, author Scott Young, a veteran sportscaster and journalist, dives into the...


Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle

by Carlen Lavigne, Kimberley McMahon-Coleman, Ryan Lizardi & Heather Marcovitch et al. Lexington Books (February 27, 2014)

Remake Television: Reboot, Re-use, Recycle, edited by Carlen Lavigne, examines multiple definitions of television remakes, from reboots (like Charlie’s Angels) to adaptations (The Walking Dead) and sequels...


The Sports Film: Games People Play

by Bruce Babington WallFlower Press (March 14, 2014)

After covering the genre's early history and theorizing its general characteristics, this volume then focuses on specific instances of sports films, such as the biopic, the sports history film, the documentary,...


Famous Robots and Cyborgs

by Dan Roberts Skyhorse (February 04, 2014)

Famous Robots and Cyborgs is a high-octane voyage through the history of our metallic friends and foes. Dan Roberts narrates the history, strengths, weaknesses, quirks, and foibles of a plethora of fictional...


Dangerously Funny

by David Bianculli Touchstone (December 01, 2009)

An unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House, and forever...


A Source Book in Theatrical History

by A. M. Nagler Dover Publications (April 09, 2013)

A rich resource for students of theater and theater historians, this volume features an annotated collection of more than 300 unusually interesting and detailed articles. Passages by contemporary observers from...


From Starship Captains to Galactic Rebels: Leaders in Science Fiction Television

by Kimberly Yost Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 12, 2013)

Drawing upon her background in Organizational Leadership, the author looks at the various representations of leadership in science fiction programs of the last 50 years. She examines how the various leaders...


Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings since 1949

by Vincent Terrace Scarecrow Press (November 07, 2013)

Since the beginning of network television, many shows have been preceded by an opening announcement or a theme song that served various purposes. In Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings, Vincent...


Saturday Night Live and American TV

by Nick Marx, Matt Sienkiewicz & Ron Becker Indiana University Press (October 02, 2013)

For over 35 years, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" has greeted late night-TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music. SNL is the variety show that launched the careers of a...


The ABC Movie of the Week: Big Movies for the Small Screen

by Michael McKenna Scarecrow Press (August 22, 2013)

This book looks at the cultural impact of the ABC Movie of the Week, the first weekly movies series made for television, which began in 1969 and ran for six years. Films that debuted on the program include Brian’s...


Popular Culture and the Future of Politics: Cultural Studies and the Tao of South Park

by Ted Gournelos Lexington Books (September 30, 2009)

Popular Culture and the Future of Politics examines changes in popular culture and political culture in the United States, particularly in terms of progressive change. Because it provides overviews of theory...


All Due Respect . . . The Sopranos Changes Everything: A Chapter From The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall

by Alan Sepinwall Gallery Books (June 25, 2013)

"The Sopranos is the one [show] that made the world realize something special was happening on television. It rewrote the rules and made TV a better, happier place for thinking viewers, even as it was telling...


MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom

by Letizia Guglielmo Scarecrow Press (May 30, 2013)

In MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, contributors from a variety of backgrounds and expertise offer potent essays about the MTV programs 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and...


Season Finale

by Susanne Daniels & Cynthia Littleton HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In the mid-1990s, two major Hollywood studios, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures, each launched their own broadcast television network with the hope of becoming the fifth major player in an industry long dominated...


Reading Mystery Science Theater 3000: Critical Approaches

by Shelley S. Rees Scarecrow Press (April 26, 2013)

First broadcast in the not too distant past on a television station in Minnesota, Mystery Science Theater 3000 soon grew out of its humble beginnings and found a new home on cable television. This simple show...


Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Simon & Schuster (May 07, 2013)

"Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's deft weave of social history and sharp entertainment reporting explains how [The Mary Tyler Moore Show] made the world safe for Lena Dunham" (Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders,...


Downton Abbey

by Kathleen Olmstead HarperCollins Publishers (June 05, 2012)

The Untold History of Television provides an exciting glimpse behind the scenes of the groundbreaking series that have defined the landscape of popular culture.

Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey brings to life...


Breaking Bad

by Kathleen Olmstead HarperCollins Publishers (July 10, 2012)

The Untold History of Television provides an exciting glimpse behind the scenes of the groundbreaking series that have defined the landscape of popular culture.

Critically acclaimed for its writing, acting,...


The Walking Dead

by Kathleen Olmstead HarperCollins Publishers (January 31, 2012)

The Untold History of Television provides an exciting glimpse behind the scenes of the groundbreaking series that have defined the landscape of popular culture.

Based on the wildly popular comic by Robert Kirkman,...


The Wire

by Kathleen Olmstead HarperCollins Publishers (December 06, 2011)

The Untold History of Television provides a captivating glimpse behind the scenes of the groundbreaking series that have both defined and changed the pop culture landscape.

David Simon’s The Wire, hands down,...


Freaks And Geeks

by Kathleen Olmstead HarperCollins Publishers (December 06, 2011)

The Untold History of Television provides a captivating glimpse behind the scenes of those groundbreaking shows that have both defined and changed the pop culture landscape.

A short-lived cult classic, Freaks...


Mad Men

by Kathleen Olmstead HarperCollins Publishers (December 06, 2011)

The Untold History of Television provides a captivating glimpse behind the scenes of the groundbreaking series that have both defined and changed the pop culture landscape.

Beloved by fans and critics alike,...


True Blood

by Kathleen Olmstead HarperCollins Publishers (January 31, 2012)

The Untold History of Television provides an exciting glimpse behind the scenes of the groundbreaking series that have defined the landscape of popular culture.

Based on Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire...


Friday Night Lights

by Kathleen Olmstead HarperCollins Publishers (December 06, 2011)

The Untold History of Television provides a captivating glimpse behind the scenes of the groundbreaking series that have both defined and changed the pop culture landscape.

Honest, compelling and full of heart,...


The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Change

by Alan Sepinwall Gallery Books (February 19, 2013)

A phenomenal account, newly updated, of how twelve innovative television dramas transformed the medium and the culture at large, featuring Sepinwall’s take on the finales of Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

In The...


The O.C.: A Critical Understanding

by Lori B. Bindig & Andrea M. Bergstrom Lexington Books (October 25, 2012)

The O.C.: A Critical Understanding, by Lori Bindig and Andrea M. Bergstrom, is a feminist cultural studies analysis of the hit television series The O.C. (2003-2007). The show is examined in terms of five ideological...


The Life and Times of Call the Midwife

by Heidi Thomas Harper Design (November 13, 2012)

The real stories, lives and dramas behind the smash hit BBC series Call the Midwife which premieres on PBS September 30, 2012.

The official companion to seasons one and two, The Life and Times of Call the Midwife...


Andy and Don

Fifty Years of 60 Minutes

Sex and the City and Us

Difficult Men

by Brett Martin & Keith Szarabajka Blackstone Publishing (July 03, 2013)

A riveting and revealing look at the shows thathelped cable television drama emerge as the signature art form of thetwenty-first century

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape oftelevision began an...


TV Noir

by Allen Glover & Richard Ferrone Blackstone Publishing (December 24, 2019)

The pioneering, incisive survey of noir on television--the first of its kind

Noir--as a style, movement, or sensibility--has its roots in hard-boiled detective fiction by writers like Chandler and Hammett, and...


The Twilight Zone Companion, Second Edition

by Marc Scott Zicree & Tom Weiner Blackstone Publishing (March 17, 2010)

The Twilight Zone Companion is the complete, five season (1959-64) show-by-show guide to one of television's greatest series. Zicree's well-written account is fascinating reading for even the casual fan. Coverage...


The Way We All Became The Brady Bunch

by Kimberly Potts & Chloe Cannon Grand Central Publishing (December 03, 2019)

In celebration of the Brady Bunch's 50th anniversary, TV writer Kimberly Potts writes a Seinfeldia-like definitive history of the show that changed the family sitcom and made an indelible impact on pop culture....


TV (The Book)

by Alan Sepinwall & Matt Zoller Seitz Grand Central Publishing (September 06, 2016)

Two of our greatest TV writers tackle the beast of American television to find the single greatest show ever made that is "an essential, provocative, and irresistible tome from two of our greatest critics" (Megan...


TV Noir

by Allen Glover Abrams (September 23, 2019)

The pioneering, incisive, lavishly illustrated survey of noir on television—the first of its kind 

Noir—as a style, movement, or sensibility—has its roots in hardboiled detective fiction by writers like...


The Sopranos Sessions

by Alan Sepinwall, Matt Zoller Seitz, Laura Lippman & David Chase Abrams Press (January 07, 2019)

On January 10, 1999, a mobster walked into a psychiatrist’s office and changed TV history. By shattering preconceptions about the kinds of stories the medium should tell, The Sopranoslaunched our current...


The Good Neighbor

by Maxwell King Abrams Press (September 03, 2018)

Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he was...