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Ernie Kovacs & Early TV Comedy: Nothing in Moderation

by Andrew Horton

Among the pioneers of television, Ernie Kovacs was one of the most original and imaginative comedians. His zany, irreverent, and surprising humor not only entertained audiences throughout the 1950s and early...


Realer Than Reel: Global Directions in Documentary

by David Hogarth

Television and globalization have transformed the traditional documentary almost beyond recognition, converting what was once a film genre devoted to public service and education into a popular televisual commodity...


The Rise of Cable Programming in the United States: Revolution or Evolution?

by Megan Mullen

In 1971, the Sloan Commission on Cable Communications likened the ongoing developments in cable television to the first uses of movable type and the invention of the telephone. Cable's proponents in the late...


Beautiful TV: The Art and Argument of Ally McBeal

by Greg M. Smith

During its five-year run from 1997 to 2002, the popular TV show Ally McBeal engaged viewers in debates over what it means to be a woman or a man in the modern workplace; how romance factors into the therapeutic...


Brought to You By: Postwar Television Advertising and the American Dream

by Lawrence R. Samuel

This book is a history of how television advertising rose to become a defining force in American culture in the two decades after World War II.


The Unruly Woman: Gender and the Genres of Laughter

by Kathleen Rowe

Unruly women have been making a spectacle of themselves in film and on television from Mae West to Roseanne Arnold. In this groundbreaking work, Kathleen Rowe explores how the unruly woman-often a voluptuous,...


Hollywood TV: The Studio System in the Fifties

by Christopher Anderson

The 1950s was one of the most turbulent periods in the history of motion pictures and television. During the decade, as Hollywood's most powerful studios and independent producers shifted into TV production,...


Watching Television Come of Age: The New York Times Reviews by Jack Gould

by Lewis L. Gould

Providing video companionship for isolated housewives, afternoon babysitting for children, and nonstop evening entertainment for the whole family, television revolutionized American society in the post-World...


Amazon Town TV: An Audience Ethnography in Gurupá, Brazil

by Richard Pace & Brian P. Hinote

In 1983, anthropologist Richard Pace began his fieldwork in the Amazonian community of Gurupá one year after the first few television sets arrived. On a nightly basis, as the community's electricity was turned...


A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove

by John Spong, Jeff Wilson & Bill Wittliff

Widely acclaimed as the greatest Western ever made, Lonesome Dove has become a true American epic. Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was a New York Times best seller, with more than 2.5 million copies...


Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish?: Dubbing Stereotypes in The Nanny, The Simpsons, and The Sopranos

by Chiara Francesca Ferrari & Joseph Straubhaar

"Since when is Fran Drescher Jewish?" This was Chiara Francesca Ferrari's reaction when she learned that Drescher's character on the television sitcom The Nanny was meant to be a portrayal of a stereotypical...


Looking for Carrascolendas: From a Child's World to Award-Winning Television

by Aida Barrera

If your childhood friends were Agapito, the bombastic, bilingual lion; Campamocha, the fix-it man; Caracoles, the restaurant owner; Uncle Andy, the shoe seller; Berta and Dyana, the life-size dolls; and Señorita...


Reading between Designs: Visual Imagery and the Generation of Meaning in The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Doctor Who

by Piers D. Britton & Simon J. Barker

From the alien worlds of Star Trek to the realistic operating room of ER, the design of sets and costumes contributes not only to the look and mood of television shows, but even more importantly to the creation...


Drugs, Thugs, and Divas: Telenovelas and Narco-Dramas in Latin America

by O. Hugo Benavides

Soap opera speaks a universal language, presenting characters and plots that resonate far beyond the culture that creates them. Latin American soap operas-telenovelas-have found enthusiastic audiences throughout...


What Women Watched: Daytime Television in the 1950s

by Marsha F. Cassidy

In this pathfinding book, based on original archival research, Marsha F. Cassidy offers the first thorough analysis of daytime television's earliest and most significant women's genres, appraising from a feminist...


Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community

by Saul Austerlitz

A carefully curated tour through TV comedy series, this mixtape of fondly remembered shows surveys the genealogy of the form, the larger trends in its history, the best of what the genre has accomplished, and...


Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

by David Bianculli

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

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...


African American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor

by Robin R. Means Coleman

Providing new insight into key debates over race and representation in the media, this ethnographic study explores the ways in which African Americans have been depicted in Black situation comedies-from 1950's...


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

by Kimberly Yost

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...