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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...


Unruly Girls, Unrepentant Mothers: Redefining Feminism on Screen

by Kathleen Rowe Karlyn

Since the 1990s, when Reviving Ophelia became a best seller and "Girl Power" a familiar anthem, girls have assumed new visibility in the culture. Yet in asserting their new power, young women have redefined...


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...


Saturday Night Live FAQ: Everything Left to Know About Television's Longest Running Comedy

Here We Go Again: My Life In Television

by Betty White

A MEMOIR OF BETTY WHITE’S FIRST FIVE DECADES ON TELEVISION—AS IRREVERENT AND IRRESISTIBLE AS THE BELOVED ACTRESS HERSELF

BETTY WHITE first appeared on television in 1949 and has gone on to have one of the...


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...


The World of Star Trek

by David Gerrold

They said it couldn’t be done! A science fiction show on national television? The network didn’t believe it would work. It was the 1960s. Would the public accept a nonhuman hero with demonic pointed ears?...


Movies and TV: The New York Public Library Book of Answers

by Melinda Corey, Diane Corey & George Ochoa

If you're a movie or television fan - how many of these questions can you answer?

  • What was the last picture show in The Last Picture Show?
  • Where was the stagecoach headed in Stagecoach?
  • What was the name...

  • 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...


    Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, and Why

    by Terry J. Erdmann

    In the future, a heroic captain and his crew explore the Galaxy in a really fast spacecraft. The crew's standing orders are:

    "...to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to...


    Star Trek: The Magic of Tribbles

    by Terry J. Erdmann, Gary Hutzel & Paula M. Block

    Originally conceived of more than thirty-five years ago, these dimunitive creatures have become stars in their own right. With uncanny grace and ease they have won hearts and upstaged stars.

    They are tribbles....


    Dramatic Story Structure: A Primer for Screenwriters: A Primer for Screenwriters

    by Edward J. Fink

    A successful screenplay starts with an understanding of the fundamentals of dramatic story structure. In this practical introduction, Edward J. Fink condenses centuries of writing about dramatic theory into...


    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...