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Life on Mars: From Manchester to New York

by Stephen Lacey & Ruth McElroy

This is the first full-length academic study of Life on Mars (and its successor, Ashes to Ashes), and seeks to account for the series' innovative form and popular appeal. Paying attention to issues of genre...


Sh-Boom!: The Explosion of Rock 'n' Roll (1953-1968)

by Clay Cole

There was a small sliver of time between Be-Bop and Hip-Hop, when a new generation of teenagers created rock 'n' roll. Clay Cole was one of those teenagers he was the host of his own Saturday night, pop music...


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

by Alvin H. Marill

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...


South Park FAQ: All That's Left to Know About The Who, What, Where, When and #%$ of America's Favorite Mountain Town

A Cuban in Mayberry: Looking Back at America's Hometown

by Gustavo Pérez Firmat

Half a century after viewers first watched a father and son walking to the local fishing hole, whistling a simple, yet unforgettable, tune, The Andy Griffith Show remains one of the most popular sitcoms in the...


Historical Dictionary of African American Television

by Kathleen Fearn-Banks & Anne Burford-Johnson

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

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...


"I'll Be There for You": Talking About Friends

by Warren Littlefield

A behind-the-scenes look at Friends, one of the most popular TV shows of all time—a wide-ranging interview with the cast and creators, excerpted from Top of the Rock, by former NBC President of Entertainment...


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

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...


Television Talk: A History of the TV Talk Show

by Bernard M. Timberg, Horace Newcomb & Robert J. Erler

Flip through the channels at any hour of the day or night, and a television talk show is almost certainly on. Whether it offers late-night entertainment with David Letterman, share-your-pain empathy with Oprah...


The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV and History

by Julie Taddeo

Featuring ordinary people, celebrities, game shows, hidden cameras, everyday situations, and humorous or dramatic situations, reality TV is one of the fastest growing and important popular culture trends of...


Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition: Cultural Contexts in Monty Python

by Tomasz Dobrogoszcz & Terry Jones

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

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

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

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

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 & Catherine Bailey Kyle et al.

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.

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

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...


Science Fiction TV

by J. P. Telotte

The first in the Routledge Television Guidebooks series, Science Fiction TV offers an introduction to the versatile and evolving genre of science fiction television, combining historical overview with textual...