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The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific (Paperback)

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Despite the title, this book by the TV critic of FRESH AIR is not a study of a particular era. It's a history of television wisely offered in a series of short essays on shows that are excellent, influential, or both, and it even includes interviews with some of the key people. The way it's organized is great for browsing, but don't be surprised at the impulse to barrel through the whole book.

— From Kyle's Book

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Television today is better than ever. From The Sopranos to Breaking Bad, Sex and the City to Girls, and Modern Family to Louie, never has so much quality programming dominated our screens. Exploring how we got here, acclaimed TV critic David Bianculli traces the evolution of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the Western, the animated series, the medical drama, and the variety show. In each genre he selects five key examples of the form to illustrate its continuities and its dramatic departures. Drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history, Bianculli shows how the medium has evolved into the premier form of visual narrative art.

Includes interviews with: MEL BROOKS, MATT GROENING, DAVID CHASE, KEVIN SPACEY, AMY SCHUMER, VINCE GILLIGAN, AARON SORKIN, MATTHEW WEINER, JUDD APATOW, LOUIS C.K., DAVID MILCH, DAVID E. KELLEY, JAMES L. BROOKS, LARRY DAVID, KEN BURNS, LARRY WILMORE, AND MANY, MANY MORE.

About the Author


David Bianculli is a guest host and TV critic on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975. From 1993 to 2007 Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News. He has written three other books: Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously, and Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses, and Events. An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine TVWorthWatching. www.tvworthwatching.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101911327
ISBN-10: 1101911328
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 592
Language: English