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The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows: 1946-Present, Eighth Edition Paperback – October 14, 2003


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  • Paperback: 1592 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 8 edition (October 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345455428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345455420
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is the Guinness Book of World Records . . .
The Encyclopedia Britannica of television!”
–TV Guide

From the Inside Flap

AMERICA?S #1 BESTSELLING TELEVISION BOOK WITH MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT?
NOW REVISED AND UPDATED!

PROGRAMS FROM ALL SEVEN COMMERCIAL BROADCAST NETWORKS, MORE THAN SIXTY CABLE NETWORKS,
PLUS ALL MAJOR SYNDICATED SHOWS!

This is the must-have book for TV viewers in the new millennium?the entire history of prime-time programs in one convenient volume. It?s a guide you?ll turn to again and again for information on every series ever telecast. There are entries for all the great shows, from evergreens like I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, and Happy Days, to modern classics like Will & Grace, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Friends; all the gripping sci-fi series, from Captain Video and The X-Files to all versions of Star Trek; the popular serials, from Peyton Place to Dallas to Dawson?s Creek; and the runaway hits on cable, including CNN, The Real World, The Osbournes, and Sponge Bob Square Pants. This comprehensive guide lists every program alphabetically and includes a complete broadcast history, cast, and engaging plot summary? along with exciting behind-the-scenes stories about the shows and the stars.

MORE THAN 500 ALL-NEW LISTINGS, from Survivor and The Bachelor to C.S.I. and The West Wing.
UPDATES ON CONTINUING SHOWS, such as ER, Frasier, 7th Heaven, and The Simpsons.
EXTENSIVE CABLE COVERAGE of more than 800 entries, including a description of the programming on each major cable network.
BRAND-NEW IN THIS EDITION?an exclusive ?Ph.D. Trivia Quiz? of two hundred questions to challenge even the most ardent TV fan; plus a streamlined guide to TV-related Web sites for all those who want to be constantly up-to-date.

SPECIAL FEATURES!
? Annual program schedules at a glance for the past fifty-seven years ? Top-rated shows of each season ? Emmy Award winners ? Longest running series ? Spin-off series ? Theme songs ? A fascinating history of TV

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This book will answer the question and tell you a whole lot more.
David & Jenny Cooper
It brought back alot of childhood memories of tv shows that I used to watch, and even includes the day, time and network they were broadcasted.
Timothy P. Kelley
Every prime-time show through the 1998 season is covered with cast lists and air dates.
David R. Cox

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tom on November 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
The information contained in this book is astounding. I can't tell you how many times I have consulted this book whenever we see an actor on a TV show and wonder, "Where have we seen him/her before?" Rarely has that question not been answered in the pages of this book. I've bought the last four editions, and have a "hand-me-down chain" well established: my sister gets the second-most-recent edition, and she passes the previous one onto her son-in-law.
Inaccuracies? With the volume of television information out there, there are bound to be small mistakes here and there. The authors encourage readers to submit corrections to the book, and I myself have done so. (In fact, my name appears in the acknowledgments page of this edition as having contributed a correction.)
Out-of-date information? This book is only updated once every three to four years (to update it more often would be cost-prohibitive), and the last revision was in 1999. The publication information on the Amazon.com item page clearly says this, and the book's introduction also gives the "official" cut-off date for updated information. The next edition should be just around the corner.
My library would not be complete without this book, and I will, without hesitation, be buying the next edition as soon as it hits the shelves.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
PRE-DELIVERY COMMENTS: This is the latest edition of a big fat guidebook to everything that is or was television in the US. Previous editions have been so thorough in their content that I can't imagine what will be added to this one I am a trivia nut-case and I'm sure there will be more lists and more cross-indexes than ever before! I have been buying this book every time it's revised since the 3rd edition, when I first discovered it. In addition to listing all TV shows in alphabetical order, it gives the cast members' names and the years they played their characters. It gives a synopsis of each show's plotline and the roles the characters played in the plot development. Cast changes are explained, where necessary. Every listed actor is cross-indexed in the back of the book to all the shows he/she played on, no matter how many shows there were.
Various appendices give fascinating insight into television history and trivia, like top 20 shows each year, theme music that became hit records and shows that hopped from one network to another in the search for success. Special shows, like The Tonight Show, get special treatment. A history of the development of the TV networks is also presented.
If enthusiasm qualified me for a free book, I'd have a carton of them on my doorstep, but I'll be buying mine, just like everybody else and doing it eagerly.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
Brooks and Marsh have compiled what is far and away the best reference book for prime time television. Each entry includes the genre, the dates of first and last broadcast, the broadcast history of the show as to times and days of the week, and the cast members (hosts or regulars for reality programming). Then there is a description of the program, the length of which depends on how long that particular program aired. Clearly, the basics are covered in this compilation. My guess is that sooner or later they are going to have to come out with a CD-Rom edition or they are going to have to do two volumes.
The other strengths of this volume are the introductory essay "A Short History of Network Television" and the Appendixes which provide Prime Time Schedules, Emmy Award Winners, Top-Rated Programs by Season, Longest-Running Series, The Top 100 Series of All Time, Prime Time Series Reunion Telecasts, Series Airing in Prime Time on More Than One Network, Prime Time Spinoffs, Prime Time Series Based on Movies, Prime Time Network TV Series that Also Aired on Network Radio, and Hit Theme Songs from Series. The Index of Personalities and Performers allows you to track your favorites from series to series throughout the history of the tube.
In regards to their introductory examination of the trends in programming that have created specific eras in prime time, I would argue that Brooks and Marsh jumped the gun a little bit on characterizing the 1990s as the Ear of Choice. Certainly that is where we are now, but for the first part of that decade I think that network programming was dominated by female oriented programs. The Nielsen Top 10 included "Roseanne," "Murphy Brown," "The Golden Girls," "Designing Women," "Murder, She Wrote," and "Grace Under Fire" at some point during that period.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David R. Cox on January 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've owned every edition of this book and it just keeps getting better and better. Now they even include all the 'minor' networks (A&E, Nickelodeon, BET, ...) and some of those networks' first run shows. Every prime-time show through the 1998 season is covered with cast lists and air dates. The appendices have expanded the yearly ratings to include the Top 30 shows. About the only thing missing would be highest and lowest rated episode of each show, and that might be asking for too much.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LLange10 on January 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the best print source for background information on TV shows. Those of you that contact me through the internet asking questions on shows, well, this is the first source I consult.
The only thing lacking is a notation on the number of episodes for the programs. This is usually one of the basic questions on a TV affectionado's mind. I'd suggest that this be added in the 8th Edition.
Buy the book! It is worth it and compliments your internet searches.
Regards,
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