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'Colorful' and 'superficial' pretty much summarize PEOPLE magazine. This slight but pricey book - 128 pages, $33.95 - offers up short blurbs and dozens of photographs of various TV actors and actresses that starred in popular shows of the past 40 years.
Short and not-so-sweet: TELEVISION SHOWS THAT CHANGED OUT LIVES is eye candy for TV buffs and little else. It showcases lots of great color shots, many of them standard cast pix done by the studio. Most of the shows get a 1/4-page write-up.
The shows themselves are very loosely grouped into rather confusing categories such as 'Crowd Pleasers,' 'Game Changers,' 'Cult Classics,' 'Fashion,' 'Guilty Pleasures,' 'Moments,' 'That's So '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s!' and 'My, My, My Generation.' As a result, some shows ('Dynasty,' for example) appear in several chapters. And, though coverage is supposed to be from 1970 to 2010, shows from the '50s and '60s ('Leave It to Beaver,' 'Twilight Zone,' etc.) are show-horned in to fill up a few more pages.
If you're looking for a quick, colorful trip down television's Memory Lane, TELEVISION SHOWS THAT CHANGED OUR LIVES will probably do just fine. I'd never spend $33.95 for a bunch of pretty pix but that's just me. Your call, folks.
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