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TV Cops: The Contemporary American Television Police Drama Paperback – April 27, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0415877886 ISBN-10: 0415877881 Edition: 1st

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"Despite the genre's ubiquity and ongoing popularity in American television, no book has offered a compelling critical account of the cop show—until now. Through compelling readings of many landmark programs, Jonathan Nichols-Pethick connects textual style, industrial practices, cultural representations, and changing social contexts to reveal debates over crime, citizenship, realism, and mediation itself that will transform how we view one of television's most iconic genres." —Jason Mittell, Middlebury College

"Not only the authoritative work on police series—one of television's most multitudinous and enduring forms—but a first-rate piece of television studies. Nichols-Pethick connects 30 years of cultural, industrial, and storytelling developments in a clear and compelling analysis." —Amanda D. Lotz, University of Michigan

About the Author

Jonathan Nichols-Pethick is Associate Professor of Media Studies at DePauw University. His work has appeared in The Velvet Light Trap, Cinema Journal and the anthology Beyond Prime Time: Television Programming in the Post-Network Era.


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Jonathan Nichols-Pethick is Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication & Theatre at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN where he is also the director of the Film Studies program. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University. His research interests include media history, television genre studies, and critical industry studies. He is the author of TV Cops: The Contemporary American Television Police Drama (Routledge 2012).

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