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The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present Paperback – October 16, 2007
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“This is the Guinness Book of World Records . . .
The Encyclopedia Britannica of television!”
–TV Guide --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
? 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
I have been purchasing this book since the fourth edition, which was Published in approximately October 1988 or so. I love this book! It tells you pretty much ever wanted to know about a TV show and its cast! I am constantly referring to it when watching my favorite reruns, and often just browse through it, and seem to always across and old favorite that I'd not thought about for some time! I also love the grid section in the back that tells you what each Networks' schedule was like season by season.
This book is revised every three (3) or four (4) years. This current edition came out in the Fall of 2007, so the tenth edition should be out within the next couple of months if they follow their previous publication pattern. You can learn not only about the shows, but who was in them, what other shows they did, and occasionally some information about noteworthy guest stars.
For the next and/or future editions, though, here are some improvements I would like to see included (in no particular order:
The next edition is likely to grow by at least a few hundred pages with all the new shows that have come out since the last edition, so I'd like to see a new, wider page format, similar in size to what the Golden Retriever Movie Hound book is published in. This would also allow them to make the font just a bit larger, too.
Some of the synopses seem to end rather abruptly, leaving the reader hanging; it would be good to fix this. If there were some interesting facts behind the show, i.e., ratings issues, and what they did to try improve ratings, or some other controversy or news-worthy event, mention that as well. I'd also like to know what lead to a show being cancelled. Did they decide they'd reached their creative end, like in M*A*S*H? Was it due to declining ratings? Was it some other reason, such as the death of the series lead? Whatever it was, I'd like to see this information included in the synopsis.
I also love to have some photographs, perhaps for those historically significant or noteworthy shows. Not tons of photographs, necessarily, just enough to lend some pictorial history.
In addition to a larger size font, I'd like to see perhaps a new, more easy-to-read font as well.
Nonetheless, this book is a great addition to your library. And don't ever through your old editions away! Pass them on to a friend or colleague!
When they started it inb the late 70's they were seasoned TV people.
Plus now with online first run stuff the whole mix has gotten much more complex.
Still a historical reference well worth having.
I have been buying this book for 30 years and it sits right next to me on my shelf, as I always need to look up another series.I wish they would list the number of episodes produced, they do that for syndicated series, cable but not for the main network series. I like this book but I do need say to the authors they should not list the final episode air-date when the network chooses to bring the series back as filler for the summer or an empty time-slot. Another quibble, the book has taken remakes of successful series and combined their histories as one series, including final air-dates, for example "The Odd Couple" 1970-1975 with "The New Odd Couple" 1982-1983. I find the extensive cast credits, timeslot changes, original debut and final air-dates, and the series format/plot/summary and for long-running series, a history, very helpful.
The only other edition of this book I owned was the version published in 1987. So this edition is a quantum leap forward.
I challenge you to find a more thorough guide to prime time TV. This book has everything - down to the minutest detail. Even if you just scan through this book you'll see in-depth references to shows you've long forgotten about. It really is like flipping through an old family album that has been lost to time or stashed away for years. The memories just come flooding back to you.
Special enhanced bonus: the appendixes at the back that break down the shows by longest-running, spin-offs, etc.
No kidding: the last time I sat down to read through this book, I let SO MUCH time go by that by the time I put it down I had to shave again.
Absolutely worth picking up, but nearly impossible to put down!!
Don't believe me? Read some of the other reviews listed here for this simply fantastic reference book. There's a reason everyone gives this book 5 stars!