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Single Season Sitcoms, 1948-1979: A Complete Guide
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I'd also like to point that compared to today, many of these older programs were given a far decent chance on the networks where they were giving a full order of 24 or more season episodes as opposed to today, where shows get yanked off if they aren't hits from the first episode.
Mr. Leszczak's book is so current it even mentions the months old passings of Phyllis Diller, William Windon, Gary Collins, Steven Franken and others who left us just weeks ago. That's how up to date it is.
I appreciate that Mr. Leszczak has built upon and mentioned previous tv books, including Rick Mitz', "The Great Sitcom Book," which was one of the few resources available for many years. The author has also done so much research, going to various archives to see the only known existing copies, and interviewing surviving stars who were kind enough to tell their stories. He even dug up copies of comic book covers for those applicable.
My appetite has been whetted for Chicago Teddy Bears, Anna and the King, It's About Time, When Things Were Rotten, Ok. Crackerby, Rango, and others. Goodness knows, there's nothing on the current networks. Some short lived shows are available on DVD: Quark, Bridget Loves Bernie, Tabitha, My Living Doll, I'm Dickens, He's Fenster are out. So if you want to give these a try, please feel free to do so.
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Now thanks to the diligence of TV sitcom expert Bob Leszczak, those sitcoms you missed as a kid or young adult due to lack of TV set access or even commitments to school, extra-curricular activities, jobs and a significant other, come alive in this highly addictive read.
Leszczak has viewed hundreds of these rare and often forgotten sitcoms through visits to TV archives around the country and amassed a huge eclectic collection of shows via a network of collectors. His entertaining summaries not only state where shows can be found, but offer a unique inside scoop from actors, directors and writers who worked on these shows. Ironically, many of these one-year wonders provided a launching pad or stepping stone to greater TV success (For example, Barbara Billingsley segued from "Professional Father" to the iconic "Leave It To Beaver.")
Thanks to this fun and comprehensive book, the sitcom lover in you or in your life can discover or re-discover the shows of their youth with a visit to a TV museum or obtaining DVD copies through trades with collectors such as Leszczak at [...]
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SHIPPED PROMPTLY...ARRIVED GOOD CONDITION...GOOD VALUE...VERY PLEASEDPublished 23 months ago by ED FARENTINO
There is a reason that the sitcoms discussed in this book only lasted one season...It's because no one liked them! I find it moronic to write a book about failed TV shows. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Jack Benson
I recently picked up this book and was looking forward to enjoying it as I am a bit of a TV show buff. Much to my disappointment this book did little to entertain me. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Booklover
My room-mate purchased this piece of garbage! I happened to pick it up and read as much as I could tolerate before contemplating stabbing myself in the eyes with a red hot poker. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by r coulter