- Paperback: 452 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (January 25, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786427507
- ISBN-13: 978-0786427505
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.8 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Spy: A History and Episode Guide to the Groundbreaking Television Series
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About the Author
Marc Cushman is a Los Angeles based writer of television and films with TV credits including Diagnosis: Murder, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Linda J. LaRosa divides her time between New York and California. She is the author of Winter of the Heart which was filmed as an award winning mini-series in Italy and France.
Top customer reviews
I was surprised at the large dimensions of the book (I was already aware there was a generous page count). This is larger than HAWAII FIVE O (hardback version) and EXPLORING SPACE:1999 (paperback)...my two other 'main' McFarland's devoted to specific tv series. The general impression on opening the package is one of QUALITY.
The balance between the synopsis for each episode, and then script excerpts and behind the scenes stories is spot on, and I congratulate the authors. Episode Guides are everywhere these days, as are DVDs. So I'm glad that only the basics of the each story are covered because that allows much more space to be given over to what I'd regard as the meat of the book - the behind the scenes stories, the interviews and the background.
And photos - most of which I haven't seen before. Photo illustration is an aspect of McFarland's tv books which is often a bit of a let-down. Not in this case it isn't.
Anyone who thinks this is a cut and paste job is very wide of the mark. The research that has gone into the book is self evident and sets a very high bar for subsequent books of the kind to match.
I came very late to I SPY. I seem to remember that it was shown here in England, but in the sixties my age wasn't even into double figures. I bought the three DVD box sets from Image Entertainment a few years back, after hearing the Film Score Monthly CD of some of Earle Hagen's scores. Other than what I've gleaned off the Internet and occasional references in cultural media (and the Culp commentaries on the DVDs), I have been ignorant of the behind the scenes stories and background to the show and its genesis.
Time, I think, to work again through the series, episode by episode, with the book as a companion!