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TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time Paperback – September 6, 2016
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"I hate Top Ten lists and am existentially opposed to numerically rating television shows, so this book is my worst nightmare! You should buy it anyway, because Alan and Matt are shrewd, witty, and insightful critics, even if they are wrong about Cheers being better than 30 Rock."―Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker
"What fun to dive into a book that not only inspires but invites debate over your favorite TV shows. Which ones truly deserve to be in the Pantheon? Which ones did or didn't make the cut? Any book that celebrates everything from The Sopranos to Rocky and Bullwinkle gets my attention...and deserves yours."
―Leonard Maltin, film critic/ historian
About the Author
Critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been writing together since 1997, when they were paired up on the TV beat at the Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, the newspaper at the end of Tony Soprano's driveway.
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I'm not going to say, "What about X?" I might say something like, "THE SHIELD is overrated," or "BARNEY MILLER is undervalued," but then I would remember where I was commenting and think better of it. Instead I'll just say that Matt and Alan make a very good case for their choices, and that they complement each other beautifully. Sometimes they pair up on the essays (you can tell who wrote what by the initials left at the end - AS or MZS or both). Oftentimes each tackles a particular show individually, and after a while it becomes fairly easy to guess who wrote the piece. Matt gets the lion's share of "vintage" television and is extremely authoritative on the history of the medium. Alan writes about more contemporary shows, and tends to make a case for "traditional" fare to Matt's leanings toward experimentation and the avant-garde. Let me emphasize that I'm comparing them to each other; when compared to most TV critics, both lead in all of these categories.
As anyone who reads their regular work knows, both love dramas and comedies, hit shows and shows struggling to find an audience. Each has also been a consistent champion of shows about women, by women, or "for" women. I still part ways with them on GIRLS, and especially Matt's claim that Lena Dunham "had no idea what a hornet's nest she would stir" with her show, when Dunham's calculated provocations are by now pretty clear. But each is open to the possibilities of television, from its early years to "Peak TV." Film Twitter has been even more defensive than usual since (THE BOOK) launched, always a sure sign that somebody is doing something right.
The show with what I thought was the best finale ever was actually the show they chose for that as well. If you've seen the show, then I don't even think you could argue for anything else. (Spoiler-free review. Buy the book if you want to know which show.)
I also appreciated that no currently airing show was considered, as any kind of art needs some time to be fully appreciated.
If you love TV now (or have in the past), you should't hesitate to buy this book.
This book is terrific in that regard and it manages to scale down all the shows and presents a great starting point for anyone who wants to start watching great TV. Not to mention it has amazing insights into shows I already love and adore (hello there Cheers, hey, good seeing you Tony!). Sepinwall and MZS do a great job in carrying across their thoughts and while ranking such a subjective thing as fiction is inherently difficult, they make it fun and inclusive. I loved their scoring model, which they explain in detail at the beginning of the book, not to mention the essays accompanying each show. The clarity of their thoughts makes the reader want to see the show so bad. I wanna rewatch half the shows I watched after reading this book. It invokes that feeling!
All in all, a great read for TV fans, old and new, young and old, novices and buffs.