- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455588199
- ISBN-13: 978-1455588190
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
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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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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.
If you are person who loves lists, as I do, this book will satisfy your need to disagree with their results (if you are anything like me). So, enjoy and I look forward to seeing your review.
This is a valuable book for thinking about TV in a serious, intelligent way rather than merely looking down upon TV as idle trash. Sepinwall and Zoller Seitz' opening debate is excellent to read. I loved reading about their views on the merits of The Sopranos versus The Wire versus The Simpsons as the greatest show of all time. I learned about many new shows as I read through their ranking of the best 100 shows in American history. I have added some new shows to my list of series that I need to watch some day (Freaks and Geeks, Twin Peaks, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc).
I would say the only drawback to the book is that it became a little tedious to read every review and every page, especially for shows which I do not really plan on ever watching. However, overall I would recommend this book to anyone interested in TV in a serious way, or if you are just looking to learn about important shows that you might have missed. Their writing is clear, often witty and humorous, and enlightening.
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.
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