- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Mcfarland (December 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786448911
- ISBN-13: 978-0786448913
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,003,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Television's Top 100: The Most-Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010
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"This is an entertaining and historical look back on some of the most popular and memorable events that generated the largest American television audiences"--ARBA.
About the Author
Wesley Hyatt, a senior writer with MMI Public Relations, has also served as a television historian and consultant for several media sources. He is the author of several McFarland titles and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Hyatt's book takes a reverse-order approach to its subject, counting down from #100, part two of the FATAL VISION made-for-TV movie, to #1, the final MASH episode. In between are summaries of: those episodes of TV favorites like THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, THE WALTONS and THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW that had the highest TV rating and share; showings of specials like CINDERELLA, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS and THE BOB HOPE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL; sports events like THE ALI-SPINKS FIGHT, THE 1964 ROSE BOWL and THE 1982 NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME; special movie presentations like the initial showings of THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI, PATTON and THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE; made-for-TV movies like WINDS OF WAR, ROOTS and HELTER SKELTER; etc.
Hyatt details the backstory of each program, production details, the critical reception, etc. While many of the entries are no-brainers, some - like the March 13, 1979 ROPERS episode - boggle the mind. The book has no photographs whatsoever, a serious omission to my mind.
While I enjoyed TELEVISION'S TOP 100, I felt it could have and should have been so much more with that hefty of a price tag attached. Your call, folks.
Still, if you can afford it this is a neat book and is very informative as it discusses the Top 100 highest-rated moments in prime time television on U.S. television. Everything from the episode of "Who Did It?" from "Dallas" in 1980 which revealed "Who Shot J.R.?" to the finale of "M*A*S*H" to the day "The Running Stopped" on "The Fugitive".
Wesley has done a lot of research here as he writes about the shows that attracted the largest audiences to the shows that caused the most controvery such as "All in The Family", "SOAP" and "Laugh-In".
This book is a treasure trove of tidbits that you actually cannot find on various internet websites.
Very enjoyable and an A+ book.