TV (the Book)

TV (the Book)

Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time

Book - 2016
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Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad ? Is Cheers better than Seinfeld ? What's the best high school show ever made? Why did Moonlighting really fall apart? Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilliant or terrible?

For twenty years-since they shared a TV column at Tony Soprano's hometown newspaper-critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been debating these questions and many more, but it all ultimately boils down to this:

What's the greatest TV show ever?

That debate reaches an epic conclusion in TV (THE BOOK). Sepinwall and Seitz have identified and ranked the 100 greatest scripted shows in American TV history. Using a complex, obsessively all- encompassing scoring system, they've created a Pantheon of top TV shows, each accompanied by essays delving into what made these shows great. From vintage classics like The Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy to modern masterpieces like Mad Men and Friday Night Lights , from huge hits like A ll in the Family and ER to short-lived favorites like Firefly and Freaks and Geeks , TV (THE BOOK) will bring the triumphs of the small screen together in one amazing compendium.

Sepinwall and Seitz's argument has ended. Now it's time for yours to begin!

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, c2016
ISBN: 9781455588190
Branch Call Number: 791.47 Sepi
Characteristics: 410 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Zoller Seitz, Matt


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Sep 23, 2017

I liked it despite author's assumptions on how they categorize or they not the guide to best TV.
Appendix show ratings of best shows in every category in the introductions.
The more interesting chapters were best mini-series, TV movies, musicals & shows they admired for one reason or another ,but didn't made the cut.
I get it authors rather criticize movies than lowly television for a living.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Dec 29, 2016

I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Had to return it before finishing. The intro, to explain how they rated things was a little too long, so I just grazed it. I agree with some of the side bar stories, especially the "most surprising deaths" entry.

Too many old time shows were left off the list, for peculiar reasons. Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows was out of it because it was a sponsored show; that's how TV worked back then. That to me was off putting, however, I'm going to give it another go once all holds are filled.

Dec 05, 2016

Some good stuff in here but I can guarantee that there will differing opinions by any reader.


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