TV (the Book)

TV (the Book)

Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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"While working at the Newark Star-Ledger, Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall created a popular column debating the merits of then-current television. Eventually they went on to successful careers as critics elsewhere, but the debate raged on and now comes to an epic conclusion in TV (THE BOOK). Alan and Matt have established The Pantheon of top TV shows using a complex, obsessively all-encompassing ranking system by which to order and stack them up against each other. With a mix of lively entries on critically acclaimed and commercially successful classics such as Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Star Trek, The Simpsons and Twin Peaks and illuminating essays on short-lived favorites such as Taxi, Freaks and Geeks, and My So-Called Life, TV (THE BOOK) is sure to spark conversation and debate among readers. TV (THE BOOK) is a must-have for long-time television and film buffs and for young enthusiasts who, fresh off their latest Netflix binge, are looking to expand their knowledge of the medium and wondering what show to start streaming next"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455588190
Branch Call Number: 791.4575 SEPINWA
Characteristics: xxi, 410 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Seitz, Matt Zoller - Author


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Revisit and introduce yourself to the greatest TV shows of all time. Suggested by Grant P.

Two of the best TV critics rank the best shows of all time. I totally agree with their pick for #1. You have to check it out to find out!

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Jun 13, 2019

2016; Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group
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This book is a must for all TV fans - whether you agree with the writers or not - this will get your- binge-watching-self excited. These two writers debate what the "greatest TV show ever" is and they lay out reasons why or why not. I won't spoil anything, but there is also a chapter on new shows that could also join this list.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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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