Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present

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AMERICA?S #1 BESTSELLING TELEVISION BOOK WITH MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT?
NOW REVISED AND UPDATED!

PROGRAMS FROM ALL SEVEN COMMERCIAL BROADCAST NETWORKS, MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED CABLE NETWORKS, PLUS ALL MAJOR SYNDICATED SHOWS!

This is the must-have book for TV viewers in the new millennium?the entire history of primetime programs in one convenient volume. It?s a guide you?ll turn to again and again...

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Overview

AMERICA’S #1 BESTSELLING TELEVISION BOOK WITH MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT–
NOW REVISED AND UPDATED!

PROGRAMS FROM ALL SEVEN COMMERCIAL BROADCAST NETWORKS, MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED CABLE NETWORKS, PLUS ALL MAJOR SYNDICATED SHOWS!

This is the must-have book for TV viewers in the new millennium–the entire history of primetime programs in one convenient volume. It’s a guide you’ll turn to again and again for information on every series ever telecast. There are entries for all the great shows, from evergreens like The Honeymooners, All in the Family, and Happy Days to modern classics like 24, The Office, and Desperate Housewives; all the gripping sci-fi series, from Captain Video and the new Battle Star Galactica to all versions of Star Trek; the popular serials, from Peyton Place and Dallas to Dawson’s Creek and Ugly Betty; the reality show phenomena American Idol, Survivor, and The Amazing Race; and the hits on cable, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Top Chef, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, and SpongeBob SquarePants. This comprehensive guide lists every program alphabetically and includes a complete broadcast history, cast, and engaging plot summary–along with exciting behind-the-scenes stories about the shows and the stars.

MORE THAN 500 ALL-NEW LISTINGS from Heroes and Grey’s Anatomy to 30 Rock and Nip/Tuck
UPDATES ON CONTINUING SHOWS such as CSI, Gilmore Girls, The Simpsons, and The Real World
EXTENSIVE CABLE COVERAGE with more than 1,000 entries, including a description of the programming on each major cable network
AND DON’T MISS the exclusive and updated “Ph.D. Trivia Quiz” of 200 questions that will challenge even the most ardent TV fan, plus a streamlined guide to TV-related websites for those who want to be constantly up-to-date

SPECIAL FEATURES!
• Annual program schedules at a glance for the past 61 years • Top-rated shows of each season • Emmy Award winners • Longest-running series • Spin-off series • Theme songs • A fascinating history of TV

“This is the Guinness Book of World Records . . .
the Encyclopedia Britannica of television!”
–TV Guide

America's #1 television book receives its most sweeping revision in more than a decade. The comprehensive directory now features extensive original cable coverage, with more than 150 exciting entries. Other special features include listings for the new Paramount and Warner Brothers TV networks, 300 new network and syndicated listings, and updates of continuing shows.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345497734
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 1856
  • Sales rank: 156,861
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Not able to watch tv on it!!!!

    You can't even watch tv on it so if your wondering to get this or not, DONT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Great reference material.

    I have had this book for several years and have just about worn it out.
    That is why I bought it as a nook book. Have always found something about any of the old TV series. Settled a lot of arguements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    I am now the proud owner of the ninth edition after having the 7

    I am now the proud owner of the ninth edition after having the 7th & 8th editions. We find it most useful when you watch something and you ask the question where I seen them before and you look them up in the index and you find all the previous shows they have appeared in. It is a must for anyone who likes watching television and wants to know more about what they have just watched. We even find it useful down here in New Zealand

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    So disappointed

    I just bought the nook version of this book and was very excited. I have purchased many of the other editions over the years. Much to my great disappointment after buying this version, I could not get it to open because of some kind of error. Then I come to find out that it is nt returnable because it is a nook book. Well, ?I think this is grossly unfair because I previewed the sample before my purchase and that worked fine. Is there anyone who can help me or anything I can do to fix this problem? I really wanted this book. thank you.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

    The Best TV Series source ever !

    I have not found any other source so complete as this one; anything you want it, you'll find here such as: the primetime schedule, the longest nrunning series, top rated programs by season, index by actor/actress, etc....
    It is all you need for TV shows information.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    Once great, now eclipsed by the internet

    For decades, the gold standard reference book on prime-time television was Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh's "Complete Guide to Prime Time TV Shows." Updated every five years or so, it had a listing for virtually every TV show that aired on a prime-time network (including the long-defunct DuMont network, an also-ran from the early days of the medium). Whether famous or obscure, every show had a listing, complete with cast list, time slots, and a synopsis of what the show was about and its cultural impact (if applicable).

    Sadly, this book is a prime example of how print reference materials have been left in the dust by the internet. Besides the fact that this book was out of date the day they published it, there's the further problem that since the late 1990s, original TV programming has exploded on cable, yet Brooks and Marsh have done a half-baked job of covering it. High-profile cable series like "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City" get regular entries, but other shows such as "Deadwood," "Extras," and "Oz" are relegated to a list in their article on the HBO network. In a time when cable shows typically get more critical acclaim and more awards than their network counterparts, this is unacceptable treatment. Frankly, I can get more thorough information off Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database for free.

    "The Complete Directory to Prime Time..." remains an outstanding resource for obscure shows of yesteryear, but it can no longer be considered the thorough resource it was 15-20 years ago. Sadly, my advice is to pass on this book.

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  • Posted January 18, 2009

    Informative, but lacking

    Very detailed, particularly about plot lines, this book is very helpful when it comes to trivia or general knowledge about television. When I read the passages about my favorite shows, I was disappointed by the character descriptions. It seemed as if they were written very basically, as if after watching only the pilot episode. I wanted more than first impressions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007

    Buy it !!!!!

    An excelent source for tv shows. It's about time to come an updated edition, isn't it ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2004

    Always A Good One To Have on Hand

    I have owned several of the past issues of this book. It has helped me solve those puzzling questions such as 'Who played who in what show?', helped me win many Trivia Pursuit games, and even kept boredom away when I needed some light but interesting reading. I would suggest this book to any true lover of modern entertainment history.

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