Fifty Key Television Programmes

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This unique study offers a comprehensive and invaluable account of television from the perspective of the programs themselves. From I Love Lucy to The Simpsons, from The Twilight Zone to The X Files, from the moon landing to the events of September 11, the book chronicles some of the most fascinating and influential shows and global events ever to hit the small screen. Each entry will offer a basic guide to the history of the show, its textual and thematic context, and its critical and popular reception, while ...
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Overview


This unique study offers a comprehensive and invaluable account of television from the perspective of the programs themselves. From I Love Lucy to The Simpsons, from The Twilight Zone to The X Files, from the moon landing to the events of September 11, the book chronicles some of the most fascinating and influential shows and global events ever to hit the small screen. Each entry will offer a basic guide to the history of the show, its textual and thematic context, and its critical and popular reception, while also explaining and frequently reconsidering ways in which it may have been analyzed in the past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340809433
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/30/2004
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction
1 24 1
2 An American Family and The Family 6
3 The Benny Hill Show 11
4 Big Brother 16
5 Boys from the Blackstuff 21
6 Brass Eye 26
7 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 31
8 Cagney and Lacey 36
9 Cathy Come Home 40
10 Charlie's Angels 45
11 The Civil War 50
12 Coronation Street 55
13 The Cosby Show 60
14 Culloden 65
15 Dallas 70
16 Doctor Who 75
17 ER 80
18 The FIFA World Cup 85
19 Grange Hill 90
20 Heimat 95
21 Hill Street Blues 100
22 I Love Lucy 105
23 The Jerry Springer Show 110
24 Marty 115
25 Middlemarch 120
26 The Monkees 125
27 Monty Python's Flying Circus 130
28 The Moon Landing 135
29 Neighbours 140
30 News at Ten 144
31 The Olympic Games 149
32 Popstars 154
33 Prime Suspect 159
34 The Prisoner 164
35 Queer as Folk 169
36 September 11, 2001 174
37 The Simpsons 178
38 The Singing Detective 183
39 The Sopranos 188
40 Star Trek 193
41 Sunday and Bloody Sunday 198
42 Teletubbies 203
43 Till Death Us Do Part and All in the Family 208
44 Top of the Pops 213
45 The Twilight Zone 217
46 Twin Peaks 222
47 Walking with Dinosaurs 227
48 Who Wants to be a Millionaire? 232
49 World in Action 237
50 The X-Files 242
Bibliography 247
Index 275
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