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The 20th century might be accurately described as the television century. Perhaps no technological invention in recent history has so vastly affected the American public. An involving mixture of scholarship and nostalgia, this volume offers an intelligent examination of the many ways that American society has shaped—and been shaped by—television. Roman provides thematic chapters on all of television's major genres.

James Roman, author of Love, Light, and a Dream: Television's Past, Present, and Future (Greenwood, 1996), traces the evolution of American television programming from its beginnings as an experimental spinoff of radio broadcasting to its current role as an omnipresent and, some would say, omnipotent force of media and culture.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book will appeal to those searching for a general overview of America's most popular medium of ideas, culture and communication."


PW Annex

"Drawing important connections between viewing choices and changing consumer expectations, a fine history presents a logical set of transitions between themes and delivery choices based on programming history."


MBR Bookwatch

"Roman (film and media studies, Hunter College, CUNY) outlines the history of American television programming from its beginnings as an experimental spinoff of radio broadcasting to its current role as an omnipresent and, arguably, omnipotent force of media and culture."


Reference & Research Book News

"A member of the Hunter College (CUNY) faculty, Roman takes a topical rather than chronological approach, and thus is better able to pull out some of the key themes….[R]oman does well by staying on example programs long enough to make a point and illustrate larger trends."


CBQ Communication Booknotes Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313319723
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES ROMAN is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. He is the author of Love, Light, and a Dream (Praeger, 1996).
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Table of Contents

Introduction : the culture of television's content
1 The seeds of television programming : the networks steal from radio 1
2 Tinseltown comes to TV 11
3 From prairie to pavement : the lawman's lonely ride 23
4 Medicinal myopia : television makes house calls 51
5 Mirroring the melting pot : gender, race, and religion 61
6 The sitcom : innocence versus urban chic 93
7 Television and the comics 135
8 Television drama : from the golden age to the soap factory 149
9 Reality TV : surviving the trend 171
10 Talk TV : running at the mouth 193
11 Kids, cartoons, puppets, and Muppets 213
12 Television's telltale tube : fantasy, science fiction, and the occult 229
13 Setting the agenda : television news style and substance 239
14 Miniseries/docudrama : a delicate balance 261
15 Sports and television : the tortoise meets the hare 271
16 Trends and issues 301
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