I Spy: A History and Episode Guide to the Groundbreaking Television Series

I Spy: A History and Episode Guide to the Groundbreaking Television Series

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by Marc Cushman, Linda J. LaRosa
     
 

One of the most popular and award-winning television series of the sixties, I Spy was the first weekly broadcast to star both a white and a black actor. In 1964, though, producer Sheldon Leonard had, with heavy risk, financed the show himself, and his idea for a racially incorporated cast had earned his show the moniker "Sheldon's Folley." Pairing established white

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Overview

One of the most popular and award-winning television series of the sixties, I Spy was the first weekly broadcast to star both a white and a black actor. In 1964, though, producer Sheldon Leonard had, with heavy risk, financed the show himself, and his idea for a racially incorporated cast had earned his show the moniker "Sheldon's Folley." Pairing established white actor Robert Culp with Bill Cosby, a black comedian with barely an acting credit to his name, certainly turned some heads at NBC, and many wondered whether affiliates in the South would ever air the show. Only two years later, Cosby accepted the Emmy for leading actor—and I Spy cemented its role in history.

This is a complete history of I Spy and the profound change it evoked in broadcasting, social ideals and racial equality. Rich with interviews and photographs, it discusses I Spy's unique approach to race, co-starring interracial actors as equals. It also describes how the show became the template for popular "buddy genre" shows and films that followed, covers the show's significance as the first series to shoot episodes around the world, and puts I Spy in context with other works within the spy genre at a time when spy books, shows and films exploded in popularity. A complete episode guide includes writers, directors, cast, crew, plot synopsis and commentary.

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Editorial Reviews

Big Reel
should set a new standard for episode guides....recommend[ed]
The Midwest Book Review
this book is a great addition that will add to a person's enjoyment of the show
Cinema Retro
"a welcome addition...meticulously researched...very entertaining...provides a treasure trove of fascinating insights...highly recommend[ed]...outstanding"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786427505
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/25/2007
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Marc Cushman is a Los Angeles based writer of television and films with TV credits including Diagnosis: Murder, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Linda J. LaRosa divides her time between New York and California. She is the author of Winter of the Heart which was filmed as an award winning mini-series in Italy and France.

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