The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV

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(Applause Books). Television history was made on April 30, 1997, when comedian Ellen DeGeneres and her sitcom alter-ego Ellen Morgan, "came out" to her close friends and 36 million viewers. This groundbreaking episode represented a significant milestone in Amerian television. For the first time, a TV series centered around a lesbian character who was portrayed by an openly gay actor. The millions of viewers who tuned in that historic night were witnesses to a new era in television. THE PRIME TIME CLOSET offers an entertaining and in-depth glimpse ...

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(Applause Books). Television history was made on April 30, 1997, when comedian Ellen DeGeneres and her sitcom alter-ego Ellen Morgan, "came out" to her close friends and 36 million viewers. This groundbreaking episode represented a significant milestone in Amerian television. For the first time, a TV series centered around a lesbian character who was portrayed by an openly gay actor. The millions of viewers who tuned in that historic night were witnesses to a new era in television. THE PRIME TIME CLOSET offers an entertaining and in-depth glimpse into homosexuality on television from the 1950s through today. Divided into four sections, each devoted to a major television genre, this unique book explores how gay men and lesbians have been depicted in over three hundred television episodes and made-for-TV films. These include medical series, police/detective shows, situation comedies and TV dramas. THE PRIME TIME CLOSET also reveals how television's treatement of homosexuality has reflected and reinforced society's ignorance about and fear of gay men and lesbians. At the same time, it celebrates programs like Ellen and Will & Grace that have broken new ground in their sensitive and enlightened approach to homosexuality and gay-related themes. This book is witty and insightful, accessible and illuminating, a look into what has become an integral part of American media culture.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781557835574
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Prime Time Closet Chronology
Ch. 1 Diagnosis: Homosexual: Homosexuality and the Prime Time Medical Drama 1
Ch. 2 "Just the Facts, Ma'am" Homosexuality and the Law and Order Drama 55
Ch. 3 Drama Queens Homosexuality and Dramatic Series, Mini-Series, and Movies of the Week 109
Ch. 4 "Not That There's Anything Wrong With It" Homosexuality and Television Comedy 185
Afterword: Keeping the Closet Door Open 259
App Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender
App TV Episode Guide 261
App Bibliography 312
App The Best of the Prime Time Closet 313
Endnotes 318
Index 333
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2002

    Attention gay couch potatoes! A great book!

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in television and/or how gays and lesbians have been treated on TV. Tropiano has done a thorough job researching the subject and discusses hundreds of TV episodes. There is also a terrific directory in the back listing the titles and dates of TV shows with gay characters and gay TV episodes. This book really took me back to my early TV watching days--a time when TV shows were so full of misinformation! I bought this book for myself and a few of my couch potato friends.

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