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

The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present[Reading] ➸ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present By Tim Brooks – Heartforum.co.uk AMERICA S 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 Directory to ePUB ✓ AMERICA SBESTSELLING 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 The Complete PDF/EPUB or 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 Complete Directory to eBook ´ 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 , 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 starsRE THANALL NEW LISTINGS from Heroes and Grey s Anatomy toRock and Nip Tuck UPDATES ON CONTINUING SHOWS such as CSI, Gil Girls, The Simpsons, and The Real WorldEXTENSIVE CABLE COVERAGE with than , entries, including a description of the programming on each major cable networkAND DON T MISS the exclusive and updated PhD Trivia Quiz ofquestions 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 dateSPECIAL FEATURES Annual program schedules at a glance for the pastyears 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 Recordse Encyclopedia Britannica of televisionTV Guide.

Directory to ePUB ✓ Tim Brooks is a former network television executive and the author of several award winning books on media, including the best selling Complete Directory to Prime Time The Complete PDF/EPUB or Network and Cable TV Shows A graduate of Dartmouth College and Syracuse University, he directed consumer research at NBC, USA Network, the Sci Fi Channel which he helped Complete Directory to eBook ´ launch and Lifetime Television Concurrently he has been writing for many years about odd and interesting corners of our media world, including TV shows forgotten by writers but remembered by viewers, African Americans in the earliest years of the recording industry, and most recently the fascinating history of college radio in the US.

The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV
    Import EPUB to the Program Import EPUB in the new millennium the entire history of primetime programs in Complete Directory to eBook ´ 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 , 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 starsRE THANALL NEW LISTINGS from Heroes and Grey s Anatomy toRock and Nip Tuck UPDATES ON CONTINUING SHOWS such as CSI, Gil Girls, The Simpsons, and The Real WorldEXTENSIVE CABLE COVERAGE with than , entries, including a description of the programming on each major cable networkAND DON T MISS the exclusive and updated PhD Trivia Quiz ofquestions 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 dateSPECIAL FEATURES Annual program schedules at a glance for the pastyears 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 Recordse Encyclopedia Britannica of televisionTV Guide."/>
  • Paperback
  • 1856 pages
  • The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present
  • Tim Brooks
  • English
  • 20 January 2017
  • 0345497732

10 thoughts on “The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present

  1. Sammy says:

    This review is for the ninth edition In many ways, this book automatically deserves five stars Herein you will find a listing for every American television series which aired since that very first TV season in 1946 The listings contain cast and airdate information, as well as a synopsis, which varies in size, and sometimes notes on the production Clearly, this is a labour of love for these two very devoted authors, and it shows in their dedication Without sounding too negative about their gThis review is for the ninth edition In many ways, this book automatically deserves five stars Herein you will find a listing for every American television series which aired since that very first TV season in 1946 The listings contain cast and airdate information, as well as a synopsis, which varies in size, and sometimes notes on the production Clearly, this is a labour of love for these two very devoted authors, and it shows in their dedication Without sounding too negative about their great work, however, there are a few things that I found frustrating 1 Obviously they had to make a distinction between what qualifies as a TV series There has to be an arbitrary line, of course, and so various syndicated series miss out, which is fine However, sometimes it gets a bit silly for instance, the sequel miniseries North and South II is included but not the original one, due to the number of weeks each aired Again, I understand that without drawing a line, the guys would never be able to finish the book, but there are certain situations such as this one, where the reader feels as if a little leeway would ve been helpful.2 Sometimes there are errors in plot details, or lazy descriptions Again, I don t think is really a flaw undoubtedly there are some shows which the authors don t watch, or didn t watch closely, and details get missed when reading guides to programs But perhaps now that the book is in its ninth edition, they could branch out and incorporate further proof readers with knowledge of additional programs 3 The plot summaries vary greatly in size, but by no measurable standard Obviously no one among us can say which shows areimportant or better However, there are instances where I am gobsmacked by the half page synopsis for a fascinating show, and then further awed when I read the two page detailed summary of a show that is largely forgotten For instance, David E Kelley s Boston Legal is considerably less examined than Boston Public , a series I m sure most critics would call inferior, and which undeniably had a less public persona throughout its run Even if you hate both of them, no one can deny that the casting woes, meta referential intricacies and gradual change in tone toward passionate liberal discourse on a weekly basis, must merit some further consideration of Legal Again, I am aware that the authors have subjective tastes themselves, but as experts in the field, they must be aware of the impact individual shows had on the television landscape.4 And finally, the big one for me the authors don t seem certain about whether they re including behind the scenes information or not, which is to the book s great detriment With some shows of course It s About Time , for instance it s inevitable that you include discussion, since the series entire format changed midway through the run But occasional entries will spend half the discussion on audience response or behind the scenes info, while other series won t so much as waste a sentence on critical reaction If the authors were aiming to write an encyclopedia of television plots, that s all well and good, yet they do often wander into behind the scenes discussion, so clearly they re not against the idea Any TV fan will be able to pick out many shows where the entry could ve spent less time discussing a minor romantic subplot and devoted that space to information about changing viewer tastes casting dilemmas series legacy, etc.So, in spite of that laundry list, I advocate this book very strongly With the exception of the final point, the others are all minor stylistic details which don t get in the way of the marvel that is this work In this day and age, that a book can still hold so muchinformation than any website is impressive Many is a night when, in researching one show, I have stumbled upon three or four others on the same page which I ve never heard of This is a treasure trove, and I sincerely hope it continues to be updated in the future Only true TV fans could create such a work Guys If you re thinking of retiring, give me a call

  2. LemmiSchmoeker says:

    I like looking things up, and this is just the book for it there s not much personal opinion in it, but over 1000 pages of condensed facts It s now out of date, of course, but for anythingmodern the internet is a better source anyway It s the old series where this book is really useful.

  3. Rama says:

    Best Reference Book for a TV JunkieAnyone who grew up in 70s and 80s watching TV shows can not forget the amount of entertainment and enjoyment, week after week, the TV shows brought them and their families right in their living room It is obvious for many of us to relate to the characters of our favorite shows I loved both comedies and dramas and I have long list of favorites After all these years still many of us like to read about the shows we once enjoyed so much even tiny details such a Best Reference Book for a TV JunkieAnyone who grew up in 70s and 80s watching TV shows can not forget the amount of entertainment and enjoyment, week after week, the TV shows brought them and their families right in their living room It is obvious for many of us to relate to the characters of our favorite shows I loved both comedies and dramas and I have long list of favorites After all these years still many of us like to read about the shows we once enjoyed so much even tiny details such as what day of the week Three s Company aired on ABC, and what time What was the show line up for that day on ABC and what were the competitors shows CBS and NBC Who won Emmy for best actor for comedy in 1980, etc Such questions jump on us and we need a book to provide such information This book by Brooks and Marsh serve that purpose it is a wealth of information for a small price 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 In short this book has almost everything you ever want to know about your favorite TV shows I highly recommend this to everyone who has interest in TV shows

  4. Marco says:

    this one wins all kinds of trivia games.

  5. Andy says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here M A S H goes off the air in 1983.

  6. Tom Stamper says:

    When I was a kid and had no interest in reading I begged my mom to buy this book so I could learn about every network show that ever aired on television It came in a few years later when my history teacher told us his favorite TV show was the 1950s show Richard Diamond, Private Eye with David Janssen I used this book as a reference to give an oral report about the show and it s short life These days I create TV and I spendtime reading books.

  7. Heather McC says:

    A great resource for skimming and scanning if you are wanting to find your favorite series or you could go the long way and read the text piece by piece I do wish that there would be an update though, I believe the latest update was 2007, and there are whole new genres of TV that have been unearthed since the latest publication.

  8. Clark Hallman says:

    This descriptive review was written in February 2013, but was based on the 1979 edition of this book The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946 Present is an amazingly comprehensive guide to all the prime time television shows from 1946 to 1978 For each show, it provides telecast dates, a broadcast history, a cast list, and a descriptive narrative about the show It also provides prime time TV schedules for each year, a list of Emmy award winners for each year, a list of top ra This descriptive review was written in February 2013, but was based on the 1979 edition of this book The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946 Present is an amazingly comprehensive guide to all the prime time television shows from 1946 to 1978 For each show, it provides telecast dates, a broadcast history, a cast list, and a descriptive narrative about the show It also provides prime time TV schedules for each year, a list of Emmy award winners for each year, a list of top rated programs for each year, a list of the longest running TV series, a list of hit songs from television, and an index of personalities and performers It is a fun reference book on those old TV shows that some of us are old enough to care about Oh, and there are updated editions of this book that cover TV shows into the 2000s

  9. Matt Raymond says:

    I ve got about 3 copies of this book I love itwith every update I m a huge TV fan, so any book dealing with facts about it is just what I need I wouldn t say I ve read it cover to cover, but probably a larger portion than most people Air dates, short descriptions Now I know all about L.A Law , past network schedules now a lotcable shows are included Considering how cable is now a bigger deal than the big four, this book just becamerelevant I know I could probably lo I ve got about 3 copies of this book I love itwith every update I m a huge TV fan, so any book dealing with facts about it is just what I need I wouldn t say I ve read it cover to cover, but probably a larger portion than most people Air dates, short descriptions Now I know all about L.A Law , past network schedules now a lotcable shows are included Considering how cable is now a bigger deal than the big four, this book just becamerelevant I know I could probably look all this up online, but trust me the book is better

  10. K says:

    the present , in this case, being 1979.A nice reference work and fun reminder of my misspent youth I actually read it, cover to cover a daunting task and came away with a new understanding of the history of television a history dominated by a seemingly endless supply of bad ideas and lame executions but also overlooked gems.

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