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Glued to the Set The 60 Television Shows and Events That Made Us Who We Are Today

ISBN-10: 0684828170
ISBN-13: 9780684828176
Edition: 1998
Authors: Steven D. Stark
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Description: This text takes the reader on a fascinating tour of 60 programs and major media events of the past 50 years, offering a wealth of behind-the-scenes details.

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 5/20/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

This text takes the reader on a fascinating tour of 60 programs and major media events of the past 50 years, offering a wealth of behind-the-scenes details.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
What's So Funny About Milton Berle? The Unacceptable Ethnicity of The Texaco Star Theater
Howdy Doody and the Debate Over Children's Programming
Meet the Press: Television's Anachronism
I Love Lucy: The Woman as TV Superstar
Dragnet and the Policeman as Hero
Bishop Sheen's Life Is Worth Living and the New American Religion of Television
Resistance to Reality: Why Edward R. Murrow's See It Now Didn't Change Television More
Today, Barbara Walters, and TV's Definition of News
Disneyland and the Creation of the Seamless Entertainment Web
The Secret of The Lawrence Welk Show
The Ed Sullivan Show and the Era of Big Government
Gunsmoke and Television's Lost Wave of Westerns
American Bandstand and the Clash of Rock and TV
Twenty-One, the Quiz Scandal, and the Decline of Public Trust
Leave It to Beaver and the Politics of Nostalgia
The Twilight Zone: Science Fiction as Realism
The Rise and Fall of the Televised Presidential Press Conference
Perry Mason and the Criminal Lawyer as Brief Television Hero
The Dick Van Dyke Show and the Rise of Upscale Television
Space Television
The Beverly Hillbillies and the Rise of Populist Television
Assassination Television
Mister Ed: How Real Were TV's Escapist Comedies?
The Dating Game, Game Shows, and the Rise of Tabloid TV
Walter Cronkite, the CBS Evening News, and the Rise of News on Television
The Monkees and TV's Subversion of the 1960s
Mission: Impossible and Its Cold War Fight to Save America
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and the Fate of Controversy on TV
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and Acceleration as a TV Style
Sesame Street: The Last Remnant of the Counterculture
TV's Biggest Show: The Super Bowl
The Brady Bunch as Television Icon
All in the Family and the Sitcom "Revolution"
The Mary Tyler Moore Show and America's Newest "Families"
Masterpiece Theatre and the Failure of PBS
Television's Biggest Scandal: The Local News
The Tonight Show and Its Hold on America
60 Minutes and the Evolution of News to Entertainment
TV's Most Self-Congratulatory Hit: Saturday Night Live
The Miniseries as History: Did Roots Change America?
All My Children, Soaps, and the Feminization of America
The Oddly Winning Dark Sensibility of M*A*S*H
The Hostage Crisis as Metaphor
Dallas and the Rise of Republican Mythology
Debating Our Politics: The Ronald Reagan Show
CNN and the Changing Definition of News
Hill Street Blues and TV's New Elite Style
What MTV Hath Wrought
Bob Newhart as the Embodiment of TV Culture
Entertainment Tonight and the Expansion of the Tabloid, Celebrity Culture
The Forgotten Promise of The Cosby Show
The Star Trek Galaxy and Its Glimpse of TV's Future
How Roseanne Made Trash TV Respectable
How America's Funniest Home Videos Tore Down Our Wall
Hill-Thomas and the Congressional Hearing as Miniseries
The Oprah Winfrey Show and the Talk-Show Furor
A Tale of Two Sitcoms
Home Shopping: Commercialism as Salvation
The Innovations of ER and the Fight for Health-Care Reform
How Wheel of Fortune Won the Cold War
How I Came Up With the 60 Shows
Bibliography
Index

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