How to Watch Television

ISBN-10: 0814763987

ISBN-13: 9780814763988

Edition: 2013

Authors: Ethan Thompson, Jason Mittell

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We all have opinions about the television shows we watch, but television criticism is about much more than simply evaluating the merits of a particular show and deeming it ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Rather, criticism uses the close examination of a television program to explore that program’s cultural significance, creative strategies, and its place in a broader social context.           How to Watch Television brings together forty original essays from today’s leading scholars on television culture, writing about the programs they care (and think) the most about. Each essay focuses on a particular television show, demonstrating one way to read the program and, through it, our media culture. The essays model how to practice media criticism in accessible language, providing critical insights through analysis—suggesting a way of looking at TV that students and interested viewers might emulate. The contributors discuss a wide range of television programs past and present, covering many formats and genres, spanning fiction and non-fiction, broadcast and cable, providing a broad representation of the programs that are likely to be covered in a media studies course. While the book primarily focuses on American television, important programs with international origins and transnational circulation are also covered.Addressing television series from the medium’s earliest days to contemporary online transformations of television, How to Watch Television is designed to engender classroom discussion among television critics of all backgrounds.Ethan Thompson is Associate Professor at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He is the author of Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture, and co-editor of Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era.Jason Mittell is Associate Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College. He is the author of Genre and Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture, Television and American Culture, and Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling (New York University Press, forthcoming).
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 9/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

Ethan Thompson is Associate Professor at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. He is the author of Parody and Taste in Postwar American Television Culture , and co-editor of Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era .

Jason Mittell is a Professor of Film & Media Culture and American Studies at Middlebury College. He is the author of Genre & Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture , Television & American Culture , and co-editor of How to Watch Television (NYU Press, 2013).

Acknowledgments
Introduction: An Owner�s Manual for Television
TV Form: Aesthetics and Style
Homicide: Realism
House: Narrative Complexity
Life on Mars: Transnational Adaptation
Mad Men: Visual Style
Nip/Tuck: Popular Music
Phineas & Ferb: Children's Television
The Sopranos: Episodic Storytelling
Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job!: Metacomedy
TV Representations: Social Identity and Cultural Politics
24: Challenging Stereotypes
The Amazing Race: Global Othering
The Cosby Show: Representing Race
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Queer Meanings
Eva Luna: Latino/a Audiences
Glee / House Hunters International: Gay Narratives
Grey's Anatomy: Feminism
Jersey Shore: Ironic Viewing
TV Politics: Democracy, Nation, and the Public Interest
30 Days: Social Engagement
America's Next Top Model: Neoliberal Labor
Family Guy: Undermining Satire
Fox & Friends: Political Talk
M*A*S*H: Socially Relevant Comedy
Parks and Recreation: The Cultural Forum
Star Trek: Serialized Ideology
The Wonder Years: Televised Nostalgia
TV Industry: Industrial Practices and Structures
Entertainment Tonight: Tabloid News
I Love Lucy: The Writer-Producer
Modern Family: Product Placement
Monday Night Football: Brand Identity
NYPD Blue: Content Regulation
Onion News Network: Flow
The Prisoner: Cult TV Remakes
The Twilight Zone: Landmark Television
TV Practices: Medium, Technology, and Everyday Life
Auto-Tune the News: Remix Video
Battlestar Galactica: Fans and Ancillary Content
Everyday Italian: Cultivating Taste
Gossip Girl: Transmedia Technologies
It's Fun to Eat: Forgotten Television
One Life to Live: Soap Opera Storytelling
Samurai Champloo: Transnational Viewing
The Walking Dead: Adapting Comics
Contributors
Index
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