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

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Ballantine Books, 2007 - Performing Arts - 1832 pages
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AMERICA’S #1 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, 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 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 24, 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 stars.

MORE THAN 500 ALL-NEW LISTINGS from Heroes and Grey’s Anatomy to 30 Rock and Nip/Tuck
UPDATES ON CONTINUING SHOWS such as CSI, Gilmore Girls, The Simpsons, and The Real World
EXTENSIVE CABLE COVERAGE with more than 1,000 entries, including a description of the programming on each major cable network
AND DON’T MISS the exclusive and updated “Ph.D. Trivia Quiz” of 200 questions 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-date

SPECIAL FEATURES!
• Annual program schedules at a glance for the past 61 years • 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 Records . . .
the Encyclopedia Britannica of television!”
–TV Guide

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great tv reference

User Review  - b334me - Overstock.com

This is an excellent reference book for any tv show you can think of and some you never heard of. If you want to remember who played in a certain tv show or what tv shows a certain person played in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matt Raymond - Goodreads

I've got about 3 copies of this book & I love it more with 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 ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

TIM BROOKS is a television executive and past president of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

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