Encyclopedia of Television Subjects, Themes And Settings
Over the course of 80 years television has produced countless programs, many of which fit a particular profile. Did you know, for example, some programs are devoted to ghosts, genies, angels and even mermaids? Color broadcasting was first tested in 1941? Live models were used to advertise lingerie as early as 1950? Or that nudity (although accidental) occurred on TV long before cable was even thought possible? These are just a few of the many facts and firsts that can be found within the 145 entries included.
Appropriate for fans and scholars, and bursting with obscure facts, this work traces the evolution of specific topics from 1925 through the 2005-2006 season. Entries include such diverse themes as adolescence, adult film actresses on TV, bars, espionage, gays, immigrants, lawyers, transsexuals and truckers, as well as locations like Canada, Hawaii, New York and Los Angeles. Each entry is arranged as a timeline, clearly displaying how television's treatment of the subject has changed through the years. Each entry is as complete as possible and contains series, pilot, special and experimental program information. Whether just a fan of television and eager to know more about the medium or a scholar seeking hard-to-find facts and information, this book traces the history of specific topics from television's infancy to its changes in the early twenty-first century.
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Whether television reflects our society or affects our society has been a subject of debate for as long as the glowing box has graced our homes. Terrace, author of numerous volumes on media (includingTelevision Characters: 1,485 Profiles from 1947-2004 andThe TV Theme Song Trivia Book ), distills 80 years of television programming (through the 2005-06 season) into 145 subjects. Entries contain a cursory topic definition followed by a chronological listing of relevant programs and characters. While the breadth of trivia might appeal to fans, entries are too short to be satisfying and explain neither how the subjects were chosen nor why certain definitions were omitted, made overbroad, or sometimes ignored. The first cited instance of a "gay" character indicates that he was included because of his lisp and hairstyle rather than his sexual preferences. Some of the topics, like morphing (scene-dissolve devices), are interesting but do not qualify as television themes. Features like the list of presidential appearances-e.g., by Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush-add some value. An A-to-Z index in the back lists cited programs, their year of origin, and the categories Terrace has assigned to them. In order to draw significant conclusions about the changing treatment of an array of social themes, researchers would have to go to the original source material, much of which no longer exists. This loose collection, which features such entries as "genies" and "scatterbrained women," may offer a starting point into research of our collective television past, but it would be unwise to judge the history of American social mores on a few ill-defined, stereotypical characterizations.BOTTOM LINE For specialized collections in television and broadcasting. Public libraries are better off treating fans to popular television series guides such asThe Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows: 1946-Present (Ballantine, 2003. 8th ed.).-Kelli Perkins, Herrick Dist. Lib., Holland, MI
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