Crime Television (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2006 - Performing Arts - 260 pages
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Crime dramas have been a staple of the television landscape since the advent of the medium. Along with comedies and soap operas, the police procedural made an easy transition from radio to TV, and starting with "Dragnet" in 1952, quickly became one of the most popular genres. Crime television has proven to be a fascinating reflection of changes and developments in the culture at large. In the '50s and early '60s, the square-jawed, just-the-facts detectives of "The Untouchables" and "The FBI" put police work in the best light possible. As the '60s gave way to the '70s, however, the depictions gained more subtle shading, and "The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files," and "Baretta" offered conflicted heroes in more complex worlds. This trend has of course continued in more recent decades, with Steven Bochco's dramas seeking a new realism through frank depictions of language and sexuality on television. In chronicling these developments and illustrating how the genre has reflected our ideas of crime and crime solving through the decades, author Douglas Snauffer provides essential reading for any fan.

This work provides a comprehensive history of detective and police shows on television, with, among other elements, production histories of seminal programs, and interviews with some of the most important writers and producers of crime television. Besides the shows listed above, this volume will also discuss such programs as: "Peter Gunn, The Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-O, Columbo, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, Magnum P.I., Miami Vice, T.J. Hooker, Remington Steele, Cagney and Lacey, Murder, She Wrote, The Commish, Homicide: Life on the Street, Monk," and many more.

  

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Contents

1 Crime TelevisionThe 1950s
1
2 Crime TelevisionThe 1960s
31
3 Crime TelevisionThe 1970s
65
4 Crime TelevisionThe 1980s
113
5 Crime TelevisionThe 1990s
159
6 Crime TelevisionThe 2000s
199
Index
239
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About the author (2006)

DOUGLAS SNAUFFER is a regular contributor to magazines including Starlog and Fangoria, and a frequent writer on various television-related subjects for several publications. He is also a former writer and producer of original shows for the Sci-Fi Network.

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