A TV Guide to Life: How I Learned Everything I Needed to Know from Watching Television

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Penguin, 2008 - Social Science - 260 pages
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A couch potato's book of wisdom— 100% commercial free!

Some say that entire generations of Americans are being raised by the television…like that's a bad thing. Not so, says author Jeff Alexander, long-time television writer, advocate of education by television, and recapper for the popular website Television Without Pity. Here, he offers the ultimate in life lessons as seen on TV. Topics include:

• Saved by the Bell: School on TV

• Somebody Save Me: Super Powers and Magic Spells

• Tell Me Why I Love You Like I Do: Relationships on TV

• Making A Living: The Workplace

• And more

With a smart, snarky style, Alexander guides readers through important lessons gleaned from years of TV reviewing (now in convenient book form!), freeing up a whole new generation to learn other things, like how to cure cancer or solve world hunger…or anything more useful than watching TV (Author's note: Just joking… there is no such thing).

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Saved by the Bell School on TV
7
Ill Be There for You Friends on TV
25
Tell Me Why I Love You Like I Do TV Couples
45
What Would We Do Baby Without Us? Parenting
67
Making a Living The Workplace
85
Im No Superman TV Medicine
111
Dont Do the Crime If You Cant Do the Time Law Enforcement and Crime Solving
127
Moving On Up Unreal Estate
145
Straightening the Curves Flattening the Hills TV Physics
163
Surfing on the Internet and Zapped to Cyberspace High Technology
181
To Boldly Go Outer Space and Science Fiction
195
Somebody Save Me Superpowers and Magic Spells
211
A Different World Than Where You Come From Spinning Off to a New Life
229
Listen Attentively I Mean About Future Calamity The Final Chapter
241
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About the author (2008)

A former staff writer for public radio's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, Jeff Alexander writes about television for the popular website Television Without Pity. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and son.

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