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

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Penguin, Jul 1, 2008 - Social Science - 272 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

ELEMENTARY
CHANGING TIMES
SOCALLED HIGH SCHOOL
HALLS OF FEAR
FAILED TO MEET EXPECTATIONS
THE COLLEGE YEARS
CONCLUSION
ENDURANCE
ORDER IN THE COURT
CONCLUSION
COME IN
ALONE TIME
INNER SPACE
DO IT YOURSELF
CONCLUSION
UP UP AND AWAY

CONFLICT RESOLUTION
BIRDS OF A FEATHER NOT
DRAMATIC ACCENTS
CONCLUSION
IDEAL COUPLESDOOMED
AFTER THE BREAKUP
HAPPILY EVER DURING
THE TRUTH WILL OUT
TILL CANCELLATION DO US PART
STANDING ON CEREMONY
MULTIPLE CHOICE
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
ANIMAL PLANET
OH BABY
TODDLE ON
SAY GOOD NIGHT
YOUVE GOT TO BE KIDDING
THE TEEN YEARS
FAMILY STRUCTURE
CONCLUSION
THE TV WORKFORCE
THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THIS SIDE OF THE TUBE
WHATS MY JOB AGAIN?
OFFICE ROMANCES
CAN YOU HEAR ME?
SEE YOU IN THE FUNNY PAPERS
STOP THE PRESSES
BY THE BOOK
BUY BUY BUY
CONCLUSION
PROCEDURES
MEDICAL HISTORY
CONCLUSION
THE COPS LIFE CYCLE
INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES
THE CUTTING EDGE
SHES GOING TO BLOW
NIELSENS THREE LAWS OF TELEDYNAMICS
PROJECTILES
MAKING SENSES
CONCLUSION
RAM THIS
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?
TECHNOFORENSICS
I ROBOT
COMING SOON
AVOIDING SKYROCKETING BUDGETS
PHYSICS SCHMYSICS
STAR WARS
ALIEN SOCIOLOGY
NOW AND THEN
THE FUTURE OF THE FUTURE
CONCLUSION
THE EARLY DAYS
FUN IS FOR MORTALS
BEST OF THE REST
HIGHER POWERS
WERE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
CONCLUSION
EATING THEIR YOUNG
SQUARE ONE
YOUR OWN PARENTS WONT RECOGNIZE YOU
THIS TOWN AINT BIG ENOUGH FOR ALL OF US
CONCLUSION
THE BEGINNING OF THE END
DEAD OR UNDEAD?
CAN YOU DIG IT?
ASK NOT FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
ARISE
MEMENTO MORI CONCLUSION
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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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