Action TV: Tough-guys, Smooth Operators and Foxy Chicks

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Bill Osgerby, Anna Gough-Yates
Psychology Press, 2001 - Performing Arts - 260 pages
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From re-runs of 'TV classics' like The Avengersor Starsky and Hutch, to soundtracks, club nights and film remakes such as Mission Impossible II, the action series is enjoying a popular revival. Yet little attention has been paid to the history, nature and enduring appeal of the action series, and its place in popular culture, past and present.
Action TVtraces the development of the action series from its genesis in the 1950s. From The Saintto Knigh t Rider, contributors explore the key shows which defined the genre, addressing issues of audiences and consumption, gender and sexuality, fashion and popular culture. They examine the institutional and cultural factors influencing the action series, and relate shifts in the genre to other forms of popular culture including film, pop music, fashion and popular literature.
Chapters include:
* Of leather suits and kinky boots: The Avengers, style and popular culture
* 'Who loves ya, baby?': Kojak, action and the great society
*'A lone crusader in a dangerous world': heroics of science and technology in Knight Rider
* Angels in chains? feminism, femininity and consumer culture in Charlie's Angels
* 'Who's the cat that won't cop out?' Black masculinity in American action shows of the sixties and seventies
 

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Contents

television history and the development of
13
The Saint masculinity
32
Kojak action and the great society
53
heroics of science
69
Angels in chains? Feminism femininity and consumer culture
83
reorienting the television Western
115
for KungFu 197275 TV TimesBFL
119
The Professionals
127
interpreting sexual identity in Jason King
169
PART IV
189
Music from Peter Gunn RCA 1959
195
low culture meets even lower culture
205
British comic devoted to action TV shows Cover to TV Crimehusters
208
The Avengers style
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and Cathy Gale Honor Blackman in The Avengers 196264
226
pastiche or hyperconsciousness?
236

Audiences reading and rereading the action TV series
143
The Persuaders A girls best friends
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About the author (2001)

Bill Osgerby is a cultural historian who has written widely on modern American and British social history. His books include "Youth in Britain Since 1945" and "Playboys in Paradise: Masculinity, Youth and Leisure-Style in Modern America," He has been a hard-core biker for over twenty years.

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