TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time
Grand Central Publishing, Sep 6, 2016 - Performing Arts - 352 pages
Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad? Is Cheers better than Seinfeld? What's the best high school show ever made? Why did Moonlighting really fall apart? Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilliant or terrible?
For twenty years-since they shared a TV column at Tony Soprano's hometown newspaper-critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been debating these questions and many more, but it all ultimately boils down to this:
What's the greatest TV show ever?
That debate reaches an epic conclusion in TV (THE BOOK). Sepinwall and Seitz have identified and ranked the 100 greatest scripted shows in American TV history. Using a complex, obsessively all- encompassing scoring system, they've created a Pantheon of top TV shows, each accompanied by essays delving into what made these shows great. From vintage classics like The Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy to modern masterpieces like Mad Men and Friday Night Lights, from huge hits like All in the Family and ER to short-lived favorites like Firefly and Freaks and Geeks, TV (THE BOOK) will bring the triumphs of the small screen together in one amazing compendium.
Sepinwall and Seitz's argument has ended. Now it's time for yours to begin!
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JCLHeatherM - LibraryThing
The top 10 lists posted by the authors are the best feature of the book. Told from the perspective of two authors, most TV views would find something to enjoy in the book, which serves more as a book to skim and pick and choose from than read from cover to cover. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tina0822 - LibraryThing
A little long winded on some of the entries. Summarizes the whole series so there is a lot of spoilers. Overall it was an interesting book for a t.v. buff. Read full review