Investigating Heroes: Essays on Truth, Justice and Quality TV

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David Simmons
McFarland, Nov 28, 2011 - Performing Arts - 187 pages
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Premiering in September of 2006, the weekly NBC television series Heroes was an immediate commercial and critical hit, lasting four successful seasons. Heroes follows a group of interrelated characters who discover they have superhuman powers, with each successive episode exploring how these people react to and utilize their powers for good or for evil. This collection of essays explores a variety of issues surrounding Heroes, examining the series' content, marketing and reception. Also investigated is the show's fusion of "cult" and mainstream elements of television, analyzing its ability to combine so-called lowbrow elements (comic books and superheroes) with a high-quality television form prizing such factors as moral ambiguity and depth of characterization--and what this blending process suggests about the current hybrid state of genre television, and about the medium as a whole.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Heroes and Villains
7
Borrowings and Intertexts
51
Ideas and Concepts
119
Filmography
169
About the Contributors
171
Index
175
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David Simmons has written and published extensively on popular entertainment, covering subjects ranging from animated TV series to sword-and-sandal movies. He is a lecturer in film and television studies at the University of Northhampton in the UK.

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