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Watching TV : eight decades of American television

Author: Harry Castleman; Walter J Podrazik
Publisher: Syracuse : Syracuse University Press, 2016.
Series: Television and popular culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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"Castleman and Podrazik present a sweeping season-by-season story, capturing the essence of television from its inception to the contemporary era of anytime access and online streaming, including every prime time fall schedule since 1944. The authors have dug through the mounds of obscure facts offbeat anecdotes, and corporate strategies that have made television a multibillion-dollar industry. Watching TV provides  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Castleman; Walter J Podrazik
ISBN: 9780815634386 0815634382
OCLC Number: 925355622
Description: x, 559 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Contents: 1. The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise --
2. Shadows in the Cave --
3. The Dawn --
4. 1944 --
45 Season: We Want to Find Out First Where TV's Goin' --
5. 1945 --
46 Season: After the Storm --
6. 1946 --
47 Season: TV Gets the Green Light --
7. 1947 --
48 Season: Vaudeville Is Back --
8. 1948 --
49 Season: The Freeze --
9. 1949 --
50 Season: Behind the Ion Curtain --
10. 1950 --
51 Season: What's My Crime? --
11. 1951 --
52 Season: The Thaw --
12. 1952 --
53 Season: Grade-B TV --
13. 1953 --
54 Season: Point of Order --
14. 1954 --
55 Season: Showbiz in a Hurry --
15. 1955 --
56 Season: The Road to Reruns --
16. 1956 --
57 Season: It's Been a Tremendous Strain --
17. 1957 --
58 Season: Oh, Dem Oaters --
18. 1958 --
59 Season: Dotto Goes Blotto --
19. 1959 --
60 Season: Adventures in Syndication --
20. 1960 --
61 Season: The Vast Wasteland --
21. 1961 --
62 Season: I Still Have the Stench in My Nose --
22. 1962 --
63 Season: CBS + RFD = $$$ --
23. 1963 --
64 Season: Hands Across the Ocean --
24. 1964 --
65 Season: The Unloved Messenger --
25. 1965 --
66 Season: The Second Season --
26. 1966 --
67 Season: Same Is the Name of the Game --
27. 1967 --
68 Season: The Whole World Is Watching --
28. 1968 --
69 Season: The One Punch Season --
29. 1969 --
70 Season: Effete and Impudent Snobs --
30. 1970 --
71 Season: Totally Committed and Completely Involved --
31. 1971 --
72 Season: Not Just Another Pretty Face --
32. 1972 --
73 Season: Ideological Plugola --
33. 1973 --
74 Season: The New Centurions --
34. 1974 --
75 Season: Affirmative Access --
35. 1975 --
76 Season: Freddie or Not? --
36. 1976 --
77 Season: The Big Event --
37. 1977 --
78 Season: T & A TV --
38. 1978 --
79 Season: Born Again Broadcasting --
39. 1979 --
80 Season: Gleam in the Eye --
40. 1980 --
81 Season: The Strike --
41. Transition 1927 --
81: Stop and Start It All Again --
42. 1981 --
82 Season: Freddie's Blues --
43. 1982 --
83 Season: Send in the "A" Team --
44. 1983 --
84 Season: After M*A*S*H --
45. 1984 --
85 Season: We Are the World --
46. 1985 --
86 Season: Isn't That Amazing? --
47. 1986 --
87 Season: Finally a Fourth --
48. 1987 --
88 Season: The Boomer Years --
49. 1988 --
89 Season: The Goddess --
50. 1989 --
90 Season: Mmmm...Doughnuts --
51. 1990 --
91 Season: The Live Storm --
52. 1991 --
92 Season: The Sax Man --
53. 1992 --
93 Season: Nothing Much --
54. 1993 --
94 Season: The Truth That's Out There --
55. 1994 --
95 Season: In the Blink of an Eye --
56. 1995 --
96 Season: Ready for Reform --
57. 1996 --
97 Season: All Around the Dial --
58. 1997 --
98 Season: Devil with the Blue Dress On --
59. 1998 --
99 Season: Sex and Violence --
60. 1999 --
2000 Season: Not the Final Answer --
61. 2000 --
01 Season: Reality Is Bad Enough --
62. 2001 --
02 Season: Ground Zero --
63. 2002 --
03 Season: Go Pound Sand --
64. 2003 --
04 Season: Game Change --
65. 2004 --
05 Season: ZigZag and JibJab --
66. 2005 --
06 Season: Here's the Deal --
67. 2006 --
07 Season: What Else Is On? --
68. 2007 --
08 Season: Called Third Strike --
69. 2008 --
09 Season: Change Is Now --
70. 2009 --
10 Season: The End of the World as We Know It --
71. 2010 --
11 Season: Bloodlines --
72. 2011 --
12 Season: Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later --
73. 2012 --
13 Season: Apocalypse How? --
74. 2013 --
14 Season: Keep Your Eye on the Ball --
75. 2014 --
15 Season: How to Get Away with Everything.
Series Title: Television and popular culture.
Responsibility: Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik.

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"Castleman and Podrazik present a sweeping season-by-season story, capturing the essence of television from its inception to the contemporary era of anytime access and online streaming, including every prime time fall schedule since 1944. The authors have dug through the mounds of obscure facts offbeat anecdotes, and corporate strategies that have made television a multibillion-dollar industry. Watching TV provides a fascinating history of how the personalities, popular shows, and coverage of key events have evolved across eight decades. Full of facts, firsts, insights, and exploits, as well as rare and memorable photographs, Watching TV is the standard history of American television. This third edition includes coverage up through the mid-2010s and looks ahead to the next waves of change"--Page [4] of cover.

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