On Individual Shows
Kings of Madison Avenue: The Unofficial Guide to Mad Men
This companion to the wildly popular television series includes: an in-depth episode guide of the first two seasons of the show, information about the books and films referenced in the show, detailed contextualization of the major historical moments and social issues of the early 1960s, and fun chapters on how to party like a mad man and an organized tour of the NYC landmarks shown in the series. Softcover, 231 pp. $19.95.
The Official Episode Guide
Terry Erdmann & Paula Block
This is the official episode guide to the USA Network hit television series Monk, starring two-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub. Erdmann and Block
were granted exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes secrets, and
to the scripts and sets to bring a comprehensive look at one of today's
most brilliant defective detectives. This is the ultimate book for
fans of Monk.
Softcover, 213 pp. $26.95.
A Pocketful of Python
The Lumberjack Song in German, Python etiquette on meeting a member of the Royal
Family and more insanity. Hardcover, 66 pp. $15.50.
This book includes everything you ever wanted to know about the history and stars
of the Monty Python comedy team. Detailed biographies, descriptions of all their
work in film, television and radio, and dozens of photographs fill this funny and
informative text. The definative A-Z of Britain's most famous comedy export. Hardcover,
288 pp., $45.00.
Show -- What Happened?! The Complete Story and Episode Guide
This is the ultimate insider's guide to one of the most daring, influencial,
and critically-acclaimed comedy shows on TV. From the first time that
it aired on late-night TV in 1995, Mr. Show began developing a
cult-like following, which has only grown since the series ended. It
is all chronicled here, in this marvelous story and episode guide by
Naomi Odenkirk. Softcover, 247 pp. $34.50.
Would Sipowicz Do? Race, Rights and Redemption in NYPD Blue
Sex, race, alcoholism, criminal rights, religion, homosexuality: whatever the
issue, NYPD Blue has tackled it head-on. What Would
Sipowicz Do? examines NYPD Blue from every angle,
with essays as smart, intense, funny, and unpredictable as the show itself.
Softcover, 187 pp. $24.95.
Office: BFI TV Classics
Despite its initial lukewarm reception when it first aired on the BBC, The Office has gone on shatter DVD sales records, win dozens of awards,
play in over sixty countries, and be remade by a major American network.
In the first full-length study of the show, Ben Walters traces its
unorthodox journey to the screen, drawing on extensive interviews
with those most
closely involved in its production.
Softcover, 184 pp. $27.95.
Friends in the North: BFI TV Classics
Michael Eaton traces the history of Our Friends in the North: its orgins
in Peter Flannery's 1982 play for the Royal Shakespeare Company and
the long road to TV adaptation. Eaton, himself a screenwriter, has
conducted lengthly interviews with Flannery, Executive Producer Michael
other key personnel, and this book provides a unique insight into
the often labyrinthine ways in which TV drama is commissioned and
produced. He goes
on to locate the series in the genealogy of quality television drama,
and he reflects on whether the show could ever be made today. Did
the series bring an end to a Golden Age of British TV drama -- and,
if so, what
we lost in the process?
Softcover, 134 pp. $27.95.
Prisoner: The Village Files
This fascinating publication is the definitive visual companion to the cult
TV series The Prisoner. An illustrated encyclopedia of sorts, this book
catalogues the entirety of the Village's devices, vehicles, equipment, structures,
and buildings in detailed black & white schematics. A must for any fan
of the show. Hardcover, 96 pp. $44.95.
as Folk: The Book
Irreverent, hilarious, and brave, Queer as Folk chronicles
the lives and loves of a group of Pittsburgh's most fabulous gay men
and women. Packed with hundreds of full-colour photographs, this official
companion book features episode guides that go behind the scenes and
in-depth interviews with the actors, producers, and crew who bring the
show to life. Softcover, 180 pp. $30.00.
Live From New
An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller
Bringing together the insight and anecdotes of both the stars and the behind-the-scenes
creative team who have lived the history of SNL, this unique volume chronicles the
development of one of the most innovative shows in television history. Candid, impassioned,
detailed, funny, and uncensored, this book is an indispensible resource for SNL aficionados.
Hardcover, 594 pp., $36.95.
Nicholas Mirzoeff situates Seinfeld as an expression of Clinton-era America, from its consistently ironic take on social life and its fixation on how to describe it, to the changing culture of sexuality and ethnicity. In the spirit of Seinfeld itself, this is a reflective, funny and occasionally digressive account of what it is to watch television. Softcover, 132 pp. $21.95.
Seven Up began as a 1964 World in Action special about the lives of twenty children from across British society - public schoolboys to working-class girls from London's East End. Stella Bruzzi's illuminating study is the first comprehensive account of the series. It traces Seven Up's origins and production history up to 49 Up, places it within the context of the history of British documentary, and provides in-depth analysis of the programmes themselves. Interwoven into Bruzzi's account are invaluable insights from creator Michael Apted, as well as two of the "children" - Nick and Bruce. Softcover, 126 pp. $23.95.
Your Show of Shows
Your Show of Shows pays tribute to the variety show, of the same name,
that entertained television audiences all through the 1950's. The best and
most memorable moments from the show have been collected in this delightful
volume, providing a nostalgic look back at one of television's finest programs.
Softcover, 210 pp. $25.95.
Psychology of The Simpsons
Alan Brown & Chris Logan
Fans of the longest running animated series of all time unite with psychology
enthusiasts in this compilation of eye-opening and insightful essays
written by well-known psychologists from a wide variety of specialties.
analysis to communication patterns, from self-esteem to how anger can
destroy your health, The Psychology of The Simpsons takes it all on.
Softcover, 240 pp. $24.95.
Simpsons: Beyond Forever
Go Beyond Forever with "The Simpsons" for more couch gags, chalkboards,
episode plots, guest stars, show highlights, Homerisms, memorable quotes, "Itchy
and Scratchy" cartoons, musical moments, as well as all the things that
you may have missed from Seasons 11 and 12. Softcover, 127 pp.
Simpsons: One Step Beyond Forever
Jesse L. McCann
Inside this treasure trove of television trivia you will find more couch gags,
chalkboards, episode plots, guest stars, show highlights, Homer-isms, memorable
quotes, "Itchy & Scratchy" cartoons, "D'oh!"s, musical
interludes, church marquees, and even more stuff you may have missed from Seasons
13 & 14. Softcover, 127 pp. $19.95.
Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined
In a way, Planet Simpson is a catalogue of behind-the-scenes stories,
episode facts and figures, and a who's who of the show's creative personnel.
But in another, more accurate way, this book is a thoughful look at what The
Simpsons means and why it matters. Both fanatics and casual viewers will
find themselves returning to this book again and again, for its wit and insight
into this generation's most important pop culture phenomenon. Softcover, 466
Six Feet Under: TV To Die For
Kim Akass & Janet McCabe
This collection of essays explores and celebrates the extraordinary HBO series Six
Feet Under. It discusses themes such as modern sacred and profane,
pornography and the dead body, magic realism and the grotesque, American cultural
politics, self-help culture, family relationships, homosexuality and re-thinking
the closet, the church and gay politics, motherhood and teenage rebellion.
Entertaining and enlightening in equal measure it contains a complete episode
guide to the first seasons of Six Feet Under. Softcover, 249
Feet Under: Better Living Through Death
Alan Ball & Alan Poul
This unique publication is a history of the Fishers and their extended family.
Personal photographs, correspondences, and memorabilia make up this truly eclectic
collection, of all which offer an intimate view inside the world of Six
Feet Under. This one-of-a-kind companion is sure to enthrall fans of TV's
most riveting drama. Hardcover, 203 pp. $45.00.
Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes
In a history that spans four decades, 60 Minutes has piled up an encyclopedic
list of "first and onlys": it has aired fourteen-hundred-plus times,
hauled in a profit of two billion dollars for CBS, finished in TV's top ten
for twenty-two consecutive seasons, and garnered sixty-eight Emmy Awards. This
is the story of how 60 Minutes grew from a little network experiment
into a Sunday-night-at-seven addiction. Softcover, 310 pp. $34.95.
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