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Kings of Madison AvenueKings of Madison Avenue: The Unofficial Guide to Mad Men
Jesse McLean
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.

Monk: The Official Episode GuideMonk: 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 total access 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 PythonA Pocketful of Python
Terry Gilliam
The Lumberjack Song in German, Python etiquette on meeting a member of the Royal Family and more insanity. Hardcover, 66 pp. $15.50.

Monty Python EncyclopediaMonty Python Encyclopedia
Robert Ross
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.

"Mr. Show -- What Happened?!""Mr. Show -- What Happened?! The Complete Story and Episode Guide
Naomi Odenkirk
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.

What Would Sipowicz Do?What Would Sipowicz Do? Race, Rights and Redemption in NYPD Blue
Glenn Yeffeth
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.

The Office: BFI TV ClassicsThe Office: BFI TV Classics

Ben Walters
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.

Our Friends in the North: BFI TV Classics Our Friends in the North: BFI TV Classics
Michael Eaton
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 Wearing and 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 have we lost in the process? Softcover, 134 pp. $27.95.

The PrisonerThe Prisoner: The Village Files
Tim Palgut
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.

Queer as Folk: The BookQueer as Folk: The Book
Paul Ruditis
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 YorkLive From New York
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
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 UpSeven Up
Stella Bruzzi
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 ShowsYour Show of Shows
Ted Sennett
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.

The Psychology of The SimpsonsThe 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. From behaviorial 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.

The Simpsons: Beyond Forever	The Simpsons: Beyond Forever
Matt Groening
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.

The Simpsons: One Step Beyond ForeverThe 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.

Planet SimpsonPlanet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation

Chris Turner
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 pp. $35.00.

Reading Six Feet UnderReading 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 pp. $21.95.

Six Feet Under: Better Living Through DeathSix 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.

The Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 MinutesThe Long Life & Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes
David Blum
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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The Tao of Bada Bing!The Tao of Bada Bing!
Words of Wisdom from The Sopranos
David Chase
Organized according to the timeless wisdom of the Tao Te Ching, The Tao of Bada Bing! is an enlightening anthology of some of the most memorable dialogue, quips and nuggets of insight from all four seasons of The Sopranos. Hardcover, 192 pp. $21.95.

The Psychology Of The SopranosThe Psychology Of The Sopranos: Love, Death, Desire, and Betrayal in America's Favorite Gangster Family
Glenn O. Gabbard M.D.
Tony Soprano, his family, his "associates," and his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, have captured the imagination of more than 11 million viewers. Renowned psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Glen Gabbard takes a hard and humorous look at the psyches of America's favorite mob family-and our own. Hardcover, 191 pp., $32.95.

This Thing of OursThis Thing of Ours: Investigating the Sopranos
David Lavery
The critically acclaimed television show is closely scrutinized in this anthology of intelligent essays. Encompassing a wide variety of topics, including, creation and reception, the portrayal of psychoanalysis, the depiction of organised crime and the family, and the role of music, this book is ideal for anyone interested not only in The Sopranos, but contemporary television as a whole. Also included are a complete episode guide for the first three seasons, and a catalogue of intertextual allusions referenced in the show, from The Godfather and Goodfellas, to Shaquille O'Neal and Princess Diana. Softcover, 285 pp., $29.95.

The Sopranos: The BookThe Sopranos: The Book
Brett Martin
The Sopranos: The Book is the behind-the-scenes story of the making of a revolutionary television program. With unprecedented access to the set, this full-color volume offers the final word on how this original and deeply affecting world was brought to life, beginning with show creator David Chase's own New Jersey childhood and ending with the massive production that will be remembered as a turning point in television and pop culture history. Softcover, 190 pp. $26.95.

The Sopranos: A Family HistoryThe Sopranos: A Family History
Alan Rucker
Now updated with 32 pages of new material chronicling the fourth season, this official companion to the acclaimed series reveals an ever-expanding web of love, loyalty, and deceit, with a complete dossier on Tony Soprano and his two families. Includes: full-colour photographs of the family album, episode guides, an interview with series creator David Chase, and much more. Softcover, $33.00.

Blame Canada! Blame Canada! South Park and Contemporary Culture

Toni Johnson-Woods
In Blame Canada!, pop culture scholar Toni Johnson-Woods looks at South Park's history and origins, and traces its success over the years. There are chapters on how South Park has been portrayed in the media, the vibrant fan community, the marketing of the show, as well as chapters on politics, religion, and stereotyping. Blame Canada! is an accessible book that places South Park in a tradition of fearless and often foul-mouthed satire. Softcover, $24.95.

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