television is a good friend of mine.
the years, I have taken a lot of grief for my relationship with
television. I am an unabashed fan of the medium and I don’t
apologize for it. I grew up with cartoons and The Brady Bunch,
moved onto MTV and The Dukes of Hazzard and currently feast
on reality shows and sports. If I’m in the house, the television
is usually on. I fall asleep with the television on. (I maintain
that the sleep timer function is THE greatest invention of the last
fifty years – at least until TiVo entered the scene.) The
naysayers of television just can’t appreciate the fine nuance
of, say, The Love Boat or The Bachelor the way
I can. Just don’t ask me to explain that nuance…
here I offer four very entertaining books dedicated to the tube…
from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
by Tom Shales, James Andrew Miller
SNL is arguably the most influential show to ever
run on television. This book tells us the story of the show through
the viewpoints of the cast members, writers, producers and guests.
The accounts are unfailingly honest, usually quite funny and sometimes
shocking. You don’t need to be a fan of the show to enjoy
Cheers Trivia Book
by Mark Wenger
Quick now – what were the name’s
of Carla’s children? What kind of car did Sam drive? Where
was Woody originally from? The answers to those questions and hundreds
of others can be found in this book about the most successful sitcom
of the last twenty five years.
The Uncensored History
by Michael Freeman
The anchors of ESPN’s Sportscenter
are like frequent visitors in our home. We call them by first name
and look forward to seeing them on our television. This book covers
the history of the channel that changed the face of cable and gets
us behind the personalities that give the network its flavor. Not
all of it is pretty, but most of it is very interesting.
Sitcom Fact Book: Over 8,700 Details from 130 Shows, 1985-2000
by Vincent Terrace
There is no better television companion
for your nightstand than this book. Chock full of everything you
ever wanted to know – and a few things you didn’t want
to know – about every sitcom to appear between 1985 and 2000.
This book is the ultimate argument settler when questions arise
about who played what role on that show who’s title you can’t
if I can just talk my wife into buying that flat screen...
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