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The first book to examine, in depth, in detail, and with a keen critical and historical sense, how TV came of age artistically.

Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television—our age, the era of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and Mad Men and The Wire and Homeland and Girls—he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series, and the late night talk show. In each genre, he selects five key examples of the form, tracing its continuities and its dramatic departures and drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history. In The Platinum Age of Television, one of our finest TV critics shows how the medium has eclipsed movies as the premier form of visual narrative art of our time.

About the Author:

DAVID BIANCULLI is a guest host and TV critic on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975. From 1993 to 2007, Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News. Bianculli has written three books: Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour; Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously; and Dictionary of Teleliteracy (1996). An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine,

Product Details:

  • Trade Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • Social Science / Popular Culture

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