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The Revolution Was Televised

The Revolution Was Televised [Kindle Edition]

Alan Sepinwall
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In The Revolution Was Televised, celebrated TV critic Alan Sepinwall chronicles the remarkable transformation of the small screen over the past fifteen years. Focusing on twelve innovative television dramas that changed the medium and the culture at large forever, including The Sopranos, Oz, The Wire, Deadwood, The Shield, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, Sepinwall weaves his trademark incisive criticism with highly entertaining reporting about the real-life characters and conflicts behind the scenes.

Drawing on interviews with writers David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, and Vince Gilligan, among others, along with the network executives responsible for green-lighting these groundbreaking shows, The Revolution Was Televised is the story of a new golden age in TV, one that’s as rich with drama and thrills as the very shows themselves.

About the Author

Alan Sepinwall has been writing about television for close to 20 years, first as an online reviewer of NYPD Blue, then as a TV critic for The New Jersey Star-Ledger (Tony Soprano's hometown paper), and now as author of the popular blog What's Alan Watching? on Visit him at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 774 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476739676
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (19 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting trivia but lacks depth. 5 Mar 2013
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It's an interesting read and gave great insight into the making of the different series and Sepinwall is a marvelous writer. It does not however really deliver on its title, explaining or analysing in depth how they changed television and what TV has become because of them. In particular, it would have been very interesting to read more about theories on the future of television, from such players Sepinwall has managed to interview . It is also odd to have shows in there that have not ended yet. And the book talks little of downloading, torrents and other technologies obviously also have played a huge role in the reception these shows have gotten word wide. There are a lot of starstruckness and darlings in this book which should have either been cut or the focus of the book should have been less ambitious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 27 Nov 2012
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It is surprising that it took so long for a book to tackle this subject. It is not surprising that it turned out so well. Alan Sepinwall is one of the best critics around and his wonderful overview of the sea change in American TV drama during the past decade makes for fascinating reading. The book prompts you to re-examine shows you'd tried to watch before but had given up on after a few episodes or shows you'd always meant to watch but had never been able to. It also brings a critical perspective to each show: pointing out flawed episodes or praising particular high points. From The Sopranos to Mad Men, each show is dissected with some wonderful insights( The creators of Lost wanted it to fail!!) On a personal note, it finally got me to watch and enjoy The Wire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 18 Feb 2013
By Steven
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Reading this its a wonder anything decent for tv ever comes to fruition. The most interesting point here is how difficult it is to end a show gracefully. The main downside for this book is that Breaking Bad is still to end, leaves the book struggling a bit in its penultimate chapter.
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If you want to understand why the 1st decade of 21st century was the TV equivalent to 1970's American cinema in terms of a golden age this is a must read. Fascinating stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 28 Dec 2012
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Very interesting read, good layout so you can dip into the chapters of shows you have watched and the presence of shows I haven't watched as yet will definitely push me to watch them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for serious TV fans 5 Nov 2013
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This book is pretty in depth. If you are the type of person who knows who most of your favourite shows show-runners are then you will enjoy this insight into the genesis and running of these great shows (and 24).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 23 May 2013
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Got this for Kindle. Some titles are un-putdownable, and this was the case for me. Lovers of TV everywhere will find something to like here. A trip down TV's nostalgia lane. Fantastic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, if...
Entertaining read, if you're really in to television and the revolution the title refers to. The author knows his subject, and he's interviewed a lot of great names.
Published 16 months ago by Gustaf
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
If you have enjoyed any TV over the past decade you'll love this book, simple as that. Excellent and insightful.
Published 19 months ago by EJK
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're interested in the history behind modern tv this is amazing
As a fan of television podcasts, shows such as Breaking Bad and The Wire and Sepinwall's writing in general this was a great read about the people behind some of the best tv shows... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Darryll Defoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
Really enjoyable read, especially if you like US TV shows and even better if you have seen the shows too as it gives a real good backstory to the makings of. Read more
Published 21 months ago by P. Boreham
4.0 out of 5 stars A book well written.
Very good book.Well written and well researched.The only thing i missed was an episode guide for the shows.I can of couse find this information otherplaces.
Published 21 months ago by Douglas Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great analysis of the decade's greatest shows
Sepinwall is one of the better TV critics and his intelligent enthusiasm is on display here. His evocative reminiscing of the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS pilot makes me want to rewatch it... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Dan Day
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