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on 27 November 2012
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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on 5 November 2013
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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on 25 August 2017
An excellent, informative read
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on 16 January 2015
This is definitely a book, it has words and everything, don't confuse this with a television, it is not.
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on 5 March 2013
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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on 17 March 2016
Sepinwall redefined criticism earlier in his career and he uses the insight and interviews he's had over the years to provide a comprehensive book about the biggests shows of the Golden Age of Television. A must read for anyone who wants to understand why we're at PeakTV and why so much of it is good
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on 18 February 2013
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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on 28 December 2012
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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on 1 January 2013
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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on 29 January 2015
I used this book as a big reference to my dissertation which was based on the new golden age of television and it's anti-hero. It gave me fantastic background, great quotes and some great critical material. I would recommend this book to any Film or Television fanatic or person working in the industry.
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