TV THE BOOK Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad Is Cheers better than Seinfeld What s the best high school show ever made Why did Moonlighting really fall apart Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilli

  • Title: TV (THE BOOK): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time
  • Author: Alan Sepinwall Matt Zoller Seitz
  • ISBN: 9781455588190
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
  • Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad Is Cheers better than Seinfeld What s the best high school show ever made Why did Moonlighting really fall apart Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilliant or terrible For twenty years since they shared a TV column at Tony Soprano s hometown newspaper critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been debating these qIs The Wire better than Breaking Bad Is Cheers better than Seinfeld What s the best high school show ever made Why did Moonlighting really fall apart Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilliant or terrible For twenty years since they shared a TV column at Tony Soprano s hometown newspaper critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been debating these questions and many , but it all ultimately boils down to this What s the greatest TV show ever That debate reaches an epic conclusion in TV THE BOOK Sepinwall and Seitz have identified and ranked the 100 greatest scripted shows in American TV history Using a complex, obsessively all encompassing scoring system, they ve created a Pantheon of top TV shows, each accompanied by essays delving into what made these shows great From vintage classics like The Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy to modern masterpieces like Mad Men and Friday Night Lights, from huge hits like All in the Family and ER to short lived favorites like Firefly and Freaks and Geeks, TV THE BOOK will bring the triumphs of the small screen together in one amazing compendium.Sepinwall and Seitz s argument has ended Now it s time for yours to begin

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    1. I received a free ARC of this from NetGalley for review.In this era of Peak TV I subscribe to a couple of streaming options that I could easily spend a month or so watching non-stop and still not get through the shows on my current watch lists. Meanwhile, my DVR is usually glowing red hot from all the recording it’s doing for the shows airing on the network and cable stations. So what I really didn’t need read right now is a book that makes me want to watch more TV, but I'm still glad I read [...]

    2. So what makes a great television show? How can anyone possibly narrow down all the possibilities to decide on the top 100 of all time? Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz attempt to tackle those questions in this book.As someone who isn't cool enough to be one of those "oh, I don't even own a television" kind of people, I enjoyed this book very much. I felt a bit validated that my favorites all made the list: Friday Night Lights, Scrubs, Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls. The honorable mentio [...]

    3. If you love the smaller screen over the movies, this book was written for you. I am not afraid to admit it; there are plenty of times that I would rather see another episode of something on the tube than hike myself to the movie theater. And, sometimes, it is just the timeframe; a 30, 45, or 60 minute episode is easier to accommodate than a 2 hour movie, even if it’s on the TV. Sepinwall and Seitz have invested more in their analysis than almost anyone I have come across. You may not always ag [...]

    4. This masterfully engaging book by two smart guys who really know their stuff is one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a long time. Intelligent discussions of the very best of television, show by show, are wonderfully readable, as though one were a participant in those discussions and learning much from the insights of one's magnificently well-informed friends. Though they left out a few items from my own list of excellences from TV's history (the brilliant Combat!, the charming and moving [...]

    5. You may have witnessed my reading of this book through my intermittent comments whenever I encountered something I disagreed with particularly vehemently (or that FACTS disagreed with). I am told that the faces I made reading were fairly amusing, too. I have a few quibbles with this book. A minor one is perhaps unavoidable: my list would have been different. But all in all, critics (and viewers) must surely be allowed to have different tastes and assessments, perceive shows as great based on dif [...]

    6. * I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. *This was a very interesting book! I'll admit that the first thing I did was to look up some of my absolute favorite tv shows ever (Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Community) to see how they ranked, and I was not disappointed! I understood why they weren't higher on the list and really enjoyed what Alan & Matt had to say about the shows. They brought up some very valid points, and went enjoyably in depth about wi [...]

    7. Here's another book where I'm not the target audience. (Hey, that opening to the essay on The Simpsons, where the authors address the someone in the universe who hasn't watched the show? HI.) Still, I read this anyway, primarily because I really like Matt Zoller Seitz's movie reviews. The first thing I did was frantically skim the table of contents for the few shows I have watched. Then I spent two minutes annoyed that Farscape isn't included on the list of top 100 shows. (As someone who's watch [...]

    8. If you like watching TV then you will find this book interesting. I enjoyed learning that I Love Lucy was the pioneer for the multi-camera concept. And I enjoyed reading about other shows that I just watched for enjoyment but never really noticed if they were doing something groundbreaking. Very entertaining. I won this book on .

    9. ARC for review - EPD - September 6, 2016.What fun! I love lists - I love making them, I love reading other peoples, and while I've seen lots of "definitive" books about movie lists, this is the first really in-depth one I've seen about television shows and since we're in the golden age of television, this is a perfect time for such a list, which attempts to list and rank the one hundred greatest scripted (so no news shows, no reality) show in American (so no foreign shows) TV history. Obviously [...]

    10. TV (the Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time Writteb by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz2016; 352 Pages (Grand Central Publishing)(I received an ARC from the EDELWEISS)Rating: 4 STARS(Review Not on Blog)"Is The Wire better than Breaking Bad? Is Cheers better than Seinfeld? What's the best high school show ever made? Why did Moonlighting really fall apart? Was the Arrested Development Netflix season brilliant or terrible?For twenty years-since they shared a TV colum [...]

    11. I liked this! It really is more of a collection of essays (of the sort that each of the authors already writes for their respective publications, while not a duplication of any work they've ever done previously) than a book with a clear argument, but both of these men are super-smart about TV in general, and so it shouldn't be surprising that they had smart things to say about each of these shows. I enjoyed the sillier, more whimsical lists in between the more serious ones too. My only real comp [...]

    12. You couldn't ask for a better thought-out overview of the best of American television. It's well justified, very funny at times and then will just hit you with a wallop (Sepinwall's entry on the trouble of The Cosby Show is both heartbreaking and enraging).

    13. A very well-written analyses of some of the best TV shows to appear on American television. Their list doesn't exactly match my own, but Sepinwall and Zoller Seitz both make very good arguments for why they ranked each show the way that they did. I'm even inspired after reading this to give "Breaking Bad" another go (and to rewatch the brilliance that was "Homocide: Life on the Street" very soon).I'm glad that they didn't shy away from adding "The Cosby Show" on their list, along with the caveat [...]

    14. Though it can become monotonous during stretches of similar or unfamiliar shows, it's ultimately a must-read for anyone who sees television as something more than channel-surfing.

    15. Saints are rare in any profession, let alone the entertainment industry, and chances are you adore the work of someone whose presence you wouldn't tolerate if you spent an hour getting to know them as a person.Received via Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.It should come as no surprise that the first thing I did upon receiving this ebook was quickly scroll to the table of contents to ensure my show was listed. It was. Authors start out on a good footing. Wait, Firefly, too? Oh [...]

    16. If you're a fan of television or if you just want a list of shows to watch, this is as good as it gets. Both authors are varied enough for all tastes. I loved pretty much all of the essays, even on shows that I haven't seen.

    17. Warning: You will read this very fun, expertly written book about the best TV shows of all time and want to watch television immediately from now until the end of time.

    18. This is a terrible book of criticism, just really bad. The opening salvo, a really convoluted gmail correspondence between the two critics may say all that needs to be said about this slapdash project that feels like nothing more than two newspaper men anthologizing themselves. I'll admit they are knowledgable about TV and if we were sitting in a coffee shop they could school me with information so I don't knock them for this, and that might be the only reason this piece of trash got two stars. [...]

    19. THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!!!!! I was hooked on this one from pretty much the very beginning, where in a section called "The Explanation," the authors talk about how they created the list of the 100 best TV shows, and then segue into "The Great Debate" in which they battle it out over the order of the decided top 5: Breaking Bad, The Simpsons, Cheers, The Sopranos, and the Wire. Although I loved the list as a whole, this section where they discuss in-depth the top 5, and which is really #1 and why is a [...]

    20. Three and a half stars. Alan Sepinwall is my "go to" for tv advice and he really steers me wrong. I was quite excited to read this, then, because I was hoping for nuggets on new shows to watch. As I read deeper into the book, I found myself enjoying the descriptions of shows I've watched but finding too little information on shows I hadn't. So, a good reference book but not a great read.

    21. In the late 90s, the authors worked together covering TV for New Jersey's largest newspaper. Their careers have gone in different directions but they have come together to write this book. They start with a lengthy debate about how to pick the best show of all time.They ranked the shows (each author was assigned 10 points in each category the top show got 112/120 points) according to:* Innovation* Influence* Consistency* Performance* Storytelling* PeakThe 100 best shows are grouped as:* 1 - 10: [...]

    22. This book isn't for everyone and it was a bit tedious to read at times but the payoff is worth it. Of course, my tv-shows-to-watch list is even longer now. I can only Sepinwall & Seitz write more books together in the future, as well as continuing their excellent tv journalism.

    23. So you take two of the top TV critics going right now, they come up with a point system to rank shows, and then they write about them. Pretty foolproof. They also say some things about current shows that haven't been around quite long enough to establish where they will wind up in history, and other great shows that just fell short, and great TV movies and miniseries, etc. So this becomes a pretty good compendium of great television. Like any list of the greatest (fill in blank), there will be r [...]

    24. Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz are the best television critics working today, and this tome about their picks for the 100 greatest shows of all time is possibly the best piece of television criticism written. It's not a slapdash effort; it's a heavy, essay-filled long read that argues for television as just as vibrant and essential an art form as film, and takes steps to establish a television canon. The book would be worth it just for the opening 30 pages or so, in which the two hash out [...]

    25. Has the classic problem of this type of list -- it seems like not enough information on shows you like, and far too much on shows you don't care about. Alan and Matt also aren't iconoclastic or ornery enough, or gifted enough writers, to make a book of their criticism terribly worth reading. There's also a strong white male bias that the authors nod to but don't seriously address, and it can't totally be blamed on the medium's problems. (Of 100 shows on the main list, I count 16 with a female ma [...]

    26. If you are the kind of person who enjoys episode recaps, ranking artistic endeavors, or otherwise seeks out the minutiae of television, you will like this book. Even when I disagreed with the authors choices, I enjoyed reading their reasoning. For the truly dorky, they even included an appendix featuring the spreadsheet with exact category rankings that led to the final tally.

    27. I tended to skip around, just reading the entries for my favorites shows (Bob Newhart Show, Mary Tyler Moore, Seinfeld, and others) so I can't speak for the entire book, but most entries were pretty short and just presented the basics of the show. Still, it was fun to be reminded of just how great some of those old shows were.

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