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The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present

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AMERICA’S #1 BESTSELLING TELEVISION BOOK WITH MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT–
NOW REVISED AND UPDATED!

PROGRAMS FROM ALL SEVEN COMMERCIAL BROADCAST NETWORKS, MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED CABLE NETWORKS, PLUS ALL MAJOR SYNDICATED SHOWS!

This is the must-have book for TV viewers in the new millennium–the entire history of primetime programs in one convenient volume. It’s a g
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Paperback, 1856 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 1979)
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Sammy
Nov 09, 2010 Sammy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, tv
(This review is for the ninth edition)

In many ways, this book automatically deserves five stars. Herein you will find a listing for every American television series which aired since that very first TV season in 1946. The listings contain cast and airdate information, as well as a synopsis, which varies in size, and sometimes notes on the production. Clearly, this is a labour of love for these two very devoted authors, and it shows in their dedication.

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Marco
Jul 03, 2010 Marco rated it it was amazing
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this one wins all kinds of trivia games.
Andy
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Rama
Feb 20, 2014 Rama rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: television
Best Reference Book for a TV Junkie

Anyone who grew up in 70s and 80s watching TV shows can not forget the amount of entertainment and enjoyment, week after week, the TV shows brought them and their families right in their living room. It is obvious for many of us to relate to the characters of our favorite shows. I loved both comedies and dramas and I have long list of favorites. After all these years still many of us like to read about the shows we once enjoyed so much; even tiny details such a
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Clark Hallman
Feb 11, 2013 Clark Hallman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This descriptive review was written in February 2013, but was based on the 1979 edition of this book. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946-Present is an amazingly comprehensive guide to all the prime-time television shows from 1946 to 1978. For each show, it provides telecast dates, a broadcast history, a cast list, and a descriptive narrative about the show. It also provides prime-time TV schedules for each year, a list of Emmy award winners for each year, a list of top-ra ...more
Matt Raymond
Feb 19, 2013 Matt Raymond rated it it was amazing
I've got about 3 copies of this book & I love it more with every update. I'm a huge TV fan, so any book dealing with facts about it is just what I need. I wouldn't say I've read it cover to cover, but probably a larger portion than most people. Air dates, short descriptions (Now I know all about L.A. Law!), past network schedules & now a lot more cable shows are included. Considering how cable is now a bigger deal than the big four, this book just became more relevant. I know I could pro ...more
Jason Vedder
Aug 27, 2016 Jason Vedder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have the 6th edition, which came out after the 94-95 TV season. Before the internet, a valuable reference guide. Even a little better than IMDb because it has the fall prime time grid to see what shows were opposite each other in the beginning of the fall season. Sometimes before the VCR you had to make a choice, Buck Rogers or Mork & Mindy...
LemmiSchmoeker
Jul 22, 2016 LemmiSchmoeker rated it really liked it
I like looking things up, and this is just the book for it: there's not much personal opinion in it, but over 1000 pages of condensed facts. It's now out of date, of course, but for anything more modern the internet is a better source anyway. It's the old series where this book is really useful.
JAGUARDOG - Ronald L. Drain
This is the best book ever written about primetime TV shows from 1946 to present. Great for research, Trivia or just fun reading. I have been through this book at least 5 times in the past 4 years and try to get the newest edityion out every few years!
Marshaferz
May 15, 2010 Marshaferz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this over a long stretch - fascinating look at TV over time in several different ways (and a great bathroom book!).
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Tim Brooks is a former network television executive and the author of several award-winning books on media, including the best-selling Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Syracuse University, he directed consumer research at NBC, USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel (which he helped launch) and Lifetime Television. Concurrently he has been wr ...more
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