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Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About TV

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  10 reviews
According to Ken Tucker, television is where the mass culture action really is. It's where the weasel goes pop. But for such a fluid, of-the-moment, democratic yet "cool" medium, a strangling accretion of false pieties, half-remembered history, and misplaced nostalgia has grown up around it--the prose equivalent of choking vines. In this book, Ken Tucker shares his zealous ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published February 1st 2005)
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A by-the-numbers contrarian tells you why what you like is stupid and what he likes is good. A waste of any and all forms of matter involved.
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Joe Blevins
Imagine that you are at a party and a rather long-winded and self-possessed old blowhard corners you and starts blathering on about what's right and wrong with television. He's obviously in love with his own opinions and yammers on well after you've stopped caring. That's the experience of reading Ken Tucker's book. At least it was for me. Reading it was like being in that scene from Annie Hall when Alvy Singer is trapped in line with that guy who yammers on and on about Fellini's films. "It doe ...more
Very snarky, but I like snark, so it was all good. I agreed with most of his pop culture assessments, except for the Kids in the Hall, whom I love. I was really pleased to see him praise News Radio, another fave of mine, but then I turned the page to read about his KITH hate. He'd be fun to debate.
"Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy" is just plain fun. It's not too deep, yet far from dumb, it can be devoured in one sitting or put down after one love/hate essay. You might not agree with Tucker's take on "MASH" or Howard Stern, but you do see his point.
If you like the tone of Entertainment Weekly (pop culture-y & a bit snarky), you'll enjoy this. If not, put the book down & walk away - this is NOT for you.

Sometimes he veers into self-indulgent whining, but most of it is a lot of fun to read.
Some chapters were better than others. The most amusing were definitely the best/worst TV mothers and fathers for each decade. Good stuff. Other chapters were just a little too blah and the author comes off a tad too grumpy old man.
Shawn Thrasher
Marvelously funny and interesting, clever, witty. His full and absolute loathing for The Brady Bunch is awesome. Cool, cool, cool.
This is pretty much my bible.
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