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Crime Television by Douglas Snauffer
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Apr 18, 2010

really liked it

This is the latest in Praegers excellent line of television books (which includes Spy Television and Christmas on Television, two other books I loved). Snauffer's fascinating overview of television crimes shows is much, much more than look at the histories of particular shows over the decades. He offers a unique and revealing perspective on the history of television as a medium, a story-telling form, and as a reflection of our society and culture. It's also a step-by-step examination of the evolution (and, you might say, the maturing) of the crime show genre. It's packed with interesting fact, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and interviews with some the top writer/producers of our time. It's a valuable book for cop show fans, tv scholars, film students, and even writer/producers working in "crime television" today (of which I am one).

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