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Syndicated television : the first forty years, 1947-1987 /
by Hal Erickson.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1989.
xiii, 418 p.
0899504108 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper) :
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c1989.
0899504108 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper) :
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1989-08-01:
A much-needed reference idea, covering non-network shows offered in first-run syndication. Erickson provides an informed (and informal) history of syndication, then launches into his listings, first by decade (a somewhat arbitrary decision), then by genre (Adventure/Mystery, Comedy, etc.). Fortunately, there's an index of both titles and names. Erickson's listings are full of information on how each show came to be, plus his own pungent opinions. He's a fan but hardly a starry-eyed one. A formal credit block for each entry might be helpful for the browser, but that's a minor criticism. A worthwhile addition to any reference collection.-- Thomas Wiener, formerly with ``American Film''
Appeared in Choice on 1990-03:
Informative and entertaining descriptions of first-run syndicated television programs (programs produced for nonnetwork play or that debuted in syndication) broadcast from 1940 through 1987. Erickson attempts to cover all syndicated programs in the major genres (adventure/mystery, comedy, drama, and westerns) and highlights of such categories as religious, sports, and informational programs. The work is arranged first by decade and then by genre. To locate an entry for a specific program, one must use the name and title index. Erickson provides more than mere summaries of plot and characters; his commentaries are evaluative as well as informative and provide insight into casting decisions, plot changes, reactions of the viewing public, and so forth. He does not include detailed credits; for those the reader is referred to Vincent Terrace's The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs (CH, Jun'77), which this work complements. Erickson's volume will be of interest primarily to academic libraries, particularly those supporting popular culture or communication studies curricula. -L. Rielly, Northern Illinois University
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Choice, March 1990
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Table of Contents
Introduction and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A Note on the Program Listingsp. xiii
Syndication in a 150-Year Nutshellp. 1
The 1950'sp. 17
Adventure/Mysteryp. 17
Children'sp. 48
Comedyp. 54
Dramap. 61
Game/Quizp. 73
Informationalp. 74
Music/Varietyp. 76
Religiousp. 80
Sportsp. 83
Talk/Interviewp. 85
Travel/Documentaryp. 87
Westernsp. 91
Women'sp. 102
The 1960'sp. 105
Adventure/Mysteryp. 106
Children'sp. 117
Comedyp. 132
Dramap. 134
Game/Quizp. 137
Informationalp. 143
Music/Varietyp. 145
Religiousp. 153
Sportsp. 155
Talk/Interviewp. 158
Travel/Documentaryp. 171
Westernsp. 181
The 1970'sp. 183
Adventure/Mysteryp. 186
Children'sp. 195
Comedyp. 204
Dramap. 218
Game/Quizp. 222
Informationalp. 237
Music/Varietyp. 241
Religiousp. 253
Specials, Miniseries, and Mini-Networksp. 258
Sportsp. 266
Talk/Interviewp. 268
Travel/Documentaryp. 273
The 1980'sp. 281
Adventure/Mysteryp. 283
Children'sp. 289
Comedyp. 300
Dramap. 324
Game/Quizp. 330
Informationalp. 336
Music/Varietyp. 347
Religiousp. 352
Specials, Miniseries, and Mini-Networksp. 355
Sportsp. 360
Talk/Interviewp. 363
Travel/Documentaryp. 371
Bibliographyp. 375
Indexp. 383
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