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The film historian's enjoyable, anecdotal book traces TV's shift from family unifier to a medium over which we have scant control.
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Votes: R 96 min Biography, Drama, History. At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, , senior Nazi officials meet to determine the manner in which the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" can be best implemented. Votes: 16, Chronicles the financial meltdown of and centers on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. Votes: 14, R min Biography, Crime, Drama.

During the s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods. Votes: 15, Votes: 13, Not Rated min Biography, Crime, Drama. A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself. Votes: 3, The film centers on Joe Paterno, who after becoming the most successful coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his Votes: 5, TV min Biography, Drama, History.

Kennedy 's assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act. Votes: 12, PG 96 min Biography, Drama, Romance. The girl next door makes a teen born with immune deficiencies want to leave his germ-free bubble. TV Biography, Drama. When year-old Alex revealed she was gay to her devout Mormon parents, they feared so deeply for her soul that they took her from their Southern California home and placed her against her Director: Jeffrey G. TV min Biography, Crime, Drama.


The real life of Colombian drug lord, Griselda Blanco, who reportedly masterminded more than murders. This film presents her life story from the time she was a young girl to the end of her life. Votes: 1, Not Rated min Biography, Drama. A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian. Not Rated 95 min Biography, Drama, History. Votes: 22, The true story of the price a young soldier paid for falling in love with a transsexual night-club performer. Votes: 6, S min Biography, Drama, Music. TV 88 min Biography, Crime, Drama. A single mother who becomes the first victim of kidnapper Ariel Castro finds herself trapped in his home for 11 years, where she eventually becomes a friend and sister to two other women who are taken captive by Castro.

A biopic about the actor James Dean , whose stardom of the ultimate teenage rebel as well as the premature death made him a legend. His roles are depicted having much in common with his Not Rated 85 min Biography, Drama. The life of Anna Nicole Smith, from small town dancer to Playboy centerfold, to her marriage to a billionaire, and her eventual self destruction. G 73 min Biography, Drama, Sport. Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

K min Biography, Drama, History. Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. A small-town teacher relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country. R 99 min Biography, Comedy, Thriller. Wanda Holloway tries to hire a hitman through her ex's brother to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother.

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With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the K min Biography, Drama, Romance. John Gotti rises to head the powerful Gambino crime family before being convicted in of racketeering and murder. A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas. Votes: 11, A shy high school student's seemingly perfect relationship with a popular jock quickly turns abusive and dangerous.

R min Biography, Drama, History. After being cast in the hit teen sitcom Saved by the Bell , six unknown young actors must deal with the Hollywood spotlight and the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny.

R min Biography, Drama. Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and Not Rated 86 min Biography, Drama. Biography of Ben Carson who grew up to be Dr. Ben Carson, a world famous neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins.

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TV 87 min Biography, Crime, Drama. He reminds me of Clive James, whose most recent work is coincidentally Play All, about binge watching various TV series. I can never res Not a biography, not a history -- let's face it, either of those would be too big for a single book. I can never resist Clive James, even though his frequent digressions on the attractiveness of this actress or that can become tiresome. Thomson also has this quirk. Still, I kept thinking about Thomson's discussions of All in the Family, Bill Cosby the man and the show , The Fugitive, the early years of television drama most of which were not recorded or were recorded over to save money , even days and now weeks after finishing the book.

Feb 02, Matthew rated it it was amazing. In my life so far, I have for better or worse, spent more time watching television than I have composing, playing trombone, spending time with friends, and, probably, reading. Some of those hours I consider well-spent, but the majority I begrudge the medium. Thomson puts them all into perspective: a perspective that includes familiar friends and more than a few strangers.

His assertion that television always only wants to be on is a potent one, and in this era when our national obsessi Splendid. His assertion that television always only wants to be on is a potent one, and in this era when our national obsession with the tube has finally endangered our political system, a very good book to have read. Jun 25, Christian Hamaker rated it really liked it. But the book covers shows that long predate my birth and highlights programs that aired mostly on pay TV after I stopped watching. The fact that Thomson's observations land over and over again despite al 4.

The fact that Thomson's observations land over and over again despite all that is surely the sign of some shared appreciation of the medium and its cultural impact, even when I didn't agree with Thomson's overall verdict on a series. Jul 25, Pug rated it did not like it Shelves: life-is-too-short-to-finish-these. At pages in, I finally gave up on this book. I thought maybe it was a slow starter The author thought he was amusing and clever, but he was just far too wordy.

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Probably closer to a 3. Apr 28, Jennifer rated it did not like it Shelves: dnf , library , non-fiction , tv-movies-music. A lot of words are used to say absolutely nothing. Aug 08, Mark Smith rated it really liked it.

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A lot of research went into this. It was very good bringing back info from a lot of the old shows but it was more philosophical than I would have liked. Dec 30, Lee Barry rated it really liked it Shelves: culture. The less I watch TV the more I am interested in it. After reading the book, I realize how much we have evolved with it. TV has defined culture to this point, with Trump punctuating it.

The internet will have similar effects in 50 years. View 1 comment. Sep 13, Rob Christopher rated it really liked it. Idiosyncratic and fascinating; and if it seems to wander here and there, well, doesn't television do that itself?

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Readers also enjoyed. About David Thomson. David Thomson. David Thomson, renowned as one of the great living authorities on the movies, is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film , now in its fifth edition. Thomson is also the author of the acclaimed "Have You Seen. Born in London in , he now liv David Thomson, renowned as one of the great living authorities on the movies, is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film , now in its fifth edition. Born in London in , he now lives in San Francisco. Books by David Thomson. Trivia About Television: A Bio No trivia or quizzes yet. Quotes from Television: A Bio You can have him for breakfast.

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