am 7. Juli 2000
I bought this book as the required text for one of Prof. Thompson's classes at Syracuse. It puts today's television in context, and at the same time uses history to teach why certain shows are popular today. You need to respect the past in order to create the future.
Learn about Television's "superior genes" by exploring the MTM family tree. You need to read this book if you want to study TV and not just watch it. A must for anyone truly serious about writing, programming, developing, producing, or directing for television.
The television I watched after reading this book was NOT the same television I had watched before reading it.