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Television program master index : access to critical and historical information on 1,927 shows in 925 books, dissertations, and journal articles
Dintrone, Charles V., 1942-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2003]

Physical Description:
ix, 292 pages ; 23 cm

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PN1992.9 .D56 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This updated and expanded edition of the highly acclaimed 1996 reference work (""unique"" - Booklist/RBB; ""absolutely invaluable"" - ARBA;""comprehensive"" - Rettig on Reference; ""essential for historians"" - The TV Collector) does researchers a great service by providing a single index to over 900 books and other materials that include information on almost 2,000 television shows. New to this edition are journal articles, books devoted to only one show, dissertations and websites where more information about a particular television show can be found. It also includes many new books covering more than one show that have been published since the first edition was released. Shows aired on the WB and UPN networks have been included, and several syndicated and cable shows have also been indexed. Most of the works indexed deal exclusively with television, though some autobiographies, biographies and memoirs of people who were influential in television, books about communication and the media, published Congressional hearings on such issues as television violence, and books geared toward fans are also indexed.

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Choice Review

Dintrone (librarian, San Diego State Univ., where a degree is offered in television studies) appears to have examined each source reference personally to produce this television programs index. The second edition lists twice the programs and three times the sources of the first edition. It is nevertheless selective, focusing on television as a research topic, not as entertainment. For instance, Star Trek, that space enterprise, scrutinized by fans and scholars alike, runs over 100 citations long, not counting those for spin-offs from the original series. Other reference sources are narrower in scope; this index neglects few from the broad range of network series programs since 1947, even short-lived ones. It omits cable series, a regrettable omission in light of their advancing popularity. The first list, alphabetical by program titles, uses maddening abbreviations that require reference to a second bibliography for complete citations and useful annotations. The book will need to be rebound, since the paper covers curl promptly in use, but this excellent compilation for those doing research on specific TV series has few rivals in breadth of coverage. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Undergraduate collections. L. B. Harris University of South Carolina Lancaster