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The Essential Cult TV Reader (Hardcover)

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Refusing generic plotlines, commercialization, and mass-market ploys, cult TV programs utilize offbeat, original concepts to gain intensely loyal fan bases. The Essential Cult TV Reader covers a wide spectrum of shows, providing a broad examination of series from across the globe. Spanning the progenitors of cult TV like The Twilight Zone and Star Trek and contemporary shows such as Supernatural and 24, this diverse collection explains how a series can evolve from a virtual broadcasting nonentity with a relatively small following of devoted fans to achieve cult status and phenomenal success.
Examining television shows that amass engaged, active fan bases by employing an imaginative approach to programming, The Essential Cult TV Reader includes essays by a number of distinguished scholars who seek to present the essential definition of cult TV. Classic cult series like Blake's 7, Dark Shadows, The Avengers, Monty Python's Flying Circus, and Doctor Who are explored along with popular, modern shows such as Alias, Dexter, and Lost. The essays examine the characters, relationships, narratives, settings, intertextuality, and recurring motifs that set cult shows apart-for example, the island on Lost plays an active, mysterious role in the show's narrative. Freaks and Geeks, however, is driven by character development among a group of high school outcasts. In contrast, many sitcoms and dramas rely on predictable characters and homogenized plots to appeal to the tastes of mainstream audiences.
The Essential Cult TV Reader answers many questions surrounding the genre while revealing emerging debates on its future, demonstrating that cult TV has staying power in the mediascape.


Publisher Univ Pr of Kentucky
Mfg Part# 9780813125688
SKU 211295560
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0813125685
Release Date 12/1/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0401
Publisher University Press of Kentucky

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