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Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls

Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls

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Today more than ever, series finales have become cultural touchstones that feed watercooler fodder and Twitter storms among a committed community of viewers. While the final episodes of The Fugitive and M*A*S*H continue to rank among the highest-rated broadcasts, more recent shows draw legions of binge-watching fans. Given the importance of finales to viewers and critics alike, Howard and Bianculli along with the other contributors explore these endings and what they mean to the audience, both in terms of their sense of narrative and as episodes that epitomize an entire show. Bringing together a veritable who's who of television scholars, journalists, and media experts, including Robert Thompson, Martha Nochimson, Gary Edgerton, David Hinckley, Kim Akass, and Joanne Morreale, the book offers commentary on some of the most compelling and often controversial final episodes in television history. Each chapter is devoted to a separate finale, providing readers with a comprehensive survey of these watershed moments. Gathering a unique international lineup of journalists and media scholars, the book also offers readers an intriguing variety of critical voices and perspectives.

Author: Douglas L. Howard
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Published: 11/13/2018
Pages: 544
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.54lbs
Size: 10.00h x 7.01w x 1.19d
ISBN: 9780815636045

Review Citation(s):
Choice 05/01/2019

About the Author

Douglas L. Howard is the academic chair of the English Department on the Ammerman Campus at Suffolk County Community College. He is the editor of Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television and a coeditor of The Essential Sopranos Reader.


David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, currently runs the website TVWorthWatchingcom, and serves as guest host for NPR's Fresh Air. He is the author of The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific.
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