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Quality/Cult Television: The X-Files and Television History

Catherine Johnson

in The Contemporary Television Series

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619009
eISBN:
9780748671168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The X-Files (Fox, 1993–2002) appeared on our screens at a crucial moment in the history of American television, as the industry gradually adjusted to the increased market fragmentation brought about ... More


The Wire

Caroline Levine

in Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691160627
eISBN:
9781400852604
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691160627.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter offers a surprising, even counterintuitive, paradigm for bringing all four major forms together. HBO's recent television series, The Wire (2002–2008), conceptualizes social life as both ... More


Television and the Neo-Baroque

Angela Ndalianis

in The Contemporary Television Series

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619009
eISBN:
9780748671168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

The Colbys (1985–1987) was a television series whose narrative premise centred on the exploits, loves, hates and intrigues of the wealthy Colby family and other characters that entered their story ... More


The Transcolonial Exotic: Allegories of Palestine in Ahlam Mosteghanemi’s Algerian Trilogy

Olivia C. Harrison

in Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Decolonization

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780804794213
eISBN:
9780804796859
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804794213.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Chapter Three analyzes the best-selling author Ahlam Mosteghanemi’s Algerian trilogy, which deploys the figure of the Palestinian guerrilla fighter and poet as a transnational allegory of revolution ... More


Introduction: Histories

Lucy Mazdon (ed.)

in The Contemporary Television Series

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619009
eISBN:
9780748671168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

There has been a proliferation of television series/serials such as ER, Six Feet Under, Twenty Four and The X Files, shows which, whilst distinctive in many ways, share the label of quality which ... More


The Worldwide Circulation of Contemporary African American Television

Timothy Havens

in Black Television Travels: African American Media around the Globe

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814737200
eISBN:
9780814759448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814737200.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter focuses on the international circulation of the newer forms of African American television, particularly, how different network organizations and audience configurations create ... More


Cult TV, Quality and the Role of the Episode/Programme Guide

Matt Hills

in The Contemporary Television Series

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619009
eISBN:
9780748671168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Despite its relative academic invisibility, the episode guide has become an increasingly prominent companion to cult television serials. Cult television's series/serial hybridity often combines ... More


Social Issues, Production and Genre

Lesley Henderson

in Social Issues in Television Fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748625314
eISBN:
9780748651177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625314.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter reflects on the significance of genre and substantive topic. It discusses the experiences of television personnel involved in developing storylines concerning mental distress in medical ... More


Twin Peaks: David Lynch and the Serial-Thriller Soap

Linda Ruth Williams

in The Contemporary Television Series

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748619009
eISBN:
9780748671168
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

Twin Peaks was a pioneering television series created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, aired on ABC from April 1990 to June 1991. The oft-repeated adjective ‘quirky’ has become almost a synonym for ... More


Catalogue of Error: Piece of Cake (1988)

S. P. MacKenzie

in The Battle of Britain on Screen: 'The Few' in British Film and Television Drama

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623891
eISBN:
9780748651276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623891.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

As far back as the early 1950s, it had become evident that Air Ministry claims concerning the number of enemy aircraft shot down had, in fact, been greatly exaggerated. It was also becoming apparent ... More


Introduction

Gray Cavender and Nancy C. Jurik

in Justice Provocateur: Jane Tennison and Policing in Prime Suspect

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037191
eISBN:
9780252094316
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037191.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This introductory chapter begins with a background on the television series Prime Suspect, which chronicles the life and career of Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren), a detective chief inspector and later ... More


New Television: The Aesthetics and Politics of a Genre

Martin Shuster

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226503813
eISBN:
9780226504001
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226504001.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

New Television: The Aesthetics and Politics of a Genre argues that contemporary television series, especially from Twin Peaks onwards, are significant as both works of art and as meditations in ... More


“This America, Man”: Tragic Reconciliation, Television, and

Martin Shuster

in New Television: The Aesthetics and Politics of a Genre

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226503813
eISBN:
9780226504001
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226504001.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter gives a close reading of HBO’s The Wire, arguing that the show powerfully engages with themes of absorption and theatricality (as these are understood in the work of art historian ... More


Introduction

Sue Vice

in Jack Rosenthal

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077043
eISBN:
9781781703144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077043.003.0026
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter provides a profile of the television-series writer and creator Jack Rosenthal, who was born in 1931 in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, the second son of Sam and Leah. His parents were working ... More


Only human nature after all? Romantic attractions and queer dilemmas (Queer as Folk)

Geraldine Harris

in Beyond Representation: Television Drama and the Politics and Aesthetics of Identity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074585
eISBN:
9781781701010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074585.003.0017
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter presents a discussion of conflicting and competing definitions of the term ‘queer’ as signal for controversy within the lesbian and gay community, with the representation of gays and ... More


Introduction

Martin Shuster

in New Television: The Aesthetics and Politics of a Genre

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226503813
eISBN:
9780226504001
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226504001.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

The introduction to New Television situates television shows from Twin Peaks onwards amidst other aesthetic developments, both with the medium of television and beyond. It pushes back against almost ... More


The Gangster, Boredom, and Family: , Natality, and New Television

Martin Shuster

in New Television: The Aesthetics and Politics of a Genre

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226503813
eISBN:
9780226504001
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226504001.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter presents a close reading of Showtime’s Weeds, arguing that Weeds is fundamentally concerned with a problem that defines segments of modernity: a certain sort of boredom, engendered by ... More


. The Higher Ideals of Democracy Race and Recruiting through 1964

H. Michael Gelfand

in Sea Change at Annapolis: The United States Naval Academy, 1949-2000

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807830475
eISBN:
9781469605449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877470_gelfand.7
Subject:
History, Military History

When the Naval Academy football team won the Sugar Bowl in 1955, USNA administrators realized the benefits of television exposure to the American public. This chapter examines the origin and ... More


Television for All Women?: Devious Maids

Jillian Báez

in Cupcakes, Pinterest, and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039577
eISBN:
9780252097669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039577.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter analyzes the content and reception of the first season of Devious Maids within an institutional context. In doing so, it views the series as a contested form of feminized popular culture ... More


Prime Suspect and Progressive Moral Fiction

Gray Cavender and Nancy C. Jurik

in Justice Provocateur: Jane Tennison and Policing in Prime Suspect

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037191
eISBN:
9780252094316
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037191.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter discusses the strengths and limitations of Prime Suspect as a work of progressive moral fiction. It identifies ways that the conventions of the crime genre and the strictures of ... More


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