Genre and Television: From Cop Shows to Cartoons in American Culture

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-06-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Genre and Televisionproposes a new understanding of television genres as cultural categories, offering a set of in-depth historical and critical examinations to explore five key aspects of television genre: history, industry, audience, text, and genre mixing. Drawing on well-known television programs fromdragnettoThe Simpsons, this book provides a new model of genre historiography and illustrates how genres are at work within nearly every facet of television-from policy decisions to production techniques to audience practices. Ultimately, the book argues that through analyzing how television genre operates as a cultural practice, we can better comprehend how television actively shapes our social world.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Genres That Matter xi
1 Television Genres as Cultural Categories 1(28)
2 Before the Scandals-Genre Historiography and the Cultural History of the Quiz Show 29(27)
3 From Saturday Morning to Around the Clock-The Industrial Practices of Television Cartoons 56(38)
4 Audiences Talk Genres-Talk Shows and the Intersections of Taste and Identity 94(27)
5 Policing Genres-Dragnet's Texts and Generic Contexts 121(32)
6 Making Fun of Genres-The Politics of Parody and Genre Mixing in Soap and The Simpsons 153(43)
Conclusion: Some Reflections on Reality Television 196(6)
Notes 202(26)
Appendices 228(4)
Index 232

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