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I admire these guys for tackling this subject and having the gumption to rank them. If you haven't seen some of the shows in the top 5 of their list, their initial debate over which deserves to be crowned king gets tedious. But then the fun begins.
I enjoyed the essays for helping me recall forgotten shows, learning why some must-see shows were great, reinforcing why I loved other series, and viewing some from a different angle.
They make the disclaimer from the beginning that this list was hardly definitive. It's a jumping off point for more discussion. They encourage people to bring up the shows they didn't mention. Ahem... Avatar the Last Airbender, and leaving Shogun and V out of their list of great mini-series. I remember those series taking over lunchroom and family conversations.
The lists of best/worse TV bosses to work for, best TV houses, best cliffhangers are the cherries in the fruit cup. The passion they spews forth like Roman candles as they make their cases for each show. I see myself listening to this again.
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Do we want to hear about The Sopranos, Seinfeld and The Simpsons? Yes. But this book is a dreadful snore fest. Do I need a background on Northern Exposure or Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman? No. If they write a book on a show you were a fan of, great news. But why listen or read about 20 shows you didn't like just two hear ten minutes on a show you did like. It's like listening to encyclopedia. Narration was actually as boring as the book. They come off as snobbish elitists schmoozing on the most stupid art form this side of pop music! This is why Seinfeld was such cultural touchstone! He exposed all this nonsense. That said, when the Sopranos book comes out-I'm in.