The Platinum Age of Television by David Bianculli audiobook

The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific

By David Bianculli
Read by David Bianculli

Penguin Random House, Random House Audio
23.51 Hours Unabridged
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Television shows have now eclipsed films as the premier form of visual narrative art of our time. This new book by one of our finest critics explains—historically, in depth, and with interviews with the celebrated creators themselves—how the art of must-see/binge-watch television evolved. Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television—our age, the era of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and Mad Men and The Wire and Homeland and Girls—he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show. In each genre, he selects five key examples of the form, tracing its continuities and its dramatic departures and drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history. Television has triumphantly come of age artistically; David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, how this inspiring development came about.

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Television shows have now eclipsed films as the premier form of visual narrative art of our time. This new book by one of our finest critics explains—historically, in depth, and with interviews with the celebrated creators themselves—how the art of must-see/binge-watch television evolved.

Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way. In tracing the evolutionary history of our progress toward a Platinum Age of Television—our age, the era of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and Mad Men and The Wire and Homeland and Girls—he focuses on the development of the classic TV genres, among them the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show. In each genre, he selects five key examples of the form, tracing its continuities and its dramatic departures and drawing on exclusive and in-depth interviews with many of the most famed auteurs in television history.

Television has triumphantly come of age artistically; David Bianculli's book is the first to date to examine, in depth and in detail and with a keen critical and historical sense, how this inspiring development came about.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

David Bianculli’s excellent The Platinum Age of Television (Knopf/Doubleday) offers a rousing rundown of the history of the medium and how it became the pop-cultural, multi-platform programming colossus of today. Through thoughtful, engaging, entertaining essays on sitcoms, crime shows, soap operas, westerns, cartoons and late-night, plus a roster of exclusive interviews, he guides readers though an ever-changing road map of themes, formats, stars and styles for a comprehensive overview of an entertainment juggernaut that continues to grow and evolve. ⎻⎻ Neil Pond, Parade
Laid out encyclopedically and ranging from the 1950s through today, [Bianculli’s] account of TV's evolution is as dizzying in scope as it is intimate in detail — and it highlights television's undying appeal against a broader backdrop of culture and history….He writes big, but he's also not afraid to get personal….Through its dozens of whip-smart yet personable entries, The Platinum Age weaves a narrative about how television connects us, not just to each other, but to the culture at large. More than a mere guidebook, this is Bianculli's bible of TV — a wise, engaging celebration of a type of entertainment that's as much of an art form as it is a pastime. ⎻⎻  Jason Heller, NPR.org
“A rousing rundown of the history of the medium and how it became the pop-cultural, multi-platform programming colossus of today…He guides readers though…[a] comprehensive overview of an entertainment juggernaut that continues to grow and evolve.” Parade
"[Bianculli’s] account of TV’s evolution is as dizzying in scope as it is intimate in detail — and it highlights television’s undying appeal against a broader backdrop of culture and history.” NPR
“This extensively researched work really hits the mark…Highly recommended for people who love reading about quality TV programming and stories of the entertainment industry.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Traces the evolution of TV from its cultural status as a lesser medium to its current lauded Platinum Age…[Bianculli] identifies the best of contemporary TV and its antecedents.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: David Bianculli

Author Bio: David Bianculli

David Bianculli has been a television critic for more than thirty years, currently on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and at www.tvworthwatching.com. He is also the author of two books on television and its impact: Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously and Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Television’s 500 Biggest Hits, Misses, and Events.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 23.51
Audience: Adult
Language: English