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Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publication date February 1, 2001
Pages 520
Binding Hardcover
Edition 1
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780374237202
ISBN-10 0374237204
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 2 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $30.00
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
Analyzing four decades of African Americans in television, the author traces the history of black characters and themes, covering Amos 'n' Andy, The Mod Squad, Sanford and Son, Good Times, The Cosby Show, L.A. Law, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Martin, and other groundbreaking shows. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Primetime Blues is the first comprehensive history of African Americans on the network series. Donald Bogle traces the changing roles of African Americans on primetime -- from the blatant stereotypes of television's early years to the more subtle stereotypes of recent eras. Bogle also reveals another equally important aspect of TV history: namely, that television has been invigorated by extraordinary Black performers -- from Ethel Waters and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson to Cicely Tyson, Flip Wilson, Redd Foxx, and those mighty power brokers Cosby and Oprah -- who frequently use the medium to make personal and cultural statements, and whose presence on the tube has been of enormous significance to the African American community. Bogle's exhaustive study moves from the postwar era of Beulah and Amos 'n' Andy to the politically restless sixties reflected in I Spy and the edgy, ultra-hip characters of The Mod Squad. Bogle comments on the short-lived East Side, West Side, the controversial Julia, and the television of the seventies, when a nation still caught up in Vietnam and Watergate retreated to the ethnic humor of Sanford and Son and Good Times; and on the politically conservative eighties, marked by the unexpected success of The Cosby Show. He explores die-hard Bonded Buddies on such series as Spenser: For Hire, and those Teen Dream heroes of Miami Vice. Finally, Bogle turns a critical eye to the television landscape of the nineties -- when Black and white viewers often watched entirely different programs -- with shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, ER, and The Steve Harvey Show. He also examines TV movies and miniseries such as The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Roots. Ultimately, this important book gives us a history rich in personalities and tensions as well as paradoxes and achievements.

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1 edition from Farrar Straus & Giroux (February 1, 2001)
9780374237202 | details & prices | 520 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 2.00 lbs | List price $30.00
About: Analyzes four decades of African Americans in television, tracing the history of black characters and themes, covering such groundbreaking shows as 'Good Times,' 'The Cosby Show,' 'L.
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Reprint edition from Farrar Straus & Giroux (February 1, 2002)
9780374527181 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.42 lbs | List price $18.00
About: Analyzes four decades of African Americans in television, tracing the history of black characters and themes, covering such groundbreaking shows as 'Good Times,' 'The Cosby Show,' 'L.

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