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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, 2002
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780374527181
ISBN-10 0374527180
Dimensions 1.75 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.42 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $18.00
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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. Reprint. 10,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
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A landmark study by the leading critic of African American film and television

Primetime Blues is the first comprehensive history of African Americans on network television. Donald Bogle examines the stereotypes, which too often continue to march across the screen today, but also shows the ways in which television has been invigorated by extraordinary black performers, whose presence on the screen has been of great 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 an edgy, ultra-hip program like Mod Squad. He examines the television of the seventies, when a nation still caught up in Vietnam and Watergate retreated into the ethnic humor of Sanford and Son and Good Times and the poltically conservative eighties marked by the unexpected success of The Cosby Show and the emergence of deracialized characters on such dramatic series as L.A. Law. Finally, he turns a critical eye to the television landscape of the nineties, with shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, I'll Fly Away, ER, and The Steve Harvey Show.


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Hardcover
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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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780374527181
 
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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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