December 18, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

TV Mania

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Edith Pavese, Judith Henry
publisher
Abrams
genre
Pop Culture, Nonfiction, Television
We gave it a B-

Finally, a book that doesn’t even pretend to be about anything more than channel surfing set to print. Aside from a brief introduction, the flashy little picture album, Edith Pavese and Judith Henry’s TV Mania, is a couch potato’s treat. It features sound-bite-length descriptions of shows past and present, along with equally shallow observations. On The Simpsons: an ”animated series for adults that touches on serious subjects of contemporary life.” Well, duh. On thirtysomething: ”This show resonated with viewers of the same age.” Double duh. But the frothy nostalgic aspects of the book are hard to resist (you go, Marcus Welby). B-

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