Television Finales

From Howdy Doody to Girls

by Douglas L. Howard, David Bianculli, Sam Ford, Karen Hellekson, Ensley F. Guffey, David Diffrient, Martha P. Nochimson, Barbara Villez, K. Dale Koontz, Elizabeth L. Rambo, Erika Johnson-Lewis, Mitchell E. Shapiro, Keith Brand, Jeff Thompson, Lori Bindig, Sue Turnbull, Renee Middlemost, Mark Dawidziak, David Hinckley, Stephen Spignesi, Alice Leppert, Shelley Cobb, Hannah Hamad, Stacey Abbott, Katheryn Wright, Eric Gould, Ron Wilson, Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, Douglas Snauffer, Clinton Bryant, Michael Donovan, Jeffrey Bussolini, Stephanie Graves, Teresa Forde, Dean DeFino, Trisha Dunleavy, Nikki Stafford, Dana A. Heller, Stan Beeler, Cynthia Burkhead, Joanne Morreale, Asokan Nirmalarajah, J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Bill Yousman, Deborah Jermyn, Lincoln Geraghty, Michele Byers, Zeke Jarvis, Kim Akass, Amanda Potter, Gary R. Edgerton, Lynne Hibberd, Robert Thompson, Jason P. Vest, Amy M. Damico, Bill Brioux, Lynnette Porter, Adam Ochonicky, Joseph S. Walker, Gary Gravely, Brett Mills, Paul Wright, Lorna Jewett

Series: Television and Popular Culture

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  • 9780815611059
  • 9780815654476
Today more than ever, series finales have become cultural touchstones that feed watercooler fodder and Twitter storms among a committed community of viewers. While the final episodes of The Fugitive and M*A*S*H continue to rank among the highest rated broadcasts, more recent shows draw legions of binge-watching fans. Given the importance of finales to viewers and critics alike, Howard and Bianculli along with the other contributors explore these endings and what they mean to the audience, both in terms of their sense of narrative and as episodes that epitomize an entire show. Bringing together a veritable "who’s who" of television scholars, journalists, and media experts, including Robert Thompson, Martha Nochimson, Gary Edgerton, David Hinckley, Kim Akass, and Joanne Morreale, the book offers commentary on some of the most compelling and often controversial final episodes in television history. Each chapter is devoted to a separate finale, providing readers with a comprehensive survey of these watershed moments. Gathering a unique international lineup of journalists and media scholars, the book also offers readers an intriguing variety of critical voices and perspectives.

  • Syracuse University Press; November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780815654476
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  • Title: Television Finales
  • Series: Television and Popular Culture
  • Author: Douglas L. Howard (ed.); David Bianculli (ed.); Sam Ford (contrib.); Karen Hellekson (contrib.); Ensley F. Guffey (contrib.); David Diffrient (contrib.); Martha P. Nochimson (contrib.); Barbara Villez (contrib.); K. Dale Koontz (contrib.); Elizabeth L. Rambo (contrib.); Erika Johnson-Lewis (contrib.); Mitchell E. Shapiro (contrib.); Keith Brand (contrib.); Jeff Thompson (contrib.); Lori Bindig (contrib.); Sue Turnbull (contrib.); Renee Middlemost (contrib.); Mark Dawidziak (contrib.); David Hinckley (contrib.); Stephen Spignesi (contrib.); Alice Leppert (contrib.); Shelley Cobb (contrib.); Hannah Hamad (contrib.); Stacey Abbott (contrib.); Katheryn Wright (contrib.); Eric Gould (contrib.); Ron Wilson (contrib.); Jonathan Nichols-Pethick (contrib.); Douglas Snauffer (contrib.); Clinton Bryant (contrib.); Michael Donovan (contrib.); Jeffrey Bussolini (contrib.); Stephanie Graves (contrib.); Teresa Forde (contrib.); Dean DeFino (contrib.); Trisha Dunleavy (contrib.); Nikki Stafford (contrib.); Dana A. Heller (contrib.); Stan Beeler (contrib.); Cynthia Burkhead (contrib.); Joanne Morreale (contrib.); Asokan Nirmalarajah (contrib.); J. Jeremy Wisnewski (contrib.); Bill Yousman (contrib.); Deborah Jermyn (contrib.); Lincoln Geraghty (contrib.); Michele Byers (contrib.); Zeke Jarvis (contrib.); Kim Akass (contrib.); Amanda Potter (contrib.); Gary R. Edgerton (contrib.); Lynne Hibberd (contrib.); Robert Thompson (contrib.); Jason P. Vest (contrib.); Amy M. Damico (contrib.); Bill Brioux (contrib.); Lynnette Porter (contrib.); Adam Ochonicky (contrib.); Joseph S. Walker (contrib.); Gary Gravely (contrib.); Brett Mills (contrib.); Paul Wright (contrib.); Lorna Jewett (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Syracuse University Press
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  • 9780815654476

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The last word on TV endings.


About The Author

Douglas L. Howard is academic chair of the English Department on the Ammerman Campus at Suffolk County Community College. He is the editor of Dexter: Investigating Cutting Edge Television and a coeditor of The Essential Sopranos Reader.
David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975, currently runs the website TVWorthWatching.com, and serves as guest host for NPR’s Fresh Air. He is the author of The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780815611059
  • 9780815654476