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The Lonely Nineties

Visions of Community in Contemporary US Television

Authors: Arras, Paul

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  • Puts into cultural context some of the most popular and significant US television shows of the nineties, including Seinfeld, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, The X-Files, Touched by an Angel, and The Simpsons
  • Links popular culture to key social and cultural developments of the nineties, including the rise of coffee shop culture, the Rodney King beating, the memory of the sixties, and the culture wars
  • Examines the representations of community that primetime TV offered to its American mass audiences in an increasingly fragmented national culture
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This book examines the most popular American television shows of the nineties—a decade at the last gasp of network television’s cultural dominance. At a time when American culture seemed increasingly fragmented, television still offered something close to a site of national consensus. The Lonely Nineties focuses on a different set of popular nineties television shows in each chapter and provides an in-depth reading of scenes, characters or episodes that articulate the overarching “ideology” of each series. It ultimately argues that television shows such as Seinfeld, Friends, Law & Order and The Simpsons helped to shape the ways Americans thought about themselves in relation to their friends, families, localities, and nation. It demonstrates how these shows engaged with a variety of problems in American civic life, responded to the social isolation of the age, and occasionally imagined improvements for community in America. 

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Paul Arras is Lecturer in Communication Studies at SUNY Cortland, USA. 

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“In this timely and well-researched book, Paul Arras explores American television of the 1990s, an innovative period when a number of successful and influential programmes appeared, such as Friends, Seinfeld and NYPD Blue. Throughout his analysis he argues that such programmes are a product of their time; they tell us some of the society and culture which produced and consumed them. While the 1990s is not forgotten and many of its programmes still appear on our screens, we sometimes forget what a turning point it was for quality television.” (Paul Rixon, Roehampton University, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-93094-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93093-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Lonely Nineties
Book Subtitle
Visions of Community in Contemporary US Television
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93094-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93094-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93093-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 238
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