Television in American Society
This encyclopedia covers the history of television and how it has changed our society.
Volume 1: Almanac: General topics. TOpics such as sports, news, cable television and more have their own entries. There are also entries on decades.
Volume 2: Biographies: Biographies of important people (actors, producers, directors, etc.) in the history of television.
Volume 3: Primary Sources: Entries about important documents in the history of television such as speeches or government regulations.
This encyclopedia covers important events of the 20th century. Each volume covers a signle decade and is divided by topic, like sports and fashion. Each decade will have an entry on "Media," which is where you'll find TV info. Note: Click "choose a volume" to choose a decade.
The Decades in America
This encyclopedia also covers important events, people, and topics of the 20th century, divided by decade. Each decade has an article on television just called "Television." Click on the year to go to the Television entry for that year.
1950s (note: 1950s opens to the encyclopedia--scroll down to entries on "Television")
American Decades Primary Sources
This eBook covers the 20th century by decade. It contains primary sources (usually newspaper reporting) from each decade on a variety of topics. The article on "The Media" during your decade will relate to TV. NOTE: Click "Choose a volume" to select your decade. ALSO NOTE: Some primary documents (newspaper clippings) will only be available in the print version of this encyclopedia in the library, in the reference section at E169.1 .A64752 2004.
Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture of the 20th and 21st Century America: This encyclopedia covers pop culture over the 20th and 21st century, organized by decade. Each decade has an article about TV called "TV and Radio." NOTE: click "Choose a volume" to select your decade.
Websites with Articles About TV Shows
New York Times Television Section
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NPR's Television Section
Includes analysis, interviews, and reviews of TV shows; also searchable via "SEARCH" in the menu bar.
Google search of news and culture websites. Type in the title of a TV show and it should appear as a "topic" you can click on. Especially good for more obscure shows and newer shows. Try to find articles on the above 2 websites first, before looking here.
Websites Collecting Reviews of TV Shows
Rotten Tomatoes - TV reviews link
Only use critic reviews!
MetaCritic Television Reviews
Reviews from the top TV and movie critics pulled together on one site.
Only use critic reviews!
Internet Movie Database (IMDb) Look for "Critic" under the Reviews section to find articles by TV critics.
AV Club's TV Club - this links to a list of TV shows, reviewed by episodes.
You can also search the site to find TV analysis, reviews, interviews, and news.
Videos About TV Shows
YouTube – Use only after using all links above.
Combined Search helps find articles, books, and videos from the library collection.
Note: Combined Search currently only shows content that is accessible online. The Library's physical collection is temporarily unavailable due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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