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Author: Alan Sepinwall, Matt Zoller Seitz Narrator: Alan Sepinwall, Matt Zoller Seitz Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781478912576
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While working at the Newark Star-Ledger, Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall created a popular column debating the merits of then-current television. Eventually they went on to successful careers as critics elsewhere, but the debate raged on and now comes to an epic conclusion in TV (The Book).

Alan and Matt have established The Pantheon of top TV shows using a complex, obsessively all-encompassing ranking system by which to order and stack them up against each other. With a mix of lively entries on critically acclaimed and commercially successful classics such as Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Star Trek, The Simpsons and Twin Peaks and illuminating essays on short-lived favorites such as Taxi, Freaks and Geeks, and My So-Called Life, TV (The Book) is sure to spark conversation and debate among readers.

TV (The Book) is a must-have for long-time television and film buffs and for young enthusiasts who, fresh off their latest Netflix binge, are looking to expand their knowledge of the medium and wondering what show to start streaming next.

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Quotes & Awards

  • What fun to dive into a book that not only inspires but invites debate over your favorite TV shows. Which ones truly deserve to be in the Pantheon? Which ones did or didn't make the cut? Any book that celebrates everything from The Sopranos to Rocky and Bullwinkle gets my attention...and deserves yours. Leonard Maltin, film critic/ historian
  • "It's the Golden Age of TV, yes, but TV: THE BOOK shows we are also in the Golden Age of TV criticism. In the same way so many of us made Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide or Pauline Kael's or David Thomson's review collections our film bibles, readers will be poring over this magnificent volume for years to come. An essential, provocative, and irresistible tome from two of our greatest critics.
    Megan Abbott, bestselling author of The Fever and You Will Know Me
  • I hate Top Ten lists and am existentially opposed to numerically rating television shows, so this book is my worst nightmare! You should buy it anyway, because Alan and Matt are shrewd, witty, and insightful critics, even if they are wrong about Cheers being better than 30 Rock. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker
  • “It’s not that easy to rank the best television shows of all time, as two critics discovered…TV fans will relish revisiting old favorites and arguing with some of the authors’ picks in this browsable and entertaining collection.”


  • “The authors write as both incisive cultural critics and enthusiastic fans. Their essays will no doubt inspire debate and the reading equivalent of binge watching…A treasure trove for TV fans.”

    Publisher Weekly

  • “Sepinwall and Seitz…explain why each of the choices deserves to be included in this list, which they call ‘the Pantheon’…[along with] quirky ‘best of’ lists, such as TV’s greatest hairstyles, cars, spies, character names, teachers, and mustaches. Verdict: A fun read for TV fans and aspiring media critics alike.”

    Library Journal

  • “The authors present their choices in a series of essays that concisely and insightfully identify each show’s distinctive virtues and place in the history of the medium….Critics at the top of their craft going out on a limb rather than affirming the commonly accepted classics…Well-reasoned and engaging.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A BookPage Top Pick for December 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller

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About the Author

Alan Sepinwall has been writing about television for close to twenty years. Formerly a television critic for the Newark Star-Ledger, he currently writes the popular blog What’s Alan Watching? on Sepinwall's episode-by-episode approach to reviewing his favorite TV shows “changed the nature of television criticism” according to Slate, which called him “the acknowledged king of the form.”