The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall
The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever

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6 Critic Reviews

As he does with his blog, he is throwing out smart, fair-minded assessments meant to provoke discussion.
-NY Times

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A phenomenal account, newly updated, of how twelve innovative television dramas transformed the medium and the culture at large, featuring Sepinwall’s take on the finales of Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

In The Revolution Was Televised, celebrated TV critic Alan Sepinwall chronicles the remarkable transformation of the small screen over the past fifteen years. Focusing on twelve innovative television dramas that changed the medium and the culture at large forever, including The Sopranos, Oz, The Wire, Deadwood, The Shield, Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, Sepinwall weaves his trademark incisive criticism with highly entertaining reporting about the real-life characters and conflicts behind the scenes.

Drawing on interviews with writers David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, and Vince Gilligan, among others, along with the network executives responsible for green-lighting these groundbreaking shows, The Revolution Was Televised is the story of a new golden age in TV, one that’s as rich with drama and thrills as the very shows themselves.
 

About Alan Sepinwall

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Alan Sepinwall has been writing about television for close to twenty years. Formerly a TV critic for the Newark Star-Ledger (Tony Soprano's hometown paper), he currently writes the popular blog What’s Alan Watching? on HitFix.com. 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." Visit AlanSepinwall.com.
 
Published February 19, 2013 by Touchstone. 402 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Dec 03 2012

As he does with his blog, he is throwing out smart, fair-minded assessments meant to provoke discussion.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Sonny Bunch on Dec 14 2012

Part critical appraisals, part history lessons, his chapters incorporate new interviews with showrunners and network executives.

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The New Yorker

Good
Reviewed by Emily Nussbaum on Nov 19 2012

The book is a smart and substantive walk through the past fifteen years of television drama, making a lucid case for the auteurist mentality among modern showrunners.

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BuffaloNews.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Simon on Dec 07 2012

A book full of illustrations. And an index. All the accoutrements of a book that deserves to hang around for years, even decades

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Time Magazine

Good
Reviewed by James Poniewozik on Nov 28 2012

For any lover of TV—or a lover of a lover of TV who’d like to see them crack a book for once—it’s a perfectly timed holiday gift. Don’t think of The Revolution Was Televised as a mere book. Think of it as the ultimate DVD-set commentary.

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The Hollywood Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim Goodman on Nov 16 2012

Sepinwall pulled off a remarkable feat because reading The Revolution Was Televised was always entertaining and never a chore. 

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