Seinfeldia

Seinfeldia
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Release: 2017-06-06
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781476756110
Language: en
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"An uproarious behind-the-scenes account of the creation of the hit television series describes how comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld dreamed up the idea for an unconventional sitcom over coffee and how, despite network skepticism and minimal plotlines, achieved mainstream success, "--NoveList.

Seinfeldia

Seinfeldia
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Release: 2016-07-05
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781476756127
Language: en
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The New York Times bestseller about two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld—“A wildly entertaining must-read not only for Seinfeld fans but for anyone who wants a better understanding of how television series are made” (Booklist, starred review). Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. But against all odds, viewers did watch—first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly. Fussy Jerry, neurotic George, eccentric Kramer, and imperious Elaine—people embraced them with love. Seinfeldia, Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s intimate history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be. Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers into the writers’ room and into a world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant. Seinfeld created a strange new reality, one where years after the show had ended the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!”, Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, and Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sites from the show. Seinfeldia is an outrageous cultural history. Dwight Garner of The New York Times Book Review wrote: “Armstrong has an eye for detail….Perhaps the highest praise I can give Seinfeldia is that it made me want to buy a loaf of marbled rye and start watching again, from the beginning.”

Seinfeldia

Seinfeldia
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Release: 2016-07-05
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1476756104
Language: en
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The hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld—the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world, altering the lives of everyone it touched. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, acclaimed TV historian and entertainment writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!”, Joe Davola gets questioned every day about his sanity, Kenny Kramer makes his living giving tours of New York sights from the show, and fans dress up in Jerry’s famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.

Sex and the City and Us

Sex and the City and Us
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Release: 2019-05-07
Editor: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781501164835
Language: en
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The bestselling author of Seinfeldia offers a fascinating retrospective of the iconic and award-winning television series, Sex and the City, in a “bubbly, yet fierce cultural dissection of the groundbreaking show” (Chicago Tribune). This is the story of how a columnist, two gay men, and a writers’ room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon. They endured shock, slut-shaming, and a slew of nasty reviews on their way to eventual—if still often begrudging—respect. The show wasn’t perfect, but it revolutionized television for women. When Candace Bushnell began writing for the New York Observer, she didn’t think anyone beyond the Upper East Side would care about her adventures among the Hamptons-hopping media elite. But her struggles with singlehood struck a chord. Beverly Hills, 90210 creator Darren Star brought her vision to an even wider audience when he adapted the column for HBO. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha launched a barrage of trends, forever branded the actresses that took on the roles, redefined women’s relationship to sex and elevated the perception of singlehood. Featuring exclusive new interviews with the cast and writers, including star Sarah Jessica Parker, creator Darren Star, executive producer Michael Patrick King, and author Candace Bushnell, “Jennifer Keishin Armstrong brings readers inside the writers’ room and into the scribes’ lives…The writing is fizzy and funny, but she still manages an in-depth look at a show that’s been analyzed for decades, giving readers a retrospective as enjoyable as a $20 pink cocktail” (The Washington Post). Sex and the City and Us is both a critical and nostalgic behind-the-scenes look at a television series that changed the way women see themselves.

Pretty Pretty Pretty Good

Pretty  Pretty  Pretty Good
Author: Josh Levine
Release: 2010-12-15
Editor: ECW Press
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781554906970
Language: en
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Larry David, the man behind two of the most successful and critically acclaimed sitcoms in television history, is the focus of this biography. This unofficial guide follows the career that has accorded him status as a comic genius and garnered a fanatical following—from his early exploits as a stand-up comic to his role as producer and cocreator of Seinfeld and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. It explores the back-story of the conception and development of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a mostly improvised sitcom in which the actor stars as a fictionalized version of himself. The comic’s on- and off-screen relationships with colleagues and friends such as Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Wanda Sykes, Mary Steenburgen, and the cast members of Seinfeld are discussed, and a detailed episode guide to every season of Curb Your Enthusiasm completes this informative and entertaining glimpse into the life and creative process of a great comic talent.

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Release: 2013-10-29
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9781451659221
Language: en
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The behind-the-scenes story of the making of the classic television series offers insight into how the influential show reflected changing American perspectives and was a first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers. TV tie-in.

Yada Yada Yada

Yada Yada Yada
Author: Daniel Jeffers
Release: 2019-05-14
Editor: Rizzoli Publications
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781925418941
Language: en
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Everything you need to know about the irritating minutiae of daily existence, according to the (total lack of) wisdom of Seinfeld's Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer. Seinfeld is a television phenomenon. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms ever made. This provides you with the desperate ineptitude of Jerry, Elaine, George & Kramer. Find out which of these schmucks is your true spirit animal with the Which Seinfeld Character Are you? quiz; act on your girlfriend's virtually imperceptible character flaws with Jerry's guide to Break-Ups; turn to Fred and Estelle for advice on making a marriage work; look to George for tips on Alienating the World and dive deep into the show's classic 90's New York Fashion styles. Full of advice you shouldn't take, fashion tips, trivia and hilarious quotes direct from Jerry's apartment, this guide is here to help you discover the secrets to mastering your domain and never having to learn from your mistakes.

SeinLanguage

SeinLanguage
Author: Jerry Seinfeld
Release: 2008
Editor: Bantam
Pages: 180
ISBN: 0553385739
Language: en
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Seinfeld. For more than 33 million viewers, the Emmy Award-winning television show has become a Thursday night ritual. Even though the show has ended, Jerry Seinfeld's distinct brand of humor can still be yours. In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, SeinLanguage, Jerry Seinfeld has captured on the page his views on topics ranging from Raisinettes to relationships, from childhood to cop shows, and from parents to power suits. This must-have book for all fans—and who isn't a fan?—remains available in both paperback and hardcover. From the Paperback edition.

When Women Invented Television

When Women Invented Television
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Release: 2021-03-23
Editor: HarperCollins
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780062973337
Language: en
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“Leaps at the throat of television history and takes down the patriarchy with its fervent, inspired prose. When Women Invented Television offers proof that what we watch is a reflection of who we are as a people.” —Nathalia Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls New York Times bestselling author of Seinfeldia Jennifer Keishin Armstrong tells the little-known story of four trailblazing women in the early days of television who laid the foundation of the industry we know today. It was the Golden Age of Radio and powerful men were making millions in advertising dollars reaching thousands of listeners every day. When television arrived, few radio moguls were interested in the upstart industry and its tiny production budgets, and expensive television sets were out of reach for most families. But four women—each an independent visionary— saw an opportunity and carved their own paths, and in so doing invented the way we watch tv today. Irna Phillips turned real-life tragedy into daytime serials featuring female dominated casts. Gertrude Berg turned her radio show into a Jewish family comedy that spawned a play, a musical, an advice column, a line of house dresses, and other products. Hazel Scott, already a renowned musician, was the first African American to host a national evening variety program. Betty White became a daytime talk show fan favorite and one of the first women to produce, write, and star in her own show. Together, their stories chronicle a forgotten chapter in the history of television and popular culture. But as the medium became more popular—and lucrative—in the wake of World War II, the House Un-American Activities Committee arose to threaten entertainers, blacklisting many as communist sympathizers. As politics, sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, and money collided, the women who invented television found themselves fighting from the margins, as men took control. But these women were true survivors who never gave up—and thus their legacies remain with us in our television-dominated era. It's time we reclaimed their forgotten histories and the work they did to pioneer the medium that now rules our lives. This amazing and heartbreaking history, illustrated with photos, tells it all for the first time.

Is This Anything

Is This Anything
Author: Jerry Seinfeld
Release: 2020-10-06
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781982112745
Language: en
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The first book in twenty-five years from “one of our great comic minds” (The Washington Post) features Seinfeld’s best work across five decades in comedy. Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub “Catch a Rising Star” as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders,” Seinfeld writes. “So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth.” For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In this “trove of laugh-out-loud one-liners” (Associated Press), you will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.

The Little Book of Seinfeld

The Little Book of Seinfeld
Author: Hippo! Orange
Release: 2020-10
Editor: Little Books
Pages: 192
ISBN: 1911610597
Language: en
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The show that made the ordinary extraordinary. 22 years on from the show's divisive final episode, Seinfeld remains Master of its Domain thanks to its sharp dialogue, unforgettable characters and dedication to unpacking society's smallest details. Not since William Shakespeare has popular culture had such an impact on the English language, and collected here is the show's best advice, quotes, facts and yada, yada, yada. It's the complete guide to the world as told by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. 'You know you could let the house go. You could let yourself go. A good-looking blind woman doesn't even know you're not good enough for her.' George on why he'd prefer to date a blind woman over a deaf woman. From QuoteCatalog.com - Seinfeld, Season 7, 'The Wink'. 'Lawrence Tierney scared the living crap out of all of us.' Jason Alexander (George) on why Elaine's father only appears in one episode. From ranker.com - Dramatic Stories From Behind The Scenes Of 'Seinfeld'. 'People don't turn down money! It's what separates us from the animals.' One of the few times when on-screen Jerry differed from his off-screen counterpart - Jerry Seinfeld turned down $10 million per episode to bring Seinfeldback for a tenth season.

Seinfeld and Philosophy

Seinfeld and Philosophy
Author: William Irwin
Release: 2010-08
Editor: ReadHowYouWant.com
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9781459601161
Language: en
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How is Jerry like Socrates? Is it rational for George to ''do the opposite? '' Would Simone de Beauvoir say that Elaine is a feminist? Is Kramer stuck in Kierkegaard's aesthetic stage? Seinfeld and Philosophy is both an enlightening look at the most popular sitcom of the decade and an entertaining introduction to philosophy via Seinfeld's plots and characters. These fourteen essays, which explore the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Lao-Tzu, Heidegger, Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, and Wittgenstein, will show readers how to be masters of their philosophical domain.

The Seinfeld Scripts

The Seinfeld Scripts
Author: Jerry Seinfeld,Larry David
Release: 1998-04-30
Editor: Harper Collins
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9780060953034
Language: en
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Jerry. George. Elaine. Kramer. We've followed their misadventures for nearly ten years on Thursday nights. Here, finally, are the scripts of the first two seasons that will take you back to the beginning of Seinfeld. Featuring the first 17 episodes ever aired, The Seinfeld Scripts contains all the great lines that have kept us laughing for years: the pilot episode, "The Seinfeld Chronicles," where it all began; George introduces his importer/exporter altar ego Art Vanderlay in "The Stakeout"; Kramer becomes obsessed with cantaloupe in "The Ex-Girlfriend"; Jerry and George meet Elaine's dad in "The Jacket"; is Jerry responsible for a poor Polish woman's death when he makes "The Pony Remark"?; Jerry and Elaine decide to become intimate again in "The Deal"; what will George do when he is banned from the executive bathroom in "The Revenge"?; and Jerry, George, and Elaine wait for a table in "The Chinese Restaurant." It's all here: the award-winning writing of Seinfeld, "the defining sitcom of our age". Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. Elaine: My roommate has Lyme disease. Jerry: Lyme disease? I thought she had Epstein-Barr syndrome? Elaine: She has this in addition to Epstein-Barr. It's like Epstein-Barr with a twist of Lyme disease. George: She calls me up at my office she says, "We have to talk." Jerry: The four worst words in the English language. Kramer: What a body. Yeeaaah...that's for me. Jerry: Yeah and you're just what she's looking for, too--a stranger, leering through a pair of binoculars ten floors up.

Live From New York

Live From New York
Author: James Andrew Miller,Tom Shales
Release: 2014-09-09
Editor: Little, Brown
Pages: 800
ISBN: 9780316295079
Language: en
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Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade. When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed---and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

Pop Star Goddesses

Pop Star Goddesses
Author: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Release: 2020-04-07
Editor: HarperCollins
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780062943705
Language: en
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A compendium of thirty-five incredible female pop stars whose energies, virtues, and vices make them the ideal role models for our age—powerful women who can teach us all how to discover our own inner goddess. We are living in the age of the music goddess: Beyoncé. Lady Gaga. Taylor Swift. Katy Perry. Britney. Nicki Minaj. Cardi B. Pink. Madonna. Rihanna. Gwen Stefani. Alicia Keys. Kelly Clarkson. Never before have so many women dominated their industry and pop culture itself with such creativity, passion, and force. Visionary and ferociously talented, these women are reshaping our society and our lives. In this stunningly designed compendium, Jennifer Armstrong offers an intimate, up-close look at thirty-five of pop music’s most revered goddesses, analyzing their performances, songs, videos, interviews, social media, activism, and personal lives to illuminate their significance for both critics and fans. These divas post astounding album sales, enjoy millions of radio plays, YouTube views, and social media followings, and sell out stadiums. While we are awed and inspired by their success, we worship them for so much more. Beyoncé’s work ethic. Nicki Minaj’s no-bullshit attitude. Taylor Swift’s relatability. Pink’s sense of social justice. Jennifer Lopez’s transformation from “Jenny from the block” to fashion icon. Each of these goddesses speaks to us in her own unique way. Beyoncé is our superhuman alter ego; Britney is our survival instinct. Armstrong pairs each pop star goddess with a corresponding goddess from ancient cultures, and offers advice on how to invoke the pop star goddess’s energy in your own life, providing journal prompts and a Power Song List that allows you harness the power of a particular pop goddess’s energy when you need it. Filled with information, advice, insights, playlists, and forty gorgeous color illustrations, Pop Star Goddess will help you tune in and turn on your own divine energy. The Pop Star Goddesses are: Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Carla Bruni, Pink, JLo, Kesha, Rihanna, Janelle Monae, Gwen Stephani, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Adele, Missy Elliott, Shakira, Solange, Miranda Lambert, Celine Dion, Sia, Queen Latifah, SZA, Kacey Musgraves, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Laura Jane Grace, Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen.

Bad Motherfucker

Bad Motherfucker
Author: Gavin Edwards
Release: 2021-10-19
Editor: Hachette Books
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0306924323
Language: en
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A fascinating exploration and celebration of the life and work of the coolest man in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson--from his star-making turns in the films of Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino to his ubiquitous roles in the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, not to mention the cult favorite Snakes on a Plane--by the bestselling author of The Tao of Bill Murray. Bad Motherfucker explains why Jackson's embodiment of cool is not just inspirational, it's important. It lays out how that attitude interacts with his identity as an African-American man, why being cool matters in the modern world, and how it applies to the current social and cultural moment in which everyone is losing their cool. Edwards details Jackson's fascinating personal history, from stuttering bookworm to Black revolutionary to crack addict to A-list star. The book features original reporting and explores not only the major events of Jackson's life but his obsessions: golf, kung fu movies, profanity. Bad Motherfucker also includes a detailed filmography of Jackson's movies--133 of them and counting! The book provides a must-read road map through the vast territory of his filmography and more: a vivid portrait of Samuel L. Jackson's essential self.

Why Because We Still Like You

Why  Because We Still Like You
Author: Jennifer Armstrong
Release: 2010-10-29
Editor: Hachette+ORM
Pages: 237
ISBN: 9780446574341
Language: en
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From the New York Times–bestselling author of Seinfeldia, a behind-the-scenes history of Walt Disney’s classic television show. Full of nostalgia, this book gives you the never before told story of how The Mickey Mouse Club paved the way for all that came after, from its humble beginnings as a marketing ploy, through its short but mesmerizing run, to the numerous resurrections that made it one of television’s first true cult hits—all through the recollections of those regular kids-turned-stars who made it a phenomenon. It will reveal, for the first time ever, the stories of Annette, Darlene (and her famous rivalry with Annette), Cubby and Karen, Bobby and the rest of the beloved cast. It will explore, through the reminiscences of former fans who grew up to be some of television’s finest minds, what made the show so special. Finally, it will examine why the formula the creators of the show invented is more relevant than ever, and whether we’ll ever see yet another Club for a new generation. Take a trip down memory lane with the original Mickey Mouse Club cast and creators, through drama and unexpected fame, to see how a television institution came into being. “Armstrong tracks down most of the original Mouseketeers, and some also-rans, who share with us a behind-the-scenes look as to what it was really like to go from ordinary to idolized in a matter of weeks.” —The Florida Times-Union “[An] oral history of the TV show that helped shape the Baby Boomers . . . a captivating cautionary tale.” —Booklist

Seinfeld Ultimate Episode Guide

Seinfeld Ultimate Episode Guide
Author: Dennis Bjorklund
Release: 2021-04-11
Editor: Praetorian Publishing
Pages: 367
ISBN: 9781494405953
Language: en
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Seinfeld Ultimate Episode Guide is written by an authoritative expert who penned the most comprehensive reference book ever written about the show—Seinfeld Reference: The Complete Encyclopedia. The latest effort, Seinfeld Ultimate Episode Guide, is the best source for little-known facts, details and information about the sitcom voted The #1 Greatest TV Series of All-Time by TV Guide. This type of episodic thoroughness cannot be found anywhere else in the entire Seinfeld Universe. Each episode is summarized in detail with supporting credits, such as writer, director, guest actors, bit players, extras, and uncredited actors. The best part is insider information about each episode, as well as little-known facts and unique trivia. There is even a section detailing some of the best known acting credits of every character who appeared in a Seinfeld episode. Everything you need to know about each episode and actor is in this book. Seinfeld Ultimate Episode Guide provides insight into how some of the plots and subplots originated. The writer prove how art imitates life. Discover cast changes that occurred over the years, staff and crew members that made onscreen appearances, and so much more. There is even a section devoted to awards won by the series, creators, actors and other noteworthy individuals. Diehard fans will love the section devoted to technical credits for each season of the show. It has all the names, titles, and details of every significant crew member who worked behind the scene to make this the best show on TV. Find out which crew members made secret episode appearances as characters or extras. Seinfeld Ultimate Episode Guide is an essential book for every fan of the show. If there is a question about an episode, actor, or character, this book will provably provide the answer. Photos included, 367 pages paperback.

Seinfeld Reference The Complete Encyclopedia with Biographies Character Profiles Episode Summaries

Seinfeld Reference  The Complete Encyclopedia with Biographies  Character Profiles   Episode Summaries
Author: Dennis Bjorklund
Release: 2017-09-01
Editor: Praetorian Publishing
Pages: 254
ISBN: 9780967985244
Language: en
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Seinfeld Reference is authored by a sitcom expert who penned the most comprehensive reference book that has ever been written about the show. This literary masterpiece starts with a timeless historical overview of the show, which was voted “The #1 Greatest TV Series of All-Time” by TV Guide. "Seinfeld Reference" also includes remarkably in-depth biographies of the show's creators and stars (Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Michael Richards, Julie Louis-Dreyfus). After reading the book cover-to-cover, you will know anything and everything about the actors and their private lives. The next section is an ingenious writing of the shows fictional characters as if they were real, resulting in an equally sensational "biography" of the Seinfeld stars and recurring regulars (Jerry Seinfeld, George Costanza, Cosmo Kramer, Elaine Benes, Newman, Frank Costanza, Morty Seinfeld, David Puddy, Susan Ross). Even more remarkable is the unbelievably exhaustive episode guide that was written for all 180 shows, which includes everything imaginable: cast and technical credits, guest stars (Babu Bhatt, Soup Nazi, Bizarro Jerry, Maestro, Mr. Pitt, J. Peterman, Jackie Chiles, Kenny Bania, Mr. Lippman, Sue Ellen Mischke), plot synopses, featured subplots, original air dates, and interesting facts about the show or its actors. Seinfeld Reference is an essential book for every fan of the show. If you ever had a question about the show, actors, or characters, this book has all the answers. Photos included, 254 pages paperback and digital. For over 25 years author Dennis Bjorklund has been an accomplished and well-respected television programming authority who has published many small screen books covering some of the best sitcoms in history. In addition to writing books, the author provides literary contributions to numerous entertainment magazines, and appears on E! Entertainment and Biography Channel as an authoritative expert. Bjorklund is considered one of the foremost authorities on the television shows Cheers and Seinfeld, and the only person to write thoroughly comprehensive books on these situation comedies. Bjorklund continues to reside in California to remain close to the heart of network television programming. The author has written several books on these television shows. Here is the list of available books related to Cheers and Seinfeld that have been written by Bjorklund: Seinfeld Reference: The Complete Encyclopedia Seinfeld Trivia: Everything About Nothing Seinfeld Secrets: An Insider Scoop About the Show Seinfeld Ultimate Episode Guide Cheers TV Show: A Comprehensive Reference Cheers Trivia: It’s A Little Known Fact… Toasting Cheers: An Episode Guide to the 1982-1993 Series

Seinology

Seinology
Author: Tim Delaney
Release: 2006
Editor: Prometheus Books
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781615920846
Language: en
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Delaney offers a unique and entertaining look at many sociologically relevant social topics covered in the popular Seinfeld television sitcom....the book has a number of strengths....[he] does such an excellent job describing each segment, including giving the necessary background information, that even students who are unfamiliar with the show could easily follow along....the book is written in a very clear, understandable, and down-to-earth style that would most likely be a welcome relief for most students from the standard textbook format....finally, the book and its many Seinfeld examples are entertaining. At various points while reading I found myself laughing out loud....it would probably be extremely useful for popular culture, media and society, and similar courses.-Teaching Sociology, Journal of the American Sociological AssociationThis book is an engaging and entertaining way to learn basic sociological concepts and perspectives. Tim knows his sociology and knows his Seinfeld. He writes in a jargon-free, reader-friendly style, whether the reader is a student in an introductory sociology course, an advanced sociology student, or just a fan of Seinfeld. Tim is truly master of his domain. No yadda-yadda here. You'll be amazed at what Seinfeld and Delaney can teach you about work, gender, sex, crime, family, religion, sports, aging, and death. I recommend this book to everyone interested in painlessly learning more about the sociologist's take on life.-Norm Weiner, Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at OswegoDelaney takes a brilliant approach to understanding sociology, one that students will both enjoy and understand. Through episodes of Seinfeld, Delaney illustrates sociology to the reader that any audience can identify with. Pairing sociological concepts with Seinfeld's humor he creates Seinology. In doing this Tim Delaney takes us through the major fields in the discipline providing real examples of how sociology can be seen in daily activities. This book would make an excellent reader for any introduction to sociology or media class.-Cherylynn Bassani, Ph.D., Researcher and Instructor, University of British ColumbiaSociologist and avid Seinfeld fan, Tim Delaney explores what sociologists and all interested readers can learn about themselves and their society from this tremendously popular sitcom. His work represents a fascinating blend of popular and contemporary culture with the keen observations of a scholar trained to assess social behavior. Delaney uses excerpts from many of the now-classic episodes to illustrate key facets of social interaction. In fifteen chapters, amusingly titled after some of the show's famous incidents, he reviews what its characters teach us about ourselves and the complex society in which we live.Fans of Seinfeld will enjoy reliving their fondest memories associated with each episode. Students and laypersons alike will learn basic sociological concepts and theories in this jargonfree work. Seinology provides Seinfeld fans an opportunity to view this brilliant television show through the sociologist's well-trained eye.Tim Delaney is assistant professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego.