by Alan Sepinwall
I have long been a fan of Alan Sepinwall's television reviews, so I was very excited when he announced he was self-publishing a book on the revolution in television drama that has occurred over the last decade or so. People tend to look a little askance at self-published books, but I think the tide is turning a little and there are some really excellent self-published books out there this one included. Despite it's self-published status this book has been getting rave reviews from a variety of outlets including no less than the New York Times.
Having downloaded and read the book as soon as it was available I can see why. For anyone who likes television this book is a must read. It's definitely full of spoilers though, so if you plan to watch in the future any of the shows Sepinwall writes about you should probably skip those chapters. Once you get past the introductory chapters, each chapter is dedicated to a specific show so you can easily skip chapters on shows that you plan to watch in the future.
The book covers the following shows at length though makes reference to many more: 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 examines how each show contributed to the current state of high-quality television dramas. The analysis includes not only his own commentary, but information from many of the shows creators from either interviews done specifically for this book or from previously conducted interviews when he was unable to conduct new interviews.
It's an excellent book for anyone who loves any of these shows. I would highly recommend reading it if you're a television drama lover like I am. I give it a 9 out of 10.