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The Contemporary Television Series

Michael Hammond and Lucy Mazdon


This study of the contemporary prime-time ‘quality’ serial television format gives an account of prominent programmes such as 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, The Sopranos and The West Wing, and explores their influential position within the television industry. Divided into the areas of history, aesthetics and reception, the text provides an overview of an increasingly hybrid television studies discipline. Chapters consider the formal and aesthetic elements in the contemporary television serial through approaches ranging from those concerned with issues of gender and sexuality, national iden ... More

Keywords: 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ER, The Sopranos, West Wing, television industry, television studies, television serial, gender, sexuality

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748619009
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Hammond, editor

Lucy Mazdon, editor

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