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Fantastic TV celebrates five decades of sci-fi and fantasy television — the cult shows that have defined popular culture. Featuring interviews with the writers and originators of the many series covered, along with the historical context of their creations, this book offers insight into a truly beloved genre of home entertainment. Detailing favorites as varied in theme and Fantastic TV celebrates five decades of sci-fi and fantasy television — the cult shows that have defined popular culture. Featuring interviews with the writers and originators of the many series covered, along with the historical context of their creations, this book offers insight into a truly beloved genre of home entertainment. Detailing favorites as varied in theme and time period as The Twilight Zone, The 4400, Wonder Woman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Heroes, and with black-and-white photographs, this guide has something for every devoted sci-fi fan.


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Fantastic TV celebrates five decades of sci-fi and fantasy television — the cult shows that have defined popular culture. Featuring interviews with the writers and originators of the many series covered, along with the historical context of their creations, this book offers insight into a truly beloved genre of home entertainment. Detailing favorites as varied in theme and Fantastic TV celebrates five decades of sci-fi and fantasy television — the cult shows that have defined popular culture. Featuring interviews with the writers and originators of the many series covered, along with the historical context of their creations, this book offers insight into a truly beloved genre of home entertainment. Detailing favorites as varied in theme and time period as The Twilight Zone, The 4400, Wonder Woman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Heroes, and with black-and-white photographs, this guide has something for every devoted sci-fi fan.

36 review for Fantastic TV: 50 Years of Cult Fantasy and Science Fiction - From "Doctor Who" to "Heroes"

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Not quite 50 years of cult fantasy and science fiction, more the author's choice, ie: his choice rather than a full picture. Granted it is mentioned in the introduction that he had to decide what to put in and what to leave out. Being honest I am not a fan of fantasy preferring science fiction so some of the series chosen were not of interest to me. Thought it would be better than I anticipated. Ray Smillie Not quite 50 years of cult fantasy and science fiction, more the author's choice, ie: his choice rather than a full picture. Granted it is mentioned in the introduction that he had to decide what to put in and what to leave out. Being honest I am not a fan of fantasy preferring science fiction so some of the series chosen were not of interest to me. Thought it would be better than I anticipated. Ray Smillie

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenny / Wondrous Reads

    I don't usually review non-fiction books like this, but I'm a huge fan of TV shows, so Fantastic TV was a must read for me. It's a really well presented book, complete with black and white photographs and a lot more text than I expected. Fantastic TV covers '50 years of cult fantasy and science-fiction', as the cover says. It covers everything from Lost in Space and Star Trek to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural. It even includes lesser known shows such as the short-lived Channel 4 vampir I don't usually review non-fiction books like this, but I'm a huge fan of TV shows, so Fantastic TV was a must read for me. It's a really well presented book, complete with black and white photographs and a lot more text than I expected. Fantastic TV covers '50 years of cult fantasy and science-fiction', as the cover says. It covers everything from Lost in Space and Star Trek to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural. It even includes lesser known shows such as the short-lived Channel 4 vampire show Ultraviolet, which was first broadcast here in the UK in 1998. Savile splits the book up into 8 sections, each with cool titles like 'Stranger Things Happen' and 'A New Kind of Hero'. The shows are then organised into their relative sections, which makes Fantastic TV very easy to read when flicking through it as a coffee table book. Savile delves into the history and influences of each show, while giving a detailed description of its plot and who it will appeal to. He also analyses trends responsible for each show's inception, and reasons behind their popularity. When reading Fantastic TV, you can absolutely tell how much Savile loves what he's writing about. Like me, he's a fan of TV, and has an immense passion for it. This makes it very easy to connect with his writing and his style and, as a fan of these shows, puts you on a somewhat personal level with him. There are no glaring continuity mistakes in his research (that I noticed), and I can only imagine the fun he had compiling this handbook for TV enthusiasts. I would have liked to see a few more fun sections - maybe memorable quotes from the shows or some trivia - just to break up the blocks of text a bit more. I personally love finding out random facts and figures, and while there are some interspersed within each show's main information, I thought that was an area that could have been explored more. Fantastic TV is just that - a fantastic recource for fans of TV. The shows have been thoughtfully chosen, and though it would have been impossible to cover everything, the shows it does cover are definitely the right ones. Whether you're a fan of Mulder and Scully, Wonder Woman or the Doctor himself, there's something in here for everyone, along with lots to learn about your favourite characters, new or old.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chrisanne

    Meh. It was like the people writing it couldn't decide on the format. So with some you got a history of the show, and with others you got some psycho-analytic essay. Meh. It was like the people writing it couldn't decide on the format. So with some you got a history of the show, and with others you got some psycho-analytic essay.

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