Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About TV

Kissing Bill O Reilly Roasting Miss Piggy Things to Love and Hate About TV According to Ken Tucker television is where the mass culture action really is It s where the weasel goes pop But for such a fluid of the moment democratic yet cool medium a strangling accretion of

  • Title: Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About TV
  • Author: Ken Tucker
  • ISBN: 9780312330576
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Hardcover
  • According to Ken Tucker, television is where the mass culture action really is It s where the weasel goes pop But for such a fluid, of the moment, democratic yet cool medium, a strangling accretion of false pieties, half remembered history, and misplaced nostalgia has grown up around it the prose equivalent of choking vines In this book, Ken Tucker shares his zealousAccording to Ken Tucker, television is where the mass culture action really is It s where the weasel goes pop But for such a fluid, of the moment, democratic yet cool medium, a strangling accretion of false pieties, half remembered history, and misplaced nostalgia has grown up around it the prose equivalent of choking vines In this book, Ken Tucker shares his zealous opinions about the best and worst of television, past and presentEveryone has firm beliefs about what he loves and hates about TV If TV fans think the high point of televised political wit was M A S H, or that Johnny Carson was the true king of late night, Ken Tucker does his damnedest to convince them that they ve been hoodwinked, duped by pixilated mists of memory and bad TV criticism.His dazzling, provocative, and entertaining pieces include LOVES James Garner as TV s Cary Grant, Pamela Anderson s breasts, David Brinkley the only anchor who understood that being an anchor was a hollow ego trip, Heather Locklear as the ultimate TV Personality, Bill O Reilly why the biggest asshole on TV is a great TV personality And from his HATE lists The Sopranos as The Great Saga That Sags, Miss Peggy as media star, Bob Newhart Human Prozac, Worst Mothers on TV, Star Trek Sci Fi suckiness decked out as utopian idealism.His perception and passion about this much maligned medium gives the lie to passive clich s like vegging out in front of the boob tube This book is the TV version of Michael Moore s Stupid White Men or Bill O Reilly s The No Spin Zone.

    One thought on “Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy: 100 Things to Love and Hate About TV”

    1. A by-the-numbers contrarian tells you why what you like is stupid and what he likes is good. A waste of any and all forms of matter involved.

    2. I've always enjoyed Ken Tucker's article in my favorite magazine, Entertainment Weekly, so I felt certain I would like his rather random collection of 50 things he loves and 50 things he hates about televisiond I did. It's always gratifying when a well-respected critic agrees with you about things (the wonder that was John Goodman on "Roseanne", the genius of Jim Henson, the fact that "Laugh-In" was entirely overrated and was generally unfunny) and it's always thought-provoking when a good artic [...]

    3. Imagine that you are at a party and a rather long-winded and self-possessed old blowhard corners you and starts blathering on about what's right and wrong with television. He's obviously in love with his own opinions and yammers on well after you've stopped caring. That's the experience of reading Ken Tucker's book. At least it was for me. Reading it was like being in that scene from Annie Hall when Alvy Singer is trapped in line with that guy who yammers on and on about Fellini's films. "It doe [...]

    4. Very snarky, but I like snark, so it was all good. I agreed with most of his pop culture assessments, except for the Kids in the Hall, whom I love. I was really pleased to see him praise News Radio, another fave of mine, but then I turned the page to read about his KITH hate. He'd be fun to debate.

    5. If you like the tone of Entertainment Weekly (pop culture-y & a bit snarky), you'll enjoy this. If not, put the book down & walk away - this is NOT for you.Sometimes he veers into self-indulgent whining, but most of it is a lot of fun to read.

    6. "Kissing Bill O'Reilly, Roasting Miss Piggy" is just plain fun. It's not too deep, yet far from dumb, it can be devoured in one sitting or put down after one love/hate essay. You might not agree with Tucker's take on "MASH" or Howard Stern, but you do see his point.

    7. Some chapters were better than others. The most amusing were definitely the best/worst TV mothers and fathers for each decade. Good stuff. Other chapters were just a little too blah and the author comes off a tad too grumpy old man.

    8. Marvelously funny and interesting, clever, witty. His full and absolute loathing for The Brady Bunch is awesome. Cool, cool, cool.

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