“…Weighing something similar to a small coffee table, the book is hefty both literally and in content… making you want to revisit some of those timeless greats again.”
“…informative and entertaining, like the box at its best.”
“…a true testament to the power of television pop culture, no matter how short the run or painful the pilot…”
“If you're looking for a throwback, or a way to be filled in on what's worth watching, TASCHEN’s Favorite TV Shows is your perfect armchair companion. Packed with stills and commentary, it highlights the top shows of the last 25 years — a great accompaniment to your Saturday session on the telly. So kick back, pick a favourite (don't tell us you're not glued to Game of Thrones), and marathon away.”
“Yes, this is a book made for flipping through, though it is so large that casually meandering through without losing circulation in your thighs is a bit of a challenge. The layout and paper quality for this £44.99/$ 69.99 doorstop are both absolutely superb, but since it is made for leisurely viewing rather than cover-to-cover consumption, the biggest discussion to be had about TASCHEN’s Favorite TV Shows is about what did and did not make the cut… it gives small-screen fanatics something to argue about.”
“Beautifully illustrated and boasting insightful, well-researched entries, it’s far more than a Buzzfeed list with heavy paper stock. This is a worthy paean to TV’s new golden age.”
“…Rich, textured, layered and compulsive reading…This is the ideal book to keep on your coffee table so that you can dip into it every-time you binge watch your favourite boxset. Breathtaking."
“…ideal for a quick flick through between ads/opening credits as well as a more in-depth look at the familiar and much loved characters as well as discovering some incredibly insightful and well researched behind-the-scenes facts about the authors, actors, sequels, spin offs and pretty much everything else you didn’t already know…”
TASCHEN's favorite TV shows. The top shows of the last 25 years
How the TV series became a 21st-century addictionTheir names are Walter White, Birgitte Nyborg and Don Draper and they are the stars of a cultural revolution. In the last decade, shows like Breaking Bad, Borgen and Mad Men have toppled cinema from its leading position in the popular culture universe and ushered in a whole new level of small screen excellence and appreciation.
With ambition to tear down the barriers around commercial television, networks such as HBO, AMC, and ABC have launched a new era of cinematic narrative, while cable TV networks, DVDs, and the Internet have brought about new, flexible ways of watching and engaging. Global fan communities devour episode after episode, season after season, independently of programs and broadcasting schedules, and probe the multiple levels of meaning in their favorite series in blogs, fan groups and online forums.
Alongside a wealth of stills, this overview of the TV revolution presents the most important and successful series of recent years, from David Lynch’s groundbreaking masterpiece Twin Peaks to current highlights like Game of Thrones, Girls and House of Cards. Who were the trendsetters? What inspired the creators? Find all of the facts about authors and actors, influences and backgrounds, sequels and spin-offs. Learn something new about your favorite shows, and about those you're still to discover.