A cultural phenomenon for a decade, Friends ranked in the top ten for every year of its original run, an accomplishment unmatched by any other scripted series. And more than twenty-five years since its theme song promised "I'll be there for you," Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross are still entertaining audiences around the world. As the characters maneuvered their ways through dating, love, and the occasional conflict, their loyalty to each other remained steadfast. In Friends: A Cultural History, Jennifer C. Dunn explores why the show immediately took hold of viewers and how the series remained must-see TV for so long. Dunn examines the cultural landscape that allowed a show not centered on traditional sitcom norms of family and career to become such a critical and commercial success. The author also addresses how the show's complicated depictions of gender roles and class distinctions-as well as its lack of ethnic diversity-did not detract from its popularity. In addition to exploring memorable plotlines, cherished moments, and the quirks of the principal players, this book analyzes the show's enduring cultural relevance. Featuring a discussion of the show's 25 best episodes, Friends: A Cultural History offers an engaging look at the series that has resonated with generations of television viewers.
This article examines the amazing success of A&E's Duck Dynasty. Entertainment insiders cannot figure out why a show about camo-wearing duck hunters in rural Louisiana whose motto is "faith, family, ducks" resonates with eight million viewers. The Robertson family and their producers have discovered a winning formula for television entertainment. Find out why their show is a hit and what other reality shows should imitate to attract big audiences. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032620/bk_acx0_032620_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Time and time again, television audiences gravitate to grotesque images and violent behavior like bees to honey. Be it curiosity or perversion, reality television shows continue to grow in popularity. All is fun and games until one new show's ratings skyrocket into mass-hysteria, causing utter pandemonium. Newlyweds, Paul and Shyla Westerveldt, must endure the consequences of stardom when they are chosen to participate in RBS' new show, Reality's Fugitive. The show's producers struggle to handle the onslaught when hoards of viewers compete to locate a single fugitive and capture a cash reward - a perfect storm leading to utter destruction. In a world where reality-show contestants show their willingness to do anything for fortune, fame or notoriety-regardless of the consequences, Reality's Fugitive explores the fine line between exploitation and entertainment. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randy Capes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/002640/bk_acx0_002640_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jacques Tati is widely regarded as one of the greatest postwar European filmmakers. He made innovative and challenging comedies while achieving international box office success and attaining a devoted following. In Play Time, Malcolm Turvey examines Tati's unique comedic style and evaluates its significance for the history of film and modernism.Turvey argues that Tati captured elite and general audiences alike by combining a modernist aesthetic with slapstick routines, gag structures, and other established traditions of mainstream film comedy. Considering films such as Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953), Mon Oncle (1958), Play Time (1967), and Trafic (1971), Turvey shows how Tati drew on the rich legacy of comic silent film while modernizing its conventions in order to encourage his viewers to adopt a playful attitude toward the modern world. Turvey also analyzes Tati's sardonic view of the bourgeoisie and his complex and multifaceted satire of modern life. Tati's singular and enduring achievement, Turvey concludes, was to translate the democratic ideals of the postwar avant-garde into mainstream film comedy, crafting a genuinely popular modernism. Richly illustrated with images from the director's films, Play Time offers an illuminating and original understanding of Tati's work.
Genesis Kelley didn't just get her heart broken. The aspiring veterinarian had it crushed in front of millions of viewers on the dating reality show Marry Me. Now, just as she's getting her life and dignity back together, her royal heartbreaker, Prince Rafael of Monterra, has landed in Frog Hollow, Iowa. And he's renting out her aunt's guest cottage. Deceiving TV audiences for his brother's sake cost Rafe the girl of his dreams. But he's going to fix it, even if it means moving from his mountain-kingdom home to small-town Iowa. A prince doesn't give up on his rightful princess - especially once he realizes Genesis is in deeper danger than she knows. Between fixing her truck, whisking her off to Monterra for a whirlwind date, and charming the entire town, Rafe is thawing the ice around Genesis's heart. Will it be enough to earn back her trust, protect her from her past - and sweep her into a real-life fairy tale? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lauren Ezzo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008149/bk_brll_008149_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An inside look at the heart of Billy Graham. For 30 years, Billy Graham and David Frost fascinated television audiences with their conversations about God, the Bible, and Graham's decades-long ministry. Frost asked the questions that thousands of viewers wanted to ask. Graham answered them with authenticity and grace. With engaging honesty, Graham tells stories of his earliest crusades, his involvement in the civil rights movement, and his role as spiritual mentor to several American presidents. He also speaks candidly about his failures and the part suffering and doubt have played in his spiritual life. With a chronology of Graham's life, a preface from Frost, and a foreword from Graham's grandson Tullian Tchividjian, this weaving of stories, interviews, and reflections will inspire you as you listen to a man who has lived and loved well. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jon Gauger, Kelly Ryan Dolan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/oasi/001391/bk_oasi_001391_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.