Ken Tucker
August 06, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Prime Times

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Douglas Bauer
genre
Essays, Nonfiction

We gave it a B

Lotsa well-known writers, including Nick Hornby, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Barry Hannah pick TV shows they dig in Prime Times. Most write as though they were the first to discover significant cultural elements in TV junk (”Lost in Space,” ”Gilligan’s Island,” etc.), but the best — like Nora Ephron on ”The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the poet/music critic Lloyd Schwartz on Burns and Allen — come up with fresh takes on the ways television can matter emotionally and intellectually.

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