Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television

Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television

A landmark learn through the top critic of African American movie and television

Primetime Blues is the 1st complete historical past of African american citizens on community tv. Donald Bogle examines the stereotypes, which too frequently proceed to march around the monitor this present day, but additionally indicates the ways that tv has been invigorated via notable black performers, whose presence at the display has been of serious importance to the African American group.

Bogle's exhaustive research strikes from the postwar period of Beulah and Amos 'n' Andy to the politically stressed sixties mirrored in I undercover agent and an edgy, ultra-hip software like Mod Squad. He examines the tv of the seventies, while a state nonetheless stuck up in Vietnam and Watergate retreated into the ethnic humor of Sanford and Son and strong occasions and the poltically conservative eighties marked via the unforeseen good fortune of The Cosby exhibit and the emergence of deracialized characters on such dramatic sequence as L.A. legislations. eventually, he turns a severe eye to the tv panorama of the nineties, with indicates corresponding to The clean Prince of Bel Air, i will Fly Away, ER, and The Steve Harvey Show.

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