Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV by Warren Littlefield

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To truly chronicle NBC's heyday Warren Littlefield would have needed to add several more volumes to Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV. Which isn't to say it wasn't an interesting read it just seemed to leave so much out. It's understandable that so much emphasis is put on big hits Seinfeld, Friends and Will & Grace, especially when many of the main players in those shows participated in the book. However, there is nary a mention of the horrible shows that were thrown on to Thursday nights with the hope of turning something painfully unfunny, like Caroline in the City, into a ratings winner.  Littlefield presents his story as if every show were carefully cultivated to add to the quality of Thursday night's programming when anyone who saw the shows that were sandwiched between Friends and Seinfeld knows that isn't true. Still the insights from the writers, actors and producers involved are fun and the section about the role Cheers played in the transformation of NBC into a ratings behemoth is illuminating. Check Our Catalog

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