Television Series of the 1990s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details

Television Series of the 1990s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details

by Vincent Terrace


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In the 1990s the big three networks were being challenged by upstarts FOX and the WB for viewer loyalty. Alongside must-see stalwarts like Frasier, Friends, and Seinfeld, the new networks introduced pop culture touchstones like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files. Such shows not only made household names of their stars, but also thrived in syndication and some even graduated to the big screen. In that decade, shows such as ER, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Northern Exposure were vying for awards while programs like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Home Improvement drew in millions of viewers each week. Even after these shows departed the airwaves, they live on in syndication and on DVDs, entertaining many generations of viewers.

In Television Series of the 1990s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details, Vincent Terrace presents readers with a cornucopia of information about sixty programs from the decade. For example, did you know that Ally McBeal’s favorite brand of ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s? Or that Hank Hill’s shoe size is 12? Or that Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite cookie is Double-Stuff Oreos? These are just a handful of hundreds of fun and intriguing specifics found inside this volume. Programs from all of the major networks—as well as select syndicated programs and HBO—are represented here.

This is not a book of opinions or essays about specific television programs but a treasure trove of facts associated with each show. From Niles Crane’s I.Q score to George Constanza’s high score on Frogger, readers will discover a wealth of fascinating information that, for the most part, cannot be found elsewhere. In some cases, the factual data detailed herein is the only such documentation that currently exists on bygone shows of the era. Television Series of the 1990s is the ideal reference for fans of this decade and anyone looking to stump even the most knowledgeable trivia expert.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538103777
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/07/2018
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 1,228,817
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Vincent Terrace is a television historian for BPOLIN Productions, a film/TV production company. He has written more than thirty books, including Television Series of the 1950s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details (2016), Television Series of the 1960s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details (2016), Television Series of the 1970s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details (2017), and Television Series of the 1980s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details (2017). all published by Rowman & Littlefield. He is also the author of Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings since 1949 (Scarecrow, 2013), and Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2nd ed. (2011).

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Ally McBeal 1

Angel 5

Becker 11

Beverly Hills, 90210 13

Blossom 17

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20

Caroline in the City 28

Charmed 30

Clueless 35

Cybill 37

Dharma and Greg 42

Dinosaurs 46

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 49

The Drew Carey Show 52

ER 57

Evening Shade 63

Everybody Loves Raymond 65

Frasier 71

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air 77

Friends 81

Good Sports 90

Grace under Fire 92

Harry and the Hendersons 95

Hearts Afire 97

Home Improvement 100

The Hughleys 105

Just Shoot Me 108

The King of Queens 113

King of the Hill 117

Law and Order 123

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit 127

Living Single 131

Mad about You 135

Moesha 137

The Nanny 140

Nash Bridges 145

Northern Exposure 148

Parker Lewis Can't Lose 152

The PJs 154

Profiler 156

Relic Hunter 159

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 161

Seinfeld 166

7th Heaven 174

Sex and the City 179

Sisters 184

Spin City 188

Star Trek Voyager 192

Step by Step 196

The Steve Harvey Show 200

Suddenly Susan 202

Third Rock from the Sun 206

Touched by an Angel 209

Unhappily Ever After 212

Veronica's Closet 216

V.I.P. 217

Walker, Texas Ranger 222

The West Wing 224

Will and Grace 229

The X-Files 237

Index 241

About the Author 251

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