Beauty and Ally McBeal

Henry Jenkins’ blog has an interview with Greg Smith, author of Beautiful TV: The Art and Argument of Ally McBeal.

Beautiful TV

At the end of the interview Smith says:

I don’t follow this argument because it deals with a big social issue; I write about this to demonstrate how serial TV narrative can make a complicated, subtle argument. I started this book when I realized that I loved Ally McBeal but hated all of the characters. What, then, brought me back every week? The gradual unfolding of an argument that was more intricate and captivating because it was staged in narrative.

The Table of Contents and introduction to Beautiful TV are available through the author’s website.

Apparently the DVDs have not been issued in the US but “Region 2 Imports” are available if you have a setup that can play them.

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