Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9¼
978-1-4422-7830-1 • Hardback • November 2017 • $50.00 • (£38.00)
978-1-4422-7831-8 • eBook • November 2017 • $47.50 • (£37.00)
Vincent Terrace is a television historian for BPOLIN Productions, a film/TV production company. He has written more than thirty books, including Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2nd ed. (2011) and Television Introductions: Narrated TV Program Openings since 1949 (Scarecrow, 2013). Terrace is also the author of Television Series of the 1950s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details (2016), Television Series of the 1960s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details (2016), and Television Series of the 1970s: Essential Facts and Quirky Details (2017), all published by Rowman & Littlefield.
This collection of 1980s television trivia is fourth in a series of volumes that take a microlevel look at television programs of the 1950s through the 1980s. This book covers 56 programs that premiered between January 1980 and December 1989. For each program there is a cast list, a brief summation of what the show is about, and a list of facts about each major character: birthplace, parents, occupation, education, marital status, spouse, children, hobbies, pets, and so forth (the precise details given depend upon the character). Diane Chambers (of Cheers), for example, named her cat Elizabeth Barrett Browning after her favorite poet and Alex Keaton (of Family Ties) had an IQ of 137…. [T]his trivia compilation is easy to use and may be a rich resource for trivia-obsessed pop culture fans.
— American Reference Books Annual