Featured Sites

  • ScreenSite. The single most useful academic film and television studies site. Includes links for production, history, audience analysis, and much more.
  • TV Tropes Amusing and insightful take on the recurring conventions and devices used in mainstream television programs.

General Sites

  • After Ellen. A site with news and reviews on queer women in television and other media.
  • ClassicTV. Good resource on TV shows from the 1950s onward.In addition to show information, the site includes accessto theme songs, fashions and other TV-related materials.
  • E-server: Film and Television Articles Online. More than sixty scholarly articles on television.
  • Hulu Free access to many old and current TV shows, with upgrade to even more comprehensive pay site.
  • IMDB While better known as a film site, IMDB is also generally the most comprehensive site for basic data about television shows past and present.
  • Jump the Shark. This site looks at TV shows and the moment in which they "jumped the shark," or hit their peak then went downhill. It also has information on current shows.
  • MediaFiends. Reality TV news site with a reality TV schedule and links to other sources.
  • MZTV Museum. Fun site with lovely pictures of classic radios and television sets; lends itself to a semiotic analysis of how changing aesthetic styles in TV sets might reflect cultural changes.
  • Queery's TVGayGuide. Sort of the queer TV Guide, with a daily schedule of television programming (as well as movies) with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer characters or topics related to queer issues.
  • Reality Blurred. A reality TV news digest with news on all reality TV since 2000.
  • Television: Critical Methods and Approaches The companion website to the excellent TV studies book of the same name by Jeremy Butler.
  • Previously tv tome, an excellent source for information on most any show, including tv listings, show summaries, episode guides, casting information, news, videos, images, reviews and a fan forum.
  • TV Guide magazine. Useful commercial site for tracking trends in TV watching.
  • Vanderbilt University TV News Archive. Key resource for anyoneexamining the past and present of TV news programming. Includes a database with written summaries of news broadcasts, and on-demand video copiesof broadcasts.

Online Articles

TV Programs: Some Old, Some Actiive, Some Well-known, Some Almost Unknown, Many Weird

Includes some "Official" sites, and some examples of the often much more interesting sites made by "Fans"

Active Network Sites

Inactive Network Sites


[Few topics on popular culture can be adequately researched on the web alone. These reading suggestions are designed as beginning points for further offline study.]

Allen, Robert C. Speaking of Soap Operas. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985.
Classic, still relevant study of the production and consumption of daytime soap operas.
Ang, Ien. Living Room Wars: Rethinking Media Audiences for a Postmodern World. London: Routledge, 1996.
Excellent collection of essays exploring various difficulties and possibilities in analyzing the responses of popular culture audiences.
Butler, Jeremy. Television: Critical Methods and Approaches. NY: Routledge, 2012.
Excellent introduction to major scholarly approaches to television studies. See also the companion website linked above.
Doty, Alexander. Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993.
Witty re-reading of popular figures from Jack Benny to Laverne and Shirley as having a “queer” subtext.
Gamson, Joshua. Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.
The best book on the strange and wondrous phenomenon of Jerry Springer-style “tabloid” talk shows.
Gray, Herman. Watching Race: Television and the Struggle for "Blackness." Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1995.
Brilliant interpretation of the evolution of representations of African Americans in television news and fiction programming, from the 1980s to the present.
Hamamoto, Darrell Y. Monitored Peril: Asian Americans andthe Politics of TV Representation. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994.
Wide-ranging study that includes issues of internment, and the war in Southeast Asia, in addition to ongoing, everyday stereotypes of TV orientalism.
Jhally, Sut and Justin Lewis. Enlightened Racism: The Cosby Show, Audiences, and the Myth of the American Dream. Boulder: Westview Press, 1992.
Combines audience surveys and textual analysis to look at how confusions of race and class in the US are reflected in and reinforced by Cosby’s mid-80s show.
Kackman, Michael, et al. eds,. Flow TV: Television in the Age of Media Convergence. Routledge, 2010.
Collection of essays Eexaming how new digital media like smart phones, iPads, and PCs that re-present TV shows are changing the medium and the meanings of televisual experience.
Kaplan, E. Ann. Rocking Around the Clock: Music Television, Postmodernism and Consumer Culture. New York: Methuen, 1987.
Sophisticated analysis of the relations among MTV videos, consumer culture, and the psychodynamics of identity formation in youth.
Lemish, Carol. Screening Gender of Children's Television. Routledge, 2010.
Examines changing images of gender in recent TV aimed at young audiences.
Lewis, Lisa. Gender Politics and MTV. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990.
Takes an audience-ethnographic approach that sees Madonna and similar figures as empowering to girls and young women.
Marc, David. Comic Visions: Television Comedy and American Culture. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989.
Generally regarded as the best overall book on the sit-com.
Walters, Suzanna Danuta. All the Rage: The Story of Gay Visibility in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
An excellent book looking primarily at gay visibility in television but in all forms of media up to its publication in 2001.