This Was Television on the internet: Some of our favorite links

by Cory Barker

As yesterday’s welcome address and initial schedule noted, we here at This Was Television won’t be churning out new material on the reg until June 11. However, I wanted to take this time and direct you to some quality writing on television history, classic television and the like. Consider these great pieces part of a primer for what you will see (or at least what we hope you will see) here at TWTV. This is something we will try to do quite often moving forward. If you have any great suggestions, fire them off in the comments or share them with us on Twitter @ThisWasTV

These are in no particular order, by the way.

Noel Murray’s A Very Special Episode series for The A.V. Club is obviously a must-read. I’m definitely fond of the entries on Twin Peaks, Heat Vision and Jack and Eerie, Indiana.

Though not devoid of very recent episodes, Robert David Sullivan’s countdown of the Top 100 Sitcom Episodes is a real treat. And thanks to the internet’s glorious archives, you can read his “most influential U.S. television programs” from way back in 1997.

Few are better than Jaime Weinman at giving contemporary television events their proper historical footing. Check out his work at TV Guidance. I especially like this bit about the visuals of the multicamera sitcom. His recent piece on the laugh track is also tremendous.

The Classic TV History Blog is another favorite of mine. Stephen Bowie does fantastic work, especially his obituaries and interviews of industry folk. The blog is an off-shoot of, where Bowie crafted a fine list of the greatest television episodes ever.

Although we here at TWTV might not agree, Rose Woodhouse’s “Classic TV is Bad TV” essay is evocative and worth your time. Jaime Weinman’s response is similarly so.

Todd VanDerWerff’s Primers on 1980s Dramas and 1980s Sitcoms for The A.V. Club are pretty invaluable for those not familiar with those respective eras.

For just a general time suck, there’s the endlessly fascinating TV without context.

Image: Kicked to the Kerb by Orin Zebest, from Flickr. 

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